Friday, November 27, 2009

A New Season

Hello folks,
As you probably know, last January-June of 2009, I worked with the Discipleship Training School (DTS), the main school that YWAM has. I had a blast staffing the school and learned so much throughout the 5 1/2 month course. I was able to lead a few students to Nicaragua for their outreach phase of the school.

In the past few months, the Lord has been doing a lot in my heart and I have decided to start working with Project Sixty One, a ministry that we have here at YWAM Pismo Beach & Central Coast. Because of working with Project 61, I will no longer be staffing the Discipleship Training School(s).

What is Project 61? Project 61's desire is to see individuals and teams of all ages getting involved in missions...and we would love to help! So basically, you or your team, picks the location of the outreach, length of the trip, ministry desires, etc. You can also let us know if your group needs training before the outreach begins. The best part is, we set it all up for your team and tailor it just how you'd like it so you get the best of both worlds! An outreach that is suited specifically for your team with no stress of setting it up and all those little details.

Project 61 is based off of the scripture, Isaiah 61, which has spoken anointing over each and every one of us to preach Good News to the poor, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and to release prisoners from the darkness. Project 61's desire is to go forth in that anointing; creating a full service opportunity for individuals and teams to be mobilized into missions. Our mission is to engage the community to service one another through short term outreaches, as well as taking the community to the nations and exposing them to God's heart for the world.

I am extremely excited for this opportunity and also for this new season the Lord is bringing me into. If you have any questions about this, feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email. I'd love to talk to you more about it and explain it in more detail. You can also visit Project 61's website at:
http://www.ywampismobeach.org/project61/

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!

In Christ,

Tyler Dean
218.370.2078
tyleredean@yahoo.com
http://www.ywampismobeach.org/project61/

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Lord is faithful!

Hello Folks,

As you know, I had been trying to raise $1,689 for various different things, such as a house deposit, rent, first month start-up fees/bills, flights, car insurance & registration, etc. So in just under two weeks, the Lord provided me with all of that money. Thank you, Father!

I also wanted to say thank you to all of you who helped me by praying for the Lord's provision and will to be done. Also a big thanks to everyone who partnered with me financially. It was and is so amazing and exciting to see the Lord providing daily!
I am still trying to raise $200 more in my monthly support. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact me by email or phone.
Once again, thank you so much!

In Christ,

Tyler Dean
tyleredean@yahoo.com
218.370.2078

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Yay!

Hey friends,
I just wanted to start out by saying, THANK YOU! Thank you for praying for me and helping me out financially.

As you know, last Tuesday, I was in need of $1,680. By Monday the 2nd, the Lord provided and dropped the total to $995. Today, the total has dropped to $745. Thank you, Lord!

Please continue to partner with me in prayer with this situation. If you want information how to give, either shoot me a message or visit:

http://tylerdean.blogspot.com/

Once again, thank you all so much. I will write again and let you know what's going on.
Thanks!!

-Tyler Dean
tyleredean@yahoo.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

Thank you, Lord!

Hello folks,

Thank you for continuing to pray for me with my current financial situation. As you know, last Tuesday, the 27th, I sent an update/prayer request out stating that I am in need of $1,680 by Friday, November 6th.
The Lord has been so faithful in providing thus far. Since Tuesday, He has provided me a total of $685. That leaves me with only $995 left. I am still asking the Lord to provide the remainder ($995) by Friday, so please partner with me in prayer with that.

Like I said before...If God has put it on your heart to partner with me financially as well, that would be amazing! I know He can provide anything, so I am just trying to trust Him with all of this. If you're not sure how to give and you would like to, you can write a check made out to YWAM (Address Below). Attached a note indicating that it's for Tyler Dean. You can also donate online by going to this website: http://www.ywampismobeach.org/donate.html

Thank you for praying for me. I really appreciate it. Also, thank you to those who have partnered with me financially!

Much Love,

Tyler Dean
791 Price St. #119
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

http://www.ywampismobeach.org/donate.html
tyleredean@yahoo.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Prayer Card



If you would like a prayer card, please email me with your mailing address at:
tyleredean@yahoo.com

Thank you,
-Tyler Dean

Praise Report!

In my latest post, I talked about how we were looking for a bigger community house due to a new staff coming at the end of the month. Well, I'm happy to announce that the Lord has provided us a new community house! It's exactly 1.1 miles away from the house I live in right now. It's definitely a step up from my current house. We're all very exited to start living there. The rental company/landlord is letting us move stuff in early so we don't have to do it all in one day. We can officially start sleeping there in three days (Friday night)! Yahoo! Thank you all for your prayer support in this situation. The Lord has blessed us greatly!

I still have some prayer requests with the housing situation, some to do with finances, and a couple very important ones that have nothing to do with finances! They are....
-To build relationships with our new neighbors.
-For us to impact the neighborhood we're in.
-Favor with sharing the Gospel with neighbors.
-The deposit for the house is: $375 per person.
-Start-up fees for phone, internet, gas, & electric total out at: $75 per person.
Total for the new house: $450 per person


I am still praying about, and trying to go to the east coast (Washington D.C. & Boston) around Thanksgiving time to visit my brother and a few other friends along with going to Minnesota to spend time my whole family for Christmas and to visit friends as well! Costs are....
Flight(s) to the east coast would top out around $500
Flight(s) to Minnesota will be around $350.


This is the time of year for me that I also have a lot of annual expenses as well. I still have to pay for....
Auto Insurance: $280
Vehicle Registration: $100(For the year)


And last but not least, I am trying to raise my monthly support by at least $200 per month, so please keep that in prayer as well.

Total amount trying to be raised by Friday, November 6th is: $1,680

If God has put it on your heart to partner with me financially as well, that would be greatly appreciated! I know He can provide anything, so I am just trying to trust Him with all of this. If you're not sure how to give and you would like to, you can write a check made out to YWAM (Address Below). Attached a note indicating that it's for Tyler Dean. You can also donate online by going to this website: http://www.ywampismobeach.org/donate.html

Thank you all so much for your continual prayer and financial support! It's greatly appreciated!

