TWoL – December, 2017 Report

This is my personal emailed newsletter called “The Way of Love.” The name is based on the name of my blog, “The Beginnings Of.” I started my blog when I started my DTS with YWAM and I knew it was the beginning of something big but I didn’t know what. I have been wondering ever since then what exactly it was the beginning of and I felt like God gave me the answer in October of 2015 at a prophetic conference while I was listening to one of the speakers: “The Way of Love.”


January 14, 2017

Hello everyone! Wow, I’m getting really bad about being on time with these newsletters. Sorry for that. Hopefully this year, I’ll be better about it. 🙂

In this newsletter, I want to just run through a quick summary of the year of 2017. I want to list out as many things that I remember that happened this year that were significant.

January

  • The 2016 One Thing DTS was on outreach in Japan and Taiwan.
  • I began being responsible for overseeing all teams that come through our base.
  • I was asked to be a part of the leadership team here at the base.
  • Several people came to Christ in our town and in Montpellier.
  • Several people were healed through prayer.
  • God spoke to us about this year being a year of raising the bar.
  • We received 3 teams.
  • I started a new semester of college classes to learn French and finish my two-year degree.

February

  • The 2016 One Thing DTS was on outreach in Japan and Taiwan.
  • The 2017 Life Around the Table DTS began their lecture phase.
  • We began restructuring how our base works internally.

March

  • The 2016 One Thing DTS returned from outreach and graduated.
  • The 2017 Life Around the Table DTS continued their lecture phase.
  • I went for a week to Norway to help Dudley in his teachings and to learn from two YWAM bases up there.

April

  • The 2017 Life Around the Table DTS continued their lecture phase.
  • I went to the states for about a month and a half to visit with family and friends as well as do some support raising.
  • I met Katie’s parents for the first time.

May

  • The 2017 Life Around the Table DTS left for outreach to Italy, Cyprus, and Russia.
  • We received another team.
  • Katie and I began dating again.
  • I visited with my family and God provided for all the flights I needed. I flew from France to New York, then to South Carolina, then to Arizona, then back to New York and back to France. God provided for each step. For most of the flights, I did not have my tickets until just a few days before because I waited for Him to provide, and He did.
  • I began being financially supported by the church I was a part of in middle and high school.

 

June

  • The 2017 Life Around the Table DTS left was on outreach.
  • I returned to France with my sister. We got to stop in Paris on the way back. 
  • We hosted another 3 teams. One was about 30 people.
  • Katie came through France on her way to YWAM Perth to begin her Birth Attendant School.
  • I started my last semester of college classes to finish my two-year degree.

July

  • The 2017 Life Around the Table DTS returned from outreach and graduated.
  • My sister was still here volunteering with us.
  • We again hosted another 2 teams with one of them being about 35 people.
  • Katie started her 11 month long Birth Attendant School at the beginning of the month.
  • We began renovation in our new cafe building with the owner’s permission.

August

  • We had our all staff training week.
  • My sister was still here volunteering with us.
  • We had our national YWAM France conference.
  • We learned that the nation of Papua New Guinea has said that they want all students who graduate high school to do a DTS with YWAM.
  • We also learned that the French government gave YWAM ships their iconic vessel, the “Astrolabe,” for use in Papua New Guinea.
  • In July, I asked for help in paying off rent that I owed to base and God provided a large portion of what I needed through you all.
  • I finished my two-year degree in General Studies.

September

  • The 2017 One Thing DTS began their lecture phase.
  • I got to personally disciple one of the DTS students through the entire lecture phase. (We call this, one-on-one.)
  • Katie left for a 6-week outreach in the Philippines.
  • We officially purchased the cafe building known as “Les Cevennes.”
  • I temporarily oversaw the renovations of the cafe building with the DTS student’s help.
  • My sister returned to the States after spending three months here.

October

  • The 2017 One Thing DTS continued their lecture phase.
  • I got to continue to personally disciple
  • We continued renovations at the cafe building. We were able to get several rooms up and running in just a couple weeks.
  • We received another 2 teams and they both stayed at the new cafe building.
  • Katie got to be the primary midwife at a birth for the first time. She welcomed “Evolet Sarah” into the world in Jesus’ name.

 

 

November

  • The 2017 One Thing DTS continued their lecture phase.
  • I continued to personally discipline my one-on-one.
  • We had another team come and stay with us.
  • Katie finished the outreach in the Philipines and returned to Perth to start her second lecture phase.

December

  • The 2017 One Thing DTS left for their outreach to Thailand and Cambodia.
  • Katie and I got engaged!
  • I took a stay-cation of about two weeks during the holidays.
  • Katie left for her next outreach to India at the end of the year.

This entire year, my focus has been on learning leadership and pioneering principles. God has been teaching me so very much this past year. I have written about many of these things in my past newsletters. Feel free to go back and check them out if you would like. In my next newsletter, I will write about the vision for 2018.

Praise Reports and Prayer Requests

  • 2017 was full of God’s goodness. He taught us a lot about raising the bar in our community and in our lives.
  • December and my stay-cation went really well. It was a very refreshing time.
  • Katie made it safely to India.
  • Please be praying for Katie’s health. It is struggling to at a good level with all the travelling and intensity of her outreach. Please pray for continued encouragement for her too.
  • Please be praying for me that I would continue to grow in more intimacy with the Lord through this whole year.
  • Please keep praying for my financial support to increase. I will be announcing the vision God has placed on my heart for the rest many years and I will need increased financial support in order to carry it out. God will provide.

Thank you, everyone, for all your continued encouragement and support. If there are any questions you have, please let me know. I love to answer questions. You can check out my blog for any recent newsletters, random musings of mine, or ways to support. 🙂

-Justin

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