“We tend to get busy working in the ministry. But sometimes we have to stop and work on the ministry and its team if we want to go forward and be truly healthy and productive. When a ministry knows how to care for its staff, it is sure to thrive.”
Canadians Stuart and Barclee Huggins and their son Lincoln set off on a round-the-world mission-building trip in January of 2020. Although the pandemic cut their time short, their time of service still made an impact.
Change, crisis, injustice, loss, feeling stuck. Everyone experiences these at some point in life, including missionaries. Because MBI’s goal is to help YWAM missionaries thrive, we offer spiritual debriefing to assist them in making sense of the things that happen in life and in mission service.
Buildings preach,” says architect Ross Lackey, and “YWAM ministries deserve places that support their efforts as part of God’s redemptive work in the world. Success is not a pretty building, but rather how Christ is having a real impact on people’s lives.”
As we wade yet again into uncharted waters, we might be tempted to only say “uncle.” We readily admit that current circumstances may be beyond our control, but in response we lean into a self-sufficiency that, when pushed too far, can become our Achilles heel. When it comes to God, may it never be said that in our pride we cried “uncle” when what we really needed to do was cry “mercy.”
We are no longer in control of our coming and going, our calendar, our income, our gathering of friends for fellowship and worship—even our outreach and touching others in the name of Jesus—all for fear of spreading an invisible enemy. Rather than focus on what we cannot do and cannot have, however, we choose to continue to reach out.
MBI’s newest ministry, Leadership 13 (L13) came into existence in 2010 when colleagues Ron Brewster and Dawn Masucci and I felt compelled to combine our years of leadership experience and expertise into a concerted effort to respond to a cry for help from a number of promising young YWAM leaders. The end goal was to see the advancement of the kingdom of God globally.
At MBI, we serve in our roles because we love missions. For staffer Craig Blair, this means going the extra mile and connecting the local church with a nation close to his heart: Russia.
Is there life after a YWAM Discipleship Training School? Yes! YWAM DTS graduate Deborah S. is now a veteran Mission Builder, putting her missions training into action in whole new ways.
YWAM Mission Builders International’s goal is to connect Christian volunteers with Youth With A Mission ministries worldwide. But while the practical help delivered by thousands of volunteers has made it possible for ministries to “keep the main thing the main thing,” it is clear that they also need the kind of support that can only be provided by experienced people who understand the unique needs and inner workings of YWAM.