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Go-Wests, Summer 2017! October 5, 2017

Filed under: Family,Photos,Updates — GoWests! @ 10:14 pm

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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Equipping Disciple-Makers May 16, 2017

Filed under: DTS Equip,Photos,Updates — GoWests! @ 11:34 am

Hi everyone.

Wanted to give you all a quick update from the “DTS Equip” Leadership school we just ran here in Montana, USA. We just finished 6-weeks of wonderful, challenging, growth.  25 participants from various nations, Taiwan to Ireland, USA to Ukraine, and even two from Quebec, Canada, eh!
Thank you especially to those who prayed for us.  It was an excellent group – growing individually, and as a group, and blessing the local community during outreaches, also.  One of the repeatedly heard reports among the group was the surprising amount of growth in personal discipleship and identity first, and then leadership development that was layered on top of that.  Not only were they effectively equipped to lead and train others, but were deeply impacted personally too.  Such a joy to be with serious disciples, and disciple-makers.
A couple of fun pics below, a school photo, and one of our outreach days, for Mother’s Day for kids and mums at a local restaurant chain, Chick-fil-A.  We had a great time helping, playing with, and praying for kids and mums.
The next two Equips are in:
“Eastern Europe Equip” in Ukraine, serving Eastern Europe, June 26-Aug 4. And,
“Pacific Equip” in Kona for the Pacific, July 6-Aug 18.
As I am leading the Pacific Equip, The West fam will be in Kona for that school.
Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, support, input in our lives and of course into your own mission-fields of work, life, and family.
Blessings upon YOU!
JW
 

Update on the run: Vegas in 120 seconds March 24, 2017

Filed under: J's Journey,Updates,Video — GoWests! @ 4:19 pm

Hello friends!

Here’s a quick  2-minute video update from my time with the Las Vegas DTS.

Thanks for following!   JW

 

 

 

Aloha! Super-quick 2:30min Video Update from Jeremy March 12, 2017

Filed under: J's Journey,Uncategorized,Updates,Video — GoWests! @ 4:01 pm

A 2:30 minute video update?  It doesn’t get any quicker or easier than that!

View for a quick hello from Jeremy.

 

 

Merry Christmas, and a BIG THANK YOU, from our Family to Yours, 2016! December 24, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — GoWests! @ 9:40 pm

Hello everyone!

Instead of a written greeting, a little video greeting this Christmas, instead.  Enjoy!

 

2 Family Celebrations November 23, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — GoWests! @ 4:53 pm
#1 – Taiwan Family
I wish you could have been there with me!
Last month I sat in a huge room in Dan-Shui Taiwan, filled with Taiwanese and foreign missionaries from all over the globe. It was my JOY to celebrate 20 years of The Rock Cafe ministry in Danshui Taiwan (a free coffee-bar ministry which YWAM runs).  We listened to testimonies of many local Taiwanese who met Jesus through the Rock Cafe.  Men, women, teens, young and old, went from lives of hopelessness to lives filled with purpose and joy.  Tears of gratitude rolled – on all of our faces – as our Taiwanese brothers and sisters recalled the transformation in their lives, expressing such gratitude to Jesus and to the missionaries who served to pave the way for them to meet Jesus!
 God’s family conitunues to grow – and I know He loves it when we celebrate that!

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#2 – Mission Partners | You are family to us
This Thanksgiving, we’re celebrating God’s family growing through our partnership with you!  Together we see lives transformed, at home and abroad.
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Go through his open gates with great thanksgiving; enter his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name.  For the Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.”

– Psalm 100

If you live anywhere in the USA, tomorrow you will likely be in a home with friends and family to celebrate a unique day on our calendar: Thanksgiving.  I am so grateful for this holiday – a time to pause and reflect on the goodness of God in our lives.  As we consider God’s goodness and steadfast love to our families, communities, our nation, and the nations of the earth, may you overflow with thanksgiving tomorrow, and always!
We are thankful for YOU!
 

Cambodia Hatrick September 26, 2016

Filed under: DTS Equip,Photos,Updates — GoWests! @ 9:26 pm

Hi everyone.

Seriously? This is the only helmet you have...?

Seriously? This is the only helmet you have?

Three times in 10 months must be a new record for me working in Cambodia.  I am sitting at Incheon airport in Korea waiting for my flt back the USA, coming from a very full 10 days in Battambang, Cambodia. This is my third trip here in 10 months.  Each one worth every moment.  December was staff training for an upcoming giant collaborative DTS, April was teaching in that “ASEAN” DTS, and this trip was running the leadership school, “DTS Equip” for many of those staff and leaders in the region.

The 2016 ASEAN+ DTS Equip (faces blurred for security)

The 2016 ASEAN+ DTS Equip (faces blurred for security)

A week ago we kicked off the 4th ASEAN+ DTSEquip (referring to the ASEAN alliance among Sth East Asian nations) in Cambodia.   This is our 18th Equip program run since 2007, across 4 global regions.  This particular school has 23 participants and 6 staff from Russia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, New Zealand, USA and Canada.  A wonderful group of YWAM staff and school leaders from the nations, going back out there to evangelize, disciple, and then disciple others.  My teaching covered an array of topics cornerstone to effective Christian leadership and discipleship: identity in Christ, personal discipleship, leadership thinking, long-term discipleship, self leadership, and spiritual authority.

Some personal highlights for me:

  • Seeing those I have worked with for years since their beginnings in Christian discipleship now walking in maturity and leading others.
  • Seeing old friends. Faithful people who are giving everything to be (and raise their families) on the front lines of missions.  One of them is the Equip school leader: a young lady from Washington. We led her DTS, taking her to Cambodia for outreach. She has been living there for 6 years since and is now leading the DTS Equip for the region.
  • Working with people who have come out of closed nations to take the training so they can do even more effective work in their own lands (Myanmar, Vietnam).  Their courage and determination is both empowering and convicting.
  • Seeing the nation of Cambodia develop.  This is not always encouraging, but in general things are improving, and the church is making an impact in various areas of society.
  • Coming home to my own family  🙂
The boys from Vietnam!

The boys from Vietnam!

Myanmar represent!

Myanmar represent!

Classroom at 110 degrees

Classroom at 110 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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