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March 2019- Quick Video Update March 17, 2019

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Hello everyone.

Check out our latest video update:

  • Back from Australia
  • Jeremy just in Texas
  • DTS update: outreach teams back, Refugees, Ending Bible Poverty, and new schools starting
  • Family update
  • God is moving on our campus

Thanks everyone!  Love from the mountains

Jeremy and Molly

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February update – Australia and Back February 11, 2019

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February, 2019.

IMG_3300In brief: Back from Christmas and New Years in Australia; a very full January quarter on campus, sending and graduating students; developing and moving the campus ministry forward; and, the upcoming Spring quarter looms.

Greetings from snowy Montana.  It’s hard to believe that three months have elapsed since our last update.  Happy thanksgiving!  Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! And, Happy Australia Day for my folk =).   The arrival of 2019 saw a very full finish to 2018, and a wonderful start to our next season of family, and ministry busy-ness.

Photo 7-1-19, 16 20 20As many of you know, in early December the Montana Wests headed Down Under for a huge West family reunion.  With my Mum turning 80, her dream gift was a time of was bringing her 5 children and all the families together for one huge gathering around Christmastime and New Year.  We did it: Wests from Wollongong, Sydney and Brisbane, more from Hawaii, and of course Montana, all converged on a massive property for 6 days together.  So much fun.  And yes, we finally got all of the perfect family combination photos for “Nana”.  Well worth it.  Our kids had not been back since my Dad was ill with cancer 10 years ago, so this time was one of reviving old memories, and making new ones.  On a more selfish personal note, Molly and I were just so happy for warm weather during the cold winter over here.   Back to Montana reality, we returned mid-January to cold, but beautiful “Big Sky Country” Montana.  We hit the ground running and haven’t stopped.

IMG_3324On the work front, we have been putting students through our programs, sending them out, receiving them back again, and preparing for the next schools to arrive.  This week we welcomed back 65 in the DTS program from their outreaches in Greece, Thailand, Cambodia, Ukraine, and Taiwan.

I (Jer) continue to teach students, as well as develop staff and train our school leaders.  I’m also still traveling and teaching in other schools around the place (watch for another roving-update very soon!). Molly is living an extremely full life at work as the assistant to the Campus Directors.  From frantically organizing life from her desk, to participating in meetings (from strategic-departmental to Corporate Board) she does an outstanding job of helping so many to do their work well, and making so much of our campus life and ministry successful.  In the next couple of months, more DTS students will arrive, as well as our DTS EQUIP students; leaders and staff from various YWAM ministries around the world. But we can talk more about that later.

IMG_3319The family is well, reentering school well and adjusting to the (very) cold winter this year.  We love to hear from you too, and always welcome visitors here in Montana, ‘The last best place”, as they say up here.  Love, and blessings and thanks to you all,

Jeremy & Molly

Here are a few photos of our time in Australia, including one of the view from our airplane window about to land in Montana: a shock to the system.

 

 

 

Update (video) from the Westside, October 2018 October 29, 2018

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Hi all.

Welcome to Fall for those in the Northern Hemisphere, and to Spring for those in the Southern Hemisphere.

Click the link below for a 7-min video update.  If you prefer, I can send you a written update instead.  Just LMK!

See you around!

Jeremy (and fam!)

 

August ’18 Update – Who, What, & Where September 3, 2018

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Hi out there.

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As several people have been asking where we work and what we do in a little more

detail lately, we thought we would include that in our August update. So, for our regular followers, I apologize for the recent blog-silence.  Otherwise, enjoy a video for a change.  Here are some recent photos below, too.

Bless you all!

J and M.

 

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Making Your Reading Count When You Don’t Read Enough January 22, 2018

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Hi everyone.

I just wrote a short blog for the campus here in Montana.  It originated in a request from a younger leader in Taiwan who was an Equip student of mine.  He was asking for some practical advice on reading and retention/application.  Maybe you can relate?

F-Y-Interest…

JW

https://ywammontana.org/making_your_reading_count_when_you_dont_read_enough/

 

 

Jeremy’s Update Nov-Dec: Australia, Montana, Maui. December 12, 2017

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Hi everyone.

Quite a bit has been happening on the work side from here, and because I always feel like so many of you travel with me, I want to share the latest events with “the team”.

At the end of October I traveled (solo) to Australia. It had been well over 7 years since I was last in Australia; too long.  It was a very fruitful time of reconnecting with friends, churches, and of course family.  While I have seen most of my family at some time over the years, there were a few I hadn’t.  It was so needed, and so special to connect again.

