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Quick Video-Hello from Cambodia October 5, 2022

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Hi guys. A few quick videos, and a few photos of some of my time here in Cambodia (9/23-10/7).

 

A quick hello on the road… September 23, 2022

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September News from the Westside September 18, 2022

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Hello from Lakeside Montana! 

Fall is here, and while we are having some glorious late summer September days, they are beginning to give way to cooler temperatures. Up here we have a very short Fall. It won’t be long before we see snow on our mountains. 

Summer has been wonderful, and a blur. In Montana the joke is that we have only two seasons: “winter, and visitors”. We had the joy of hosting friends and family from around the world. Over one particular two-week period we had 7 nieces, nephews and friends from Australia, Hawaii, and Canada all together. Such fun. 

On the work side, no letting up. In our discipleship programs, we pioneered a second DTS here in Montana, while continuing with our other two programs already in place. Our campus also hosted training and gathering seminars, to which people came from a variety of places and organizations. Some of our favorites were the Engage with Bible Translation, and Ending Bible Poverty Now, seminars. These drew over 100 representatives from various ministries and organizations, including YWAM, Wycliffe, SIL, and others. 

The kids are getting older! Eden has entered 9th grade and is driving! Joel started College here in Kalispell, and Samuel is in Kona, Hawaii beginning 10-months of extended missions training. All the kids worked jobs though the whole summer. 

This next season will be packed. Aside from Samuel in Kona, and Joel attending college, our big news is that Cambodia is now reopening after Covid in a way that allows internationals to travel there. This means that after 3 years we are going to reopen our Equip, leadership school there. This school has produced so much fruit in the region over the last 12 years. I (Jeremy) have committed to helping them get that up and running again. On Sept 23 I will be traveling there for 2 weeks, then again on Oct 23 for another 2 weeks. 

The best part is that Molly and Eden (and a school friend of hers!) will be accompanying me. Molly is die-hard for Cambodia and foreign ministry. She will be teaching in Equip and also in other groups. She has arranged for the girls to plug into a variety of ministries such as: serving in the elementary school, offering baking classes to younger girls, giving devo’s on being a godly teenager, evangelism in villages, serving at a children-at-risk home, serving in the campus kitchen, outdoor work projects, babysitting for missionary moms, and more. 

Thanks for reading, and for staying in touch! 

Much love,

Jeremy, Molly, Eden, Joel and Samuel. 

 

June 2022 – Graduations, Driving, and expanding ministry (pics at the end). June 14, 2022

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Westside Story, June 2022

Hello dear friends!

3 months have gone by already since our last broad communication. If your lives are anything like ours, a LOT has happened in the last few months!

Ministry

With life at home, and locations abroad approaching something akin to normal again, we are busy and moving forward with our ministry plans and calling here at YWAM Montana, Lakeside. Individuals are now able to apply for our training programs and attend from outside of the USA. And more importantly, we can now send our teams more easily outside of the USA. More good news for me (Jeremy), is that I have been able to increase our staff and leadership training team to almost 30 individuals now. This means we can take more students, go to more places, and investigate more ways of training and sending effectively.

DTS Equip, our leadership school, ran in April and May, and approached a near-record number of participants from multiple locations. From Cambodia to Europe, leaders and staff came to connect, deepen their training, and return refreshed and with renewed vision for discipleship, evangelism, and missions. Our Winter DTS returned from outreach, with teams in Panama and Columbia. It was a fantastic school, with many graduates making plans to enter more mission-work.

We are now running 4 DTS programs this year, with a new, second DTS running this summer.  Alongside those is our “Summer Programs” school. This is effectively a “mini-DTS” for individuals who cannot commit to 6 months of discipleship training and outreach but want to give their summer to missions. This is also a more unique program because we also accept students from within High school.

