Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Disaster Relief Training School

I just wanted to write a quick update and let you all in on my latest news! I have recently been accepted into a disaster relief training school called RescueNet.

What is RescueNet?
RescueNet works within the Youth With A Mission network as a disaster response team. It is an international organization recognized by the United Nations as a disaster relief agency. They specialize in treating the victims of natural and man-made disasters in the critical early days following these incidents.

When is the school and where is it?
The dates of the training school are from October 9 - October 23, 2010 and it will be held at YWAM San Francisco.

How much does the school cost?
The RescueNet school will cost roughly $1,000 for everything (training, material, food, lodging, transportation, etc.)

My Heart
I am very excited to participate in this school and get further training. I have always had a heart to do outreaches geared towards disaster relief. It is such a special thing to share Christ and to help people when they've literally lost everything. When I went to Haiti in January right after the earthquake, it opened my eyes even more. Shortly after I returned home, I heard about this school so I immediately applied.

What is my next step?
I will need to raise $1,000 to do this school. If you are interested in partnering with me financially to help me do this school, look under "How To Donate" on the right side of my website. You can also email or call me. I am also looking for people to partner with me in prayer for this school. I am excited to see what God has in store for this school.

God Bless,

Tyler Dean

---------------A blurb from RescueNet's website!---------------

"Every year there are over 350 disasters around the world. 80% of the victims are left without first aid, medicine, child care, shelter and help finding loved ones. They need you like they never thought they could. Learn how to meet a crisis with the Love of Christ."

Friday, May 7, 2010

UPDATE: Fruits of the Spirit


How are you? I just wanted to get you up to date on what I’m learning, what I’m doing and where I’m going and all of that good stuff.
God has been smacking me in the face lately, teaching me a lot of different things. It’s great!

One of the fruits of the spirit is self control. We always focus on the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and faithfulness, but in this day in age, we often overlook self control. In a culture where self control is almost looked down upon, it’s hard to go against the grain to have self control. God has been teaching me a lot about this lately. I have been working hard at being a good steward of what He has given me and entrusted me with. This has been hard to learn. Basically, it’s easier to buy a latte at Starbucks than to save money. It’s easier to buy a sandwich at Subway than it is to make your own peanut butter and jelly. I don’t want to be taking the easy way out. If I’m being completely honest with myself right now, I haven’t been giving money away or tithing. I feel like the Lord is saying to me that even if I don’t have the money to give, I should still give. Through this, the Lord is teaching me to trust in Him, that He will continue to provide. I want to ask you to partner with me in prayer as the Lord continues to teach me about this. Also, feel free to ask me how I’m doing with this.

I’ve been super busy recently, planning a handful of Project Sixty-One (the ministry I work with here at YWAM Pismo Beach) outreaches for the summer and fall of 2010. As you may already know, I am going back to Haiti in just over a week from May 16 – June 3. We will be working with YWAM Port-au-Prince and YWAM St. Marc (located 60 miles north of Port-au-Prince). During our time in Haiti, we will be ministering in the refugee camps along with helping on a sanitation project in the camps. We will also be working at YWAM’s orphanage and possibly doing a construction project. I’m really excited to go back to Haiti to share Christ’s love and to see my friends that I made while I was down there in January.

We are currently planning two more trips to Haiti in September and November. On those outreaches, we will be doing most of the same ministry and will be doing building projects. If you’re interested in going with me in September, let me know and I can get you more information on the outreach.

I hope to be writing updates while I am in Haiti but I’m unsure of the internet connection in the country.

I also want to say thank you for your encouragement, continued prayer support and financial help. I literally could not do what I do without people like you.

Take Care & God Bless,

Tyler Dean