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23 Education reduces child mortality: a child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past age five. In Indonesia, child vaccination rates are 19% when mothers have no education and 68% when mothers have at least secondary school education.

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Education promotes gender equality by helping women control how many children they have. In Mali, women with secondary education or higher have an average of three children, while those with no education have an average of seven children.

Education contributes to improved maternal health: women with higher levels of education are most likely to delay and space out pregnancies, and to seek health care and support.

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Letter from the Editor


s we started this edition, I began thinking about why a quality education is so important and what effects it has on a person, a community, and society. Until recently, it had never occurred to me to wonder why education was so valuable; I had always accepted that statement as being true. As I began researching its impact, facts to support that statement started to surface, and I realized that education is about much more than simply learning facts and figures. “There is evidence that those who have received primary school education are healthier than those who have not. Countries where a high proportion of citizens are educated are also more stable democracies with lower levels of crime.”1 (See below for more for more facts) I am sure this is just the small list of positive effects. There are many more abstract effects including confidence, critical thinking skills, and resourcefulness. A quality education truly is important.

Education helps combat HIV, malaria and other preventable diseases. In addition, it facilitates access to treatment and fights against stigma and discrimination. Education beats poverty: one extra year of schooling increases a person’s earnings by up to 10%. 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills.

Education encourages environmental sustainability. It allows people make decisions that meet the needs of the present without compromising those of future generations.

Do you remember a teacher who left an impression on you (good or bad)? Did you enjoy school or not? Our teachers and the institutions that house our classrooms leave a long and lasting effect on our personhood and future. Being a teacher or a principal is a high calling. These people shape the minds and perspectives of the next generation and ultimately impact the course of our society. The Indian government has recognized the need for trained teachers and improvements in the education system. They have recently drafted the Right To Education Act (2009) and the National Curriculum Framework (2005) to give shape to the vision of quality education for all Indians. (See Melinda’s article, p.15, for more insights). The framework is there; now India needs more dedicated teachers and administrators to start implementing change in the current system. This is an exciting time for YWAMers and the Christian church to be involved in education. YWAM and the government of India can agree that education is a vital part of the development of any nation. The right to have a Christian education is part of the Christian Magna Carta, to which YWAM rededicated itself at the 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2010 (See p. 21 to read the Magna Carta). This belief is a part of YWAM’s very DNA. All over India YWAM is working towards the goal of making Christian education available to every family. This edition covers a few of the schools that are working tirelessly to bring truth, hope, and the opportunities of a good education to a variety of Indian communities through classes, tuitions, Saturday clubs, and Sunday schools. If we want to see deep, abiding changes in the social injustices that occur every day, then let’s start teaching our children instead of simply mugging up.

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BECOMING VISIBLE Imagine that you never went to school or never attended any YWAM training. What beliefs would you hold which are different than now? Imagine that you couldn’t read or write in any language. How would you maneuver through a normal day? “Education is a powerfully enabling tool; it gives people the opportunity to not only be better informed and do well in life, but it also gives them the weapon with which to challenge prejudice and injustice, to become part of the mainstream, to become visible.”1

The YWAM schools highlighted throughout these next few pages are working toward helping communities become visible. They are educating different groups of students, and they are also in the process of transforming families. They are pouring their lives into communities out of love for Jesus and hope for the future of poor, underrepresented, and marginalized people. All across India there is a need, a call for passionate, dedicated teachers who value education. “The real difficulty is that people have no idea of what education truly is. We assess the value of education in the same manner as we assess the

value of land or of shares in the stockexchange market. We want to provide only such education as would enable the student to earn more. We hardly give any thought to the improvement of the character of the educated. The girls, we say, do not have to earn; so why should they be educated? As long as such ideas persist there is no hope of our ever knowing the true value of education.”2



Real education consists in drawing the best out of you. What better book can there be than the book of humanity? M.K. GANDHI

1 (Sept. 25, 2012). 2 (Sept. 27, 2012).



t first glance YWAM Mysore’s Beautiful Gate Center (BGC) looks like a typical school; there is a brightly colored sign outside the building, a play area with sand beneath the swings and shoes are neatly stacked on the rack outside the main door. But as you enter the large classroom, it is obviously different. Instead of desks and chairs, there is a set of stairs that go nowhere and a small slide. The children are not wearing school uniforms, and there is one teacher for every two or three of them. These are not typical students either. The teachers refer to them as “special” kids. The children have a wide spectrum of disorders such as Cerebral Palsy (CP), mental retardation (MR), Down syndrome (DS), RubinsteinTaybi Syndrome (RTS), or Autism. Most of them have multiple developmental disorders involving behavioral issues.

