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Willem’s staff experience

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It’s hard to put one and a half year in such a small space. I joined the staff in September 2010, only a few weeks after my Discipleship Training School (DTS) had finished. I did not really know what to expect, even though I had just finished my DTS. DTS was the most amazing experience in my life, and it did literally change my life. I wanted to learn more, and I also wanted others to experience what I had experienced.
But, looking back, I can say it was better than I could have imagined. It has been awesome to invest time and effort in others, and see them experience God. As staff, the biggest challenge is to stay connected to God, throughout the whole DTS, and to always know what He wants to do. And, then, seeing God at work in others, changing them with his love, is the most rewarding thing! To see the difference between those young people coming in the door for the first time, and seeing them leave six months later, the growth and transformation is amazing.

And, the cool thing is, through being on staff and investing in others, God has given me so much more back. He has continued to work in my life, and He has shown me even more of who He is. Of course there are tough times, with big challenges and difficult situations, but through it all God is so incredibly faithful. Knowing that, and experiencing his goodness, makes it so worth it. I would not have wanted to miss out on it and I would recommend it to anyone!


The team is growing!

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We want to introduce our new staff members: Linn Irén Flebu and Lisanne Kaal have recently joined our team! They are both very excited to be a part of our team – and we’re very thankful to have them here and look forward to seeing what God will do through them!  Go to our staff profile page and read more about it!

Linn Irén Flebu is here to work with youth and drama. She aims to set youth on fire for God, their friends and Theatre, and will be setting up drama training for youth and taking an outreach team with a drama focus to Newcastle during the Olympics. Please contact us if you’re interested in coming with!

Lisanne has a big heart for people and for the nations. She wants to be there for others and help them to reach for the best. As such, she is currently working in the office with Emma and will also be taking the Basic Leadership School starting in September.

Please pray for Linn Irén and Lisanne as they settle in.


Evangelism in Berlin

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Doing some evangelism, Laura and I went to a coffee shop. We ordered a drink and asked God what He wanted us to do. I began to write while Laura drew a picture. At the table next to ours there were three people sitting and talking and slowly we realized that they were speaking English, although we are pretty certain that they were speaking German to each other earlier!  As they were about to leave, Laura and I started a conversation with them because I felt that God wanted me to give my note to the girl in the group, while Laura felt that her picture was for one of the guys. The girl seemed happy for the note and put it in her purse and the guy asked for the meaning of Laura’s picture. We also got to tell them about how we were on a DTS and sharing God’s love to the people of Berlin. It was so encouraging to dare to step out and at the same time using our God-given creativity to impact people’s lives!


Staff profile: Craig

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Craig is 30 years old and was born in Carlisle. He is in a relationship with Linn Iren, also a part of our staff team.

Can you tell us more about your life before YWAM and now?

I became a Christian when I was eighteen and joined YWAM eight years later. In those eight years I didn’t have much of an understanding of who I was, who God was and how much he cared about me.

How did you hear about YWAM?

Through a friend who did a DTS in 2007.

Why did you decide to join YWAM?

When I looked into YWAM it sounded like a really good idea. It offered me the opportunity to learn more about God, about myself and what to do with my life.

What’s your role in YWAM Carlisle?

I’m setting up and will lead the SOE in April, having pioneered the first SOE in YWAM England for 18 years last year. I’m also working to set up different local outreaches in Carlisle which hope to involve the local churches and I’m part of the YWAM Carlisle leadership team.

What are you passionate about/what’s your vision?

I’m passionate about people getting the understanding of God’s love. I long for people to get to know God and then for them to share His love with others. I have a big heart for Carlisle but not just Carlisle; I want to see people all over England and Europe get to know Him! I want to see lots of people be passionate for God and see people reach out to those around them through God’s love.

What schools have you done in YWAM?

I did a Discipleship Training School and a School Of Evangelism. Then I staffed an SOE in Norway and I lead the SOE mentioned earlier.

Tell us about the School of Evangelism!

The SOE is focused on training people to do lots of evangelism in different and strategic ways really well. It also gives the trainees an opportunity to grow in their own walk with God and in leadership. The SOE equips the trainees to go on to start or join an evangelism team or to plant a church somewhere in Europe. How do we best convey the Good News to people in Europe in the 21st century? How do we create a church that is relevant to people today without diluting what it’s all about? How do we best meet with people and leave them with a more positive view of God than they had before? These, among many others, are things we discuss and equip the trainees in.

Can you tell us more about what you’ve seen God do through your life?

Well, I love it when God uses me to touch somebody else’s life and I regularly see Him do all kinds of cool things. For instance: I was out doing evangelism in a shopping centre in Norway when I met a girl I knew who was limping. She told me she’d hurt her ankle, so I asked if I could pray for her and put my hand on her foot. She agreed, so I prayed and as I prayed for healing I could feel God do something in her foot. When I’d finished praying I asked her to test it out and she could now put all her weight on her foot and declared she was healed!

