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We believe in miracles

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The first SOE in England for 18 years has started here at YWAM Carlisle! Here’s a testimony by Dixie, one of the trainees, of what God is already doing through the team:

‘We have been on some assignments for spreading the love of Jesus. Axel and I went out to find people to pray for healing. After asking quite a few people in the streets of Carlisle, we found a Christian older lady that wanted us to pray for her brother for healing that was not with her. So we did and then we asked if we could pray for her as she was walking with a cane. Joyce said that she had had a stroke and that her balance was very much affected and that is why she used the cane. After Axel prayed for her we had her check it out and she walked without the cane and declared that she was healed! We rejoiced and she walked away from us without her cane determined to call her brother to see if he had been healed as well. This was the first time Axel had prayed for healing for someone and they were instantly healed.

As we were headed back to the YWAM base the carosel was playing the song “I believe in miracles”. Now don’t go any further with that song because those were the only words we heard and started laughing about the goodness of God and the rest of the song is sort of dodgy.

Isn’t Jesus Awesome!!!’


What are you doing this summer?

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At YWAM Carlisle we are so excited about two great opportunities for you to join in with what God is doing in the world.

The first one is the School of Evangelism. Do you have a passion for evangelism or want to learn how to do it? Then you can join the most exciting and challenging YWAM school – it’s actually the first school YWAM ever started! Looking at the need in the world, we need to go back to the good news we received – what does it mean? What did Jesus say? How can I share it? A lot of DTS-students leave YWAM after they’ve finished their school. We would love to see them released and fully equipped for a ministry, something that`s on their heart! God gave us a vision: “Seeing a 1000 teams and schools planted around Europe”. This is why we are doing SOE’s and this is why we would love you to join! Why not send us an e-mail to find out more:

The second opportunity this summer is to join a ‘Get Out’ outreach team. For two weeks this summer you can choose to serve in places across the UK, Europe, Asia or even South Africa with a YWAM short term missions team! We start with a short camp to get together and prepare for the days ahead – there’ll be teaching, worship and team building times. Then we split into our different teams and go to our outreach locations – it’ll be a great opportunity to share your faith, serve practically and be part of pioneering ministries all over the world. For more information, check out the YWAM England website or e-mail:

Time Flies

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Week 4 already! That’s the thing with DTS, so much happens so fast, it’s a roller-coaster of amazing teaching and practical outworking that hits your mind and your heart! We’ve already had mind-blowing teaching on what God is like and an inspirational week looking at ‘Missions & Calling’.

The first Thinking Allowed Live Event

But it’s not all theory! We ran a ‘Thinking Allowed’ event in a local pub discussing ‘Who Lit The Blue Touch-Paper, God or Hawking’. It was a great opportunity to engage with people who wouldn’t otherwise hear a Christian point of view. You might want to pray for us this week as we hold the next event…

We get to see the full life of Carlisle too… it’s a beautiful city and very friendly. On Friday and Saturday nights they close some of the roads to turn one of the main streets, ‘Botchergate,’ into a party zone around the pubs and clubs in the area. We go out from around 9pm till 12am serving free coffee and chatting to anyone who wants it. Kelly says ‘At first I didn’t really know what to think, and I was a little scared. But it turned out to be a good experience to serve, to show love to the people that God loves.’

My Dear Friend

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I met a dear friend at the bus stop last week. We have been friends now for about 2 years and since I first met him we have had discussions about life, God and politics. My friend is in his 70s and has had a lot of hard things happen to him. Today his family doesn’t speak to him, and he is quite a lonely man. My friend doesn’t think I’m quite sane to believe in God, and we have had many discussions about that.

Last week, when I met him at the bus stop, I hardly recognised him. He was wearing sunglasses and his skin looked very different. But I nodded ‘hi’ to him, and he came up to have a chat. ‘I’m incognito today’ he starts with, referring to the sunglasses. So I asked him about his skin, which didn’t look as though it was well at all. He told me he has a rare, non-contagious skin disease which he is being treated with radiation for. His eyes are sensitive to the light – hence the glasses – and water constantly. And his skin is constantly in pain. He says it’s especially hard on his feet, which he’s sad about as he loves walking in the Lake District.

