What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? This is how week 3 began for us and was the question that left all of us DTS students scratching our heads.
This week we were super privileged to have Mark Baxter speak to us about missions. Mark impressed all of us with his extensive experiences - starting the YWAM base in Jacksonville, Florida, writing two books, and having visited 113 nations so far to share the Gospel. His vision is to go to every nation in the world!
When asking everyone how they found this week the word that came up most often was "challenging", and that it certainly was. Mark opened our eyes to the world of the unreached, challenging us to go to the nations that have yet to hear gospel. With almost 3 billion people who are yet to meet Jesus, we were all reminded of the real urgency to reach these nations.
Near the end of the week, Mark treated us all to dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant on Thursday night. Claiming to have the best spring rolls in town, it did not disappoint, and the Pho was pretty fantastic too. Some of us took full advantage of the experience by eating an entire red chilli. Let's just say this decision was regretted immediately.
Our South African friend, Danielle, also celebrated her 19th birthday this week. This was enjoyed by all with a homemade sushi feast, as well as copious amounts of vanilla cake with strawberries and lots and lots of Betty Crocker icing. YUM!
On the weekend we ventured with the SOMLD students to the world renowned Stanley Park, which is a 1,001-acre public park that borders downtown Vancouver. Some of us explored by bike, cycling the many trails through the gardens, along the beaches, and the picturesque lookout spots. Others (including myself) opted for a less intense version, with our very own tour guide named Betty-Ann (i.e. our school leader) who drove us round the park, stopping along the way for pictures 🙂
We ended the week with a lazy Sunday at home, with some last minute journalling and map study done by all, as we are tested on a new continent each week. We are all finding creative ways to remember all the countries, with some of us revealing a bit of a competitive streak. Sunday also involved a dance party in the kitchen, with some questionable dance moves, as well as a few of us attempting to play a wooden flute one of our housemates purchased from Nepal.
Tune in again next week! Tanya Lyons will be teaching on the Character and Nature of God.