As my fever was raging wild and my head feeling like it was going to explode, I laid in bed extremely sick with the flu last Friday. I got a message from my Base Director asking me how I was feeling and also asking me to pray about something. That something was going to South Korea…in less than one week!
Loren Cunningham who founded Youth With A Mission (YWAM) back in 1960 is going on a speaking tour around South Korea. He will be speaking about missions and sharing the vision of YWAM. Loren called our Base Director a few weeks ago and asked if YWAM Lausanne would like to send a small team to Korea to join him on the tour. That’s the long story short on why I’m here.
Our team of four landed in Seoul, South Korea about 5 hours ago after a lonnnngggg flight (that I didn’t sleep on – going on 30 hours of being awake..!) God blessed me with a free flight and all of the in-country costs are taken care of! It’s an incredible blessing! I believe God has me here in Korea for a purpose. That purpose is to share my story with other young Korean’s on how God has transformed my life and how He’s using an ordinary guy like me to reach people who have never heard the Gospel before. I’m excited to see how God works in these next two weeks!You can click here to read a little more about the trip!
Please keep our team of four in your prayers these next two weeks while we travel to different cities and churches everyday to speak. Each one of us on the team has been sick leading up to this trip, so pray for protection over sickness, for travel mercies and for God to reveal Himself greatly to the youth of Korea!
Over the loud speaker at the Minneapolis International Airport, I heard the boarding call for my flight. This was the beginning of my new adventure. 2012 got off to a very quick start. I traveled across the globe to do a Leadership Training School at YWAM Lausanne in Switzerland, where I am now living and continuing my work as a missionary with YWAM. As I've reflected on 2012, I am so thankful for what God has done in my life in the past year and am excited to see where He leads me in 2013!
Preaching in my home church in Minnesota on finding our hope in Christ.
Sharing the Gospel with over 5,000 people in June during our "Regeneration Outreach" (click here to watch the video) during the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland.
Successfully completing a "French Intensive Seminar" (click here to see photos) through the University of the Nations. At 8 hours a day for 4 weeks straight, it sure was intense!
Leading the campus operations at YWAM Lausanne and learning from amazing leaders.
Thank you to those of you who faithfully pray for me and partner with me financially. It is such a privilege to work with our Father to raise up hundreds of people each year to carry the Light of the Gospel to the Nations of the earth, to share His hope and love! Thank you for being a part of the adventure!
I pray this Christmas season is filled with much joy, hope and love as we celebrate the birth of our Savior.
In my last update, I shared how I was participating in a "French Intensive Seminar" here at YWAM Lausanne. Well, I sucessfully completed the course - whew! It was intense to say the least. I'm glad I took on the challenge to do the seminar to get a basic foundation in French. This photo on the left is the students/staff who were involved with the French Seminar. Just a few days after the French Seminar ended, I took on the role of leading the operations here at YWAM Lausanne. It's been going really well so far and I have been learning a lot. I feel like this is very equipping for the future as I continue in ministry. It's fun to be able to work with so many different people and to see how God is always working in peoples' lives.
We recently had a "Prayer Day" (click here to read more about it) here at YWAM Lausanne on the 26th of October. Four times per year the staff, students, guest speakers and visitors here at YWAM Lausanne all gather for a full day of prayer, worship and fasting. We pray for various things that are happening around the world, our outreach teams that are in multiple countries, our city we live in and whatever else God puts on our hearts to pray for. It's amazing to focus an entire day to prayer. This photo above is from a prayer day. We have a gigantic world map that we walk over and pray for nations that God puts on our hearts. One thing that I know is true: Prayer changes things!!
~ THANK YOU ~ I'm very grateful for those of you who have partnered with me prayerfully and financially in ministry. It's amazing to see people being ignited with the Gospel, being equipped to share the Word of God and seeing young men and women who are passionately taking the Gospel to the Nations. You help to make this possible. Thank you!
c.) When it asks you (in "Step 4") to write an encouragement, include the text "Donation for Tyler Dean" so they know the donation is for me.
Option 2 - Donate by Check
a.) Make check payable to YWAM. DO NOT write my name anywhere on the check due to tax purposes. They will mail back your check if you write my name on it.
b.) Include a note in the envelope that says, "Donation for Tyler Dean".
c.) Then mail the check to:
c/o Accounting Dept.
P.O. Box 3,000
Garden Valley, TX 75771-3000
For Monthly Supporters
If you would like to do a monthly automatic withdrawal through your banking account or do a automatic donation with your credit card, just let me know and I can let you know how to do one of these simple options.
