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Ruined for the Ordinary

The first time I heard about Youth With A MissionYWAM was from a friend who had been doing an outreach in Nepal. There was something about the stories she shared that made me wonder how the poor can have so little and yet possess so much. Years later, Melina started reading books about other missionaries who planted schools, healed the sick, and poured out their life for a cause they felt was greater than themselves. It messed with me to think that someone would give their life for another. If for someone you love, yes. But for a stranger? A thief? A Prostitute? A Murderer? That’s some kind of love.

I reckon it’s the same kind of love Jesus spoke of when he said, “greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” It’s the kind of love that he demonstrated when he gave His life up for others. For me. For you. It’s the kind of love you experience on the inside that completely fills you. It’s the kind of love that wants out.

So In 2009 we decided to check out University of the Nations, a Christian missions training center in Kona, Hawaii. Every year, thousands of students take what they learn and experience in the classroom and go on an outreach of their choosing. The PhotoGenX school had just come back from a 1 year track around the world and produced a video that completely wrecked me.

After watching the video, I couldn’t stop thinking if the reason for my passion in media was so that I could give a voice to the voiceless? What if the reason I’m given so much was so that I can learn to give to others? What if the reason I’m loved was so that I could love others?

This is what YWAM is about – to know God’s love and to make His love known.

In 2010 we decided to join YWAM on a 6 month training program called Justice. We had an amazing time in Haiti providing clean water to villages, teaching english and administering basic healthcare. We even delivered a baby. After our outreach, we served at another YWAM base in Cambodia. We hope to continue our journey and inspire others as we have been inspired by those before us.

May you also be wrecked by love and ruined for the ordinary.


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