Sadie's YWAM Mission Trip
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Dear Friends and Family,


Over this past year I’ve had the opportunity to surrender my heart to The Lord, allowing Him to paint a better picture of which path I am called to be taking. I’ve always had an act for helping others, which is why I chose ...
Dear Friends and Family,


Over this past year I’ve had the opportunity to surrender my heart to The Lord, allowing Him to paint a better picture of which path I am called to be taking. I’ve always had an act for helping others, which is why I chose special education as my future career. Little did I know, God had a much bigger plan for me to express this gift outside of college classes. I’ve been blessed with the chance to travel across the world for 5 1/2 months with an organization called YWAM, helping broken nations become whole through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is YWAM? Youth With A Mission is a nationwide dynasty, serving in more than 1,100 locations throughout the world. It allows young people of all ages to respond to Christ’s call to impact the world with His love. Their goal is simple; to know God and make God known!

What will I be doing? I’ll be a student of the Discipleship Training School, also known as DTS. It’s YWAM’s “beginners” program, teaching individuals how to be more like Jesus in a learning community dedicated to worship, prayers and serving others. The DTS program begins with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by a 10-11 week field assignment or outreach in another nation. The three months of lecture phase are all about personal application of truth, personal character development, and lifestyle of obedience to Jesus Christ. Topics include Character of God, Forgiveness and Repentance, and Evangelism. Every week a different speaker shares on a topic through lectures and application times. Other activities include worship, intercession, sports, work duties and lots of adventures on the island. The lecture phase is followed by two and a half months of outreach where we head out into the nations to make Jesus known through evangelism, discipleship, church ministry, worship, intercession, and drama/dance.

Where will I be going? Did you catch the key word “island” stated above? That’s right, I get to learn about Jesus IN PARADISE! My 12 week lecture phase will be taught on the island of Oahu in Honolulu, Hawaii. My 10-11 week outreach destinations won’t be decided until I arrive in Hawaii and pray with my team about which countries we feel God is leading us to.

When will I be leaving? I will arrive in Honolulu on September 19, 2013 and be returning home to Arizona on February 18, 2014.

Why you? As surprising as it may seem, all of you are equally as important in this calling from God as I am. I hope to not only effect people in other parts of the world through my mission work, but you as well. With that, I ask for you to follow me on this journey. If this letter has tugged on your heart at all and you would like to be involved in my mission, there are many ways I could use your help. First and foremost, prayers and support. Parts of this trip I’m bound to get homesick.. Facebook messages, emails, care packages and simply just keeping me in your thoughts and prayers to help me feel connected with all of you would make such an impact on this journey. I created a blog that I plan to update at the bare minimum, weekly. I’ll be posting pictures and writing about how my mission is going as well as what impacts we have made on various communities. Feel free to follow me at sadierisley.blogspot.com for those updates! Secondly, fundraising. Every penny counts! I have a total of $5,800.00 to raise in order to attend this trip.

I’m so excited to see what God has in store for me and I can’t thank each and every one of you enough for simply just taking the time to read this letter. I’ll keep you in my prayers and look forward to hearing from you!

With love,
Sadie Risley
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