And then he says: ‘so next time you speak to the Almighty One, please would you mention me to Him?’ I’m blown away by this – this is clear progress! For the first time does he acknowledge that there may be a God and he is prepared to even ask for prayer. So I say: ‘of course! Let me pray for you here and now!’ which he agrees to, so I start to pray for him there in the bus queue.

I kept thinking: ‘wow, God! What an opportunity for you to really show yourself to this man and all the people around us by healing him!’ But nothing happens. So we continue to talk, and we start talking about how God, if he really does exist, must be way bigger than we can ever comprehend. And my friend goes on to discuss how he doesn’t see why such an Almighty creature would want anything to do with us humans. I try to explain about how God loves him and how he wants relationship with him. We get on the bus, and continue the conversation until our bus stop.

I’ve been praying all week for healing for my friend and for God to reveal his incredible love to this man. And I’ve been hoping that God would heal him by the time I next saw him. So then I saw him again yesterday; this time he was already on the bus when I got on – so I went to sit next to him, and we ended up in another conversation. He hadn’t been healed, which I was very disappointed about. But we end up having a good conversation again.

Sometimes I wonder why God doesn’t take the chances he gets to reveal himself to people. There I was, willing to pray for this man at the bus stop, and what does God – the Almighty One – do? Nothing. Sometimes God doesn’t act according to our agenda, and it is disappointing. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that God loves my friend so incredibly much and His deepest desire for my friend is that he would come to know Him. So I will continue to pray for him, and to share God’s love for him with him. Would you join me in praying for my friend to get to know the living God – the God that loves him so very much?

Another amazing week in Brazil

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Again this week we had a lot of freedom to plan our own activities. From Tuesday to Friday we were able to plan what to do and how. On Tuesday we spent the morning randomly blessing people. First we asked God how He wanted to bless people today. We bought for example candy, biscuits and fruit and blessed people with them. We also ended up talking to many people; it was a really good start for the day. In the afternoon it was time to do some practical work. We went to tidy up a park in the favela and we also did some worship there. It was hard work because the sun was shining so brightly but it was also really rewarding. In the end we got to pray for a little girl and it was amazing how the whole atmosphere of the park had changed during the hours we spent there.

On Wednesday we had a youth event. We had football for boys and dancing for girls. It is quite rare to have a youth event here in the base so we decided to have a shot at it. The boys were again keen on playing football but there were only a few girls. But in the end it all worked for the best. We got to spend more time to get to know the girls and really make relationships with them.  On Thursday we had again something completely different, it was a day of prophecies. We used the morning to really hear God’s voice and get His heart for the day. It was amazing how God spoke to all of us. Then we went to the community to pray for people and ask God for words for them. Once more it was awesome to see God give us words from Him that really touched people’s hearts. We really have a wonderful God who meets us on the way! On Friday it was time to spend the evening in the community talking with people and praying for them.

Matt and friends

Matt and friends

This weekend we got to work with a church and on Saturday we had some young people from the church come to our base. We played games together, had some fun playing floor ball and it was really nice to get to know them. In the evening we had a youth service in that church. We talked about listening to God and hearing His voice. It was so encouraging to hear testimonies afterwards how God really spoke to them during the evening. It was brilliant how God planned also this day to work for the best! And I believe that He has some great plans also for next week when we move to another house for a week to do some different kind of ministry. Excitiiing!!!

~ Elisa Mäkilä


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Last week we had our next Connect meeting! This time we had Mariette Louw, international YWAM speaker from South Africa, with us. It was a great time!

We started out with worshipping God together.

