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5 Reasons to do a DTS – YWAM Asheville

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5 Reasons to do a DTS

Introduction 

So you might be thinking about applying for a YWAM DTS, or maybe you already have. You might also be thinking, “God has called me, but what am I getting myself into?” That’s totally valid, and there is so much to look forward to when applying to your Discipleship Training School.
 

YWAM’s motto is To Know God and Make God Known. Our entire foundation is built upon those words. That is our ultimate goal here is to make sure each person has a deep, personal relationship with God and to evangelize, starting with the one. But there is SO much more that comes out of a DTS than that– and here are just a few that I could think of. 

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Reasons To Do A YWAM DTS 

 

1. Learn More About Other Nations and Cultures 

No matter where your DTS location or Outreach is, you’ll learn more about where you’re at and the people around you. Even I, who is from a small town right outside of Asheville and would visit Asheville frequently as a teenager, came to do my DTS at YWAM Asheville, and it really blew my mind how much I didn’t see in Asheville even though it was right in front of my eyes.

At DTS, you’ll learn how to get down and dirty and place yourself behind the scenes of wherever you’re at, you will also learn how to slow down and really see people as Jesus does instead of just glancing over the surface of the world. YWAM is full of diversity so you’ll live with other students and staff from all different cultures and backgrounds. 

2. Expand Your Knowledge of the Bible 

We get it, sometimes, when you explore the Bible on your own, it’s really difficult to understand. There are areas that seem intimidating and you don’t want to touch in fear of not being intelligent enough to understand. No worries! Our DTS curriculum is full of helpful ways and tools to help you better understand the Word.

We have an entire week dedicated to Biblical Overview, this week gives a simple, easy to follow, and enjoyable deep dive into the Bible. Students always say that this week is especially helpful in their faith journey. It opens your eyes to new things, and brings you to a higher level of understanding! 

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3. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone 

It’s easy to keep your relationship with Jesus between you and Him. However, that’s not what God intended. He has called you to go out and make disciples, and that can’t happen if you’re not willing to do things that make you uncomfortable. As Christians, we’re not only called to be okay with discomfort but to seek it. Requirements of DTS include being flexible and willing to die to yourself and the comforts of your flesh. In your Discipleship Training, you’ll learn how to have the confidence in evangelism, spreading love, and preaching the gospel to every tribe, tongue and soul – you just have to ask yourself, is Jesus worth any awkwardness, criticism or judgment you may encounter? (The answer is, “heck yeah, He is.”) 

4. Grow deep, real connections with other Jesus lovers 

Being a Christian is hard, but being a Christian without a supportive community that shares your love, values, and beliefs is even harder. So here at YWAM, we are all about community, coming together from different cultures. Our hope is that you come and feel at home with the people around you. You deserve to feel loved, cherished, and worthy. Everyone who comes to DTS is so different yet we all have one thing in common: We love Jesus. 

5. Become a New Creation 

In Galatians 6, Paul talks about how religion, circumcision and all that other stuff don’t really matter, but what’s most important is whether or not we have become a New Creation. Meaning, we let our old selves die and allowed the Lord to transform us and make us new, pure, holy, and whole. This is the main reason I chose to do DTS. You might have a rough past and are new to Faith and Jesus and everything. You might have unprocessed with trauma, pain and shame. Or maybe you have just never known the Lord as your own Father, Friend, Counselor, etc. Whatever your story is, the Lord can redeem it. Whoever you are, you can grow even more. He wants to give you freedom. A YWAM DTS is a great place to start that process. 

 

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Conclusion 

It’s so hard to capture the essence of everything you’ll experience in your DTS- but trust me when I say that whatever the reason is that you’re doing a DTS, the Lord can do abundantly more than you can ask, think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

We call DTS the pressure cooker for your faith, and after those five months you will leave with so much more knowledge, wisdom, passion, and excitement for life. If you believe that God is worth 5 months of your life, then surrender to Him and allow Him to show you what He’s capable of. This is just a starting point. Let Jesus take you on an adventure and apply for a DTS today.

Why I Believe In The DTS – YWAM Asheville

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Why I Believe In The DTS

Introduction 

I believe in the DTS. A YWAM Discipleship Training School is just what it says it is. It not only teaches one how to disciple the nations, it also (perhaps even more importantly) teaches one how to BE DISCIPLED. Why is this so critical? Isn’t our aim to reach the lost for Christ? Why worry about ourselves?