I'm very grateful for those of you who have partnered with me prayerfully and financially in ministry. It's amazing to see people being ignited with the Gospel, being equipped to share the Word of God and seeing young men and women who are passionately taking the Gospel to the Nations. You help make this possible! Thank you!
Two weeks ago, I started a French Intensive Seminar here at
YWAM Lausanne. The
seminar is 4 weeks, 5 days a week, and 8+ hours a day. That's why it's
called "intensive"! I'm excited to be learning French. It gets old quick
when you go to the grocery store and don't know what the cashier is
saying to you. Or when you feel lead to talk to someone about the Lord in
the Lausanne city square and come to find out that you cannot
communicate with them because you don't know their language - French.
Roughly 170 million
people in the world speak French either as a first or second language.
That's a lot of people! 30 contries in the world have French as
their official language with several other countries speaking French as
a secondary language.
Knowing French will
open up many more doors for ministry, not only here in Switzerland, but
around the world!
~ PRAYER REQUEST ~
Would you take a
few minutes right now to pray for me that I would understand as much
as possible during the French course and that I would be able to
retain what I've learned. Also pray that I do not become discouraged
and impatient if I understand it right away. I am starting from
scratch with French so I need to be patient with myself.
Thank you for
faithfully praying for me. It's much appreciated and very encouraging.
from Lausanne, Switzerland! After arriving here in early June, I jumped right
into the swing of things getting ready for our "REGENERATION
OUTREACH" at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. We
just finished our week and a half outreach and had an incredible time sharing
the Gospel with thousands of people from all over the world! Each night we had
different performances at our stage, such as music, dancing, a world champion
unicycler, children's ministries and more. Throughout the night, people watched
our performances and during the performances, the performers shared the gospel
and we had about 45 YWAMers in the audiance talking and sharing the gospel with
the people watching. Throughout the outreach, at least 12 people made a
decision to follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior! We were able to share the
gospel with over 5,000 people from our stage and were able to talk to hundreds
of people one-on-one and pray for many as well!
you again for your continued prayers and support. I look forward to sharing
more stories of what God is doing.
I've had an amazing time so far since being back in Minnesota
and California seeing my family and catching up with friends and also
preaching! It's quickly coming to and end, though. Wednesday was a big day for
me - I received my visa for Switzerland! Thank you for your prayers!! I
fly back to Switzerland on June 5th to begin my work there.
Before going back to
Switzerland, I need to raise an additional $900 (God has already provided
$2,100!!). I am also trusting God to provide an additional $700 in monthly
support as well. If you would like to partner with me financially and be a part
of what God is doing around the world, that would be a huge blessing! Below are
ways you can donate, either a special gift or monthly financial support.
A Big Switch
I am currently in the
process of switching all of my financial donations from YWAM Pismo Beach
to the YWAM base in Tyler, Texas. It'll be really easy to remember where
to donate to me now (Tyler, TX)! So from now on, ALL donations, whether
it's monthly support or a special gift, goes to YWAM Tyler in Texas. They
process donations for thousands of YWAM missionaries who are overseas, so they
do it very well. There are various ways to donate. Below I've explained how to
go about donating, whether you want to make a special donation or monthly
Donating By Check
Make Check Payable To: YWAM
NOT write my name ANYWHERE on the check.
Please enclose a note indicating the donation
is for Tyler Dean.
c/o Accounting Department
P.O. Box 3,000
Garden Valley, TX 75771-3000
Donating by Automatic
Withdrawal, Credit Card or Bill Pay
you would like to donate with one of these easy options, just let me know and I
can let you know how to do so!
Thank you for your continued prayers and generosity! Together we
can impact many people all over the world with the Gospel! Thank you!
This week is "National Volunteer Week" and my traveler insurance company called International Volunteer Card is running a contest for volunteers to have a chance to win a free flight! A friend of mine wrote a short essay explaining why I deserve to be nominated to win this free flight and I was recently notified from Int'l Volunteer Card that I was nominated as one of their "Top Ten Volunteers" to enter into the voting phase of the contest!
Here is where you come into play:
The voting opened this morning (Monday, April 16th). I have until Thursday, April 19th to collect as many votes as possible. Would you please take a 30 seconds to vote for me and spread the word to your friends to vote for me, too? This would be such a huge blessing to me as I travel quite often.
My time here in Switzerland has been incredible! God has been teaching me so much and giving me amazing vision and goals for future ministry. My apologies for terrible communication since arriving in Europe. Every time I thought I could maybe write an update, something else came up. Now, I'd love to catch you up to date!
