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Youth With A Mission Discovery Bay is having a celebration dessert and YOU are invited! Started by Loren Cunningham in 1960, YWAM has impacted millions of lives in literally every nation of the world. YWAM Discovery Bay has played a big part in that story in the continual sending out of waves of missionaries to spread the Gospel both here in Puget Sound and the unreached frontiers.
On Saturday Night, May 11, we are having our annual YWAM Discovery Bay Celebration Dessert at Gateway Fellowship (formerly Christ Memorial) in Poulsbo from 6:30-8:30 pm. The event is FREE OF CHARGE and will be a wonderful evening of inspiration and catching a fresh vision of the tidal wave of God’s Spirit breaking over the earth today. Register today!
You will be treated to:
- An elegant dessert buffet featuring a variety of scrumptious desserts!
- Three heart-warming stories of lives that were changed through YWAM Discovery Bay.
- Amazing reports of what God is doing here and in the nations.
- A pledge offering will be taken to support the year-round work of YWAM Discovery Bay and to continue our work in sharing the good news of the Gospel.
In today’s worrisome economy, the best investment you can make is changing peoples’ lives that last for eternity. Here’s how you can spread the word and personally get involved:
- Register to come yourself. You can either register as a single or couple.
- Host a table (of eight) and invite your friends, neighbors or associates to join you.
- Sponsor a table with a $200 tax-deductible gift to YWAM.
All of these options can be done by either calling (360)385-3498 or registering here. You can even manage your own table on-line (you can register as a group, or add additional registrations by logging in later). We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on Saturday night, May 11.
Unable to attend? Would you consider sponsoring a table in your name? If so, the requested donation is $200/table. Use our donation form to make your contribution. Thanks so much!
Mongolian youth praying together during Dream Camp
Mongolian youth enjoying a meal together
Pastor Sheika and his family
MONGOLIA.... a vast beautiful land about the same size as Alaska with less than 3 million people, yet so many of them have yet to hear about Jesus. Mongolia is still 86% unreached for the Gospel!
When Russia released its grip in 1990, Mongolia was one of the last nations to embrace democratic and religious freedom reforms. In 1980 there were no known indigenous Mongolian believers and still in the early '90's there was but a handful of Christians. Today one-third of the population is Buddhist and less than 3% Christian. But Christianity has had the opportunity to grow and many people's hearts have been changed.
Yet shamanism is also on the radar with many young people turning to it, and animism still has a strong hold on the people, especially among the tribes and nomads of the land. However, now there are more than 100,000 believers, according to some sources.
We have had the privilege of participating in the harvest through short-term teams, working with local church planters, and mercy ministries in the nomadic countryside. We have been working in the nation of Mongolia since 1997 (in conjunction with YWAM Port Orchard from whom our current ministries were born). At that time our King’s Kids teams began trips into Mongolia with basketball teams and English camps.
One young woman who attended one of those camps was touched by the message of Jesus, committed her life to the Lord and many years later came to Discovery Bay where she did her DTS, TESOL and SOFM! She is now involved in establishing “Tribal Bridge” and building a training center near her home town in Mongolia. Learn more about Tribal Bridge
In 2012 a Mongolian pastor and his wife and family came to Discovery Bay and attended our DTS, returning with a great passion for their nation and a desire to help other families in their church to be involved in missions, not only in Mongolia but in other parts of Asia.
So in early 2013 our Discovery Bay DTS traveled into Mongolia in the dead of winter for one month of outreach, working with the local church, pastored by this amazing couple and their children. We shared with their fellowship, joined in with ministry at a local public hospital, praying for burn and frostbite victims, assembling hospital beds and serving in other ways. We then traveled north and ministered in other cities to churches and a prison and traveled out to the border of Russia where we prayed for that country.
While we were there, we taught a discipleship seminar for believers in that remote town and we discovered the very real need of discipleship among them. So many pastors do not have adequate training, so our heart is to be involved in helping to meet that need.
In the summer of 2013, we were involved in the "Dream Camp," an evangelistic church-sponsored camp to reach out to the young people. Started two years ago, almost 200 young people attended have attended each camp. Here at the camp many hear the good news of Jesus for the very first time and some of those that have attended are now serving in the church. We hope to have an ongoing impact in this camp every year.
Here at YWAM Discovery Bay God has given us a heart for Mongolia, and we hope to continue to be a part of what God is doing in that amazing part of the world.
Perhaps He would have you join us?
Youth With a Mission is a highly de-centralized global missionary society united by common values and a commitment to complete the Great Commission. All YWAM operating locations have their own local legal boards to whom they are accountable and look to for guidance and direction.