If you are interested in doing the SOE, there’s lots more information here: Alternatively contact Craig:

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City Centre Evangelism & the Botchergate Project

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On Saturday 15th October YWAM Carlisle hosted it first city centre outreach that was open to the local church to join in. It saw a good turn out with 7 people from churches in the area coming along, including some from as far away as Tebay. It was a great time which saw good conversations one of which resulted in a healing of a lady’s ankle & also with her accepting Jesus into her life. Join us next time: 19th Nov at 1.30pm at the Old Vicarage!


Since the 30th September we have also restarted our Botchergate ministry. Every Friday night we start off in Hebron cafe from 9:15pm with Worship & Intercession before going out onto Botchergate from 10pm-2am to hand out Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate. Every week we get to have good conversations with people, connecting with where they are at in life. As we connect with people on more than one occasion with a few people becoming “regulars”.


Just last Friday Andy who was with us for the 2nd time got in a good conversation with Terry & Ron  & has since realised they have a mutual friend which gives an opportunity to meet up on a more regular basis.


It is great to see people from the local church wanting to get involved & join in, with someone new joining each week so far. If you would like to get join us please get in touch & we’d be happy to have you join in.


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Here’s a testimony from Laura, one of our DTS trainees.

During our City Center Outreach René and I walked across City Center. We felt God had spoken to us, told us to go to The Lanes, and we had some clues about who we were looking for; but I don’t think either of us felt like God was really going to do something through us that afternoon.  About a minute later we came to a woman I felt God was leading us to.  As René and I began a conversation with this woman I felt like we were falling flat on our faces.  Almost as soon as I thought that, however, the woman spoke.  She was shocked that God had sent us to talk to her; she kept saying “To me, I can’t believe you came to talk to me.”  She told us how she had a ton of problems in her life right now and it was clear that this was the perfect time for God to step in.  As we conversed, this woman opened up about a lot of her hurts and the wrong things she had done.  She began the conversation seeming fairly closed to God and by the time we parted she asked us to promise to pray for her.  René and I were both blown away!  This dear woman has so many wounds in her heart and though she didn’t accept Christ on the spot, we know God met with her in a very personal and life-changing way; she left us seeming much more open to God and more understanding of His special love for her.  It was fabulous!  Both René and I were ready for the two other women God wanted to meet that windy day in City Center!

Staff profile: Ben

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We thought you might be interested in learning more about each of us on the YWAM Carlisle team, so we’ll do a profile of a staff member once in a while, starting with Ben.

I’m Ben Rowley, from the west of Canada. I did my DTS at YWAM Carlisle in 2007 and have been on staff here more or less ever since, mostly staffing and leading DTS. Including my own DTS, I’ve been involved with 7 DTSs here in YWAM Carlisle. I love what God does on DTS, how much growth we all go through, and the amazing places we get to go spiritually and geographically. It definitely is worth getting out of bed for every day! Right now I’m leading the Basic Leadership School that’s running alongside the DTS, and I’m loving it. The people I get to work with everyday are really quality, and God is doing some pretty slick things.

When I became a part of YWAM I didn’t really have a whole lot of plans or vision. I did have some faint dreams and some ideas, but the biggest thing I came with was a desire to know God and know what His plan for my life was. And God really met me where I was at in that. Over the last few years He’s given me a lot. I’ve discovered what His heart is for me, learned more about who I am, gotten a vision and a plan, and more than anything felt his heart for the world, especially Asia.

My vision is to see Jesus be King in Asia, to see a radical shift from selfish values to His Kingdom values, and to see the people there truly come to love God and each other the way Christ loves us and for that to impact every aspect of society. I believe God wants to show Asians that He is definitely King and Master, but He is also Father. And I believe God wants to see Christ-like, unselfish, empowering leadership in every level and sphere of society.

I really can’t explain how excited I am to be a part of this. For the last few years I’ve been receiving some really quality training here in England in preparation for heading to Asia. I’ve had loads of fantastic opportunities to serve Him and it’s been a lot of work but a lot of fun. In the next year I’ll be heading out to Asia. Honestly, I feel a bit nervous; it’s a big change. But I know God has given me the equipping I need to be effective, so I’m not worried.

Pray for me.