First of all, I wanted to thank everyone who helped me financially to get over here to Switzerland and for making this school a reality! The night before I flew over to Switzerland, I was still in need of $195. Before falling asleep, I asked God to provide the remainder before I boarded my flight and I felt like He said that He would provide every penny I needed. The next morning, I woke up and found out that someone had donated exactly $195.30. How cool is that?! God is so faithful! He provided me the exact amount and even .30 cents extra! So thank you for your prayers and support. I am greatly blessed.
I arrived in Switzerland without jet lag (praise God!) and was greeted by a friend who did her DTS in Pismo Beach a year ago. I had an excellent traditional Swiss meal, which obviously included cheese. The next day I arrived at YWAM Lausanne and shortly after dove right into the Leadership Training School. It has been an incredible three months (and has gone SO fast!) and God has taught me so much and I’ve met many amazing new friends! Throughout the course, we went over various different topics such as integrity as a leader, Jesus’ leadership styles, a Biblical Worldview, the character of a leader, problem solving, decision making, planning and much more. Along with classes, we worked very hard on our "final projects", which is basically a five-year ministry plan that is very intense. God has been revealing Himself to me in amazing ways and I feel like He's been speaking to me a lot about what He wants me to do next, which I'm excited to share with you soon! We finished our final lecture about 45 minutes ago and graduate on Monday evening. It's weird to think the school is already over. I know without a doubt in my mind that I was supposed to do this school and am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to learn from amazing leaders from around the world.
In just over three weeks, I will be in the air flying to Swtizerland. I've purcahsed my flight and will be leaving Minneapolis on January 3rd for my Leadership Training School (Click here to read more about the school) at YWAM Lausanne. I am so excited for this amazing opportunity! So far, God has provided $3,900 towards my school. It's been really neat to see how God has provided, especially in the area of finances. I am still in need of$2,300 in the next three weeks. Would you pray about partnering with me financially towards this Leadership Training School? You can donate online (http://www.ywampismobeach.org/donate.html) or by check (click here for instructions on how to donate by check).
I am really excited to see what the Lord has in store for me during this school. I am waiting expectantly for some awesome things to happen. It means so much to me to have a group of people that are supporting me not just with finances, but through prayer and encouragement.
Just over three years ago, I came on staff here at YWAM Pismo Beach in California. Throughout the last 3+ years, I've grown so much in my walk with the Lord. I've been able to learn from so many awesome people, and the Lord has let me do so many amazing things and serve and share the Gospel with many amazing people here in America and around the world!
Well, my time in Pismo is coming to a close. The Lord is leading me on a new adventure, one I'm very excited for!
I feel like the Lord has said to me that He is going to open up a door through the LTS in Switzerland for where and what He wants me to do next. Secretly, I hope the Lord leads me to move overseas to a third world country. I feel at home and love being overseas and absolutely come alive.
It would be really easy for me to just decide to go and live in a country and I'm sure it'd be amazing and the Lord would use me greatly but I don't want to jump the gun. God is in control. I'm pretty sure He knows what He's doing. :-) I feel like He has something very special for me at the leadership school and that some puzzle pieces will fall into place as I obey Him one step at a time.
My personality wants to make plans for after the school, to take control and organize everything but the Lord continues to remind me that He's pretty good at making things work. I'm continually giving everything up to Him and just asking Him to send me wherever He wants me and to use me however He wants to use me.
One word that keeps coming to mind as I pray about things is "pioneer". I would absolutely love to pioneer a ministry/YWAM base overseas. I often times catch myself vision casting, day dreaming and imagining what we could do to further the Gospel to people who don't know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
I could go on and on about what I would love to do, what I'm passionate about, etc. But for now, I just wanted to let you know what's going on so we're on the same page.
Although I'm leaving YWAM Pismo, I am still a missionary with YWAM, but am just taking these three months to do a Leadership Training School at YWAM Lausanne to develop my giftings and leadership abilities. Therefore, this doesn't change the need for monthly financial support and special financial gifts for my ministry.
For those of you who donate financially towrads my ministry already, please continue to send your checks to YWAM Pismo Beach as you always have. They are going to continue to process and send me my support. If you have any questions regarding finances, please give me a call or shoot me an email.
With that being said, feel free to be praying for me as I am transitioning out of California to head over to Switzerland and wherever the Lord leads me after my three months in Switzerland, whether it's to Madagascar or Mississippi or anywhere in-between!
I would love to hear from you, whether you have a question, a comment or maybe you just want to chat about life. Give me a call or shoot me an email!
I love you all and am so thankful for you all. I am buckling up for the upcoming journey. I feel like God is going to take me for a fun ride!