Love,

Tyler Dean
791 Price St. #119
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

http://www.ywampismobeach.org/donate.html
tyleredean@yahoo.com

Prayer Request(s)....

Hello folks,
How are yall doing? This is a little update for you, as well as some of my needs & prayer requests!

I'll start with the update....
So, I've been quite busy with various different things around the base. One of the bigger things is:
We have a new staff member coming at the end of the month and we need a bigger house. So, I have been working on getting a new community house (For those of you who don't know, a community house is where our YWAM staff live. We aren't on an actual base. We have different community houses around the Pismo Beach area so we can reach out into the communities that our house(s) are in.). This has been a fun, stressful, busy and exciting process!
There is also a new Discipleship Training School (DTS) that starts in January, which is rapidly approaching us! Everyone has been preparing for the new school and we are all very excited for it!
I am also wanting/trying to go to the East Coast (Washington D.C. & Boston) around Thanksgiving to visit my brother and a couple of other close friends, along with going to Minnesota around Christmas time to see family and friends.

So, in order to make all of this possible, I need your help!
I would like to ask you to partner with me in prayer for all of this. Here are a few highlighted prayer requests:

-Wisdom
-Favor with rental companies/landlords
-For God to speak to us clearly on what house He wants us in
-God's will to be done in ALL of these situations
-Finances for:
-Housing Deposit/Start-Up Fees ($450)
-Airfare to the East Coast & Minnesota
-For yearly expenses (Car Insurance, Car Registration, etc. ($400)
-A new bed (To help my back)
-More monthly support (Praying for $200 more per month)

If God has put it on your heart to partner with me financially as well, that would be greatly appreciated! I know He can provide anything, so I am just trying to trust Him with all of this. If you're not sure how to give and you would like to, you can write a check made out to YWAM. Attached a note indicating that it's for Tyler Dean. You can also donate online by going to YWAM Pismo Beach's website and using PayPal.

Lastly, I just want to thank you. I appreciate you all so much! Thank you for your prayers and financial support. I literally could not do what I do without you folks...so thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

IN CHRIST,

Tyler Dean
791 Price St. #119
Pismo Beach, California 93449

www.ywampismobeach.org/donate.html
tyleredean@yahoo.com

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Prayer....

Dear God,
Thank you for this new day! Father, I ask that you lead me through this day, speak to me, lead me to people You want me to talk to. God, let Your will be done today. Lord, help me be bold in my faith! Help me not sugar coat Your Word, the Gospel, or what You can do. Help me to share Your love! God, I ask that You teach me how to love just like You love! Thank you, Father!
God, I pray that you wake up this world! Help us, Father! Lord, help us...lead us...direct us to make disciples of all Your nations! Help us love all Your nations! God, we thank You and praise You! We give You all the glory, Lord!
It's in your name we pray, Jesus...Amen!

A Simple Hello....

Last Friday after dinner around 7:00, I was running late on my way over to a young adult church service. I knew if I didn't stop and get coffee, I would have definitely fallen asleep.

As I was at Starbucks waiting for my latte, I saw a young man about my age, who was wearing a black fleece North Face jacket, who was on crutches also waiting for his coffee. I noticed that his right leg had very recently been amputated right above the knee. He looked tired, worn out and just plain down....

Immediately, God put it on my heart to talk to him...to say a simple hello. As I was wrestling with the fear of man to go speak with him, the lady who was making coffee yelled out, "Tyler, your latte is ready-thank you!"

I went up to the counter and grabbed my coffee. I walked out the door, got into my car, turned the key and drove off....

...Why...?

Why didn't I take a few minutes to talk to this young man...to say a simple hello. Why?

I don't know if the Lord would have lead me to just say hello, to encourage him or if He would have lead me to pray for him. I don't know what I would have prayed...maybe for God to meet him where he was at in that moment...Possibly for God to heal his right leg...for it to grow back completely..? I don't know. Maybe he wouldn't have even replied back to my simple hello. I do not know....

I guess I will never know....

This has stuck in my head since that Friday evening around 7:00. I've thought about it a lot. I pray that God puts that young man back into my path once again so I can say that simple hello...so I could possibly even pray for him!

Some of you may have experienced something similar. My prayer for you, too, is that we could both be bold, obey God and get rid of that fear of man...to say that simple hello...and possibly even pray for him....

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Psalms 23

Psalm 23

The LORD, the Psalmist's Shepherd.
A Psalm of David.

1The LORD is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3He restores my soul;

He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name's sake.
4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

**To listen to a song based off this scripture, copy and paste the link below to a new window.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoXWIK1lfyo

Verses....

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
-Ephesians 6:10-20

The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid.
-Psalms 27:1

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
-Philippians 4:13

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
-Colossians 3:23

A good name is more desired than great wealth. Favor is better than silver or gold. The rich and the poor have a common bond. The Lord is the maker of them all.
-Proverbs 22:1-2

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
-Matthew 6:34

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

My latest outreach to Nicaragua: August 21-September 5, 2009


Hello folks,

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to write an update about my latest outreach to Nicaragua. I've been really busy with various different things. Anyways, here it is....

On August 20th, around 2:00 PM, I hopped on the six hour train ride from Pismo Beach to Los Angeles, to catch another 30 minute bus ride to the Los Angeles International Airport, to catch my 12:30 AM flight to Managua, Nicaragua. After roughly 24 hours of traveling, I arrived in beautiful Nicaragua. I used the public transportation to make my way down to Ticuantepe, where we stayed the first week.

As I was walking down the cobblestone road, with a huge backpack on my back, full of kids toys, coloring books, markers, English flash cards, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. and a smaller backpack on my chest in the 100 degree humid heat, friends and families that I met a couple months before ran out in the street to hug and greet me. It was really fun and encouraging to see everyone again. I threw my backpack(s) off and played with the kiddo's. At last, I made it to the house we would be staying at!

