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Thoughts from our staff and students.
The first weekend of August many of our Create staff traveled down to Sukhothai, one of the ancient capitals of Thailand, for a YWAM Northern Thailand conference. As YWAM in Thailand, we get together corporately only once a year, rotating between a nation-wide conference (last year) and a regional conference (this year). It was a good time to reconnect with ywammers from around Northern Thailand who don’t live in Chiang Mai, and meet new people who may have recently joined staff. This year we had a Thai pastor as a guest speaker who spoke a few challenging words – about being willing to give up our “Isaac” to God, and about fasting.
It was also a neat time because there are no YWAM teams in the Sukhothai province. This province of about 600,000 people has only 1,500 Christians (that’s 0.25% … much smaller even than the national average of 1-2% Christian). So as part of our conference, we had an outreach to the city – prayer teams, evangelism and Bible distribution. The Bibles being distributed were the Sourceview edition. This Bible breaks the text into four main voices, and encourages people to read together and talk about what they’re reading. (Read more about the Bible here.) So when distributing Bibles in Sukhothai, the goal was to give one to every house and four Bibles (one for each of the main voices) to every temple. One team reported going to a temple, and finding not only that they had already been given Bibles by another team, but that the monks were sitting down and reading them! Pray with us that the word of God begins to influence the Thai people and that the church in Sukhothai is able to disciple the new believers God is calling to Him.
For the next six months, we have some brand spanking new faces around us! The School of Frontier Media and the Visual Arts for Missions school have begun their terms. School staff been working super hard this year to make sure that this year Create Thailand delivers the very best schools we possibly can, and now we’re hopefully going to see the fruit of all that work.
The first week of the schools is arguably the most important week. We run the Equip2Go seminar, as well as do a tonne of orientations on Thailand, Create, the schools, visas, the list goes on. The week went very very well, and in fact, may very well be the best first week we’ve seen in recent years.
Next week we do a subject called Media Strategy, followed by teaching on EthnoArts, after which the schools will split up to start on skill development based around their niche subjects.
We’d love if you could pray for the schools and their success. These students have dedicated this half-year to up-skilling and development because they want to see the Kingdom of God extended throughout the world, they have a heart for the lost, and they’re following the Lord and His calling on their lives. But it certainly isn’t easy, and doesn’t come without a cost. Pray that they would thrive and love their time with Create Thailand.
I’ve always said it takes a special person to lead a DTS. A DTS leader needs a large amount of emotional energy and a high amount of time. Both of which I have not had in abundance for years as a ministry leader. However I was blindsided by the Lord in January!
I love how God communicates. He planted a thought in my head, which in the beginning I thought was just me. Then he gave me a dream that same night. In the dream I was sitting in a room being trained to lead a DTS. Then when I was thinking – it must have been the pizza last night (I was desperately hoping it was) – he confirmed through Psalm 16 (MSG) – ‘I will confirm to you in the night time what I have spoken in the day!’ Then I got scared! I thought, ‘Oh no, this is going to affect EVERYTHING in my life and ministry and all those I work with.’ So I put out a fleece. Within a week the fleece was fulfilled! I just didn’t have a leg to stand on. When I sought the council of my leaders and peers – I just got encouragement!
I can’t stop laughing! I just laugh each time I tell anyone, I laugh when I think about what he has challenged me to, I laugh because I can truly say He did a miracle in my heart! I feel a tiny bit of what it must have been like when Sarah (Abrahams’ wife) was told she would have a baby in her old age and she laughed! I am excited and weekly I am having downloads from God about so many aspects of the school!
I cannot tell you the amazing anticipation I have! I KNOW in my knower that we will have times of meeting with God and He is already speaking about what the outreach will look like. So … have a laugh with me, may joy strengthen you too – and pray if you are to join me on this adventure!
I’m serious! If you know of any young, medium young, young at heart, or just plain mature in God … people, who are wanting to take 6 months out to deepen their relationship with God and be ignited by His passion for the nations – please let them know. I’m accepting applications at www.createthailand.com/cidts
Penny is the ministry leader of Create Thailand. She has been serving with YWAM for many years. This post was originally published on Penny’s blog.
For the past four years our team here at Create Thailand have been discipling the nations by offering a Discipleship Training School on our campus once a year in the January-June term. This year we found God leading us in a different direction, asking us to wait, and not offer the next DTS at our campus until 2017.
So what are we doing instead?