Becoming A Disciple Before Becoming A Missionary 

Indeed, Youth With A Mission’s goal is to send waves of missionaries into every corner of the world, to see the lost found, the hungry fed, the lonely met. But in order to sustainably do this, we must first learn to be continually molded into vessels capable of delivering His perfect peace. In order to be effective in the Christian life, let alone missions, we must never overlook our own heart for the sake of the nations. If the gospel isn’t radically real to us, if its stunning messages don’t awaken us first, we will fizzle out and be serving from numb hearts. And when this happens, which is sometimes inevitable, we must know how to be discipled, how to be led, and how to be helped.

We aren’t built to carry the Great Commission on our own strength, intellect, skills, or anointing. Through every step of our life, we must depend on the faith family to support us in many ways.

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Why I believe in the DTS

The DTS is a place that allows a young person to look in the mirror, for perhaps the first time, and analyze the scars, the beauty, the design, and the purpose of their being. During the DTS, you are able to ask the deep down questions, seek out the Face of Truth, develop your faith, and receive teaching from those who have gone before you.

During my DTS lecture phase, I was challenged to think differently, become aware of my assumptions and wrong beliefs about who God is, and face my fears about my future. The different speakers and topics that get addressed during DTS are specifically designed to draw the student into deeper trust in the Lord, and nothing short of that happened for me! When you are surrounded by new people, new ideas, new methods, new values, in a new place…you get pushed into the deep end of the pool of relying on Jesus. And the beauty of it is, you are in a group of other students going through the exact same thing. This leads to such incredible friendships and community. Some of my longest and closest friendships today began during DTS, over 12 years ago!

Then on outreach, everything gets amplified! Desperation for the voice of God becomes one of the hallmarks of your life because you are literally depending on His leadership every moment of every day. Outreach instilled in me a deep reliance on God’s voice, and a trust that when He speaks, His words are trustworthy, no matter how crazy it may seem. This short 2 month trip across the world taught me one of the most vital aspects of being a disciple of Jesus: listening and obeying my Shepherd’s voice.

In my DTS, I learned that my answers to my own questions would fall short every time. I need the wisdom of Scripture, the experience of my elders, the insight of my leaders and love of my peers to experience Christ. I learned that in order to grow into the woman I am made to be, I must have people around me speaking truth into my life, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. To lift my face when it has fallen, to breathe life into me when I’ve grown weary. The DTS taught me how to be discipled, how to be loved, and how to sustain a life of discipling others.

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In Closing

The truth is, becoming a disciple of Jesus takes a lifetime to figure out. But a YWAM DTS is honestly one of the very best tools out there that will enhance and deepen that journey in a very short amount of time. I believe in the Discipleship Training School for SO many reasons. It’s changed my life for the better, given me the spiritual tools I lacked as a young high school graduate, and I consider it a major moment in my life that God used to get me on the right path. 

When it comes to choosing the best DTS location for you, I highly recommend not searching for the cheapest DTS only. Money is important, and God knows you need finances for tuition. But PLEASE let the Holy Spirit guide you in that decision making process. Lean into prayer and words of wisdom from others that know how to hear from God. And if you still need help, we are here! One of our DTS coaches would be pumped to walk with you through that process, and help you discern what the Lord is saying to you! We want you to be exactly where He’s calling you, wherever that may be. 

God and Human Trafficking – YWAM Asheville

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God and Human Trafficking

by guest author Julia Nance

23, 32, 40.3 million….these are all guesses and estimates of the number of people who are being trafficked at any given time. Regardless of the actual number, it’s an amount that is almost incomprehensible…Where is God in the midst of such a horrendous, overwhelming injustice? 

Modern day slavery isn’t something we really think about, but it is the second most profitable illegal trade in the world, generating around $150 billion a year. To make these large numbers even more staggering, about $99 billion is made by the illegal sex trade industry. 

A heartbreaking industry that leads to millions and millions of people being forced into sexual exploitation. 

Human trafficking: “The unlawful act of transporting or coercing people in order to benefit from their work or service, typically in the form of forced labor or sexual exploitation.” 