The first few days I was by myself in Nicaragua because we couldn't all get the same flight due to high prices. So, I made the best of my time! I went grocery shopping for the week. I bought rice, beans, garlic, avocados, bananas, plantains, mango's and a more for under $7! I also went around to different families houses to visit them and let them know that I'd be back with more friends later on in the week. They were thrilled!

At last, everyone arrived! We jumped right into ministry. We went around, introducing Rachael, Katy (From my hometown in Grand Marais, Minnesota) and Natasha (On staff with YWAM Pismo Beach). It was fun for them to get to know everyone, pray for people and fellowship with them.

One day, we stopped at my friend Juan's house to pray for their family. Juan's wife said to me, "The last time you were here, I was sick and you prayed for me. I didn't tell you, but God healed me that day of my sickness! I am all better now!" It was really cool to hear that God healed her. The smile she had on her face was incredible! That day we prayed for her daughter because she had kidney stones. Keep praying for her as she just went through surgery a couple days ago.

During our time in Ticuantepe, we took two afternoons to go down to Masaya (A town about 20 minutes south). There are kids (Anywhere from 8-20 years old) living on the streets who sniff glue to get their fix. We hung out with the "glue kids", played music with them, talked and prayed with them. We also were able to buy a bunch of bananas and mango's! Please be praying for these kids as they (sometimes) like living on the streets because they have no responsibilities and can do what they want and also for their addiction to sniffing glue (shoe glue).

After our stay in Ticuantepe, we spent two days in San Juan Del Sur (Southern Nicaragua) then headed up to Diriamba, where the YWAM base is, to stay with them the remainder of the trip. It was super fun to see friends at the YWAM base and also in the barrio (neighborhood). In the mornings, we worked with the school (k-6) that the YWAM base runs which is also on their base. It was fun to be with the kids and play with them. In the afternoons, we went into the barrio to do evangelism, pray for people and just trying to be a light amongst the spiritual darkness. We also helped out with their Children's Ministry, which is on Friday afternoons. During that, they do worship, skits/dramas and small groups with nearly 130 kids! Throughout the course of the year, they act out stories throughout the whole Bible.

One day when we were in the barrio in Diriamba, we went to a friends house to pray for them. Two months earlier I went to the same house. Three weeks before, her husband was shot and killed. The family was going through a very difficult time with it but God was revealing His love for them in incredible ways. The lady told us she was pregnant as well. She is still pregnant today, but the baby isn't growing properly. The baby is very, very under weight and turned upside down and is due just one month away, in October. Please keep her in your prayers as this is a difficult time for her and the family.

Like I said before, it was very fun to be back at the YWAM base in Nicaragua. Thank you to everyone at YWAM Nicaragua for your friendship and hospitality.

Then came Saturday...the morning we had to fly back to the States. We woke up early to catch our 4:00 AM taxi ride to the airport where we all had the same flight to Houston, Texas. After that, Rachael & Katy flew back to Minneapolis and Natasha and myself flew back to Los Angeles.

We were all able to get together and debrief our trip, to talk about the good things that happened and the not so good things that happened (Don't worry, there weren't too many bad things! HaHa). Everyone really enjoyed there time in Nicaragua and would like to go back someday. We all saw God move in amazing ways and we all learned a lot from Him and each other. I encourage you, if you know Katy, Rachael or Natasha and you see them, ask them about the trip and hear some stories from them.

I want to thank you for helping me, in prayer and financially. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you! I received multiple emails from friends who set up specific times daily to pray for our team or got a prayer team together to pray for us throughout the outreach...so...THANK YOU! I truly appreciate it!

I do have some new prayer requests as well. Since being in Nicaragua, I've seemed to have caught a stomach parasite (possibly from the water) and also I have a toe infection (from cutting my toe). I've been really busy trying to take care of all this medical stuff, spending quite a bit of time at the doctor, soaking my foot and what not. Please be praying that I heal up quickly and don't have to spend more time at the doctors office. Also pray that my toe stops hurting so bad so I can walk properly and sleep good!

Once again, thank you for all of your prayers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

God Bless,

-Tyler Dean

Friday, August 28, 2009

Prayer Request

Hello folks,

As you may know, I´m here in Nicaragua for a two week outreach. The team is doing very well. We need your help though. I am asking you to partner with us in prayer. God is doing something huge so we want as much prayer as we can. TODAY (Friday, August 28) at 4:00 PM (Mountain Time Zone), we are going to be doing worship, prayer and street preaching in a park in Ticuantepe. We are very excited for this and believe God is going to do something huge! We need your your prayers. We will be doing a similar thing tomorrow morning around 10:00 AM in a town called Masaya at the Central Park. We want YOU to cover it in prayer. Here are some prayer requests....

-BOLDNESS
-To not have fear of man
-Confidence
-Annointed words and for God to speak through us.
-For our translator(s)
-For people to come
-Open Hearts
-Revelation of his purpose and will.
-ISAIAH 61
-Answer to prayers (Including healing, being set free, etc.)
-Strength

Thank you all so much and I´ll send an update in the next few days.

God Bless,

-Tyler Dean

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's official! Nicaragua Outreach Update

Hello friends,

Well...It's been a crazy last couple days, organizing and getting ready for this outreach to Nicaragua. I leave in roughly 9 days!

Everything is slowly coming together. Today was a big day and a huge step forward! All the flights were able to be purchased and Katy is supposed to get her passport in roughly two days and we are very excited!

Natasha, who is on staff with me at YWAM Pismo Beach, is also coming with us to Nicaragua. After praying about it, she felt like she was supposed to come along. She will add a lot to our team and we're all excited to have her come with us.


I am still looking for more financial help with this outreach. If you feel that God has put it on your heart to give, you can send a check to the address below. If you wish to receive a tax deductible receipt, write checks out to YWAM Pismo Beach. Please do not put my name anywhere on the check. Just put a note in the envelope explaining it is for Tyler Dean's Nicaragua Outreach.

Here are some prayer requests:
-Smoothing out the logistics
-Finances
-Divine appointments in Nicaragua
-Open hearts with the people we meet in Nicaragua
-Personal growth in all who are going on the outreach.

