Equipping Disciple-Makers May 16, 2017
Cambodia Hatrick September 26, 2016
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.
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 🙂
Equipping: Montana, Sth East Asia, and a short video. August 29, 2016
Equipping November 3, 2015
We hope you have been enjoying the change in season, regardless of where you are. Here in Montana, fall has officially arrived, and in true north-west fashion, is almost gone; winter is hard on its heels! Read on for some short updates from various parts of our lives and ministry.
2015: I recently received two encouraging emails from participants of our last leadership school (DTS Equip) for trainers, evangelists and disciplers from various parts of the world. It’s good to know the work is hitting the mark. They write,
“I honestly can’t say enough about you or DTS equip so I’m hoping we have more guys out there next year.” (Pacific)
“I just wanted to thank you for everything you did for equip… I have been processing all of equip lately going through my notes and listening to the audios from lecture. I am so thankful; the school taught me so much!” (Eastern USA)
2016: Next year will be another year of empowering leaders and bolstering discipleship training and evangelism across the globe. We have Equips planned for 3 global regions: Armenia (for Eastern Europe and Russia), Cambodia (for South East Asia), and in Montana, USA (for the Americas).
Summer included Mum West visiting us for an extended time. She was able to have 2 great months of relaxation, input into our family, grandkid-time and of course the opportunity to mother me around! It was wonderful and we look forward to the next visit.
The family keeps us on our toes! Eden just turned 8, the boys are well into 6th and 8th grades, basketball, Scouts, friends and who-knows-what-else, keeps us “active”.
In December I head out to Cambodia to train DTS staff for an upcoming 8-nation DTS. It is a collaborative DTS focusing on Asia and the opening of “ASEAN“, becoming a truly border-less region. This “ASEAN DTS” consists of DTSs from 8 nations (Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Philippines, and USA (Kona).
News from teams in the field:
Here is an excerpt from a DTS team on outreach in Taiwan right now. This is a specialized DTS focusing on the outdoor industry and backpacking culture.
“Currently, we are in Xsinchu serving at ‘Rock Climbing Church’.
This church was started by a pastor and his family who had the idea 20 years ago to reach out to the aboriginal people (Hakka tribe) through outdoor activities. He hosts a kids summer camp where he uses rock climbing, biking, river trekking, along with other outdoor skills to share Jesus. “
Thank you for following us, and for all of your involvement in making practical missions happen in the world today. Lives are being changed, a generation is being affected, and good work is getting done! To Know God and Make Him Known, Together!
Jeremy & Molly
Summer 2015 (and a peak into 2016) August 29, 2015
Too long since our last update! One reason was the extreme schedule of our summer: running schools, kids on break, YWAM celebrations, and visiting relatives. Good times.
We have just completed another Equip leadership training program here in Montana. That makes it 16 since 2007, on four continents. This last school hosted 19 participants and 6 staff from various parts of the world. It was a true privilege to serve these people who are committed to evangelism, discipleship, and Godly leadership in locations such as Taiwan, the Pacific, North America, Mexico, and Europe.
Two such participants were Angelina (Taiwan), and Ascala (England). Among others, they are committed to working with YWAM Taiwan to reach the Taiwanese and other Chinese speakers. For security reasons, more can’t be said right now, but we are proud of them and look forward to potentially working together again in the future.
Currently we are enjoying the end of our summer here. The YWAM ministry here in Lakeside Montana celebrated it’s 30th anniversary! Hundreds of people–staff and students sent out from here over the years–came from all over the world to join in and reunite. A special blessing for us, Jeremy’s mum and sister also arrived in time to take part. While Liz needs to return to Australia soon, Mum is staying on into October giving us all a great time of family reunion and fellowship (especially with the grand kids!).
2016 is looking like one of the fullest years since being in Montana. Family-wise, the kids are in full-swing with school: Samuel will be in 8th grade, Joel in 6th grade and Eden in 2nd! Time flies. Ministry-wise, we could potentially be running 4 Equip training programs next year. We are scheduled to run Equips in Montana, Ukraine, and Cambodia, with the possibility of another one emerging. On top of this are the teaching invitations Jeremy is receiving. We need wisdom to decide which ones to invest in.
Thanks to everyone who stays in touch over the distance, prays, and supports us in various ways. It’s a joy having such a great team.
Until the next blog…
Jeremy, Molly, Samuel, Joel, Eden (& Boomer)
Greetings from Cambodia: Sept 3 Update September 6, 2014
Greetings from Cambodia!
This year is going so quickly. In the past month we have wrapped up the Montana DTS Equip leadership training school, the following week I was in Mexico conducting leadership training for a group of YWAM school leaders, trainers and staff (by the way, the Eastern European DTS Equip in Ukraine just finished their second school, too). The Mexico trip was special to me; it was the first time I was able to take one of my kids, Joel, along with me. Just him and me, it was a fun and special time. A week later we were back in Montana and preparing to move house. On August 23rd the Wests changed address! As many of you know it has been a busy, but exciting year as we built our new home. So many God-stories are to be told, all accumulating to make-up the blessing and miracle of our first new home! We are already using our guest room for hospitality, receiving family and friends the first weekend after we moved in.
As our friends were arriving, I was off again—this time to Cambodia—from where I am writing now. I am here helping to kick off the third South-East Asian DTS Equip, running in Battambang, Cambodia. This is first time we have not brought our whole family here for the two-month program. Our roots and our relationships here are deep, so not coming as a family is something of a disappointment for us. As hard as it is for our family in Cambodia at times, the kids still wanted to come! But our intention has always been to pioneer it, empower others, and hand it off.
We have always wanted to develop regional leaders to facilitate this program who can take it to places we can’t. So it is an answer to prayer, but it’s also hard transferring something that you have worked so hard for to other leadership; even if you pick the leadership team! It has, in fact been a great joy. The leadership team we put together is diverse, complimentary and committed. This is an exciting time, but also a little tenuous. Please join with us in prayer to support these leaders who are attempting to take this school to the next level; they are already experiencing some obstacles, but I am confident of their abilities, faithfulness, and of course the Lord’s empowerment, both practical and spiritual. This school has 16 diverse participants, representing 7 nationalities (Costa Rica, New Zealand, Cambodia, USA, Canada, Sth Africa, Vietnam). Collectively they represent ministries in the Philippines, Thailand, USA, and Cambodia.
Handing off the school was a step of faith. But now, with a house that was completed late, with rooms still full of boxes, the kids entering higher grades at school, and an overly packed year behind us, we see God’s wisdom. I will continue to oversee the DTS Equip programs internationally, teaching, training and supporting, but my direct leadership of each school is on a deliberate decrease as I develop and release others into that role.
As always, we are so grateful for your partnership and support. You are sharing the work and you will also share in the inheritance. Thanks.
Jeremy. Cambodia, September 2014.
Equipping in Ukraine, and my new friend Sergie July 18, 2014
Hello out there!