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Human trafficking is a hateful and careless act that robs the victim of their freedom, their hope, and even their life. It violates their body, mind, and soul. Every person has the right to freedom and right to choose their path in life, but so many never get that chance. Worse yet, it often happens right under our noses. 

Though it can (and does) happen as portrayed in movies with dramatic kidnappings and underground auctions, more often than not it starts in more unassuming ways, ways in which the victims themselves are unaware of. 

Kidnapping for the purpose of trafficking happens, absolutely. But a fact that is just as scary, if not more, is that it happens with people you trust; even family. Oftentimes a trafficker will gain a victims trust before they ever make a move to exploit them. 

They will even enter a friendship or romantic relationship with the victim to gain trust and extract information that will later be used to gaslight them and keep them emotionally bound to the abuser. 

Possibly the hardest form of trafficking to wrap our minds around is familial trafficking, where a member of a family will exploit another member to gain money, drugs, housing, or anything of value. Familial trafficking is one of the most common forms of human trafficking. 

Pornography is another large, and a rapidly growing catalyst that leads to the demand of sexual exploitation. Not only does it create a demand for more explicit content, it creates an unhealthy and distorted view of sex and intimacy. Studies have shown that the average age of exposure to pornographic content is just 11 years old. 

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Understanding the True Meaning of Grace – YWAM Asheville

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Understanding The True Meaning Of Grace

Introduction 

How many times have we heard words in church, yet if asked to define them we wouldn’t confidently be able to do so?…words like ‘grace’. What is grace? Is it a Christian word that we use as a cute baby name, or is there a deeper meaning to it? Let’s leave behind our preconceived notions of this word and let the Scripture define it for us. We will be looking at passages in the Bible from the books of Epheisans, Luke, Romans, and Corinthians. 

What is Grace? 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” -Ephesians 2:8 

Paul states that by grace, through faith, we have been saved. It is through God’s grace that He extends his favor and kindness to us. It’s the posture of a personal God, who is not afraid of the mess his people have made, but loves them enough to call them out of it. The best representation of God’s grace is in Jesus Christ leaving his heavenly throne to dwell among us here on Earth. It’s in the beauty and brutality of the cross where we see the grace of God in action. King Jesus bearing our sin and shame. There is no greater picture of God’s grace than this, yet Jesus extends even more mercy and grace by saying “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:24) while he died the most shameful, excruciating death.

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What does Grace mean for a Christian? 

Now, what does God’s grace look like for a Christian, practically? As believers, we are welcome to call out to God as our Father…we are his children! And as his children, the Father pours out grace upon our weaknesses. Even after we have been saved by Christ, He continues to pour out grace upon us. We see that even the apostle Paul, a hero of our faith, needed God’s grace and reassurance that God’s grace is in fact enough. 

“But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. -2 Corinthians 12:9 

There is no weakness, no sin, nothing at all that God’s grace is not sufficient for. We cannot out-sin the death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s God’s love and grace through Christ that brought us salvation and it’s his grace that will keep us in right standing with God for all eternity.

His grace comes at a cost. That cost is the pride of man that keeps so many from accepting God’s grace in the first place. But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6). This passage shows us that we need humility 

to receive God’s grace. We have to take a posture of humility before God in order to even recognize that we need his mercy in the first place. The call of the Christian is to live in this position; both in victory, and in humility. 

God’s grace is a gift, but not a gift we cannot abuse. 

“What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death”? (Romans 6:1-3). 

One thing that can be concluded from this passage is that once we’ve tasted the grace of God we will not be able to enjoy our sinful ways because they have been put to death. Does this mean you abuse God’s grace when we sin as christians? No not entirely, it’s only considered abuse whenever you willfully sin against God and then use grace as a way of trying to excuse your sin. 

Conclusion

As it was stated earlier grace is for the humble and the humble will joyfully repent of their sins and accept God’s grace. Experiencing reconciliation with our Maker! The reality is that Christians still sin…our flesh nature, though dead in Christ, still nags at us. A beautiful aspect of our relationship with Christ is that he gives us new grace everyday, extending forgiveness with patience, offering opportunities to put our sin nature behind us, that we may have life in the spirit. 