Something incredibly special we have only just completed this last week, was a 7-day trip to our largest YWAM campus, Kona Hawaii. This last week I was able to take 20 of our leaders and staff to visit with several of our founding leaders and missionaries. I wanted to put the current and emerging generation of trainers and mission-makers in the same room with as many of the original generation of pioneers as possible, and to ask many questions. It was called the “Mamas and Papas Tour.”  Alongside spending hours with Loren Cunningham, the mission’s founder, they were able to hear from other pioneers from that generation. Those who pioneered works in the French-speaking world and North Africa, as well as the leaders of YWAM Ships, who engage with some of the hardest to reach island, river, and coastal communities around the world. There was much more also. The goal was to receive an impartation of vision, pioneering and faith, to hear where they see the future of the mission going in our (younger) hands, to simply sit and “talk-story,” while being exposed to a different campus and YWAM culture (there is always something valuable to be learned from seeing different models). It was an incredibly significant trip for many.

Molly continues to help support and make the campus Directors in MT as successful and effective as possible. Everything from corporate structure to future vision and leadership lands on her plate. Most importantly (IMHO 😊) she is actively sought after by the younger generation for advice, mentoring, and counsel. She is a treasure. Then, if “work” wasn’t busy enough, the family side of things has been keeping us consumed, especially Molly, even more!

Family…

These last few months have seen an incredible amount of “new growth” in our family. Samuel graduated from his own DTS in Mexico and the Middle East. He is now working hard to earn the money and prepare himself for a 9-month discipleship and leadership course in Kona, HI. He leaves us in September. Joel just graduated High School! Amazing. We couldn’t be prouder of the man Joel has become; his love for truth, integrity, and consistent Christianity is a blessing beyond his academic achievement. It was a privilege for me to bring him on our staff trip this last week to Kona. And, can you believe it, Eden is starting to drive now! She finished 8th grade with multiple awards, and then drove Molly home! 

Perhaps the icing on the cake for us this season, is being able to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this month! I definitely “married-up”, and am so grateful for the partner, friend, Christ-example, wife and wonderful mother, the Lord has given me (I’m publishing this before she can change it 😊. Check out the photo below. She still fits into her wedding dress just 😉.

Life is full, and we are blessed beyond what we deserve. While family, work, and the world still offer a lot of daily challenges, we can still say that God is good, and we are blessed to be called stewards of his goodness to others.

May the Lord bless you in all you are doing. And thank you as always, for following along and partnering with us in our mission and sending journey. With much love,

Jeremy, Molly, Sam, Joel and Eden.

See some photos below: Joel’s graduation, Joel and I in Kona, and with Loren Cunningham, founder of YWAM (still going strong!), Molly and I …then and now, and Eden behind the wheel!

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! December 27, 2021

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Greetings from a very snowy (and cold) Montana! 
Merry Christmas and a very happy new year! Among all of the other emails, cards, letters and phone calls you must be receiving right now, please allow us to add ours.  We wish all of you – our friends, family and partners in life and ministry- a very happy and grateful Christmas. We are truly blessed, and it’s hard to celebrate Christmas without gratitude! How could we? We have so much to be thankful for, even amid hardships we may face.  Allow me to do a quick update and bring you up to speed on life with us.

The kids are beautiful, growing, and doing well.  Samuel is currently in the Middle East on his field assignment for his school.  From the Pacific Ocean to the Red Sea, he is doing so well, and very much at home traveling (very) cross-culturally. The work is tough there, but he also has a fresh appreciation for the freedom and joy Christianity brings to communities and cultures – something he is not experiencing where he is (no photos available of him at this time). Joel is in his senior year, still trying to decide what to do next. He has several college options, but I think his decision will emerge closer to May! Eden is an energetic 8th grader. Growing so well, and so much fun. Molly and I are really enjoying having a week or two off at the moment; well-needed, and very appreciated.  