I spent several days in Sydney with my mum and sister and friends, then a few days further south with my brother and his family and other friends.  From there I flew up to Brisbane for several days with another brother (the one I haven’t seen since 2010).  He had moved there since I had last been Down Under.  It was such a great time of relaxing, some sight-seeing, family time, and fun.  Not to mention stocking up on Aussie items unavailable in Montana!  Only the essentials, like Vegemite.

After my return to Montana early November I immediately re-entered into discipleship teaching, speaking in the DTS here in Montana on the “Fear of the Lord”.

This was a really great week with a very impressive school. These students were so willing to learn; responding so admirably to some very “loving yet challenging” truth about discipleship, our response to God and our ongoing relationship with Him.  It can be challenging at times, but also so rewarding and enjoyable.

Finally, early December I flew out to another DTS, this one is Maui.

More of a last-minute invitation, they asked me to come in their final lecture week (of 12) before they head into outreach in Asia.  Again, I was struck by their commitment, focus and passion in their final week of class.  This is usually a time of distraction and tiredness as they prepare to head out on an unimaginable and exciting cross-cultural experience.  But I was amazed at their determination to get every second out of every class.

Back in Montana, and the cold, I’m home and moving into Christmas!  (see some more pics below).  Merry Christmas!!!

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Montana DTS

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Maui DTS

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Crossing the street, Maui

 

Go-Wests, Summer 2017! October 5, 2017

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Hello everyone!  It has been a few months since our last big update, so this one will cover our whole summer.  It has been full, busy, enjoyable, …and sunny! 

California in June:
Immediately at the end of the school year we packed up the family into our trusty Toyota, and headed out to visit California-family on a road trip of over 2600 miles.  Ten days later we headed back to Montana, where I spent a quick week preparing to go to Hawaii and pioneer our leadership training school “DTS Equip” at our Kona campus.  Eden joined me for the first week of preparations, until the rest of the family arrived.  We had a really fun time together traveling, playing, and setting up for the 6 week school.
“Pacific Equip”, Kona Hawaii. July-August: 

Pacific Equip, Kona 2017

After many years of conversation and planning, we have now planted our leadership and staff training school, DTS Equip, in Kona.  We call it “Pacific Equip” for the greater region it is intended to serve.  For strategic reasons we limited enrollment to school leaders, or those with 2-staffing experiences.  A small, but very fruitful school, with representatives from various Kona DTSs, Montana DTS, International Korean DTS, and the Discipleship Bible School.  It was run at a newer campus there, the YWAM Ships campus.  We are now planning on running number 2: same location, same time, 2018.

Y*ka, a Cambodian we have worked with over the last 8 years, now teaching in Equip about pioneering. He is about to enter La*s long-term

Some of the highlights for us was (yes) being back in Kona as a family, but also seeing other family and so many friends made many years ago. For me (Jeremy) it was very rewarding to see this school planted there, and to see so much other fruit remaining after all of these years.  We were able to reconnect with co-workers and dear friends from over 15 years ago, who are still out there in the world doing ministry and mission work (see 2 photos at end).  I was able to have some of them in my class, now teaching on missions, pioneering and cross-cultural ministry.

Another plus was a small-group leadership seminar I ran for a church there.
My brother Andrew is one of the pastors there and with his wife Jane, they organized a series of training events.  It was very fun, well-received and successful. It was such a privilege to be part of their growth (you can hear 2 of the 3 sessions at http://livingstones.us/howtodisciple).
In other Equip news, we also ran two other DTS Equips in 2017: Montana, and Ukraine.  That makes 22 Equips run over 11 years, training 368 participants from 31 nations, and working in even more.  Time flies!

Eastern European DTS Equip 2017, Ukraine

 
Nth America DTS Equip 2017, Montana
The Fall fell quickly!
Here in Montana all eyes are now fixed on the coming cold, and school year.  The kids are now back in school.  They are growing up so well and we are very proud of them.  Samuel is in 10th grade, is 15 years old, and driving!  Joel is 13 and in 8th grade.  Eden, almost 10 and loving the 4th grade! (Heaven help us – more science projects!).
Thank you for following, encouraging and supporting us.  I (Jeremy) am eager to see some of you in Australia in Oct/Nov as I head Down-Under for a much needed visit.  It has been 7+ years since I set foot on home-soil, and I have been feeling an urgency to re-visit.
Love to you all!

Cousins! Kona, HI

Molly and Jane, family sunset picnic on the beach

Photo 12 years ago with guys I worked with in Kona. Almost every one is still in full-time ministry.

Some of the same guys from 12 years ago. Now leading ministries in Cambodia, Thailand, and USA (others were present also but not in pic)

 

 

 

 
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