As staff members of YWAM Kauai our mission varies from time to time as roles shift and staff members transition in and out, but below is a brief overview of our heart and mission as a couple as we continue to serve YWAM and the local churches of Kauai.
Did you know that the majority of Christians have never been taught how to study the Bible? And that over %75 of church going Christians rarely read their Bible besides on a Sunday morning?
According to the Barna Group’s 2014 Year-In-Review report, Bible skepticism is tied with Bible engagement. Meaning the number of those who are skeptical or agnostic toward the Bible—who believe the Bible is “just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice”—has nearly doubled from 10% to 19% in just three years. This is now equal to the number of people who are Bible engaged—who read the Bible at least four times a week and believe it is the actual or inspired Word of God. Any report, article, or statistic will show the same trend. As a church and as individuals we should all be concerned about the impact this will have on our nation in the coming years.
“The Bible is how we know God, relate to him, and love Him. You cannot love what you do not know.” – Steve Gregg
During our School of Biblical Studies we both fell in love with the Bible: reading it, studying it, and teaching it as well. We soon realized that it wasn’t enough for us to just gain more Biblical knowledge, but to share that with others, both in YWAM and the local and global church. Our heart is to pass on tools we have learned to make the bible approachable to the average Christian. We want to equip believers with the skills to correctly interpret the bible for themselves. Finally, we want to see believer’s passion for God’s word ignited! We are currently doing this in these various ways:
- Teaching in the Discipleship Training School: We teach a week long lecture titled “Bible Overview: God’s Redemptive Plan” during the DTS each year. During that week we also teach our students the basic steps of inductive bible study. We then follow this up by teaching every week for 3 hours Biblical study principles that the students can use for the rest of their lives.
- Teaching Biblical Studies Seminars: So far we have taught 4 seminars with students representing more then 6 church bodies. The goal of this 3 1/2 hour seminar is to introducing the students to the Inductive Bible Study Method through the book of Philemon. In the 2015 calendar year we were able to teach over 50+ individuals the method. For many, this was the very first time they had been taught how to study the Bible. We currently have 2 more seminars planned for the month of February in local churches on Kauai.
- The Chronological Bible Core Course (CBCC): We will be pioneering a 3-month long bible school dedicated to equipping believers with the tools to read and understand the bible. During this school our students will read the bible cover to cover, learn the Inductive Bible Study method, and conduct in-depth studies of 12 key books of the Bible. This is an wonderful course, and is foundational for all who desire to continue on in YWAM or any other ministry after completion of their Discipleship Training School. We will be staffing this course with YWAM Salem April-June 2016 and then bring the course to YWAM Kauai in the 2017 calendar year.
The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a two-part 5-6 month program designed to equip and empower this generation with God’s heart for the nations. The core theme is to know God and make Him known; it is about learning more about who God is and communicating His character to others along the way. Students will begin in Kauai, Hawaii learning foundational discipleship topics in a classroom setting, and live missionally by serving in the local community, attending small groups, and experiencing one on one discipleship. The second part of DTS is a 10-11 week outreach serving alongside existing ministries in foreign countries. DTS is about pursing knowledge and action and loving God with both our hearts and our minds.
We both have a heart to see other young people discipled, trained, and sent to the Nations! As of now we will be Directing the DTS here on Kauai for the upcoming fall quarter in September. We are so excited to be involved in the leadership of this school, training both our staff and students. We are in the beginning planning phase for that school and look forward to seeing what God will do through us and our future DTS students.
The Unreached Nations:
YWAM Kauai is called to reach the un-reached people of the world. We currently send our outreach teams to two nations in Asia and the Middle East* where we partner with local churches and long-term missionaries. Our goal is to bring the Gospel of Jesus to those who have never heard before. This means going to challenging and difficult places where many are unwilling to go, with the hope of bringing the light of Christ to all people and languages.
Statistics Regarding the Unreached of the World:
- Between 1985 and 2005 the number of career (4+ years) North American missionaries sent out by mission agencies has basically been stagnant.
- 86% of the world’s Hindu, Muslims, and Buddhists do not personally know a Christian
- The number of current UPG missionaries compared to the total 2 billion Christians in the world equals the same probability of being in a plane accident (.0005%).
- The ratio of UPG workers the total unreached world is: 1 missionary for every 216,300 people.
- There are currently over 6,500+ unreached people groups.
Please visit the Joshua Project for more detailed information.
Currently YWAM Kauai’s target nations include over 636 unreached people groups and encompass over 219 million unreached people. Our personal vision for our outreaches is to train up the body of believers in unreached areas to reach their own peoples through accurate biblical knowledge and a new depth of scriptural literacy. This will allow them to see the Biblical foundation and calling for reaching their own communities and evangelizing the lost around them.
Less than 2% of all missions giving is directed toward the 10/40 Window. Yet ‘dollar for dollar and hour for hour, the harvest coming from the 10/40 Window nations outstrips that from the rest of the world 100 to 1.”