5 Things Every Christian Should Know

5 things every christian should know

Introduction

There are a myriad of truths, endless revelations, and never ending wisdom to experience, live by, and behold in the Christian walk. There are, however, 5 key things that we believe every Christian should know, understand, and be able to explain to others. 

As a result of the 1500’s reformation, Protestant Christians partnered with the Holy Spirit to condense our core Christian beliefs into 5 statements. These are referred to as “The 5 Solas” (“sola” meaning solo, alone, or only). 

 

5 Things Every Christian Should Know

These 5 statements play a huge role in what makes our faith in Jesus unique to other belief systems. The 5 Solas are:

  1. Sola Scriptura: “Scripture Alone”
  2. Sola Fide: “Faith Alone”
  3. Sola Gratia: “Grace Alone”
  4. Solo Christo: “Christ Alone”
  5. Soli Deo gloria: “To the Glory of God Alone”

 

Scripture Alone:

At YWAM Asheville, we believe that every human is able to hear the voice of God. This is a foundational teaching that students receive in a YWAM DTS. Since God speaks to us all in different ways, it is important that we have means to verify if it really is Him who is speaking to us. God will never contradict something He has already revealed to us in Scripture. Therefore, we use Scripture as a measuring stick to make sure that our lives, actions, and beliefs are in line with the truth. It is Scripture alone that we use as the road map in everyday life as a Christian, and Scripture alone that we use as a “true north” when navigating gray areas. Christianity is nothing more than an interesting idea if it is not rooted deeply in the narrative of Scripture.

Holding the Bible as holy, relevant, and authoritative does not mean that Christians can’t find truth or learn from other sources or life experiences.  What “Sola Scriptura” conveys is the weight and reverence that we are to give only to Scripture. Because we believe it is the word of God, it is the ultimate authority for us; not culture, not preference, not emotion, not logic…We choose, by faith, to allow Scripture the final word in all matters.

2 Peter 1:20-21 

2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Bible is alive, it speaks to me. Is has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”

-Martin Luther

Faith Alone: 

God often demonstrates His lavish generosity towards humanity in the form of relationship. Much like a loving parent, God promises to take care of our every need, temporal and eternal, if we would simply trust Him to be our provider. (Matthew 6:25-34)

Our God is not asking for good work, sacrifices, or rituals in in exchange for His favor. He extends favor to those who have faith in Him, in His accomplished work on the cross, in His character, and in His ways.  

Sola fide emphasizes salvation as a free gift. The Roman Catholic Church of the time emphasized the use of indulgences (donating money) to buy status with God. Good works, including baptism, were seen as required for salvation. Sola fide stated that salvation is a free gift to all who accept it by faith (John 3:16). Salvation is not based on human effort or good deeds (Ephesians 2:9).”

The word “faith” is used in society for many different things. But unlike the majority of these meanings, Sola Fide points to the deep convictions Christians cling to in every season of life. Faith that He is God and faith that He is enough. 

It is by faith alone that we are made right with God (Gal 3:11). It is by faith alone that the Christian receives the gift of grace.

Grace Alone:

Christianity is often mistakenly viewed as a set of rules to live by in order to get to heaven. This is a very damaging perception of our faith because it distorts the true message of the Gospel! What makes Jesus beautiful? Grace. What makes Jesus different? Grace. What makes Jesus worth it? Grace.

The reality that no human throughout all of time could ever perform their way into heaven is not a surprise to God. He never expected us to behave or be “good enough”. Giving HIMSELF in our place was always the plan. Grace was always the plan.  

2 Timothy 1:9 “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.[emphasis added]

We are invited into a BETTER way of living on this side of eternity as a result of grace, not as a means to obtain it. 

Ephesians 2: 8-9For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

True Christianity has no place for a list of rules that make you feel better than other people. That is the exact religious and toxic mindset that Jesus came to demolish. The banner over Biblical Christianity is “We are all broken and there’s nothing we can do about it…and because God loves us, He made a way for broken people to be made whole.” 

It is grace alone that gives us the freedom we all ache for. It is grace alone that warrants our next breath. And it is grace alone that should dictate how we treat ourselves and others. 

