You've been praying with us the past 9 months for this very moment. We have had ups and downs and shed blood, sweat and tears along the way, but it's finally here! This is happening! The Discipleship Training School HAS BEGUN!
This could not have happened without the prayers and support of you, our brothers and sisters in Christ over this past year. Thank you so much for partnering with us in prayer and standing in faith that God's will would be done.
Now that the school has started our daily schedule has gotten a bit more chaotic, but it is so refreshing to walk into a group of 60 something people every day from all over the world and Worship our God and King together. Each person that is here has a story to tell, and we are so blessed to be able to see how God has called them to this place. It's not going to be easy, and we do ask for your continued prayers for us as staff and for the students, but it is good. God WILL be praised in this place, and we are so honored to be here and to be a part of it.
We officially have 42 students in the first ever DTS in Sarasota, Florida. The 42nd student arrives tomorrow from Germany.
This is our final count from the different nations!
* 14 people from America
* 14 from Germany
* 2 from Canada
* 2 from Switzerland
* 2 from the United Kingdom and
* 1 student from each of the following: Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malaysia, Netherlands, Mexico and Sweden. Phew!
Fun fact: The first DTS held in Herrnhut, Germany- our sending base, also had 42 students.
The first week's topic was on Hearing the Voice of God. It was so awesome to see students breaking out into small groups and practicing what they learned. Through Intercession and also praying for one another. God speaks to each and every one of us and in so many different ways. It is so exciting to get to witness students have revelations that God really speaks to them!
God has continued to blow us away by His provisions.
We not only ended up with enough mattress' and bunkbeds for each student, but since then we have also received numerous donations of sheets, pillow cases, towels and food! Each week we have been given large donations of bread (the good stuff from the deli section in grocery stores)! We were also just given a donation of a bunch of canned food and dry pasta!