Thank you all for your support, financially and in prayer. Like I said before, Rachael, Katy, Natasha and myself are very excited to go to Nicaragua and are looking forward to see what God has in store for us!

Blessings,

-Tyler Dean

Friday, August 7, 2009

I am going to Nicaragua?!

WOW!

Well, there is a very good possibility that at this time in two weeks, I will be in Nicaragua, Central America!!

Here is how....

Two nights ago, I was praying and I kept getting the word Nicaragua over & over again.

Yesterday morning, my housemates and myself were doing some worship & intercession and I kept getting these pictures and very clear visions of two of my friends from my hometown in Grand Marais, Minnesota, Rachael Bohnen & Katy Borud. In these pictures and visions, we were at the YWAM Base in Diriamba, Nicaragua, praying for different families, praying for the sick in a hospital in a town called Jinotepe, playing with Nicaraguan children in Ticuantepe, speaking at churches, doing street preaching and evangelism and also working with the "Glue Kids" in Masaya. God spoke very clearly to me that I was supposed to go...IN TWO WEEKS!

So later that afternoon, I gave Rachael and Katy a phone call, explaining what happened. Both Rachael and Katy are very, very excited for the opportunity to go to Nicaragua to share Christ's love! Katy is currently in the process of getting her passport, so please be praying for favor with the passport situation.

This morning, I emailed a couple different people in Nicaragua to set up lodging and ministries. Within two hours, I received emails back, so everything is pretty much set up for us down in Nicaragua!!

The approximate dates of the outreach would be from August 22nd-September 5th. Therefore, I need to purchase a flight early next week. Please be in prayer that I can find reasonable airfare.

I am looking for financial help with this outreach so if you feel that God has put it on your heart to give, you can send a check to the address below. If you wish to receive a tax deductible receipt, write checks out to YWAM Pismo Beach. Please do not put my name anywhere on the check. Just put a note in the envelope explaining it is for Tyler Dean's Nicaragua Outreach.

Thank you all for your continual support, financially and in prayer.

Please be praying for:
-Smoothing out the logistics
-Katy's passport situation
-Finances
-Divine appointments in Nicaragua
-Open hearts with the people we meet in Nicaragua

I will keep you posted on everything as it works out more. Also, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at: tylerdean32@hotmail.com or call me at: 218.370.2078. Once again, thank you all so much!!

Blessings,

Tyler Dean
791 Price St. #119
Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Another Outreach?!

Hello folks,

I just wanted to throw it out there....

There may be another outreach brewing...very, very soon...Like, two weeks soon. Please be praying for guidance, finances & favor.

I'll keep you posted!

Thanks,
-Ty

How to comment on blog posts....

Hey friends,

So, this is just to let you know how you can comment on my blog posts...
Here is how to do it!!

1.) Read my blog post.
2.) Enjoy my blog post...hopefully.
3.) Click on "Comments" right below the blog post.
4.) Under where it says "Post A Comment"...Post your comment(s)! :)
5.) After you type your comment, click on "Post Comment".

I hope to see some comments on the blog posts-It's fun to hear from people!

Thank you all for your support!

Blessings,

-Tyler Dean

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tyler Dean is speaking!

Hello folks,

This is a reminder....

I am in Minnesota! On Wednesday, July 29, at 6:00 PM, there will be a dinner at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Marais, Minnesota. After the dinner, I will be sharing about what is going on out here in California, working with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Pismo Beach and will also be showing slides and sharing about my latest outreach to Nicaragua, Central America. Bring your family & friends and anyone that is interested!



When: July 29, 2009 @ 6:00 PM

Where: Evangelical Free Church of Grand Marais
120 East 5th Street
Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604

Why: To have fun!



***PLEASE RSVP if you are coming and how many people will be eating. Thank you!***

Phone: 218.370.2078 or 218.387.9512
Email: tylerdean32@hotmail.com

Also, if anyone wants to help cook or bring anything, please contact me. Thanks!

**If you cannot make it on Wednesday the 29th, I will be sharing very briefly on Sunday morning, August 2nd, at the 10:30 church service.



Blessings,

-Tyler Dean
218.370.2078
tylerdean32@hotmail.com
http://tylerdean.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

How Great Is Our God By: Louie Giglio

Your life is a miracle and the Creator of the universe knows you by name. He's big enough to breathe out stars, yet intricate enough to fashion together the trillions of cells that make up every facet of who you are. The God who spoke the universe into existence made you, too, and knows everything about you. From the smallest molecule to the situation you find yourself in RIGHT now, He's aware of your circumstances and intimately acquainted with everything you do. And He cares about you and promises to carry you through...

That's where we find hope in the midst of the darkest places in life. The journey is often complicated and painful, filled with confusion and chaos. Yet, the cross of Christ reveals God's promise to preserve and restore you no matter what the circumstance. He will hold onto you and hold you together, giving strength to those who hope in His unfailing love.

He is the everlasting God!

Monday, July 6, 2009

GWAM

Dear Friends and Family,

It’s time for our second annual Golf With A Mission (GWAM), a fundraiser for YWAM Pismo Beach & Central Coast! This is the largest fundraiser we do for the whole year. The proceeds go towards our ministry here in the Central Coast. This year we are really excited to send 10% of these funds with our good friends, the Jones’ (who have been working with us for 4 years at YWAM Pismo Beach), to start their work in East Asia!

If you live out of town, we'd like you to consider sponsoring a hole for this years event if you are unable to attend! If you would like information about sponsoring holes or how to play in this years tournament, please email me at: tylerdean32@hotmail.com. Also, please pray for GWAM! We would like to make this year even more of a success than last! Thanks so much for your time and continued partnership with us and our base through your prayers and support!

Blessings,

-Tyler Dean

Monday, June 15, 2009

God CAN heal and DOES heal!

Hey,
So I have a cool testimony & praise report!

