Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Welcome to Kona!!

We are in the midst of our first week of DTS here in the beautiful sunny town of Kona, Hawaii! Last Thursday we eagerly awaited our students' arrival, and we enjoyed a weekend of orientation and fun together. On Friday night we all gathered as a campus to celebrate the beginning of our biggest quarter in YWAM history with cultural dances, a flag ceremony, and a surprise flash mob!

There are about 40 nations represented on our campus this quarter and over 1300 staff and students. We are all expectant for what the Lord has planned for us this fall!

As the Compassion Ablaze DTS, we kicked the quarter off with a BBQ and bonfire, where we were able to form friendships that will last a lifetime. Many of the students have begun to explore the town and local community already, too.

We have spent many hours already worshiping together, praying for each other, and really getting to the heart of why we're here doing what we do. This week all of the C. Ablaze staff and students are sharing their testimonies--stories of how God has redeemed them, delivered them, and led them to a life of wild faith! It is incredible to hear how the Lord calls each of us out of where we are, and invites us to partner with Him in spreading His love all over the earth.

This first week has already been marked by freedom, love and radical joy as the students press in to know God more. We can't wait to see what the next six months hold for all of us--so keep checking this blog for all the updates on what the Lord is doing in Compassion Ablaze DTS Kona!

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