Christ Alone:

This may seem simple enough at first glance, but the concept of exclusive Lordship can be pretty offensive. The majority of other belief systems refuse to attribute deity and divinity to a singular being. Still others refuse to accept that humans are not capable of achieving divinity. Solo Christo communicates that there is no God but Yahweh and no means by which to come to Him but through Christ. We do not rely upon a priest, shaman, or spiritual guide to enter the heavenlies. We are free to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence” (Hebrews 4:16) because we know Christ in us is more than enough to give us full access to God. It is Christ’s SUFFICIENCY, in every way, that is so astounding.

Prior to the Cross, God’s people relied on prophets, kings, judges, or priests to access God. But when the veil in the temple of Jerusalem tore from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51), God made clear that Jesus’s sacrifice alone had made a way for all humanity to enter the holy of holies, once and for all. 

To the Glory of God Alone: 

Soli Deo gloria emphasizes the glory of God as the goal of life. Rather than striving to please church leaders, keep a list of rules, or guard our own interests, our goal is to glorify the Lord. The idea of soli Deo gloria is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

Not only does this concept challenge religious ladder climbing, it pushes back against the world’s way of self promotion and it’s obsession with autonomy. When a believer surrenders their life to Christ, they surrender their rights as well. 

One of the things that I love most about being a Christian is the daily death and resurrection I get to experience that brings indescribable peace. Because I have chosen to die with Christ, I have chosen to rise with Him as well. So the life I now live no longer belongs to me, but to God. I have the immense pleasure of bypassing the things of life that cause so many to navel gaze and trip over their own feet, because I am not living my own life any more. It’s not about me! What freedom! I’m given the honor of choosing, instead, what glorifies God most in each situation. And what glorifies God ALWAYS, without fail, edifies me. This is not a permission slip to be passive, quite the opposite. This is a war cry within the heart of every believer to be zealous about the things that bring God glory!

(Conclusion

The 5 Solas are a treasure. They have come to us today because of the tireless and sacrificial work of the church over many centuries. I am grateful for a heritage of reformers that refuse to let anything get in the way of the Gospel, and denounce any force that would try to pollute it. You can learn more about the 5 Solas here. (The linked article is the source for the external sources included above.)

In a YWAM Discipleship Training School, we dive deep into each one of these truths in different ways. In a DTS lecture phase, students are given biblically grounded teaching on the sufficiency of Christ’s work, His worthiness to be Lord alone in our hearts, and the tools to live a life that glorifies Him. Then, in the outreach phase, students have the opportunity to practice demonstrating the transformational power of the Gospel. If you (or someone you know) are ready to take your relationship with God to the next level, apply for the next DTS at YWAM Asheville. The only YWAM DTS requirements are the completion of highschool and a heart ready to say “yes”! Apply today in just 3 minutes for free! 

The Greatest Teaching In The Bible

The Greatest Teaching In The Bible

The word of God is overflowing with wisdom, insight, revelation, and generally good ideas to live by. But what is the greatest teaching in the Bible? Is it to “do good”? Love God? The Golden Rule? If I had to boil it all down to a single principle, what would it be? 

Jesus did something like this in Matthew 22:30-40.

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

What did this Bible teaching mean back then?

At face value, this has a simple takeaway. It seems that Jesus is saying that loving God (and therefore loving His creation) is the greatest commandment. 

However, we often overlook the setting in which Jesus said this. He was speaking to experts in the law. The men asking this question had deeply invested their entire lives to studying the law. The same law that Jesus just quickly summarized, and in a sense, simplified. 

The Sadducees and the Pharisees, though very different in thought and practices, shared one thing; zeal for the law. I can only imagine this swift simplification of the 613 commandments in the old testament, not counting the oral traditions that pharisees held as law, would have been offensive. How dare this rough around the edges, Galilean, street preacher reduce the hundreds of laws that have shaped an entire nation and culture to something as basic as love? 

What we often miss in this conversation is the radical implications that Jesus was communicating to these law experts…what He was saying silently to this very specific audience. Jesus was provoking them to consider that the entirety of the law’s purpose was not actually to produce holiness, lawfulness, cleanliness, or even right standing before God. It was always meant to produce love. AND THEREFORE, if the point of the law is love, not justification..Jesus was challenging these men to trust God for their salvation…Not the law, not the traditions, not sacrifices, not a spotless record, not THEMSELVES. It’s always been about loving a God who we trust to save us. A God we trust is bigger than our ability to behave, to please Him, to do good things.