I don't know if you know or not, but I have some knee, hamstrings & back problems...I've had scoliosis practically my whole life. Scoliosis is pretty much where you have a crooked spine. I also have extremely tight hamstrings (the muscles in the back of your upper leg). Due to my very tight hamstrings, it pulls on my lower back to cause even more pain and inflexability. Sometimes I wake up in the morning and cannot put on my socks and shoes due to such a sore back and very, very unflexable hamstrings (I'm not limber by any means). I can remember back to one whole week my senior year of high school where I couldn't straighten my back for the whole week. I was crouched over in intense pain. I also haven't been able to sit on the floor with my legs crossed since...I can't remember when.

Anyways, let's get to the fun part!!!

So today, some of the staff here at YWAM Pismo Beach were having a meeting in the office and at the end of the meeting, we decided that we were just going to pray for one another....
When it was "my turn" to get prayed for, I sat on a chair in the middle of everyone, joking that I can't sit on the floor...
So I said my prayer requests and then my friends added that we needed to pray for my back, knees & hamstrings...I kind of said, yeah yeah...sure we can.
So they started praying for me and I was just saying, "God, if you want to heal me, my back, knee or anything, I trust in You and I know that You can heal. I just want Your will to be done."
After we were prayed, my friend Cody told me that he feels like I'm supposed to stand up and try to touch the floor...which I knew I couldn't do...but I did anyways...
I slowly bent over towards the floor and I could put the whole palm of my hand on the floor, which is a miracle because usually, I can only put the tips of my hands just past my knees to the middle of my shin. Praise the Lord!!
After I stretched a couple times, I tried to sit on the floor with my legs crossed and I could do it WAY easier than I have in years. It was so exciting for me because it's always kind of disappointing to be so unflexable and to have a back of a 106 year old man at age 20.

Anyways....

I just wanted to share that with you and I hope it's an encouragement to you. I know that God can heal and He does heal...He even can heal YOU!!!!

Praise the Lord!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

June 13, 2009

Heyyyyy,
The 2009 Surfers DTS is now finished. Firday evening, the students graduated after their 5 1/2 month school. It was fun to watch all the students grow so much through out the past 5 1/2 months and so fun to celebrate with everyone!
As for the rest of my summer...I'm busy!
On Wednesday, our base had a meeting where we change department rolls, such as, Accounting, Fundraising & Advertising, Financial Facilitator, etc. Our accounting facilitator is moving to Asia in late July, therefore the base needs a new facilitator, so I'll be heading up the accounting department, which is a big task, but I'm excited to learn more about it. These next 3 to 4 weeks, I'll be training in for that new responsibility.
Next Saturday, my two very good friends and co-workers are getting married. This week will be busy preparing for the wedding! It should be a fun day of celebration!
I will be going home to Minnesota on furlough in July. I booked a flight from the 19 of July to August 4th. I'm really excited to see everyone!
I'm also hoping to go back to Nicaragua this fall again to scout more of the country for future outreaches, going back to the families we helped and possibly helping lead a team there from the Central Coast of California...so pray for finances on that trip and I'll keep you updated on that for sure!
In September, I may be going around to 5 or 6 different western states to speak at several different YWAM bases about a new ministry that's getting started at our base geared towards youth and getting them involved in missions and exposing them to it. I'm really excited for that opportunity!
I'm also hoping to take a week vacation this summer or fall to get away and relax, so also be praying that finances come in for that!
And besides all of this, myself and the other DTS staff will be planning for the 2010 DTS, which is a long and busy process.
Anyways...Just wanted to let you know a little bit of what will be going on this summer for myself.
Thanks for visiting my blog! :)
Blessings,
-Tyler Dean

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Arrival in the USA!

Hey friends & family,
So...after being awake for 20 hours straight, I'm back in California. We woke up at 2:00 AM to travel up to Managua (the capital city of Nicaragua) to catch our 6:30 AM flight to Los Angeles, California, with an hour layover in Houston, Texas. At 2:00 PM, we were greeted by Will Barrow (YWAM Pismo's Base Director), who came to pick us up and drive us up the coast to Pismo Beach. My two students, Andrew & Lisa, wanted to go through Beverly Hills to see what it was like on the way to Pismo, so we did. Let me tell you...that was the ultimate culture shock!! Going from a country where a family makes, on average, $200 per month, to Beverly Hills, where there are Porches, Lamborghini's, ferrari's & mansions everywhere you look. It was very difficult to see, but definitely eye-opening.
After the 3 hour drive up north to Pismo Beach, we finally arrived, being greeted by the two other DTS Outreach teams (Who went to India, Thailand and one other location in Asia) and YWAM Pismo Beach staff. It was so good to see everyone and fun to share stories and laugh together.
So it's been 8 weeks and 3 days...and it's over...I'm back in California. It's great to be back, but I'm already looking forward for my next trip to Nicaragua! God taught me so many things on this outreach and He revealed Himself to all of us, seeing Him healing the one lady's neck to teaching us through His word. Praise the Lord!
I want to thank all of you for supporting me in prayer and financially as I went on this outreach to Nicaragua! I wouldn't have been able to do it without you, so thank you so much!
God bless,

-Tyler Dean

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The last day of May...The 31st!

Hey friends & family,

How are you? I'm sorry I haven't written too much lately. We've been pretty busy. We're doing well here in Nicaragua. We are in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. It's in the southern part of Nicaragua on the Pacific Coastline. We are staying here until June 5th, then we head up to Diriamba to the YWAM Base then fly out very early Saturday morning back to Los Angeles.
While we've been here in San Juan Del Sur, we've been doing a lot of worship and intercession, reading the Bible as a team (We have been reading through the New Testament and finished it today!), and prayer walking throughout the town and the neighborhoods. We haven't had a translator here in San Juan Del Sur (SJDS) yet, BUT, God provided a lady who is willing to translate for us. We prayed and asked God to send us a translator and He did!! Praise the Lord! Tomorrow & Tuesday, we'll be going around with the lady to different barrio's (neighborhoods) in SJDS to tell them about Jesus, pray for them and hopefully be a blessing to them! We're very excited to see the Lord at work these last few days of outreach.

