Week 11 kicked off with our very own YWAM Vancouver Training Director, Randy Parizeau, speaking on Discipleship. Now for a topic we’ve all heard before and that has been taught countless times, Randy did a really good job at bringing some new things to light.
He began by telling us what discipleship is not...not a program/seminar, a set of rules, only for leaders or just between Jesus and me. Rather, discipleship is at the heart of what following Jesus is all about. It’s a lifestyle and ongoing process of learning, teaching and doing. It is the umbrella term for God’s greatest command for us; to love God and to love others as yourself (Mark 12:30-31).
Discipleship is therefore very active! What stood out from this was that in order for us to be discipled and disciple others, we also must teach and be teachable. Randy said that in discipleship “you can’t give away anything you don’t have. You can’t love others, without loving God and yourself.” Everything we do must come from a place of worth and value in ourselves, so we can speak that into others. It’s all about relationship, vulnerability and a lifestyle of surrender.
On Monday night we were treated to dinner at Wade and Joanna Pallister’s home, who are on staff with YWAM Vancouver. Wade has been to Cambodia every year for the last 8 years, so we thought it’d be great to hear all his stories as we anticipate our outreach. All 14 of us, including the Pallister’s three kids, enjoyed a Cambodian-esque meal of spicy bbq chicken with peanuts, chilli, rice and salad.
In between lectures on Tuesday and Wednesday we took an excursion to a Mosque, Buddhist and Sikh Temple to learn more about other religions and to prepare for mission. For most of us this was our first time visiting, so we weren’t really sure what to expect. To honour each of them, we dressed in modest clothing which involved an ankle length skirt and head scarf for the ladies, and suit pants and dress shirt for the men. This experience was super interesting and something a lot of us would like to research further to understand why people believe what they believe, and to also ask the same question for our own faith.
On Friday we ended the week with growth groups, where we divide into three groups to chat about our weeks and pray for one another. During this time I made an Australian “delicacy” called “Cheesymite Scrolls”. These involve puff pastry, cheese and vegemite, which is then popped in the oven and baked into a golden pinwheel. I'm not sure everyone enjoyed them, but I certainly had missed them! Afterwards a few of us went up the street to Anton’s Italian Restaurant for dinner, where we devoured a huge feast of sausage fettuccine, risotto and seafood linguine.
On Saturday morning we all woke to lots and lots of rain, true Vancouver weather we’ve been told. Nevertheless we all headed to Kitsilano beach to baptize a fellow YWAMer, Leah, who did her Discipleship Training School last year. Despite the cold and the rain, it was such a privilege to share this moment with her. In the evening we headed to Randy’s for BBQ hamburgers, salad and ice-cream for dessert. To end the weekend we spent most of Sunday just relaxing, by chilling on the couch and reading our books as our last book report is due next week!
For week 12 we have Joseph Watson speaking on Destiny.
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