– Psalm 100
– Psalm 100
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:
Some of you have asked for links to our teachings, lectures, sermons, etc.
Periodically I am asked to preach the message at our church. On July 31 I preached the final message in a 4-part series on the book of Colossians.
It’s 33 minutes long. I hope it comes across OK, I haven’t watched it in it’s entirety. I could barely even stand to prep’ it for this blog! Famous last words.
We just had to show this.
Joel receives the special, 6th grade “Dawn Bowker Award” given for excellence in character, integrity, and citizenship. Only one individual in the 6th grade, one in the 7th grade and one in the 8th grade at his school can receive it, for the entire school year. Knowing that he would be away next week (when the other two are given) his wonderful teacher organized a presentation with his other 6th grade classes and teachers so, “he could receive it in front of his peers”. She called us earlier in the week to let us know and ensure we could be there.
We are so proud of him. He had no idea it was going to happen 🙂
After that we took him to get a treat, anything he wanted> “a cheeseburger, fries and EXTRA LARGE cookie-dough Blizzard”. Ugh! (see pics below)
I have just returned from Maui where I was teaching in a Discipleship Training School; the topic, Identity in Christ and Discipleship. This school is now only 3 weeks away from their outreach in Bangl.adesh (spelling deliberate). This was a very fulfilling week. A small school, yet huge in heart. So dedicated to the teaching, application in their own life, and commitment to taking the gospel to the nations. When there they will be working strategically alongside existing long-term ministries.
7 days in Cambodia, 100+ degree temperature, and 160 people.