Going back to Luke 23:24, we have to look at how Jesus extended his grace and mercy even to the people that had him ridiculed and crucified. As imitators of Christ, we have to ask the question, is this how we’re living our everyday lives? As the Father has loved us, and extended grace to us, are we doing the same to others? This is one of the reasons Youth With A Mission exists, to know God and to make him known to others. What better way to do that than to show the grace of God to others and how God’s grace has transformed us. That’s why we go into foreign lands; because we’ve tasted the grace of God! How can we not share it with the rest of the world? What a joy it is to go out into the world and testify of the saving grace the Lord has bought for us through his death and resurrection. 

If you are interested in learning more about God’s amazing gift of grace, and want to be equipped in telling the world about His love, consider joining us for a Discipleship Training School, a YWAM DTS! During the DTS Lecture Phase, you will be given world class training, receive intentional discipleship, live in a loving community, and be empowered to chase after God’s call on your life. And during the Outreach Phase, you’ll be able to put all that you’ve learned to practice in the nations! After DTS, you are welcome to sign up for YWAM secondary schools around the world, at many different Youth With A Mission locations. There is really no limit to the types of training Youth With A Mission offers, all for the common purpose of “Knowing God, and Making God Known.” If you’re ready to get your missions journey started, apply for a DTS today!

Social Justice vs. Biblical Justice: Know the Difference

Social Justice vs. Biblical Justice: Know the Difference 

Introduction:

According to the dictionary, justice is, “behaving according to what is morally right and fair” or “just behaviour or treatment.” Justice is inseparable from morality. As a Jesus follower, I base my decisions that are moral on what I see in the scriptures. I look for how justice and morality are displayed by Jesus. I’ve chosen to view God as the ultimate moral creator and giver. Who else should we look to for guidance in this area? When I allow the gospel to determine my understanding of justice, my definition of it changes. 

 

What is social justice?

The United Nations defines social justice as “the fair and compassionate distribution of the fruits of economic growth.” The National Association of Social Workers states that “social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political and social rights and opportunities. Social workers aim to open the doors of access and opportunity for everyone, particularly those in greatest need.”  

Culturally and generationally, we correlate the term social justice with economic opportunity, access to resources, and equity in treatment. These are not “bad” things whatsoever. In fact they can reflect very Biblical values. 

But Christians cannot allow their understanding of justice to be rooted in society’s definitions. Our foundation and compass when approaching the topic of justice must begin with the heart and Word of God. 

We live in a society where everyone makes their own decisions on what justice is and all that it entails. Hot topics and controversy tend to lead these conversations, and we have a tendency to let “justice” become an excuse to point fingers at each other. Each culture and generation define social justice in their own way, forever adjusting implications and expectations. Social justice, especially in the age of social media, can elevate someone who has experienced an injustice to a hero status, glorifying victim identity. Do victims deserve recognition, healing, space, and platform? Absolutely. We must listen to those who have been wronged in order to make changes. However, there is a pattern of idolizing victims, which enables a cycle of pointing out injustices without providing solutions to root causes. This is exacerbated by the speed of every news cycle, and noise made on social media…Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok are platforms that offer very limited understanding of the extensive context of each issue. Context that is desperately needed to accomplish sustainable change.

God recognizes that each individual requires different amounts and types of resources, assistance, and tools. His mercy and goodness to us are as unique as we are. Today’s version of social justice tends to make blanket statements and sweeping judgements. One size does not fit all when it comes to true justice. Biblical justice holds space for every circumstance to be unique and complex.

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“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

Isaiah 1:17

What is Biblical justice?

I would like to come at this from an angle like someone who is in full-time Christian ministry at YWAM Asheville, fighting human trafficking on a global scale. It can be very easy to be pulled into the emotions of things that I see in moments of cruelty, trauma, and even restoration. A sense of anger can arise when I hear first-hand accounts of neglect and severe abuse.

In these moments, I am given the opportunity to let Jesus expand my understanding of what justice is. He invites me to move forward with the intentional response, rather than the compulsive reaction. 

Fighting injustice with intentional response might look like this: 

-compassion 

-listening 

-generosity and care 

-walking committedly alongside the individual 

-and together pursuing a place of wholeness and wellness. 

It can also mean making sure that perpetrators, if possible, are held accountable for their actions. Biblical justice does include standing against evil in all forms. But it doesn’t stop there. 

