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