Think of it this way…

if you were in a romantic relationship with someone who was also in control over paying all of your bills, providing your food and housing, you transportation, and so on…it would be impossible to love them without those privileges in the back of your mind all the time. You would feel pressure to “love” them in such a way that keeps you in their good graces. You want to convince them of your worthiness so that they keep providing those things for you. It wouldn’t really be love, would it? It would be a business-like, transactional relationship. 

Jesus was inviting his audience out of a transactional relationship into a loving relationship. A relationship that is based in monumental, soul consuming, eternal trust – not acts of sacrifice meant to attain and maintain favor. 

What does this Bible teaching mean today?

That is still what God is inviting His people to do. Love Him in a relationship that is based on trust, not fear. He isn’t interested in our efforts to impress Him. He’s interested in a heart that walks humbly with Him (Micah 6:8), trusting that He is sufficient for all our needs, both here on earth and in eternity. 

What are you doing to “buy” God’s grace? Are you pursuing holiness out of fear? Are you avoiding sin to avoid punishment?

There is a better way. Choosing to love God and love others with your life as an overflow of trust in Jesus is what life in abundance looks like. And that is the greatest teaching in the Bible.  

What should I do next?

To apply the truth of Scripture, we must ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where it is not yet present in our lives. Where have you resisted, hidden, or ignored this truth in your life? Take some time to pray and seek what the Lord says about your trust in Him….about the nature of your relationship with Him. Let Him lead you to an intimate and personal application. If you would like a deeper understanding of the Bible, what it means to trust Jesus, love God, and love others, a DTS at YWAM Asheville is a great place to start. The only DTS requirements is a heart that is hungry for God, a willingness to learn, and a readiness to be transformed. YWAM schools are designed to reveal this very teaching in greater depth. We focus on how we can be better lovers of God and the world around us. Join us for the next YWAM Discipleship Training School here in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina! 

5 things I learned in YWAM

5 things I learned in YWAM

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YWAM is a place where learning is limitless. YWAM Asheville has been a safe place for me to ask questions. To practice, fail, try again. And it’s a place I have learned invaluable lessons.

Here’s a few of my favorites.

1. The importance of community

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“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” 

Herman Melville

One of the things I hear from most YWAM alumni is that they miss the YWAM community and I completely understand why. We were not made to live this life alone. God created us for community. In YWAM I have found community that loves well, challenges you to be better, and is with you through it all.  The beauty of community is something we all crave, especially during the COVID pandemic…but it’s about more than just being around people. It’s about beeing seen, being cherished for who you really are, and being led to Jesus by friends daily. 

2. God is worthy of your “yes”

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We all have those moments. The ones that are unforeseen invitations into something scary, but deep down we know it’s the best choice.

Saying yes to God will take you on an adventure of a lifetime.

My “yes lead me to the Himalayas of India. After giving God my “yes”, He began to unpack the path He has for me. I have experienced incredible highs and lows but through it all I have clung to my yes because God is faithful to turn it into something beautiful, EVERY TIME.

Think of the alternative. When we reject God’s invitations, we are actively choosing the lesser beauty. We are stating that we prefer mundane journeys and mediocre destinations. And often times, we end up regretting those decisions. Sometimes deeply. God’s not interested in punishing us for our mistakes. But in His graciousness, He will grant us the freedom to experience the consequences of our choices.  

His invitations are always to the best path possible.

3. Young people can lead

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Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

Leadership is typically granted based on seniority or age. But in YWAM I have learned, and witnessed firsthand, that you don’t have to be the oldest in the room or the one with the most experience to lead. As disciples of Jesus, God has called us all to be leaders. YWAM has taught me that Christlike leadership is marked with humility, willingness, sacrifice, and wisdom. Not age. So, when it’s your turn to step up and lead, regardless of age, lean into God for guidance, ask for wisdom, for humility, and discernentyou can do it, no matter your age!

4. God is the provider of all things, including finances

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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows

Matthew 10:29-31

Being a missionary and having to raise support can be a daunting task. It may seem like there is no financial stability, but God is the ultimate provider. What better stability can there be than God himself?! 

