Spiritual Warfare was the topic for this week, and a lot of us weren’t honestly sure what we were getting ourselves into. However, it didn’t take long for our speaker, Heather (from New Zealand), to show us that this was going to be a really really good week! Heather brought with her an abundance of gobsmacking personal stories where God had showed up in very weird, yet wonderful ways. She combined this with deep scriptural teachings as well as lessons on world history, which all tied together very nicely. Having spent some time in Cambodia herself, Heather also prepared us for our outreach, by diving into the cultural and historical foundations that make up this country.
I know some of you may be reading this and not really know what we mean by “spiritual warfare”, and to be honest I wasn’t 100% sure either. What stood out for me was that spiritual warfare is not necessarily the moments in our lives where we are experiencing spiritual attack from the enemy, but is in fact more about our everyday walk with Jesus. Heather highlighted that we need to incorporate what she called “offensive” and “defensive” spiritual weapons, such as faith, obedience, the gospel, confession, repentance, praise, gifts of the spirit etc. into every aspect of our lives. We are in a constant battle between the desires of this world and the desires of God. But by using all these things we strengthen our spiritual muscles and will be ready to face whatever may come our way.
After class on Monday we visited Pam’s Little Promises, which is another YWAM ministry in the form of a home daycare. Pam helped us prepare for outreach by teaching us a number of children’s songs and actions, which took us all back to our day’s at Sunday School. We then practised reading storybooks to each other, which was way too much fun.
During our time of intercession on Wednesday afternoon, we decided to ask God what he wanted us to focus on as we prayed for Cambodia. This time really encouraged our team as we got many similar words, images and scriptures, which all fit together quite well. It was amazing to see God speak through us and reveal bits and pieces of what he has in store for us.
On Thursday night we attended a comedy night at our local church, West Coast Christian Fellowship. The performance was put on by a number of the students at the church’s middle school, who had us all very impressed by their acting and comedic relief.
We ended the week of lectures by taking a visit to a nearby Ice-cream Parlour, where many of us enjoyed a classic sundae with hot fudge chocolate sauce and a cherry on top - a perfect way to spend a Friday night! On Saturday we took an excursion to Lighthouse Park where we explored the many forest trails and scenic coastal views. In celebration of the Queen’s birthday, we had Victoria Day on Monday, which meant a long weekend for us and no classes on Monday (Yippee). We made the most of this by sleeping in, playing board games, watching movies, and of course lots of quiet time reading our bibles 🙂
This week we have our very own YWAM Vancouver staff member, KJ Appelt, who will be discussing Community Development in preparation for our outreach.
Stay tuned, Georgie.