I hope your summer has gone well thus far! My summer has been great! I apologize for such a long time in between updates. I was waiting to write once I heard back from a school that I applied to. Now that I have done that, I have exciting news to share with you!
Leadership Training School
For the past 3 1/2 years, I've wanted to do a Leadership Training School (LTS), one of YWAM's top schools. I've never had the opportunity to set aside the three months to take the course. Well, that time has come! A handful of weeks back, I applied for the next Leadership Training School, which is located at YWAM Lausanne in Switzerland. I recently heard back from them and they informed me that they've accepted me for the upcoming school in January of 2012! I am extremely excited about this opportunity to grow in my leadership giftings and to continue to learn how to lead like Jesus lead. This LTS will be a great tool for my tool belt and will really equip me for future ministry. The three month school is taught by internationally renown leaders on various topics, such as: leadership styles, integrity as a leader, faith & finances, communications, decision making, servant leadership, and a lot more.
What's my next step?
My next step in the process leading up to the LTS in January is support raising and applying for a Swiss Visa. I am starting this now because I need to raise $6,100 above and beyond my monthly financial support before the school starts. I want to ask you to prayerfully consider partnering financially with me specifically for this Leadership Training School. Setting aside this three months to grow in my leadership giftings will greatly benefit me down the road in full-time missions. If you would like to partner with me financially, there are a few different ways to go about that and there is info on the right side of this page.
Our base has been doing various different outreaches in our local community. Last month, we were able to partner with a very cool gleanings ministry. Basically, after farmers finish harvesting their fruits/vegetables, they contact this ministry to come in and pick all of the leftover fruits and vegetables. We were able to help them pick artichokes, and that we did! We picked well over 2000 pounds of artichokes in 6 hours! We were able to distribute them directly to needy families in our community, to local churches and a majority of them to our local food bank. We'd like to continue to partner with this ministry as it can really bless people that need food but don't have the finances to purchase it.
RescueNet US Communications
I've also recently started helping with some communications for RescueNet US. You may be wondering what that looks like. Well, a lot of different things to be honest. Some of the different things I've been doing recently have been spreading the word about the upcoming training course in October to YWAM bases around the United States, working on our social media, researching disasters worldwide, working on forming a team to work in the communications department, and much more.
RescueNet Training Course
During the month of October, I will be at YWAM Salem in Oregon, staffing the 2011 RescueNet US Disaster Relief School. I have been asked to teach on Disaster Preparedness so I am currently preparing my teaching. Please pray that I will be able to clearly communicate what needs to be taught and for the Lord to help me gather all of the information and resources that I need.
God has been doing a lot in my life lately. I am really growing in my intimacy with Him on a daily basis. It's been fun to spend time with God. He is teaching me how to give everything, literally everything, up to Him. He wants us to give him our struggles, difficulties and just plain old surrender to Him daily. I've been digging into the Gospel's and am currently in John. It's been awesome read about Jesus' life and all that He did, whether He's healing the sick or feeding 5,000 people.
Lives are changing because of your prayers and financial support so I want to thank you for that. It's such a huge blessing to me and many others around the world - thank you!
How are you today? I just wanted to let you know a few prayer requests I have, and wanted to ask you if you'd be willing to partner with me in prayer!
Tomorrow, I will be heading to Las Vegas for a ResuceNet gathering with all of our North American team members. Please pray for safe travels, no car troubles, a great time of learning, and a great time with my teammates!
Clarity & direction for future ministry
God's continued provision
God's wisdom in leadership
I also wanted to ask you how I could be praying for you! Please do not hesitiate to email me back and let me know a few of your prayer requests!
I hope that you had a blessed Easter on Sunday! The past month has been quite eventful. I went from California to Mexico, then to Nevada, North Carolina and back to California. Oh, and in two days, I will be back in Nevada again!
You may recall me telling you about the Grassroots News training seminar that I participated in at YWAM Tijuana, Mexico (if you weren't able to read it, click here). The training course went great! It was an awesome time of learning, growing, seeing old freinds and meeting many new friends!
After my time in Mexico, I drove straight over to the RescueNet US headquarters, which is located at YWAM Las Vegas. It was a great couple days spending time with a few of my teammates. This coming Friday, I will be heading back to Las Vegas to meet with all of the North American team members of RescueNet. We will be bonding as a team, sharpening up on some of our medical skills and doing some planning for the upcoming training course which will be held in Salem, Oregon, in October.
