Tomorrow is the big day. I’m flying off to South Africa, where I will be living and studying for the next 5 months, and I can’t think of a better way to start the new year. I know that quite a few of you will be following this blog to keep up to date on how I’m getting on, so I thought I’d give you a bit of background on where I’m going and what I’m going to be doing.
I’m going to be taking part in a Discipleship Training School (DTS) run by a charity called YWAM (Youth With A Mission). The purpose of DTS is to bring its students into a more intimate relationship with God. It also gives them an opportunity to discover their passions and part in God’s purposes for the world. It is for those who long to follow Jesus in new ways with a different perspective.
The course is a full-time program and lasts five months. It consists of two parts: a lecture phase and an outreach phase. In the lecture phase, I’ll be learning more about God and His world through lectures, community living and practical training. The outreach phase focuses on applying what we’ve learned in the classroom through a cross-cultural experience.
DTS is run at over 200 YWAM locations all over the world, each of which has a different focus. I’m going to be doing mine at Media Village in Cape Town, which is a training school and a productions company. They run a DTS with a focus on communications, and also provide training in new media, film and video production, radio and written communication. The location for the outreach is still TBC, but will one or many of South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana.
I can’t wait to get started learning more about myself and God’s plans for me, and learning better ways to communicate. I know how privileged I am to be able to spend 5 months away from my normal life, and I fully intend to make the most of it. I’ll be posting updates as often as I can, and would really appreciate any prayers or messages.
So, apart from having to do a fairly major clothes cull to get my suitcase under the weight limit, things have gone pretty smoothly so far. Fingers crossed that the storms die down for the flights.