Mariette started with reading Revelation 12:11 “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives to much as to shrink from death”, and then went on to invite us all to join her in sharing our testimony of who God has shown himself to be in our lives with one another.  She took us through verses in the Psalms where it talks about how we’re to declare who God is to one another and to those that don’t know him yet. So we did! We declared and listened to one another’s testimonies about who God has shown himself to be to us. It was very encouraging and built faith!

Then we had tea and coffee together and enjoyed some lovely canapés which Colin Mattinson had made. Wonderful!

‘Wow! Amazing!’, ‘Carlisle really needs this to combat the apathy we have in the churches’, ‘I feel encouraged and challenged!’, ‘It’s great to see how missions is a daily life thing’ and ‘I was really encouraged and inspired by this evening – I’m so glad I came!’ were some of the comments afterwards!

YWAM Carlisle team

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The YWAM Carlisle team took a short break from other activities of Knowing God and Making Him Known in order to assemble in the Vicarage for a brief photoshoot. Here most of us are: YWAM Carlisle Fall 2010!

Let the nations see it and rejoice. Please keep praying for us!

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…

Moving Forward

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2009 has been a year of change for YWAM Carlisle. After a decade leading the work, the centre pioneers, Richard and Miriam Lowe, handed the leadership over to Emma Wagner. It’s been a time of looking back and being reminded of what God has spoken to us as a centre, and looking forward to the future.

One of the words that has come back to us is from 2004, when God spoke to us about how He wanted to give us a house in the city centre. In September we were able to sign a rental agreement for a massive vicarage that is located two minutes off the high street! We will need to do a lot of work to it, but we are excited about seeing all this come into being and it becoming our main longer-term accommodation and hub.

The current DTS

Currently, our 2009 October Discipleship Training School (DTS) with ten trainees is preparing for outreach in South Africa, and will be heading out in the first week of January. God did a real “wake-up” job on this course: Dan, one of the DTS trainees from England, says:

“This DTS has been amazing; God has completely changed my life forever. I’ve never felt this close to God before. He’s demolished the lies I’ve believed. I feel free now.”

And Nathan from France says:

“This DTS has completely changed my view of who God is. I used to think He was authoritarian and strict, but I now have experienced that He is a loving Father. And I’m learning that the Holy Spirit wants my friendship so now I spend time with Him all the time: in the shower, when I cook, when I eat … I feel close to God. And I’m learning to deal with conflict with other people that are different from me. Community life has changed me a lot.”

We’re now praying for this DTS team as they prepare to go on outreach and we’re expecting God to do good things in them and through them. They will be ministering along the Garden Route along the south-eastern coast of South Africa.

Looking ahead

As we look forward to 2010 there’s a lot of excitement in our hearts. YWAM Carlisle is celebrating ten years this year! (If you would like to be part of some of the celebrations please get in touch.)

In 2010 we are running our first January DTS ever! The team will go on outreach to South Africa after an action-packed lecture phase in Carlisle. We look forward to telling you the testimonies of what God will do through this DTS team.

We have also felt the Lord speak to us about running a School Of Evangelism (SOE) and are planning for one to start in May 2011. This will be the first SOE in England for a number of years. We believe God wants to use it to equip people to start new evangelism teams both here in Carlisle and all over England and Europe.

Please pray for:

  • Wisdom and God’s clear guidance in the building project;
  • God’s blessing on all aspects of the development of the vicarage — the provision of skilled people, funding, building consent, materials, etc (let us know if you’d like to help out!);
  • The October DTS on outreach in South Africa. Pray for God’s power and for His Father heart to shine through the team as they seek to minister to the people there. Also, please pray for protection over the team;
  • Our October and January Basic Leadership School teams. Pray for God’s wisdom and strength to be on them as they develop in leadership and seek to lead the DTS outreaches;
  • The January DTS. Pray for God to break into the lives of the trainees and for them to step into the things God has called them to do;
  • The new evangelism projects we want to start in the city;
  • The plans for the May 2011 SOE. Pray for plans to go smoothly and for the right trainees and staff to be part of this course.