Being a missionary that raises 100% of my income from supporters has taught me so much about God’s role as provider. I’m incredily thankful to have had the life experiences that prove to me that HE is in control, not me. He is the giver. He is the Shepherd. 

It’s my job to be diligent and obedient and above reproach. But it is His job, and always will be His job, to lavish us with what we need.  

At YWAM Asheville I have been able to witness legacies…countless stories of God’s miracles, particularly around physical provision. Property, money, visas, airfare, food, guitars, diapers, manual labor…you name it! I’ve seen God provide some pretty incredible stuff, just in the nick of time.

5. God is not silent

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God desires to be in communication with you. In fact, He speaks to us all the time, many times we just don’t realize it. When you quiet yourself before God and give him space to speak, He will! Perhaps not how we want Him to, or how we expect Him to, but He speaks. 

My time in YWAM has given me the tools I needed to not only recognize God’s voice, but to listen to it, dwell on it, and act on it. 

I have come to know the Lord as a very communicative, generous, thoughtful, and active God. He is full, overflowing in fact, with blessings to shower over His people. The most precious gifts He gives often come in the form of revelation, breakthrough, healing, perspective shift, or truth. When He speaks, He gives life. And that is His nature; to give life in abundance. Thus He speaks in abundance. 

Are you looking for a chance to experience MORE? More life, more Jesus, more freedom? Join us for our next Discipleship Training School. You’ll never be the same! 

A Global Perspective on Rhett and Link’s Deconstruction of Faith

A Global Perspective on Rhett and Link’s Deconstruction of Faith

The pantheon of gods that my culture offers is quite an overwhelming experience. I grew up in a Christian family in India and had the unique advantage of seeing Jesus through the prism of other religions and deities. When you grow up with many options, critical thinking along with disagreeing and debating other world-views comes very naturally.

In my process of elimination and critical thinking through all of the options that were available, I found the Bible and Jesus very fascinating and compelling. Even so, I had to deconstruct before I could reconstruct my faith.

It’s a very healthy process. 

 

We have 4 daughters ages 12, 14, 16, and 18, and they have always gone to public school. My daughters are independent thinkers and we have intentionally shaped them to be so. This Lent we are taking them through the “what if we are wrong” process, helping them to relook at their Christian faith. There is room at the table for mysteries and questions because they are an important part of the process. We highly value the presence of critical and honest thinking when it comes to our faith. 

Yes, I have watched the whole 1:44 of the YouTube video of Rhett and Link on the deconstruction of their faith. They had my attention the whole time, as I was very inquisitive. I respect their journey and don’t think they are being dishonest with what is happening in their head.

This response is an appeal to their followers.

Consider these thoughts as you may be deconstructing your faith.

Jesus did not die for the Bible Belt of America…

Being on staff with CRU, I am sure they have traveled and have had some exposure to world religions. However, Rhett and Link’s spiritual journeys seem to be limited to the Bible Belt, which automatically constricts their reasoning. It is intellectual suicide to begin your critical thinking with the premise that the Bible was written to a 21st century Bible Belt Christian. You will be lessening and distorting the revelation by doing so.

You have to look at Jesus in light of other options. 

Despite my upbringing in a Christian home, I was surrounded by Hindus and Muslims. As well as English and Hindi, I learned to speak the language of Muslims, Urdu, because my best friends were Muslim. It wasn’t until the age of 21 that I saw the truth of the gospel of Jesus and decided to follow him. I moved to America in 1999 and married a woman from the Bible Belt, where we settled. Therefore, I am very familiar with the Bible Belt culture that Rhett and Link grew up in, but I’m also very familiar with other world-views.

Deconstructing one’s faith is only a fair argument if we deconstruct every world-view (including atheism) and allow each to pass through the same scrutiny, letting the truth emerge as a result.

Global Christian belief

  According to the 2017 census we have 7.5 billion people alive on planet earth and 2.1 billion of them subscribe to the Christian world-view. A majority of the growth is happening in non-Christian countries; in other words, places where it is illegal to proselytize or believe in Jesus. This is a crucial observation as they are not becoming “rice Christians,” meaning they convert only for the bowl of rice promised at the end of the sermon. With these conversions, they are risking the very lives of their family because they believe Jesus to be the truth. So, we are left with two options.

