Monday, June 15, 2009

God CAN heal and DOES heal!

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.


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

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 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! :)
-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