I returned home from my latest trip last week, which was in a small town called Flat Rock, North Carolina (near the "larger" city, Asheville). I had the amazing opportunity to be at a conference there with all of the leaders in YWAM from North America. We had two main speakers throughout the week (along with many breakout workshops). Fred Markert spoke first, who is a YWAMer that has been to over 150 countries in the past 30 years which has opened up doors for him to speak all around the world. Dan B. Allender, Ph.D, psychiatrist and author of over 10 books, spoke second. Dan Allender spoke about leadership and how we should lead in a loving and Godly way by being humbled and having a servant attitude when we lead. God calls us to lead like Him, which is opposite of how a lot of leaders in the world lead. Usually the leader is trying to get more power and leading to bennefit themselves. God wants us to lead with humility, a loving heart and with a servent attitude and to help those you are leading to succeed in what God has called them to do. This is how I want to lead!
God has really been teaching me a lot in the past month and He continues to equip me for what He has called me to do! It's such a blessing to be able to learn from the perfect leader and teacher, Jesus Christ!
Thank you to everyone who helped me go on these trips financially and of course for all of your prayers - I really appreciate it!
I am currently at a seminar in Tijuana, Mexico with Grassroots News International and I want to share with you the amazing news they are sharing from around the world, including a highlight from a rescue that was made in Japan nine days after the earthquake and tsunami. Feel free to browse around their website (I'm sure you could spend hours watching amazing videos): http://www.grassrootsnews.tv
Where do I start…? It’s been a crazy past few days for me and the RescueNet team. We at RescueNet have been tracking a number of global situations around the clock with Libya & Japan being the highest profile cases. Libya is still too dangerous for RescueNet to deploy but we have not stopped monitoring the events that are happening there. When the fighting dwindles down, the needs will be enormous. The United Nations estimates 1,000,000 people will need aid in the days following the end of fighting there. We may be able to serve then. For now, it is far too unsafe to enter.
Japan, however, is a much more stable situation. News coverage is ubiquitous so I am sure you have seen some already. www.bbcnews.com has some of the best. The images and videos are staggering and surreal. It looks like a movie only more intense. The latest reports put the number of fatalities around 10,000. It is very tragic.
RescueNet has 10 team members on standby but NOT on active deployment as of yet. We are in the process of communicating with the Japanese embassy to get an official invitation to help. RescueNet team members want to be there to help save lives and stabilize people’s emotional health. At this point the country of Japan has not issued an open call for aid, but rather accepted a few specific offers from international groups. Without an invitation any aid group, including RescueNet, is unable to render assistance within another country. The same would hold true for any foreign entity wanting to help in the US, Canada or any western nation. You can’t just drop in because you want to help. You have to go through official channels. So we wait.
We are not at a standstill though. We have two individuals on the ground in Japan to team up with some colleagues. Through these preexisting relationships we may be able to get better information of exactly what the damage is and where the help is most needed. The news is not the most reliable source. We can also possibly receive an invitation for our team to come and assist.
Please be in prayer for us as we seek information, relationship and a clear sense of where our resources can best be used. The damage is great, but that does not mean it is the place for us to be. Many of you know the mandate for RescueNet is the developing world; places that don’t have the availability of resources that the US and other first-world nations have access to. While Japan was hard hit, they were also very prepared and capable of responding. If this had happened almost anywhere else, the damage would have been magnitudes worse. Japan is arguably the most prepared nation in the world to handle quakes and tsunamis. After all, tsunami is a Japanese word.
You may be asking, “What does this mean for you? Are you going?” The answer is NO, I am NOT going but I have been and will continue to help with details of the deployment. I still have to complete one more training phase before I can deploy to a disaster. Please click here to read my last post about RescueNet and what my next steps are.
If you are able to help financially to send our RescueNet team to Japan if we do deploy, that would be a huge blessing to the team since we are an all-volunteer team and we have to pay our own way and purchase our own gear. If you would like to donate, click here.
If you have ANY questions at all, please do not hesitate to email me back or call me. I will update you as more information comes in. Also, be sure to read my previous update on my involvement with RescueNet(click here to read).
Next week, I will be going to Mexico for about six days. I will be attending a training course with Grassroots News International on journalism, field skills, camera work, mobile video editing and more at the YWAM base in Tijuana. Grassroots News International is a ministry within YWAM. It is a network of news gatherers around the world, who are committed to reporting the news as it happens, from where it happens. Content comes from the people on the ground where the news is happening. The course is designed to equip participants to gather news, and share it with the world. If you want to know more about Grassroots News International, click here!
I want to ask you to be praying for me throughout my time in Tijuana. Please pray that I can retain everything that is taught, for new friendships to be built, for the Lord to be glorified in all that we do and for save travels. Thank you in advanced for your prayers!