how we got here…

In March of 2011, Davey and I moved out of our little bungalow in Huntington Beach, California, sold most of our belongings {including 4 surfboards and our beach cruisers}, quit our jobs and stepped out into the unknown world of missions.  A desire to put our faith into action as well as a dissatisfaction with the “typical American dream life” inspired us to make this drastic change in our lives. And what an adventure it has been! Over the past year, we have had to rely on God like never before. There have been times {and are still times} when Davey and I looked at each other and wondered what the heck we were doing.  Many times we were pushed beyond our limits, deeply humbled, faced with challenges that took us far beyond our comfort zones, and brought to our knees in awe of the amazing God we serve.  Most of the time, we have no idea what’s next; but time and time again we see how faithful our God is. 

And so read on to see how we got here… well… wherever here is at the moment. And at the moment, here is Nashville, Tennessee. Wow. I never thought we’d be living in the south. Never say never, I guess…

{{*If you would like to contribute to our work with Hope Force International, click here or here.}}

Dear Friends and Family,

We’re writing to share about an amazing opportunity that we are very excited to be a part of. On April 8th 2011, we will be moving out of our apartment and attending Youth With A Mission (YWAM) at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii.

What is YWAM?

Youth With A Mission is an international volunteer organization that began in 1960. Christians from many backgrounds, cultures, and traditions that are dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world, come together with the purpose to know God and make Him known. It starts with the Discipleship Training School (DTS) that is designed to help students understand God more deeply, live more like Christ, and identify their unique gifts to answer the call of the Great Commission. We will be attending the Crossroads DTS, which is for students over age 25, married, or with families. It’s an intensive missions training program comprised of a 12-week classroom phase, followed by an 8-12 week outreach.

Although many students attend YWAM with a sense of calling to a particular place, people group, or area of ministry, we hope to discover our specific calling during our training and outreach. Regardless, we will be better equipped to serve as missionaries in a variety of fields.

Why do we want to go?

We don’t consider ourselves “youth” anymore, but we do have a mission. Ever since before we were married, we have been praying and asking God to reveal to us a vision and a purpose for our lives together. We wondered why neither of us had a desire to settle down, advance in our careers, nor start a family yet.

From Jess: September 11th first inspired me to become an emergency room nurse with the eventual goal of doing medical missions overseas and helping with disaster relief work. When the earthquake hit Haiti, I wanted to go serve, as there was immense need for medical professionals. Unfortunately, it never worked out for me to go at that time, but as a result of our desire to serve, we joined a Christian mission organization called Hope Force International. This organization trains volunteer reservists to bring hope and compassion to those affected by crisis and disaster. We immediately knew that this was something God wanted us to be involved in. Davey and I developed a close relationship with the founder and his wife, and they became a mentor couple for us.

From Davey: Ever since I taught English in China and was involved with the local church, I’ve had the desire to go back to school to pursue more Bible education. One day when Jess and I were talking with Jack and Cherie, our mentor couple from Hope Force, I told them about my interest in finding a Bible school with a worship program. They suggested we look into YWAM. They also said that they attended YWAM when they were newly married, and it was a wonderful time of Bible training that had been foundational for their marriage and ministry. Our initial response was of disinterest, figuring we were no longer “youth,” but God had other plans for us.

Stepping out in faith.

After we first heard of YWAM, it began to continue to come up in numerous and extraordinary ways. It was truly amazing as more and more people entered our lives that had not only experienced, but also highly recommended attending YWAM DTS. Finally, we had to admit that it was obvious the Lord was leading us and decided to follow by committing to start in April. Furthermore, we’ve been astonished to see how this decision has been confirmed nearly every day. We are confident that this is where God is directing us, and we’re excited to grow in Him as we’re challenged in our faith to serve others in need.

Crossroads DTS is for those who are seeking spiritual renewal, vision or new direction. It’s a unique opportunity to know God more intimately, to increase in godlycharacter, and to become involved in missions.

This has been a big step of faith for us thus far! As a result, we’ve decided to sell many of our belongings, pack up the rest in storage, sell one car, and move out of our apartment. YWAM has 1000 locations in over 150 countries; we are not sure where our outreach after the training phase will be. However, we are energized by the thought of using our professional abilities, talents, and spiritual gifts as we minister wherever we go.

If you are receiving this letter, it’s because you have already had an impact on our lives, and your continued prayer support and encouragement are invaluable to us. Would you please join with us in praying for God’s direction for the days ahead? Pray that He would refine and challenge us spiritually as we make preparations for our upcoming departure on April 8th 2011. We also ask for you to partner with our future ministry financially, taking full advantage of sowing into what God will do through us.

Our immediate need for the 12-week lecture phase of school is a combined $8,420 (this includes room, board and tuition). For the following field assignment (which will include airfare, ground transportation, food and housing) is estimated to be $8,000-$9,000.

We are so very grateful for you, your friendship, your prayers and support!

In Service of the King,

Davey and Jessica Anderson

P.S. Please subscribe to our blog and join us on the journey with weekly updates, pictures, videos, and more at: http://www.DaveyandJess.com.  If you would like more information about the YWAM University of the Nations, please visit: http://www.uofnkona.edu

Please make check to University of the Nations and send to:

University of the Nations,Attn: Cashier, 75-5851 Kuakini Highway #433,                                                                   Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Include a note that states: “For: Davey and Jess Anderson, School: Crossroads DTS, Quarter: April, 2011.”

You can also donate online at www.DaveyandJess.com


One thought on “how we got here…

  1. Oh, so you’re YWAMers!:) YWAM has an office here in the Philippines, too. There are times when YWAM missionaries attend our Sunday worship services in our church, too. May God continue to bless you both and order your steps as you spread His love and goodness! I’m so blessed by your blog.

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