Here are a couple prayer requests:
-For our team to be able to finish outreach strong!
-To be bold in our faith!
-More and more team unity.
-Divine appointments
-Safe travels back to California

Thank you all so much for all of your prayers. We really appreciate it!
God bless,
-Tyler Dean

Monday, May 18, 2009

5.18.09

Hey!!
So the power went off as I was almost finished typing this...It´s always fun when it does that (quite often). Let´s start over....
This past week, we´ve gone to a city named Masaya (20 minutes from Ticuantepe) quite a bit. We´ve been working with a organization called Youth With Hope. They work with the street kids who sniff glue to get their highs to cure their starvation. They give the street kids an opportunity to live at the house where they can have food, a bed and people who love them. There are currently 8 kids who live in the house and 14 still out on the streets. Their ages range from 10 years old to 18 years old with a couple in their mid to upper 20´s.
This afternoon, we hung out with 3 of the glue boys. We were able to go to the abandon building where they sleep at night and pray in their with them. Two of them also took us to their families houses and wanted us to meet their families and pray with them. It was really cool to get to know them more and to see God working in each and everyone of their lives.
This morning, we went around and talked to different people, asking them if they knew the Lord, if they needed prayer, etc. It was amazing...We talked to quite a few people and could definitely tell the Lord was guiding us to the exact people He wanted us to speak with. We were able to talk to this one man for nearly 30 minutes and prayed for him multiple times. While we were talking to him, there was a man standing behind him the whole time waiting for us to finish so he could talk to us. When we talked to him, he told us we needed to go to his house to pray for his wife who has breast cancer, so we did. She has been sick for quite a while and has had Chemotherepy once. She´s missed her other chemo appointments because they can´t afford it. It was very good to talk and pray with her. She was an encouragement to all of us!
Earlier this week, we´ve been working here in Ticuantepe, doing evangelism. We´ve been passing out Bibles to families here, giving clothes to the kids, playing with the kids and sharing the gospel with them. God has definitely blessed our time here in Tiuantepe and we can see Him working with the people here!
At 6:00 AM on Wednesday morning, we´re hopping on a bus down south to San Juan Del Sur area...a town in the south part of Nicaragua. we´ll be there the last couple weeks of outreach.
Thank you all so much for your prayers. Here are a couple prayer requests:
-Team health
-Safety with traveling
-God to guide our last couple weeks here in Nicaragua
Blessings,
-Tyler Dean

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

5.4.09

Hello friends!
Sorry it’s taken quite a while to write…There is no internet where we’re staying, so I have to find internet cafĂ©’s. We’ve been keeping busy here in Ticuantepe! Brandon, Kirsten & Cat (YWAM Pismo Staff) are here until Saturday, May, 9. It’s a blessing to have them here and having them work with us.
Since arriving here in Ticuantepe on the 28th of April, we’ve been doing a lot of evangelism. Everyone has been very open to speak with us, which is really nice. We’ve been able to pray for various different families. On Friday, we went out to talk and pray with families, but it’s hard when we cannot speak Spanish. So Brandon & Andrew felt like God was telling them to pray for a translator…so they prayed for roughly 30 minutes, while asking different people on the street. A lady came up to them who they had talked to about 20 minutes before and she told them to follow her. The lady led them to a young lady named Valeska, who spoke excellent English, who is a Christian and was willing to translate. So she came with us and we were able to talk with families a lot more effectively and pray for people as well! Friday evening, we took Valeska to dinner with our group and she said she is willing to translate whenever we need her since she only goes to high school on Wednesday afternoons! What a blessing! She’s been helping us translate everyday now.
This afternoon, Lisa, Valeska, Cat & myself were walking around, looking for people to talk to. We ran into this older lady (Named Santos) who was starving and asking for food. After exchanging names with her, we took her to a restaurant we usually eat lunch at. We were able to share with Santos what God is doing in our lives and also how much God loves her and how He wants to be her friend! After lunch and talking, we asked her if she had any prayer requests. She said she wanted her brother (Who lives with her) to stop being an alcoholic and to stop being abusive to her and her kids. She also told us her neck was very sore. After we prayed for her, she was teary eyed and was in semi shock and she said that God completely healed her neck and she no longer has any pain in her neck! Praise the Lord!
Tomorrow, I’m going to Diriamba, to the YWAM Base to pick up Bibles so we can give them to different families around Ticuantepe. The YWAM Base has a goal to put a Bible in every home in Nicaragua. They’ve completed Diriamba and areas around Diriamba. Santos, the lady we talked to this afternoon, lives in Jinotepe, which is only 5 minutes from Diriamba. I’m going to stop by her house and give her a Bible and meet her family and pray with everyone again. It’s so exciting to see the Lord at work!
On Wednesday, we’ll be going to Managua to the Immigration Center to get our passports stamped for 30 more days. Please pray for favor for us as I’m not positive of how difficult this is.
During the day on Thursday, we’ll be going up to the northwest side of Managua to the largest garbage dump in the Western Hemisphere called, “La Chureca”, where we’ll be working with a school inside of the dump. People live off of the trash and make homes out of the garbage. On Thursday night, we’ve been invited to speak at a church that we went to last Sunday. Pray the Lord speaks through us and that we can make an impact on peoples’ lives. We’ll also be going to La Chureca again on Friday.
I hope this gets you up to date on what is going on with our team here in Nicaragua! Thank you so much for all of your prayers. We definitely need them and definitely feel the prayers being answered! Thank you!
God bless,
-TD

