Here is an update from Seth Wilkerson and Breeze Watkins. Two individuals from our 29:11church family who are on the journey with Youth With A Mission's Discipleship Training School. Since so many of you have supported them in prayer, encouragement and with finances here is an update about what God is doing in their lives on the other side of the world…
Well, Seth and I have reached the halfway point of our DTS. I can’t believe it! He left last Friday for his three month outreach. He will be spending the first month in Cambodia and the other two in Thailand. He arrived safely in Cambodia on Sunday and is so so excited to see what God is going to do in the next few months. Before he left, Seth asked me to briefly update everyone on how we are doing. Seth has grown immensely and has finally begun to find healing from the pain he and his family has seen over the last four years. He has also found hope and excitement for his future! It’s really been amazing to see God working in him and watch him grow into a remarkable man of God. Anyone who knows Seth knows what an incredible guy he is and that he has a genuine heart of love towards those around him. That strength is something he has been able to use to bless the others in his school. He said he is the “big brother” of the group and he is loving having that role again! He said that it has brought a lot of healing from losing Anna. Seth also said he has had a lot of people speak things into his life that have uplifted him and brought revelation of the gifts he has been given. I’m sure he will have much more to share when he gets back, but that is a brief overview of what God has been doing for him over the last twelve weeks. The last thing Seth asked me to do was ask for additional financial and prayer support. He needs about $1,500 more for his outreach fees, which have to be paid before he gets back from outreach in March. The areas they are currently in need of for prayer are unity within the team, safety as they travel through Cambodia, and God’s guidance and direction as they minister and serve. Any financial or prayer support is so so very much appreciated! We honestly can’t say thank you enough to those who have already blessed us with their generosity!!!
As for me, I have officially completed the lecture phase of my DTS. It’s crazy how quickly the last twelve weeks have gone by. But I have truly enjoyed my time here in Kona, and have been so blessed in this season of my life. For those of you that have prayed for me or supported me financially, thank you!!! The last three months have been totally life-changing, a transformation that would not have been possible without the love and encouragement of all of you! Now to recap what has been going on over the last few months.
The first few weeks were filled with new experiences, adjustments, laughs, tears, and tons of growth! One memory that stands out in particular was during our second week of lecture. I’d left class feeling so encouraged and excited to develop a close relationship with God. That afternoon however, a cutting comment regarding my Mormon upbringing, just completely deflated me. From there it was a downward spiral of feeling inadequate and unlovable. That evening we had worship and ministry. At first I was not into it at all! I was so frustrated and wanting so desperately to just pack up and go home, but I cried out to God and asked Him to uplift me. I proclaimed that my feelings of doubt and insecurity were not legitimate and decided to change my perspective and enjoy worshipping the Lord. The moment I finished my prayer, one of my staff prayed over me and described how I was feeling perfectly and then proceeded to tell me that God wanted me to know that He had called me to be here and He wanted to have a relationship with me. It was such an amazing experience, all of my doubts and fears went away! It was the first time in my life that God had basically punched me in the face with His answer to my prayer....so good!
Another experience that was very special for me was during our third week. We were learning about the nature and character of God and our speaker finished the week by having us pray and ask God to speak to us. As I was praying, my family suddenly came to mind (I had been praying over the last two weeks about my relationship with my family and what God wanted me to do in that painful situation). God gave me a picture of my immediate family standing in church with me, their hands held high, worshipping the Lord. It was such a powerful moment for me because I felt that God was promising me that one day my family would receive revelation of the truth!!!
Weeks seven and eight were the most transforming for me though! During those weeks, we learned about the importance of making Jesus Lord of our lives and being His disciple. It was during this week that I truly discovered who God is and developed a fierce love for Him! We also had a few students in our school get baptized during those weeks, which was really fun and was an awesome reminder of my own baptism in September. I have learned that following Jesus is a choice we make every day; it is like any relationship in that it requires regular input to grow and develop! Anyway, the last four weeks have had even more challenges, laughter, and growth! I have found that each week I just grow closer and closer to Jesus, and continue to rediscover His goodness and His faithfulness! God is so good, in every circumstance!
Over the course of lecture phase, I have learned to love Him and trust Him with everything. He is so worthy of our gratitude and praise, and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to serve Him at this point in my life. So I will be leaving on Thursday to go spend the next two months on the Amazon River in Brazil. We will be using riverboats to travel up and down the river, and staying with various tribes along the way! I am nervous and anxious, but more than anything I am beyond excited to see how God moves through us in those communities. I still need about $800 to cover the rest of my outreach fees, so if you are able to provide any financial support, it would be greatly appreciated! If not, prayer support is also a huge help! We will be living on the river and there are a lot of dangers so please pray for safety in our travels as well as our daily interactions. Additional prayer for love and unity within our team would also be awesome!
Thank you all so much for your love and support. It has truly been a blessing in my life, and I pray the Lord pours out His blessings on you! Seth and I love you so much; we will see you all in a few months!