We are now settling in the mountains about 45 minutes drive away from the YWAM Denver Arvada base. Ted and I were asked to be on the DTS staff up here, at our mountain campus, Eagle Rock. It is incredibly beautiful up here; soon I will post some photos, so you can share in this beauty with us.
Well, where to start…the number of staff up here is only 14, which is low compared to the 100 and something at the base, so it has been really peaceful, and rather nice actually. It seems the smaller the number, the closer people seem to become. It has been like living with family, already in our first weeks stay. Ted and I will be living up here for three months starting on Monday. We are excited to get away from the craziness and noise of Denver.
Students will begin to roll in here on Monday! We are so thrilled! Ted has a small group of four guys, so he will be incredibly busy this quarter. He has amazing wisdom, and revelation so I know that God will use him immensely in this season. I have a small group of two. I had three, but couldn’t make it. I was sad, for sure, but now I am excited for my two girls to get here! I can’t wait to meet them. One is my age, and one two years older. I am honoured to be able to be there for them in encouragement in this season.
The Eagle Rock DTS will have 28-30 students this fall. We are all pretty anxious to meet everyone, and start this DTS out right, and with a bang! Please pray that this season in each of the students lives, will be one like they have never know. One where they experience God is ways they never have. Also pray for a teachable heart and spirit. That is always nice too…J.
Ted and I have the main “responsibility” of being small group leaders. (I don’t really like calling it just a responsibility but rather an honour really to lead these students to a deeper understand of who they are in Christ.) On top of our small groups, we also will be running other areas around the base. Since we are short on staff, this means we will be putting our hands in a little bit of everything here. It makes things fun and interesting for sure!
Ted is the maintenance director, as well as the worship leader. He is excited to get a chance to lead worship again. It is an incredible gift God has given him, and we see this as an opportunity for him to use this gift. I am running the hospitality department again! I am very very excited about this, because I have done this before and it stretches me a lot! I am excepting to grow in this season. I am also the receptionist off and on. That…doesn’t really stretch me, well other than learning to not be so antsy. Which is good.
Well, a few prayer requests for us. For Ted and I both to be able to find a good balance of alone time with God, time with our small group students, and time with each other. I have heard that this season can be rough on married couples, (and been told especially if were newlyweds) but we are excepting the best for this season. Not the worst, or something rough. We are determined to just walk in who we are in Christ, and in Christ, where could we go wrong…right?
Also for Ted, confidence with leading worship. And that God would continually reveal to Ted new things about identity. For me, I seem to try and resurrect my old man, and live through him. I am weary of walking this road, placing my identity in the things around me, or how I am treated. The old man is dead, and dead is where he belongs. Nothing I can ever do will resurrect this man, ever. I know am a new creation. I know am in Christ. So just prayer that I will not live through me own strength but through Christ in me.
Well we love you all and we’ll post another blog soon!
Ted & Jami
“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
You are hidden with Christ in God!