This week we had Kay Charlotte McClurg speak all about relationships to us. Now before we could even begin settling into another new week, it became very apparent that Kay Charlotte was a force to be reckoned with. It was going to be a very memorable week...that was certain.
As Kay Charlotte shared her testimony and some incredible stories, we all joked that DTS didn’t really stand for “Discipleship Training School”, but was more about “Dying To Self”. We started asking ourselves what are we willing to do to relate better to people, so that God is seen and I am not. We discussed all the different types of relationships, but the common theme was that relationships are all about vulnerability. In order for us to trust people we need to be vulnerable, but in order to be vulnerable we need to trust.
We engaged in a lot of self-reflection this week with a particular focus on our “numbing tendencies”, which are the behaviours and things we sometimes use to numb our emotions. Unfortunately this is in response to our culture that says that “we are never enough”, leading to feelings of guilt, shame and comparison. Kay Charlotte showed us that everything we do is rooted in relationship, so in order for us to be able to love as well as be loved, we need to engage from a place of worthiness.
On Tuesday we had our monthly 3C Night, which stands for “Communication, Connection and Collaboration”. On this evening all the YWAM Vancouver ministries (which are spread out across the lower mainland) get together for dinner, worship and then someone from the community shares. This week we heard all about one staff members recent mission trip to Thailand, which made our team really excited for our outreach next month!
For community intercession on Thursday morning (where we pray on behalf of others), we decided to do a prayer walk around the neighbourhood. We split into three groups and went in different directions as we asked God what he wanted us to pray over the community. This was a lot of fun and such a reminder to keep praying for those we come across in our everyday.
On Friday we had a really special time in store as Kay Charlotte had been preparing us all week for our time of ministry/processing. For this session we laid down all the "not enough's" we believed about ourselves and had been “numbing”, as well as confessed things that were perhaps holding us back or we needed to ask forgiveness for. This time was very moving as we all gathered round each other in prayer with many Kleenex boxes on standby.
With a bit of an emotional rollercoaster over the last few days, we ended the week on a more light-hearted note by attending a preschool graduation at Pam’s Little Promises, which is a ministry of YWAM Vancouver. The celebration was in Pam’s backyard where we were all brought back to our childhood as the kids put on a music performance for their friends and family - it was beyond cute! Afterwards we enjoyed a feast of burgers, sausages, sushi, fruit, cupcakes and lots of cake.
On Saturday we headed to “Hat’s Off Day”, which is essentially a street party on steroids that has been running for over 30 years. Think lots of food, face painting, henna tattoos, music performances, games, balloons, free stuff...it had it all! With the weather remaining warm all weekend, we went for a picnic on Sunday afternoon at a nearby park called New Brighton. With a public pool, views of the lake and mountains, this was the perfect spot to read a book, play a game of frisbee and attempt slackling.
Next week we have Mike Oates speaking on Evangelism. Please be praying for us as we step out and practise this in Vancouver.