Sunday, April 26, 2009

4.26.09

On Thursday, we went to the hospital in Jinotepe, where we prayed for people who were sick. We asked the Lord where we should go and he lead us to a lady who had a kidney stone. She didn't know how long she would have to be in the hospital, but it didn't look like she'd be out anytime soon and she didn't look very healthy at all. It turned out that her husband was a pastor at a church in Jinotepe! We were able to pray for healing for her. After we prayed for her, we went into a different room with roughly 10 other people laying on cots with various different health issues. We were able to pray for nearly everyone in the room!
On Friday afternoon, we decided to go back to the same hospital to check up on the people and pray for them once again. Right when we walked into the hospital, we saw the first lady we talked to on Thursday who had kidney stones. She was leaving the hospital because she was completely better!! She definitely had the joy of the Lord in her and was so happy because she was healed! Praise the Lord!!! Yesterday, we had a day off, which was spent at La Boquita (A beach 30 minutes from Diriamba). It was nice to relax and play in the warm pacific ocean! On Saturday evening, we went to a lady's house in the Barrio to have dinner...The most amazing dinner I've had in Nicaragua! Tomorrow is our last day here at the YWAM Base. On Tuesday, we're off to Ticuantepe where we'll spend the next 3 weeks of outreach. On Tuesday evening, Brandon, Kirsten & Cat (YWAM Pismo Beach Staff), are flying into Managua to join us for two weeks! Pray for safe travels for us to Ticuantepe and Brandon, Kirsten & Cat's flights.
Thank you!
-TD

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

4.22.09-Nicaragua isn't cold by any means!

Hey friends,
It's almost my bedtime (It's 7:38) here so I'm going to keep it short...The heat wears you out.
This afternoon, we went around the barrio and passed out the last of the 100 lbs. of beans we bought for the families. We gave 5 different families 20 lbs. of beans which should last up to two weeks if used everyday. It was really fun to check up on the families we've been praying for and to be able to pray for them once again. You can definitely see the Lord working in these peoples hearts!!
We only have 5 full days left here at the YWAM Base in Diriamba. The next stop is Ticuantepe, which is a little larger city. We'll be working with street kids, at an orphanage which takes in young teens who sniff glue to cure their starvation and we'll also be going to the largest garbage dumb in the western hemisphere where people live off the garbage.
Well, it's about that time...
Goodnight!!
-Ty

Sunday, April 19, 2009

4.19.09-More beans and rice....

Hey friends,
Last night (Saturday), we had the opportunity to share our testimonies at a church in Diriamba. It's fun to see Andrew & Lisa getting more and more confident in public speaking and sharing the gospel.
We'll be going up to Managua in the afternoons on Monday, Wednesday & Friday this week to do evangelism at a university, partnering with Campus Crusade for Christ. In the mornings, we're going to be working with the elementary school the YWAM base runs. We were also able to buy 100 lbs. of beans to hand out to different families around the barrio to bless them so we'll be doing that on Tuesday & Thursday.
Sorry I haven't gotten any pictures posted on here yet. I haven't had a chance to upload them to my computer...Hoping to put some on later today.
Blessings,

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4.15.09

Hey all,
I just finished building a base for a water tank on the YWAM base. Whew! It's hard work when it's 95 degrees!
Yesterday morning and this morning, we went to a school on the other side of Diriamba to visit and share the gospel. Yesterday, we gave them a necklace & beads with a Bible verse on them and explained about the cross and explained what the Lord had been doing in our life(s). Today when we went, we shared the gospel and were able to lead nearly 15 kids to the Lord, which was amazing to see. Keep praying for the kids for Godly influences in their lives. Tomorrow morning, we're going again and making bracelets with them with different colors, which represent different characteristics of God. It's really cool to see the Lord working in these young children. It surprised me that it was so open to share the gospel in even public schools-Praise the Lord!
Yesterday and today in the afternoon, we went around the Barrio and prayed for different families with sicknesses or very difficult times. Most of the houses are made of different scraps of bamboo, aluminum and anything else they can find. Most of the house floors are just dirt. During rainy season (May-October), the house is extremely muddy which makes the kids sick very often.
One lady we prayed for yesterday was 72 years old (She thinks) and the right side of her body couldn't really move so we're guessing she suffered a stroke. She was a very, very sweet lady and it was amazing to be able to pray for her and her family. Another mother we prayed for today lost her husband. He was shot while trying to steal from a store. Her three kids go to the school that the YWAM base runs.
Tomorrow, we'll be going back to the barrio to pray for families again and we're also hoping to buy rice & beans at the market to give to different families around the barrio.
Be praying for breakthrough in the barrio. There is extreme poverty in the barrio, thiefs, prostitutes, a lot of abuse in the homes & also a lot of alcoholism. Be praying that we can be a light amongst all the darkness and that we can be the hands & feet of Jesus Christ.
Thank you all for your prayers. They DO help!
Adios,
-Tyler

Monday, April 13, 2009

4.13.09

Hola chavalos!
Esta semana ha sido bien tuanis! This week has been really cool thus far.
On Saturday evening, Andrew & Lisa spoke at a church. They shared their testimonies and it went really well! On Easter Sunday, we had a service here at the YWAM base in Diriamba. It was really fun to experience Easter in a different culture. This (Monday) morning, we worked in the school that YWAM runs, which was really fun to be able to work with the kiddo's!! In the afternoon, we went to a university in Managua, Nicaragua, which is the capital city. We partnered with Campus Crusade for Christ and did evangelism around the campus.
Here are some prayer requests from our team: healing of sickness (colds that Lisa & Andrew have), that we can learn Spanish quickly & wisdom.
That's all for now. Thank you all.
Blessings,
-TD

Friday, April 10, 2009

4.10.09

Hola,
Como estas?! Today started off with a nice n' refreshing bucket shower! Mid-day, we went to a hospital to visit a young man that lives in the barrio (neighborhood) who broke his leg in 2 spots. He was extremely excited to see Don (The base founder here at YWAM Nicaragua) and us. He nearly jumped out of bed with his huge cast on. The doctor cleared him to go so we took him home to the barrio. He had been in the hospital for roughly one week. The hospitals in Nicaragua aren't too quick. One man had been in there for 8 days with a compound fracture (bone sticking out of his ankle) and hadn't been operated on. Very painful, very sad.
After lunch, we prayer walked around the barrio, to the market and downtown. By the time we arrived back at the base, it was time for the children's ministry they have every Friday at 3:30. Tons of kids from the barrio come to watch a drama we preform. After the drama, we split the kids into different groups and we discussed the drama. After the discussions, we provided them snacks and then all played games!
Towards dinner time, all the kids from the barrio came to the base and wanted myself and a couple other guys from the base to join them in a baseball game. It was fun to feel like a kid again with them! :) We were able to pray with all the kids before and after we played the game. Another game is scheduled for tomorrow! :)
Well, my bedtime is pretty early over here. It's 7:15 right now, so I better get on my way to sleep. I hope you all are doing well.
Take care,
-Tyler Dean