If a Hindu or Muslim that has converted to Christianity is willing to die for the sake of their new faith, it means he or she is either a lunatic or a critical thinker, going through a deep process of deductive reasoning. 

You may say other radical word-views are dying for their faith too. When you put them next to the Christian world-view the martyrdom looks the same, but they are not. It is very different from Islamic extremists taking their life for the sake of Allah. This is leaving the Islamic or Hindu world-view to follow Christ. The paramount difference here is, the force that Christians are driven by is love. It’s a massive difference.

One does not arrive at following Christ emotionally without considering the consequences, especially if it’s putting the lives of one’s family in danger.

If you are deconstructing as Rhett and Link have, to assume that these people have not thought through their faith intellectually is quite debasing. 

Historical figures

Napoleon Bonaparte, a European emperor from the early 1800s, conquered most of Europe through violence and forceful acts. Toward the end of his life Napoleon said, “Jesus Christ alone founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men will die for Him.” The reason I find this very profound is a human of this caliber had no need to make any comment regarding Christianity, yet he saw the relentless pursuit of the followers of Jesus and could not deny the authenticity in the person of Jesus.  

Apostle Thomas, one of the disciples of Jesus, went to India just for the sake of telling people about Jesus. He was beheaded for spreading this message. From a glance it looks like a normal Christian story, but we have to look at this story through the cultural lens of India. Anti-Hindu messages don’t survive easily in the Indian culture. The counter-cultural message that Thomas brought to India of a faith in the One True God in a land of 350 million gods should not have stood the test of time. Yet today, a Christian movement has emerged in India 2000 years after Thomas gave his life for this message in India. As well, since Christianity came to India, Indian Christians have gone through hell to keep their faith.

It is not cultural or family protocol for Indian Christians to follow through with their faith. Rather Indian Christians come to their belief through reason and contemplation.  

Eye witnesses

We live in a world of fake news and it is very natural for us to question any news or any document, rightfully so. Sometimes we have the same response towards the gospels. The difference here is the gospels were not written like the news of today. The phrase that we commonly hear in the news reports of today is “sources say”. This is totally contrary to the first century Christians.  “Eye witness” was the golden standard. The information was either written by or cross checked by one or more eyewitnesses before it went on the circuit. Of course, Luke wrote his own account and was not an eyewitness; however, he got his data from several apostles who were eyewitnesses and wrote his account by diligent comparison of data gathered from these apostles, similarly to how a biography is written today.

The Quran and Jesus

The Quran was written 600 years after Jesus, and it affirms many accounts of the life of Christ, and reveres him as a holy prophet. The point of disagreement between Christianity and Islam is the death, burial, and the resurrection of Christ. The Quran even affirms the second coming of Jesus. Traditionally there are 5 pillars of Islam; however, lately some of the Muslim communities have added a 6th pillar called the Jihad. I believe this is paramount because the 6-pillars Muslim community has always been against the Christian world-view. In recent years we have watched the brutal beheadings of Christians on Muslim soil. Thus, it begs the question, if they are so against the Christian world-view, why do they place Jesus on the seat of a prophet or give him the weight of the second coming? Why are Muslims converting to Christianity by hoards every day? It is worth the pausing and pondering. 

Rhett and Link discuss Christian authors talking about sharing Jesus to the person next to them on a flight and how ridiculous it is. Let me explain this for those born after the cell phone came into our world. The reason they always used the airplane as an example of sharing their faith is because that was the YouTube and blogs of their generation. In other words, that was where they met people. Now, we meet people via the internet on a daily basis.

So any blog or YouTube is just the same as their “airplane”. 

On a lighter note, this is not a crisis of Christian world-view. This way of thinking has been around and will be around. And it shall pass…

Happy deconstruction! 

4 Reasons To Do Your DTS in Asheville

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4 reasons to do your dts in asheville 

1. we’re a family

We are all created to live and learn in a Community context. You are leaving home but you will be coming home, except this time it’s to a family of missionaries.  Hospitality and family are at the core of who we are and we thrive because of it.  Here there is a place for you to weave yourself in the the fabric of who we are. You will be entering a multicultural family where you will have the opportunity to see the world through the lens of other cultures that God created. And its going to expand your worldview to the better.  
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2. discovering your purpose is our purpose

A unknown author said “two most important days of your life: The day you were born and the day you discover why.  It is the most exciting journey to be in where you are discovering your Purpose.  Our birth was not a coincidence or random act of God but rather a carefully crafted purposeful life. In your YWAM DTS here at Asheville, you will have a one on one attention with our staff on a weekly basis to help you find your call and your purpose. 

