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Interview… with a… Trainee…

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Interview with the amazing Hannah (19 yrs), who came all the way from Washington State (which is way up north on the west coast of the United States of America, for anyone who might not know ) to do her DTS in Carlisle.

A random fact about yourself?
I love Ferris wheels but I am terrified of heights.

If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?

Bungee jumping in New Zealand, from the highest place possible.

What is your life dream?

To travel the world and to work in orphanages.


I have known about YWAM for many years. When I finished two years of college, I really felt like I needed a break from everything at home (same place & same people all the time). I had worked at a doctors office for two years and really needed a break from the routine. I really felt like doing missions. I had been thinking about it for two years and felt like this was the time to do it. I especially wanted to do missions in Africa. So I started to check out different missions organizations. People from my church recommended YWAM, so I checked out YWAM. I could tell you lots more but that is the short version of my story.

Why Carlisle?

I really wanted to go to Europe, so I checked out all the bases in England. The outreach to South Africa as well as the small size of the base in Carlisle were the main reasons why I applied at this base.

Do you have any survival tips for life in Carlisle?

If you are ever in a bad mood, get good chips. Good Year has really good chips.

What has been your best God moment on this DTS so far?

Last Thursday when we had Yolanda and Mariette. They made us stand on a table and proclaim that we are righteous and sons/daughters of God, leaving our pasts behind. It felt kinda weird at first but very empowering.

What is your favourite thing about God?

How personal He is and His faithfulness.

Favourite story in the bible or favourite verse?

“I can do everything through him who gives me strength. “ (Phil 4:13)

Your funniest moment on this DTS so far?

Learning head & shoulders, knees & toes in Dutch for outreach. Tyler tried to be serious but he simply could not manage to say it right. It was hilarious.

And dancing with Hee Sun and Willem in the kitchen while cleaning.

If you had to describe DTS with one word, what would it be?

Challenging but rewarding (I know that is more than one word ).

What would you say to someone considering a DTS?

Just do it! Just go for it, it is completely worth it. Don’t worry about money or anything, just do it.

A DTS Blog Post

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“This has gone on long enough…”

Everyone in the room nodded in mute agreement.

“We must remain silent no longer…”

Another nod, everyone glancing around the room at each other…

John 13:22

We (the staff) here at YWAM Carlisle are
immensely excited, even bursting with anticipation: The January 2010 DTS has begun! It began in January, actually. And we were quite excited then, as we looked forward to the arrival of 10 DTSers from Australia, South Korea, Singapore, The USofA, Holland and even from such far flung places as West London.

And arrive they did. And DTS got rolling with an intensive intro week. And our excitement and anticipation, though it was very large to begin with, deepened, grew, and exploded as we met this truly unique group of people from all different types of backgrounds with a whole collage of different stories and personalities coming from a mosaic of different cultures to be together here in the beautiful (if at times cold) North of England.

It’s always amazing to meet in person people you’ve been praying for but have never met.

So we came together in that week and launched fully into DTS Lecture Phase, looking first at the Nature and Character of God. Straightaway we could see God’s hand at work in all of us, and there’s nothing quite so energising! Everyone has had the sense that God is up to big things here, and that He has big plans here.

Since that week we’ve had lectures on Relationships, The Abrahamic Covenant, and this week, The Bible. So far we’ve had lecturers from South Africa, New Zealand and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Questions were stirred, asked, some answered, and more questions were raised. All the while in this time we’ve been arrested with the new understandings, revelations and reminders of who God is, who we are, how Great God is… and what that means for us and mankind!

He is Well Great…

And so we find ourselves here, at the end of the fourth week of Lecture excited, inspired and in great anticipation… Excited again, yes… Inspired, yes… and in anticipation… yes… Before we were quite excited because of all of what we sensed God wanting to do, and this has again grown because of what we’ve seen Him do already in all of us in a short time… Inspired because of what we’ve experienced already as well, and in Anticipation… because He has big plans.

A verse we’ve heard many times on this DTS:

Jeremiah 29:11

He is well Great!!!

Excited is such a small word…