If you’re interested in frequent updates from Ben, or if you would like to support him financially, please e-mail:

Garden Party

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Last week we hosted our first garden party! For all those who came along, it was a great opportunity to find out more about who YWAM Carlisle is, what we are about and to get a taste of Europe, as our vision is to reach this nearby part of the world. It was a fantastic time where some of our staff and trainees told stories about their recent experiences of sharing Jesus with the people in Carlisle and celebrated what God has done this summer. We were excited to share about the healing miracles that God has done, with the people we met on the streets and to invite our guests to join us in the future. We enjoyed desserts from all kinds of (mainly) European nations to literally get a taste of Europe =), and sat under the marquee in our walled garden chatting until the light was gone. It was a lovely evening of conversation and inspiration. Thanks to all that came!

Treasure hunting in Portland

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A few weeks ago the SOE spent a week in Portland, in the south of England. We went and joined the DTS evangelism gathering that was there to learn about, and do some, evangelism. They chose the area f Portland as some of the Olympics are being held there, so a team will be going back there next August and in a way we were preparing the way for them. We did a lot of different things there… We did healing on the streets and also lots of treasure hunts.

For the treasure hunts we basically asked God before we went out who he wanted us to meet and asked him to give us clues and words about the people… so we put things under 5 categories which are:

Prayer needs

We prayed and just wrote down what ever came to mind however random it may have been.

So on the last evening me and another girl went out with our lists and we spotted a group of 3 people sitting out the front of a bar on the seafront, which I had on my list for location. We also had for appearance blond hair, sunglasses (which was random as it was the evening, but she was wearing them!!), pink top and white trainers and they all fitted with the clues. I also had strawberries and chocolate under my random category and i did wonder whether my mind was just on food, but as we walked up to them there was a picture on a window next to them which had chocolate and strawberries in which was so fun!! So we went over to them and explained that we had prayed before we came out and we felt like God has led us to them. We showed them the lists so they could see all the clues that matched up and they were quite overwhelmed. I also asked them if any of the names meant anything to them and one of them was Connor which was their 12 year old son who was back in the USA so they were completely blown away with that too! We started chatting to them and it turned out they had just been to the funeral of their mother and grandmother so they were just in Portland for a few days. We explained to them that they were Gods treasures and that he loves them a lot and knew what they were going through. We asked if we could pray with them and they said we could so that was an amazing privilege too. They seemed so touched, and i think it really meant a lot to them that God has sent us on this really significant day for them.

There are many more stories from the week. We experienced others being touched by the love of God and his healing power. Other members of the team met a man who was partially deaf and they prayed for him and he was healed and he was able to hear perfectly without his hearing aid. God did some awesome things!

~ Georgie

More healings!

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Here’s another SOE testimony from Dixie:

‘We went on a treasure hunt last Monday. Matt and I went out together and Georgie and Axel went out together. A treasure hunt is where we listen to the Holy Spirit and get clues to his treasures/people. The catagories of clues are 1. Names 2. Appearance 3. Location 4. Prayer Needs 5. Unusual or Random.
After we listen and write down what we hear we go out to find God’s treasures.
We found four teenagers, one of whom was walking with a crutch. Since I had leg on my list we asked them if they would help us with our treasure hunt. They were very willing. We prayed for Ellie’s hip and she tested it out after and said it was better. Then she asked for prayer for her wrist which she was suppose to have surgery on soon. We did and she tested it and said it was better. Then we asked everyone if they had recurring headaches, which Matt had on his list, 3 of the 4 teenagers had this affliction. Matt prayed for them to be healed and encouraged them to call upon Jesus if the headaches came upon them. None of them were experiencing headaches at the time so they could not test it out. Ellie had a bone bump on her wrist that we had prayed for and I prayed that it would dissolve. We didn’t see it dissolve just then but I told them where the base was and encouraged them to come tell us when it did.

Later, as I was returning a movie to the library I ran into Jack, who we had prayed for for his recurring headaches to go away on our treasure hunt. He called out to me on the street yesterday and told me that the prayer worked and his headaches were gone. This was Matt’s first time getting a report of Jesus healing someone he prayed for! Praise God!
Then Jack introduced me to his friends that were with him: about 10 teenage girls. They peppered me with all kinds of questions and wanted me to pray for them. I prayed for one girl’s mother who had Parkinson’s disease and she was encouraged to hear that I had already prayed for someone with this disease and had seen them healed. Courtney asked me if I ever hear God speaking to me. I said every day. Courtney wanted prayer but didn’t know what to be prayed for so I suggested that I pray for her to have peace from Jesus and she said “Yes”, so I did. Then Courtney wanted Jesus to live in her heart as I briefly had shared the Good News of Jesus with all of them. So she prayed a prayer of salvation with tears pushing on the edges of her eyes. She also asked if I would pray for her to hear from God which I did. I invited these teens to come to the YWAM base and they set up a time to come the next day and ask me any questions they had. It is the next day and they did not show. But we are not discouraged. I know that I will see them in the town square again sometime. Please pray for these teens that are very spiritually hungry.

God is sooo Awesome!’