On the work front, we have several teams out in the nations on their outreach assignments, from Eastern Europe to Asia they are spread out and doing well. in a week a new batch of DTS students arrive and begin their 5-month journey of discipleship growth, discovery, and missions.  We are never idle!  Recently I have been able to begin travelling again. Teaching in both DTS’s and leadership schools (Equips), it is nice to be able to see and teach in person. I have been to locations in Europe and the US, even having Molly with me for one of them (so much fun!). Add to this the growing online engagements that have not waned but grown over the last year. Two weeks ago, I was teaching classes in Amsterdam, Montana, and Cambodia; sometimes all in the same day! I love it.  This next season promises more of the same. 
Thank you for all of your Christmas love and joy this season. We look forward to seeing on the other side of 2021! 

With much love and gratitude, Jeremy, Molly, Sam, Joel and Eden. 

 

October 2021 – the written version October 23, 2021

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Hello again.

For those of you who don’t want to wathc a video, here is the gist of the recent video update, in text form! Blessings

JW

Hello dear friends 

Straight away allow me to apologize for the lapse of updates. As many of you can appreciate, the last 6 months have been crazy. However, we also celebrate this fact! That we have been able to run schools, programs, training, and outreaches consistently since September 2020, is a proud achievement. Our schools keep growing, as do our staff and volunteer numbers. 

I (Jeremy) have started traveling and teaching again, with three trips this Fall including one to Europe for a new leadership school run by a dear friend and prior staff, I am finding my schedule full. Molly is still doing her usual exemplary job, assisting the Directors of the Campus here, and being a rock-star mother.

The kids are doing so well, and keeping us busy also. Samuel finished a year of college, and is now in his DTS in Tijuana, Mexico. He is loving it and we can tell he is thriving. Joel is in his final year of high school, and a great guy who loves soccer, and a proud senior. Eden is blossoming at school, in volleyball, and with her many friends. She just turned 14 (we can hardly believe it, but couldn’t be more proud).  

Summer is over, and Fall is upon us. Here in Montana, we will feel the steady tightening grip of enter soon enough! We have attached a few pics below as a quick visual catch-up.

Thanks for following along with us, and doing this journey together! 

With love and gratitude for our many friendships, 

Jeremy and Molly.

(The video version of this post: https://youtu.be/HSthFY8QCrM)

 

A 2.5 min look at 2021, DTS Vision YWAM Montana April 4, 2021

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Hey everyone.

We produced this a few months back and it has been rotating on our website. I just saw it again and thought, “well, maybe some others might like a very quick look at how we see 2021?”. I oversee our Discipleship Team, which includes our entire DTS Department, the focus of this video.

Enjoy the next 2.5 minutes,

Jeremy

 

Hola from Mexico! Feb 2021 February 14, 2021

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Hello everyone!

Here is a video update from Tijuana Mexico, where we just closed out our recent Fall 2020 DTS. Some work news, a family update, and some sunshine (yay!).

A few photos at the bottom here also, but first, a really fun video from one of our 4 outreach teams, this one from Mazatlán, Mexico. Check it out:

 

Molly Just Had Shoulder Surgery September 13, 2020

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Update from the Westside, Sept 2020: Molly just had surgery! 

Hi there team.

My sincere apologies if this announcement and update catches most of you by surprise.  There was no plan to keep this a secret; events simply unfolded so quickly over the last week that we have been all caught a little off-guard.

For the last few months Molly has been receiving physical therapy for a shoulder injury that has been plaguing her for about a year now.  The short version is this: the PT wasn’t working, so they referred her to an orthopedic surgeon for an MRI.  They discovered that she had a torn cuff and labrum in her shoulder, and possible Biceps tendon damage.  In a consultation last Monday, they told her this, and the only long term solution was surgery (these injuries actually will not heal themselves).  She opted for a surgery opening within 5 days! That was last Friday. With just a little time to prepare and reorganize “life”, and the kids going back to school the same week, our lives went into focused-life-management mode!  This also meant our communication network got neglected behind. Again, sorry! 

The good news is that we have excellent medical care here, and the surgery seems to have gone well although a little more extensive than was first expected. They did the labrum and cuff repair, but needed to reattach her bicep tendon to her shoulder.

