The January DTS left this last week on outreach, with a team to the Bristol, UK/Himalyan Region, and a team to London, UK/Middle East. Before the teams dispersed I sat down with one of the trainees, Rares C., to hear from him about his experience and growth on the lecture phase, the first half of the DTS.
Rares is originally from Romania, but most recently has been living in Germany. He came to DTS on a recommendation by his uncle, and his hopes for the school were to be challenged in his faith, and that’s exactly what he received. From the lecturer’s, Rares expected primarily information, and although information was given, time after time he discovered that it was really about experiencing the love of God in a personal way that he had never before considered. “I think the most valuable thing that I found from my lecture phase, [was] the spiritual growth and the experience with God.”
One of Rares’ biggest challenges and, in turn, victories, was stepping forward in worship leading. He has always been passionate about playing the bass and music in general, but out of fear and insecurity he decided instead to play in the background. During the lecture phase he saw that God had given him this passion for a reason, and so rather than playing at the back of the stage, with his bass to hide him, he began to learn to lead worship. This led to an entire perspective shift, where he began to see the importance of using his passions and talents with all of his ability to glorify God.
About all of this he said to me, “It was kind of releasing for me to step forward and be more secure in the gifts and the passions that God put in my heart… and even though I’m not perfect in what I do, I try my best and I think that’s the attitude that God wants, us to give our best and the rest of it is in His hands.”
I asked him if there was one thing that he is taking away from this part of the DTS, and he said the “crazy freedom.” When he looks back he sees the crazy journey he was on of allowing himself to experience the freedom and the love God has for him. In his words, it was crazy for him to learn to let go of his burdens and pain and confusion and to, in it’s stead, receive immense grace and freedom. “I will say the person I came [to DTS as], it is quite different than I am now.” During this time he has found a peace that he was lacking, a peace that comes directly from daily seeking to know more of Jesus.
With the lecture phase coming to a close, Rares is expectant of what God has for the teams in outreach. He looks forward to learning from those they minister to and to support them with the love of Jesus. Of his personal growth on the outreach, Rares hopes to see more of God’s perspective for his life, and to continue to grow in a deeper understanding of God and His love for the nations.
The two outreach teams return to YWAM Harpenden for debrief and graduation June 11-12 2015.