Thursday, April 9, 2009

April 9, 2009-First complete day in Diriamba, Nicaragua

4.09.2009
Hey friends!
We arrived last night around 10:00 to YWAM Nicaragua. It's located in a smaller town, south of the capital city, Managua, called Diriamba-Between 15,000-20,000 people. The base here is beautiful. There are two schools going on right now. One DTS with 15 students and another School of the Bible, which has 5 students. There are 28 people on staff as well.
We're excited to start diving into ministry here! This afternoon, we'll be walking around the barrio (neighborhood) outside of the base, which is the poorest barrio in Diriamba and also heading into the city of Diriamba to get to know the city.
I want to thank you all for your prayers & support. We really appreciate it!

Blessings,
-Tyler Dean

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

8 Days & Counting....

Tomorrow, our school is packing up to go camping until Saturday afternoon where we'll do outreach prep. This includes: Working on sermons, skits/street dramas, practicing the language and going over all of the outreach details!
I've been keeping extremely busy, finalizing all the details with our contacts in Nicaragua. We fly out next Wednesday, April 8. I'm extremely excited to go and serve the Lord in Nicaragua!
While in Nicaragua, we'll be working a lot with street kids, at orphanages, doing street evangelism, preaching at local churches and more. We're hoping to bring children's clothing and vitamins to give to the kids.
I'm praying that the two students I'm leading will see first hand God's love for his children and the nations! I'm also praying that my students will become more confident in sharing the Gospel and in turn, making it apart of their everyday lifestyle.
As of last Friday, I needed roughly $2,600 for the Nicaragua Outreach. Since then, the Lord has provided ALL of my outreach money. Praise the Lord!
I want to thank all of you for your support, financially and in prayer! Without you folks, I couldn't do what I do, so thank you! I truly appreciate it!
Blessings,
-Tyler

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

3 weeks until departure!!!!

Hey friends,
So, in exactly three weeks (April 8th), I'll be flying to Nicaragua for two months! I'm still preparing for the outreach and support raising for it! I need roughly $2,600 in these next three weeks and I'm excited to see how the Lord is going to provide it! Thank you for all your prayers! I really appreciate them! Here are some specific prayer requests: guidance, wisdom, finances and a more intimate relationship with God and anything else you'd like to add! Once again, thank you for all your support!
-Tyler Dean
tylerdean32 @ hotmail.com

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Outreach to Nicaragua

Dear friends and family!

As you know, I’m on staff with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Pismo Beach & Central Coast, in California, as a full-time Christian missionary! The past two months, I’ve been staffing our Discipleship Training School (DTS), which has seven students from all different countries. Some of the students are from Norway, South Africa, Canada and the United States! The past two months, I’ve had the privilege to work with these students, disciple them and watch them grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ!

A part of the Discipleship Training School (DTS), you go on a two month outreach. Our 2009 DTS is splitting up into two teams, with one team going to Nicaragua and the other to India. I will be leading two students to Nicaragua, which I’m thrilled about! I’ve been extremely busy putting the trip together and working out all the details of the trip. We will be gone from early April to early June! Some of the ministries we’ll be working with include: orphanages, working with street kids, teaching English in the schools, street evangelism, construction and much more!

First off, I would like to ask you to partner with me in prayer! I will definitely need all the prayer support I can get! Some specific prayer requests are: Guidance on leading the students overseas, wisdom, grace and unity. I would also like to ask you to pray about partnering with me financially for the outreach. It will cost approximately $2,560 for me to go to Nicaragua for the two months. Some of the major costs of outreach are: airfare, food & housing and transportation inside the country. Any amount will greatly help me out and will be a huge blessing to me!

If you’d like to partner with me financially, you can make checks payable to YWAM. Please do not put my name anywhere on the check if you wish to receive a tax deductible receipt. When mailing the check (Mail to address below), just put a sticky note on the check saying: Tyler Dean’s Nicaragua Outreach Trip.

I want to say thank you for all of your support and encouragement! I am going to do my best to keep you up to date while I’m overseas. If I have internet access in Nicaragua, you’ll be able to check me out on this blog! Once again, thank you for all your help and encouragement!

Be blessed,



Tyler Dean
791 Price St. #119
Pismo Beach, CA. 93449

Website: tylerdean.blogspot.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Amazing Videos!

Hey friends!
If you want to see some amazing videos, you should check out these two!

Indescribable
&
How Great is our God

**They're both by Louie Giglio and are simply amazing! You can order them on Amazon! Totally recommend it!
:)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Santa Barbara Trip

Two weekends ago, I was able to take 3 "groms" to Santa Barabara, California, for a fun-filled weekend! I've been waiting a year to take these groms on a trip, hoping to pour into their lives and disciple them and it finally happened! We went down, planning on crashing at a campsite for Friday & Saturday nights...but...since there was a Surf Comp., there were absolutely NO camping spots...! So, we had to settle for a hotel! :) Saturday evening really stood out to me. While we were hanging out in the room, we had a Bible study, where we looked at the life of Samson. All 3 of them really got into it. It was really cool to be able to pour into the groms' lives and disciple them! Praise Him!!!
** Just to let you know...In California, young kids, roughly ages 12-15 are called "groms"! :)

How do I use this...?

Hey everyone,
So...I'm new at this whole "Blogging" thing...bare with me! :)
I'll try to get some info up sometime soon!
Blessings,
-Tyler