I wrote this letter for the 18 trainees that arrived in Rostrevor the beginning of November. Sometimes it’s really difficult to express in words what’s in your heart…but I tried! I think it will give you a good glimpse of why I’m doing what I do. Every morning as I walk to the base, I remind myself what a gift it is to be used in changing people’s lives (if only for a short time) and my joy is stirred up again.
All praise to Him.
Four years ago, I packed my bags and traveled overseas for the first time. I embarked on a journey that would forever change my life and I am so thankful for that! I think it’s safe to say that most people want to be part of something bigger than themselves and just like the disciples in days of old, Jesus invites us today to drop everything and follow Him. Unfortunately, few ever truly answer the call.
Thank you for accepting His invitation!
“I hear a voice calling out | I hear a voice in this wilderness | Where darkness has reigned for so long | ground is being taken….I see a generation rising up | no longer accepting lies | as a band of worshipers run to the battlefield | they’re finding their lives | I hear a voice”
Three years ago while on a bus in Africa listening to my ipod, I heard this song by Bethany Dillon that stirred up why I’m passionate about DTS and why I’m sitting here writing you this letter. We are beings with a great capacity for creativity and power that will change the world. We were made in the image of the ultimate Creator! But so often we shape our identities around lies and things that never even came from Him. My heart and desire for each one of you is that you will receive greater revelation of God’s love and your identity in Christ. And as you gain understanding may you freely lay down what doesn’t belong and propel forward with greater motivation and inspiration in how to share His message through the unique form He gave you. May you choose to be living sacrifices (Romans 12:1) — vessels open and ready for His love and transforming power to be poured out in new and creative ways! May you deeply believe in your inheritance as sons & daughters of the living God and give yourselves to true worship in the pursuit of His Kingdom – on earth as it is in heaven!
And so, my friends, you are embarking on your own incredible journey over the coming months that will change your life too and ruin you for the ordinary! We believe that this DTS will catch the fire of the Holy Spirit and spread it throughout the earth in ways that you haven’t even dreamt of yet! As we look ahead, let’s hold onto this verse from Micah 6:8 as an important reminder amidst all you will see and experience this season:
“He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you?
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God.”
You are living on an island that has seen much division and even bloodshed over the years. Sadly, sometimes the Bible was used more as a weapon of division than a bridge between peoples. As we live in this beautiful land, let us seek to be a living testimony to the unity of the Spirit, the bond of peace, the one hope, and the one faith found in the person of Jesus, a man of no reputation. Let us lay down our own reputations and serve each other in all we do. That way we will be more ready to go into the world with the message of a love that embraces difference, destroys evil and hate, and welcomes the lonely and broken into the Kingdom of the God who died for them.
We are so delighted to have each one of you here with us for the “Kingdom” DTS. It is an honour and privilege to be a part of your life and I can’t wait to see where God is going to take you in this journey. I hope that you will give 100% of yourself and receive all that He has in store for you. Our centre is called An Cuan – which is the Irish word for “harbour” and that’s what we aim to be. We pray that this place will be one of renewing, restoration, vision and equipping so that you’re fired up and ready to walk with the light of Jesus and be His hands and feet in your hometowns and the ends of the earth!
You are VERY welcome here!