|the winter 2011 DTS grads & their staff|
We are proud to announce the graduation of our Winter 2011 DTS class! On Saturday, June 4th we gathered with friends and family to celebrate the completion of the DTS lecture & outreach for Nelita, Mackenzie, Makaela and Paola. Their passion for God and love for one another was contagious as they led worship, shared stories from their outreach, and generally smiled their way through the evening.
This is the first all-girl school here at YWAM Chico (at least in a very looong time!), and the smallest group of students in several years as well. During their outreach, they came to be known as "las chicas de Chico" wherever they went, and they loved it. Nixaliz, the school's outreach leader, has a specific vision to reach the gypsies in Spain with the redeeming love of Christ. She shared that she'd been told Spain is a hard place to minister, and specifically that the gypsies are a closed culture. She did not expect to be able to establish relationship with them during this trip, thinking she and the "chicas" with her would be preparing the way for future opportunities. But God opened doors not only to meet gypsies, but to be invited to their homes and to develop relationship with them and to worship together. Nixaliz looked out across our faces and testified that Spain is open and hungry for the love of God and that the "field is ripe for the harvest."
|Mackenzie, Makaela, Nelita & Paola|
As these four girls step into the next season of their lives, we are confident that God will continue to develop their gifts and passion so that many more lives will be touched with His love and awakened to their identity in Christ! Way to go, "chicas"!