Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

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!

A few highlights from 2012
  • Successfully completing a "Leadership Training School" (click here to read about this amazing school) through the University of the Nations (YWAM's Global University)
  • 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.

Merry Christmas,

Tyler Dean

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A New Season

From Learning French to Leading Operations

In my last update, I shared how I was participating in a "French Intensive Seminar" here at YWAM LausanneWell, 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.

Prayer Day

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!!


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!

God Bless,

Tyler Dean

Monday, October 1, 2012

How To Donate

Option 1 - Donate Online
b.) Follow the simple steps on how to donate.
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:
YWAM Tyler
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!
-Tyler Dean

Monday, September 3, 2012

"Intense" August/September

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!


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.

God Bless,


Monday, July 23, 2012



Greetings 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!

Thank you again for your continued prayers and support. I look forward to sharing more stories of what God is doing.

God Bless,


Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Big Week

A Big Week!
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.

Financial Update

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 donation.

Donating By Check
Make Check Payable To:  YWAM
**DO NOT write my name ANYWHERE on the check.
Please enclose a note indicating the donation is for Tyler Dean.
Mail Check To:
YWAM Tyler
c/o Accounting Department
P.O. Box 3,000
Garden Valley, TX 75771-3000

Donating by Automatic Withdrawal, Credit Card or Bill Pay
If 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!


Sunday, April 15, 2012


Hey Friends!

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.

To vote, CLICK HERE!

Thank You and God Bless,

Tyler Dean

Friday, March 23, 2012

LTS Recap

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.

Thank you again for your prayers and support.

God Bless,

Tyler Dean