Often we feel that justice has been served in completion when the perpetrator is in jail…or a sum of money has been paid, or something stolen has been restored. Rather than letting it end there, we should look to follow through in every situation with grace. Grace is not at odds with biblical justice. It is a paradox, but one we must embody as Christians. 

The Difference between Social and Biblical Justice

Biblical justice goes the extra mile, and then some. True justice walks in forgiveness towards the perpetrator, tries to break the mold of generational abuse, and brings reconciliation. Social justice often falls short by treating a symptom, whereas Biblical justice seeks to treat the root cause; the heart. 

Many perpetrators of injustice behave as they do because they are themselves victims of injustice. Yet society expects them to be an upstanding citizen with morals and use common sense. This is a vicious cycle that won’t be stopped by simply having someone declared as “guilty” by a judge and serving their sentence. There is a deeper, heart-level cause that needs to be addressed for Biblical justice to prevail. 

Final Takeaway 

As a teenager, my family experienced devastating trauma and injustice. It wasn’t until many years later that I truly chose to walk in forgiveness, which allowed my heart to move forward in freedom in an indescribable way. The people who created the pain will likely never know that I have forgiven them…but if there were ever a time that I was to be face to face with them, I know how I plan to respond. It’s shown me that healing can be possible at every level, and God has used this event to carve love and compassion for offenders in my heart. 

Are you quick to write off those who have inflicted pain? Or would you be willing to spend your time with the “sinners” of society, those who cause pain? When Jesus came, he came for the lost, the brokenhearted, the perpetrator. 

I pray that believers living in 2021 learn to focus on grace going hand in hand with justice. Our society has often decided that they don’t belong together. But that is who Jesus is. Mercy and truth. Grace and justice. Lion and lamb. 

YWAM values training every student who comes to a Discipleship Training School about the true meaning of justice. Everyone who does a DTS at YWAM Asheville will receive teaching on justice, forgiveness, mercy, and compassion…and have the chance to demonstrate the beauty of Biblical Justice to the world around them. If you’re ready to take your understanding of justice to the next level, join us for the next DTS! Apply in just minutes for free.

 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” 

Micah 6:8

The Ultimate Checklist for your YWAM DTS

The Ultimate Checklist for your YWAM DTS

 

Introduction: 

Getting ready to head to a YWAM Discipleship Training School? Look no further for your ultimate packing checklist! Your YWAM DTS will be full of so many adventures, make sure you arrive prepared with what you’ll need….and leave at home what you won’t. 

Why choose Asheville for DTS 

There are many reasons that YWAM Asheville is a perfect place to do a DTS! Some of the key reasons are our location, our ministries, our size, and our culture. The mountains of Western North Carolina provide a stunning atmosphere for growth, learning, and getting closer to God. The thriving city of Asheville is unique to the American South in that it is culturally and spiritually diverse. Art, music, and natural beauty are everywhere! 

As a YWAM base, our ministry is dedicated to 3 main areas; 

-Training Jesus focused on missionaries and leaders. We are passionate about seeing young people sent to the nations on behalf of the Gospel. 

-Serving the nomadic hippie travelers. Our hearts beat for the underserved and marginalized street kids who have rejected society and have taken to the road to find freedom. 

-Assisting women who have been affected by sex trafficking. We are zealous about restoring what the injustice of human trafficking has stolen. 

Because we are a smaller base, our schools are intimate, deeply transformational, and intentional. Each student will have dedicated staff members who are committed and involved in their DTS journey. Our size allows us to function as a family, and that is the hallmark of our culture as a YWAM base. Family. When you arrive at YWAM Asheville you will know that you are loved, you are important, and that you belong. 

 

12 Things to pack before going to DTS 

So, regardless of where you are going to do a DTS, here is a list of 12 things you’ll want to be sure to pack before you head out! 