Usually there is a bustle of students, some new to Thailand, some new to Asia, almost all new to YWAM and missions. But the office is quieter these days, busy as ever for the full time staff (volunteers) that live here year round.
What does day to day life at Create look like for staff, you ask?
If you are a member of the production team, you are probably busy editing one of the latest projects – a Gospel-sharing film to an unreached people group. Or maybe you are subtitling an older project in a new language, a task that can be quite challenging if you are not familiar with the language yourself. You might be editing a documentary or mobilization video, trying to encourage short and long term missionaries to enter the field in a country they hadn’t previously considered. You might be scoring music to one of the film projects, working on animating a sequence to be used within a larger film or to stand alone as its own short film. Maybe you are working on filming a video for the media training that we offer the Thai community around us.
If you are on the art team, you might spend your day sketching, painting, animating, or some other kind of computer editing (maybe design work) to piece together a multi-media resource that emphasizes art as a way to share and reach unreached people groups with Biblical principles. You might spend your time researching an art style, practicing that art style, meeting artists in the community, connecting with artists among unreached people groups, or scanning physical art pieces into digital form.
If you are part of the administration team, you might be paying bills, managing the books, responding to inquiries, interacting with guests, maintaining the upkeep of our facilities, doing laundry, corresponding with project partners, or a variety of other tasks essential to our survival as a ministry.
Lastly, you might be part of the training team here at Create Thailand. The training portion of our ministry covers a variety of schools. We have the Create International DTS, the Visual Arts for Missions School, the School of Frontier Media, and the School of Design. Staff who are involved in training often have their hands in administration, production, or the art team as well. When they focus on training though they may be preparing housing for incoming students, working on legal documents for student arrivals (visas and work permits), organizing a cook for lunch or dinner during the course, speaking with teachers that the school will bring in for course lectures, reading and praying over applications, promoting the school and seeking students to be trained up in missions, or another element important to keeping the schools functioning.
Life in Create Thailand is just one aspect of life within Create International, within YWAM Chiang Mai, within YWAM Thailand, and within YWAM internationally. Even though these next few months until our second-level schools start in July will be quieter than they have been in recent years, they are as full of vibrancy as ever.
This next year from 6 January to 16 June 2017 another Discipleship Training School, or DTS, will be running in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It will be a special one. Here is why…
The Potter and the Clay
“The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, ‘Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.’ So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.
Then the Lord gave me this message: ‘O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.’
Jeremiah 18: 1-6
This verse is the inspiration and Word of God for the Visual Arts for Missions 2015 school. On a field trip to a traditional Thai pottery village, students grasped a deep understanding of the text. It illustrates how God is in control of our lives, similar to how a potter creates and molds pots from clay.
Watch the above video as VAM student Prabhu Ender shares how creating pottery in the village transformed his view of the Creator God.
Think of all the icons you come into contact with on a daily basis. A cigarette with a line through it: No Smoking. A magnifying glass: Search. A box with people inside, up and down arrows on the outside: Elevator.
Iconography is simply universal communication without words. Icons should be understandable across all languages, and they should be intuitive. As Aleck, leader of School of Design (SOD) would say, “If you have to think about it, it’s not working.”
Though icons can be complex, simplicity is key. When creating an icon think of the most universally recognized way to represent the concept. Basic word association is a great way to brainstorm potential icons for a concept. Marriage = ring, union, proposal, etc. Exercise = running, lifting weights, push-ups, etc.
This week the SOD students were given the challenge of creating icons for the different departments here at Create Thailand. Here’s what they came up with.
Our students participated in a unique and international worship experience at the Global Consultation for Music & Missions. Throughout the week, worship teams presented songs, dramas, and dances from countless nations.
Watch a video recap showing how this diverse expression of praise impacted VAM student Hattie Lee.
At the Equip2Go seminar, Calvin and Carol Conkey spoke on sharing the Gospel in a culturally relevant way.
They packed their presentation with videos, testimonies, and group discussions to make it engaging as well as informative. It focused largely on outreach to Buddhists, Muslims, and Hindus, but their techniques are also applicable for ministry to unreached people groups. These strategies help the Create team expand their world views, become more effective missionaries, and inspire others to do the same.
Click the video above to watch a recap of the seminar!
The first weekend of August many of our Create staff traveled down to Sukhothai, one of the ancient capitals of Thailand, for a YWAM Northern Thailand conference. As YWAM in Thailand, we get together corporately only once a year, rotating between a nation-wide conference (last year) and a regional conference (this year). It was a […]