Last year we had some great successes with our global communications team of about 25-people. We are a team from every continent, working from many different time zones, with unique skills and talents. Recently I received this update from our team’s project coordinator:

In 2014 we continued to develop YWAM’s website so that people looking for opportunities to get involved can do so easily and reliably.. We have responded to the many enquiries that come to our help desk each week, directing people to the places and information they require to take their next step in missions involvement. We have maintained our information database so that details about YWAM locations are as reliable as possible. We have kept YWAMers all around the world up-to-date with changes and developments within the mission, helping them understand the implications for those in their location. We have shared stories with an international audience (through social media, the e-zine, the podcast, streaming, reporting, etc) extending the reach of each location’s news through our global platforms. We have made more of YWAM’s foundational teaching available online.

The YWAM Podcasts continue to serve over 3000 people a month with the audio content that I have the privilege to produce. This includes both the YWAM News Show and the YWAM Teaching Podcast.

One of my real desires of serving in Youth With A Mission is to see people released into what God has for them. I believe that God has a plan and purpose for everyone out there, and to be able to help people discover that plan is a real blessing, and something that I have been able to do while working with this global team. This also came through from our project leader:

… every day through YWAM.org visitors send a total of about 49 inquiries about opportunities they find on the site. One of our goals for our global communication team is to recruit more people into God’s global purposes. God is using our efforts to direct many people every day to take their first steps into mission.


For the last few years my children have been listening to the same few podcasts. We found our favourites back in 2010, and have sticking with them ever since.

Paws and Tales PodcastBack in 2010 we were listening or watching five different podcasts:

  1. Paws and Tails
  2. Kids Corner
  3. The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast
  4. Karen and Kids
  5. Sesame Street Podcast (video)

Kids Corner PodcastAfter five years I thought that it would be worth looking around at what else might be out there for our kids to listen to during our car rides, or around the house…

Despite spending a long time looking, I could find nothing new that was worth listening to! This was definitely disappointing as both Kids Corner and Paws and Tales are both running reruns of their older shows, and The Official Adventures in Odyssey Podcast only releases a few free episodes a yeaAdventures in Odyssey Podcastr.

Both our oldest and our middle child have outgrown Karen and Kids and the Sesame Street Podcast, so we have stopped listening to both of those shows. It is worth noting though that both of those appear to still be producing new episodes for their podcasts.

Despite having no luck in finding new podcasts for our children to listen in 2015 I have found that the public library is a fantastic resource for audio books and programming for our kids. Through a program called OverDrive we can access all sorts of great content to listen to.

OverDrive

Recently we listened to the first two books of the classic Anne of Green Gables series, and our kids love the Boxcar Children series.

So between our three preferred podcasts, and the audio books available from our public library, we have done pretty well getting good, quality content for our kids to listen to.

New Testament Bible Reading PlanFinding a New Testament Bible Reading plan that wasn’t dated proved to be a lot harder than I thought. Most of the 6-Month New Testament reading plans were written to be started on the 1st of the year, but since I didn’t want to wait until January 1 to start, I quickly made one without the dates.

The reading plan will take you 180-days if you read one selection a day starting at the beginning of the New Testament.

Six Month New Testament Bible Reading Plan

Hopefully you find it helpful as well …

Download it here.

I wanted to take a quick opportunity to say thank you so much to the people who prayed for and donated towards the purchase of a car for us. A few weeks ago we finally managed to pick one up, and it has been serving us well so far.

Despite being a larger vehicle, it is using about 30% less fuel than the old car did. This is great, and it exceeds the fuel savings that I was hoping for. There also seems to be less kicking coming from the back seats, so I think that the kids are finding it to be more comfortable back there.

Again, thank you so much for helping us in the raising of funds for this car.

Monthly Support Needs

Now that we have raised the money needed for the car we are going to be looking more at raising our monthly financial support. Last time we shared that we are struggling with our monthly support income. We have been blessed since then to have seen an increase in our support and two new supporters partner with us! This is exciting news, and a real encouragement for us, but we still need to see a further increase in our monthly support.

You can find out how to partner with us financially on the Donate page on our web-site.

Espresso for your SpiritI have recently been reading a book called Espresso for Your Spirit: Hope and Humor for Pooped-Out Parents. I was reminded in a recent chapter of what Paul said in his letter to the  Philippians in Philippians 4:11-13.

I have learned to be content, whatever the circumstances may be. I know how to live when things are difficult and I know how to live when things are prosperous. In general and in particular I have learned the secret of … facing either plenty or poverty. I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives within me. (Philippians 4:11-13)

Because of my Podcast

School of PodcastingDavid Jackson, from the School of Podcasting web-site and podcast, has a segment on his podcast that highlights what people have been able to accomplish because of their podcast. It’s a great part of his show that helps his listeners to hear what can be achieved through podcasting.

While considering what I have been able to achieve through my podcast is that I have been able to share my testimony (episode 6) in 29 different countries! Many, of not most, of those countries are place that I would never have shared in if it were not for technology. Some of the countries that my testimony has been heard in are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Iraq
  • Vietnam
  • Kazakhstan
  • Israel
  • Kuwait

I was blown away by how many countries I have in fact shared in!

Impact of the YWAM Podcasts

I was really encouraged to hear about how God is also using the YWAM Podcasts that I produce. This includes them being downloaded over 110,000 times, and some great feedback about people going into missions because of what has been shared on the podcasts …