YWAM/Discovery Bay Camp currently has nine board members
T. & D. Larson - both serve on our board. He serves as President of the board and he and his wife are the current directors of YWAM Discovery Bay. They led YWAM Kings Kids in the area for many years, and have helped to pioneer our ministry at Discovery Bay and in many places in Asia.
Ed Madden serves as vice-president of the Discovery Bay Camp Foundation board and currently works as an administrator for Group Health Cooperative, Seattle, Washington.
Ron Boehme serves as the secretary treasurer as well as chairman of the board. He has served in Youth With a Mission since 1974. He is also the president and director of Youth With A Mission Port Orchard.
Dan Martin is a Gig Harbor businessman who is the owner of Dan Martin Construction, and who has served on both the Port Orchard and Discovery Bay Boards since 1995.
Miles Musick is a long-time YWAM leader who founded and is currently the president of New Beginnings Home and YWAM Adoption Ministries located in Puyallup, Washington.
Rick Allen has been involved with Discovery Bay for many years. He and his wife Druci led a YWAM King's Kids team at their church for 14 years, and two of their children did their DTS at Discovery Bay.
Pete Battjes has served in Christian ministry for over 30 years, with a Masters in Biblical Studies. He is currently the Lead Pastor at North Bend Community Church.
L. “Bones” Anderson has been involved with YWAM since 1986. He serves as part of the YWAM Discovery Bay leadership team and teaches in various YWAM schools throughout the Asia/Pacific region.
The smell of the spices; the beauty of the trees and waters; the color of the markets; cities and villages; slums and mansions; high rises and dirt roads. This is the rainbow of color and contrast that make up the land of INDIA.
With a rich and diverse culture made up of over 2,533 people groups, adding up to over 1.2 billion people, India easily dominates the southern region of Asia. Although freedom of religion brings openness, Hinduism reigns supreme, and many radical parties have strict beliefs regarding conversions to other religions. This often results in persecution among the various religions, but is predominately directed against Christianity. Over 88% of Indians have yet to hear the Gospel.
The cities are a melting pot of people groups coming together to advance in their different walks of life. With the boom of technology and outsourcing, Indian cities are rapidly growing with call centers and telemarketing offices.
The villages are individual communities with their own unique structure. A special unity and pride is present among each village, and the hierarchal structure remains true throughout the schools, temples, leadership, and family involvement.
Family and hospitality are two words that remain true in both the villages and cities. At any given moment, time can stop so that people can spend time getting to know each other better. Whether over tea or a roadside snack, friendliness is the prevalent value.
India is growing rapidly, with experts claiming its rise to becoming the largest nation as soon as 2020. However, the great divide between the various caste system groupings and the lifestyles of the villages proves that it will require much effort from all for any significant advancements to take place.
How can you be involved?
- Caste system—with the continuation of the caste system, the wealthy rise in power and the Dalits (often considered the “untouchable” caste) struggle more and more. Because of the dowry system, in which a girl’s family must give money and valuables to the boy’s family at the time of marriage, it is nearly impossible for the castes to mix, even beyond the prestige aspect.
- Persecution—although India’s laws proclaim religious freedom, Christians are still persecuted regularly, especially in areas where the radical political parties rule. Pastors are killed, churches are burnt down, and Christians are often beaten for proclaiming the gospel. This hinders missionaries greatly as they face the unwritten laws regarding conversion between religions.
- Unity—pray for unity between the castes and between the villages and cities. The diversity is beautiful, but it also brings segregation and division, often hindering any sort of growth.
- Open hearts and doors—pray for the PEOPLE - to be open to hearing and receiving the love of Jesus. Pray for more open doors for missionaries to creatively share the gospel and meet the needs of the people!
- Leaders/Political parties: Pray against egocentric leadership and corruption and pray for their hearts to be moved and opened to change the social problems– malnutrition, child labor, female infanticide, rapid spread of HIV, illiteracy, poverty, and much more.
- The younger generation—with the widespread influence from media and other cultures, the youth are rapidly evolving, driven by modernism and materialism. This has created a larger sense of independence, and a greater lack of Jesus Christ. Pray for open hearts and understanding of cultural and moral values.
- Join a short term team with us at YWAM Discovery Bay
- Join a team from your church or organization
- Come serve with YWAM in a DTS and go for longer!
- Support the work among the people of India – financial support is greatly needed.
- Sponsor the long term missionaries working with Indians
- Bless the short-term teams with giving and your prayers
- Sponsor a child through the various organizations (World Vision, Compassion International, etc.)
No gift is too small