3. the hippies & the himalayas

Like we say it here, you will take the gospel of Jesus “from the mountains of Asheville to the valleys of the Himalayas.” We are passionate about many things…2 of the main ones are our city, Asheville, and the Himalayas. In your lecture phase you get to experience reaching out to the Nomadic, hippie, traveller young people that are trying to fins meaning of life and spirituality.  We serve them Indian vegan food and share Christ with them.  We carry the same passion into the outreach to the Himalayas reaching the same kind of people on the hippie trail. 

4. the location

I know God can move and touch us in any location.  But why not kill two birds with one stone? Asheville is surrounded 60 water falls and the lovely Blue Ridge Parkway runs through our city, and then there are countless hiking trails of the Appalachian mountains.  In the spring you will find that Asheville bursts with life and color. The YWAM DTS classroom is located right in the heart of Downtown Asheville, you are always in the midst of great artist blowing glass or stroking their paint brush or playing music on street corner. 

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My DTS Outreach

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I did my DTS almost 27 years ago, but the lessons learned are still fresh and relevant.

My biggest takeaway was that God has a specific call on my life. I’m not on earth randomly or haphazardly. He has a purpose for me. He made that clear to me one day as our team was playing with the children of the village we were living in, Yunatsite, Bulgaria. We were in this big open field on a cold wintery day. Everyone was all bundled up, wrestling in the middle of the field. I took a step back for a moment to just take it all in, and time started to stand still for me; things were happening in slow motion almost. In that moment, I felt the Lord say to me,

“There are villages all over the world like this who need to hear about Jesus. Will you go?”

It is one of the handful of times in my life to date that I KNEW God was undeniably speaking to me. I said yes to the Lord that day, and never turned back. He had called.

Another lesson I learned is that love and acceptance go a long way. There was this little three-year-old girl in this village named Nellie.

Nellie was the daughter of a prostitute, and no one in the village accepted her. One of the first days our team arrived, I went outside to meet all of the kids and was quickly surrounded by a sea of children. I leaned over and picked up the closest child to me. As I stood back up with Nellie in my arms, I could hear the kids’ audible gasps. They could not believe I had picked up this outcast. Mind you, I didn’t know Nellie was an outcast, I just knew she was a cute little girl. I leaned over to Nellie’s cheek and gave her a kiss. Again, gasps from the crowd around me. I then pointed to my cheek and asked Nellie for a kiss. She looked at me with such confusion on her face. So I kissed her again, and then pointed to my cheek. We did this a couple more times before Nellie leaned over to me and, instead of kissing my cheek, she sucked it. You see, as the daughter of a prostitute, Nellie didn’t know how to kiss. Kisses weren’t something she received. I knew then that Nellie was someone I was going to love on for our entire outreach in Yunatsite. This little girl needed to know she was loved, by me and by Jesus. Nellie and I spent a lot of time together, and by the end of the outreach she would come running through the door of our house, kiss me on my cheek and whisper,

“Obetchem te.” I love you.

Finally, God showed me in the most crazy way that he will always take care of me. You see, we lived in a house that did not have an indoor bathroom, so to bathe, we had to go to other homes to shower. In fact, in that two month outreach, I had a total of 14 showers/baths. One Wednesday night we were going to a house church in another village and there was a house in that village that had a shower we could use. So I had my backpack loaded with toiletries, a clean set of clothes, some team money, and my passport. After our showers we went drove to the house church where I left my backpack in the car. After church, we came out to discover the car had been broken into, and my backpack had been stolen…with everything in it, even my passport. My outreach leader and the local pastor spent the next three days combing that village in search of my bag. Late Saturday night, after I had gone to bed, the door to my room opened up and my leader tossed my book bag to me. They found the people who had my bag, and everything was in it (minus the cash) including my passport.

The Lord had truly taken care of me.

And he’s done it time and time again in these last 27 years.

My DTS outreach was the start of a life of adventure with Jesus.

Come to YWAM Asheville’s DTS and start your adventure today!