YWAM Turner Valley’s Summer Olympics

Start your weekend off on the right foot…watch Michael riding two dolphins down the Sheep River.

No real dolphins were harmed in the making of this video, or in YWAM Turner Valley’s Summer Olympics, but sadly, one plastic dolphin did not live to tell the tale.

Book Review: Telling the Gospel Through Story, by Christine Dillon

As Titus Project leaders from around the world gathered in Taiwan in April, we discussed the additions made to our programs, in the effort to make Titus Project better and better each year. (Michael and I just listened – we haven’t run a Titus Project yet, so we had lots to learn!) One discussion was centered around books. Though Titus Project is a short program – three weeks of training time and two months of outreach, we usually have our participants read about four books, and possibly a fifth based on the history/culture of the country they’ll visit on outreach.

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One of the books we discussed was Telling the Gospel Through Story: Evangelism That Keeps Hearers Wanting More, by Christine Dillon. This was a book read by Taiwan’s Titus Project, which makes sense, as the author is a missionary/church-planter with OMF, in Taiwan. As the title suggests, the book is all about evangelism through telling Bible stories. While Titus Project isn’t necessarily an evangelism program (the goal is to teach people how to study their Bibles, and the people most interested in that are generally already believers), story-telling is a powerful communication tool, and one that we encourage Titus Project participants to use in their teachings. While this tool can be especially effective when working with oral communicators, Dillon has had success with storying with all sorts of audiences.

Storying opens people to the gospel. “Sometimes storying is the only way people are wiling to listen to the gospel. They may have built up defensive walls against other evangelistic methods, had bad experiences in the past, or their own religious leaders have warned them against listening to the Bible” (p. 23). If this is the case, isn’t it worthwhile to consider storying as part of our evangelism and teaching efforts?  Storying can be done with non-seekers, it creates community, it can help develop theological understanding, and it can be used to challenge false worldviews. Jesus was the Master Storyteller, and His example is of course one we are called to imitate.

Dillon’s book is divided into five parts: the first part “Foundations” answers the question, “Why Storying?” The second part speaks to how to prepare a basic story set. The third gives practical tips on getting out and using storying. Part four takes the practical use of storying even further, encouraging story-tellers to pass on their training to others. Part five addresses how to adapt storying for different audiences.

All in all, Telling the Gospel Through Story is an excellent book, and an amazing starting point for learning an effective style of evangelism and communication. If you would like further information, and further resources, go to storyingthescriptures.com, where you can watch a set of fourteen videos of Bible stories, which outlines the Biblical story from Creation, to Jesus’ resurrection.

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Enter the Worship Circle: My Unfinished Story

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Photography by Joanne Loewen.

Michael and I have had the pleasure of knowing Karla Adolphe, and calling her and her family our friends, for almost two years now. It’s been a privilege to see bits and pieces of her journey as an artist and as an all-around lovely human being over these past two years.

Before meeting Karla, Michael and I knew of her because of her involvement with Enter the Worship Circle. We listened to Enter the Worship Circle’s albums as we drove to work in our pre-YWAM days. And now we know Karla. That’s kind of weird, but awesome. We met her while she was pursuing a solo career, and we’ve loved the music she’s written as a solo artist. We’ve blogged about it. We’ve even had the privilege of hearing some of her songs when they’ve been in the development process.

But now, Karla is setting out on a new journey, best described as an “unfinished story.” She and Ben Pasley (Ben was part of spear-heading Enter the Worship Circle in 1998) are sensing that God is calling them to engage in a new expression of Enter the Worship Circle. They’ve sensed that their work in expressing the heart of the Psalmist, is not finished, and that God is calling them into a redemptive story:

There’s way more to the story, and you can learn more about Enter the Worship Circle and #MyUnfinishedStory by:

We can’t wait for the music…and to see how God writes the story of Enter the Worship Circle in the seasons to come.

We Turned 30!

Last Saturday, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of YWAM Turner Valley, with a big party! Over 160 people joined us in thanking God for this place, and for reminiscing about all He’s done over our history. Here’s to another 30 amazing years!

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Can you find us in the above picture? We’re both wearing hats and standing next to each other.

 

Meet Our Mountain Venture DTSers!

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This fabulous group of human beings are the staff and students of this year’s Mountain Venture DTS! We are so excited for these six students to know God and make Him known as they spend the next five months at YWAM Turner Valley, and in the nations. (And we want them to all come back and do SBS with us in 2017. And Titus in 2018.)

Before We Know It

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Titus Project at YWAM Turner Valley is still six months away, but today we got a delivery that reminds us that those six months will fly by. Before we know it, we’ll be back in the nations, sharing God’s Word and shining His light, taking teams of teachers to the ends of the earth for God’s glory, and the growth of His Kingdom.