Discipleship is a central part of YWAM. It’s the essence of the YWAM motto, schools, and vision. Follow Jesus alongside others is the imperative. I worked for several years in one of the key ways in which YWAM expresses the call to discipleship: the Discipleship Training School, better known as DTS. Being a part a DTS was a wonderful and challenging journey of following Jesus out of my comfort zone.
We drove to Machakos by minibus, which is the town adjacent to YWAM's base Athi River, approximately an hours drive away from Nairobi. We stopped at a mall to stock up on some groceries, as well as gifts for the day’s outreach that went to the city's prison - Machakos Prison. We continued this part of our journey in tuk-tuks to the prison. We were six to seven people per tuk-tuk, travelling at a maximum of 10 km/h. Outside the prison gates, we met the other teams that had already arrived. We were a large group with teams from Australia, Germany, USA, as well as our team from Norway.
December is over, and Christmas has passed. Even though the celebration and holiday is over, the message of christmas still have its power and impact. Last year I wrote a lot of Christmas cards to my family and friends. Usually you’ll find a prophecy from the Old Testament about Jesus written on the front of my cards. They express the mystery and expectations around the arrival of this new saviour. One of my favourite passages is from Isaiah 9:6 that I used a lot this year too. This little child, a son, who is also God, everlasting Father and Prince of peace.