Since then, the only real hiccup was that we found ourselves back in the ER the same night. Molly was starting to have some trouble breathing (this is a potential symptom of post-surgery complications when they use a nerve block with general anesthesia). After a chest x-ray for a possible collapsed lung, and then a CAT scan to check for a blood clot, she was eventually released with the diagnosis of “diaphragmatic irritation” due to anesthesia.  While this is excellent news, it made for a very long day for Molly.

Back home and OK, you’ll be relieved to know that I myself was able to battle through it all and get to bed by 1am. 🙂

As I write this Sunday night, she finally seems to be getting some sleep. She had a hard night last night and day today, as she began to react poorly to her pain medication.  We think we are back on track now (we will see) and all I can pray for is a good night of sleep for Molly; her body needs it. While she is a real trooper, believe me, she needs her sleep.

Please pray for her. She is in pain, which is expected, but it just makes life very difficult, and not very do-able!  (Apparently this surgery is rated among the most painful of recoveries, and will take weeks-months).  

We have also been blessed to be receiving help from so many people without ever asking for a single thing. Friends and family are being so faithful.

On the family front, it seems the summer is slipping away and the Fall is bullying it’s way in.  The kids are back in school last week, and Samuel has started college locally.  We are moving forward with opening the campus for schools and programs in a week, which is exciting, but in these times especially make for a lot of work, and just a bit of “excitement”.

Thanks for working and walking alongside us, as always. 

Jeremy (with Molly, Sam, Joel, and Eden!)

Five [arthroscopic] holes for surgery
And the ever present Boomer, on duty, as usual
 

June 2020 Westside Update June 24, 2020

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Hello dear friends and family.

(FYI, some photos at the end…)

Time is flying by. It’s hard to believe that 5 months have passed since we started tracking the outbreak and the implication of Coronavirus in Asia for all of our YWAM schools, ministry travel for Spring and Summer.  Not only that, the kids went to online schooling, and Samuel graduated High School, and has since started college online!

Life in the Discipleship Department

Late January we were relocating teams around Asia and Europe, examining travel routes, and setting up protocols for teams returning to Montana. Early in February and March we were changing destinations for outgoing schools (multiple times) and ultimately, cancelling outreaches and upcoming schools. The Spring DTS had to be canceled, and our leadership school DTS Equip was also pushed to next year.  Late May we cancelled our Summer schools also.

While all that was happening, we have been expanding our regular campus routine into more local community outreaches, expanded online ministry, and more local training and development of staff. This has proven to be a special “hidden” blessing for us as a campus. With our regular routine of non-stop training, sending and receiving teams back, we would never be able to effectively shut down our campus to incoming students and focus purely on staff development and community outreach.  I (Jer) have been able to host different training seminars for our entire Discipleship department, as well as prepare for a large influx of new staff come July.  In all, we are expecting 18 new staff to arrive this Fall; an amazing and encouraging development for us.

In terms of travel and teaching, after two trips in January and February, we have been effectively grounded.  But, not idle.  I have been able to teach via Zoom to DTS leaders and staff all over the country simultaneously in single sessions, plus teaching staff groups in Spain, Cambodia, Netherlands, and even preaching in a church in another state.  We have been to an online wedding, and I am even performing one next month!  Fun times.

Family life

The kids did really well transitioning so abruptly to online learning. While the boys didn’t enjoy it as much, Eden was in heaven.  She loved it!  She loved going to school, but being able to set up her own school schedule, work place, and being able to hang out all day with mum and dad (we were also working from home).

Samuel’s high school graduation was a highlight for us, and for him.  Although so many seem to be struggling with the inability to graduate as usual, we were able to have an outside, distanced, graduation. While Sam really missed all of the social events leading up to it in his Senior year, he was quite happy to graduate with less fuss than normal 🙂

Since school’s end then kids have been working and socializing as much as able.  Summer is just getting into full swing over here.  Thanks for following along, staying in touch, and supporting us in all the ways all of our “team members” do.

Love and blessings on your family too!

Jeremy, Molly, Samuel, Joel and Eden.

 

 
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