  1. Clothing: 
  • 4-5 casual outfits that you can wear to class, during ministry times, or on outings
  • 2-3 hard work outfits that you don’t mind getting dirty (This may look like cleaning a homeless shelter, doing yard work, or going on a hike) 
  • 1-2 slightly formal outfits for church or special events
  • 1-2 sets of modest PJ’s or loungewear 
  • Enough underwear and socks to get you through 8-9 days without a washing machine 
  1. Shoes: 
  • 1 pair of comfy walking shoes…we walk a lot! 
  • 1 of pair of sandals 
  • 1 pair of formal shoes (not too formal…you may need to take them on outreach)
  1. Your Bible, of course! 
  2. Up-to-date Passport with plenty of time (10+ months) before the expiration
  3. A sturdy water bottle that you won’t mind getting a little scratched up 
  4. Any personal medication you will need during your 5-6 months away from home
  5. 1 or 2 lightweight towels that will air dry quickly 
  6. Bedding: It’s important to know what your DTS location provides for the lecture phase, and bring bedding accordingly. You’ll also want to ask your DTS contact what kind of bedding you should bring for outreach. Most often a lightweight sleeping bag will do the trick.
  7. Toiletries:  Only the essentials! You can most likely purchase things like soaps and shampoos once you arrive at DTS, rather than travelling with them.
  8. A day bag, like a small backpack or shoulder bag 
  9. A larger bag for outreach. Most YWAM bases will suggest a gender-appropriate 50-70L backpacking backpack for a DTS outreach. But be sure to double-check with your DTS contact to see if that is the most ideal luggage for your outreach location. 
  10. A sweater or jacket, depending on the weather at your base’s location. Some YWAM DTS locations are in tropical rainforests that see a bunch of rainfall. Some are in desert cities where buildings blast air conditioning year-round. Still, others are in mountain top tundras that are extremely windy. Just be sure to do your research and ask your DTS contact on how to best be prepared for the weather you will encounter. 

Other things to consider bringing to DTS: 

•Does your DTS have electives, tracks, or a focus? You may want to bring some of your own materials or equipment that will be of use. If it’s a Sports & Fitness DTS, make sure you bring plenty of athletic clothing, shoes, any braces you need, and a sweat towel. What about an Arts & Design elective? Yes, you can totally bring your own supplies if you wish. Photography? Bring your camera and SD cards! Whatever the theme is, just stay in contact with your DTS staff about what all you may want to bring for your particular elective, track, or focus. 

•A bathing suit would be a good idea! If you do your DTS in Asheville, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore local waterfalls and lakes. But let’s leave those bikinis and speedos at home. (Ladies, a one-piece, a tankini, or even a tank top and shorts would be fine depending on what base you go to.) 

•If you play a musical instrument that is simple enough to travel with, by all means, bring it! You’ll have ample time to worship and jam together with your classmates. 

•Some sunglasses that are ok to lose or break 

•A sun-blocking hat, if you wish 

Do: 

  • Keep modesty in mind while packing! We ask that you come to DTS ready to focus your eyes on Jesus, and allow others to do the same 😉
  • Research the weather patterns of the location you’ll be at during that time of year. Bring clothing accordingly. 
  • Check with your DTS contact about any specific items you may need for outreach. Some outreach locations require that women wear long skirts or head coverings, while other locations may require closed-toed shoes. If your outreach location is unknown, be prepared to purchase some items you might need once you find out. It’s a good idea to try to raise some extra funds beyond your tuition for unknown expenses like these.
  • Pack as light as possible. Space is very limited, both on-base and on outreach. 

Don’t:

  • Bring anything that is too valuable to lose or get damaged, like jewellery or family mementoes. Naturally, you may want to bring your laptop, prescription glasses, or camera…just be prepared for the risk associated with travel, particularly overseas. Consider investing in hardshell cases for those items that you do bring to prevent any avoidable damage.
  • Bring a ton of books. You’ll have plenty of provided reading materials related to the course.
  • Bring a bunch of makeup or hair tools. Girl, give your face a break. You’re beautiful! Some makeup basics are fine, of course, but take this opportunity to give your 30-minute routine a vacation. You will be sharing a bathroom with multiple other people, and solo mirror time will be sparse.
  • Pack your big bottles of lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. Either bring smaller sized bottles or purchase those items once you arrive. You could even consider buying those big bottles with your roommates and sharing them so they don’t go to waste.

Final Take Away 

We’ve listed the most important physical items to bring to your YWAM DTS…but honestly, the most important things to bring with you are an open mind, a flexible spirit, and a heart ready for whatever the Lord has in store for you! 

If you’re still looking for the best place to do DTS, YWAM Asheville might be the place for you. Apply in just 3 minutes for free. We can’t wait to meet you!