Since its small start, BGC has seen many students come through the program. Currently thirteen students are enrolled, and ten more students have moved on to the vocational training that is offered at Beautiful Gate Special School, their sister school located just down road. There, Sunita Locklear teaches the higherfunctioning special needs students job skills like card making. Beautiful Gate Ministry also has branched out into two regular preschools, after school tuitions, Saturday clubs, and Sunday school. (See page 4, for more information.) Together the special needs schools start the morning with enthusiastic worship and prayer. If you visit, you will never feel unwelcome or strange. This is one of the most beautiful things about kids with special needs: their love is unique in its expression and innocence. They feel

Learn to love your child for the way he is, not the way you want him to be.

things simply. If they are uncomfortable, you know. If they are happy, they laugh, no matter where or when or what is going on in the room. Yasmin has CP and is wheelchair-bound. She laughs throughout morning worship. At first you might think that she has no idea what is going on or is simply mindless, but when her name is called she works to lift her hand to signal she is present. And if you introduce yourself and say hi, she will reach out her crooked hand for a gentle shake. There is more going on in these students’ hearts and minds than we can guess at a glance or that their bodies allow them to express. After morning worship, the teachers take the children to different areas where they play, read, learn life skills or do physical, speech, sensory or occupational therapies. BGC taught Rathan, age 6, how to walk. Currently he is learning to master the stairs without using the railings. His small face shows concern and uncertainty as he wordlessly looks to his

Instead of saying they are hopeless or cursed like a majority of the society believes, this school says they deserve to learn and be loved. “It is not a curse. God is giving us an opportunity to serve them,” says Prasana Pynam, the center’s current director. In November 2006 a small YWAM team, led by Ilyoung, the current Beautiful Gate Ministry leader, started the Beautiful Gate Center. The first student enrolled in December, and by the time the school officially started, they had four students. Slowly the news spread about the school, mostly through doctors and therapists. Along with recommendations, today the staff spend time in the nearby slums looking for students, sometimes visiting families 20 times before they are convinced their children should go to school. For parents, it is an unrelenting struggle to have a child with a disability because there are few resources or options. Sunita Locklear, Beautiful Gate School’s vocational training director, who works in partnership with Beautiful Gate Center, had a hard time thinking of even one place that is wheelchair accessible in Mysore. She has twin sons, and one was born with a rare disability. She understands the struggle. She and her husband moved to Mysore to start the school. “Learn to love your child for the way he is, not the way you want him to be,” she encourages.


He loves his daughter but is obviously not immune, like she is, to the stigma that a child with special needs carries. physiotherapist, Shilpa, for reassurance. “It is not easy. They are in another world. I need so much patience. God is teaching me patience and endurance,” expresses Shilpa. She and the other staff persevere despite the days where they are bitten, kicked, or need to bathe a student. The Beautiful Gate Center shows that education is more than just learning facts and figures. It is about empowering students to be as capable as possible and to overcome the social stigmas of disabilities. Even when the students start with less capacity to learn, there is still potential for them to grow and develop. Deepthi’s parents are very happy with her development over the years she has attended the school. Her father explains that

Deepthi with her parents

she now knows how to get ready for school in the morning. It is also a break for them to not have to watch her while they manage the family’s small chicken shop. They live on a busy road, and Deepthi used to run into the street or into other people’s houses. “They treated her like a stray dog,” says her dad. “I can’t watch her all the time. I am working.” He loves his daughter but is obviously not immune, like she is, to the stigma that a child with special needs carries. Her parents bear the full force of the stares, the disdain, and the fear, and they teeter between the love they feel for their child the burden of her care. In the end her dad says, “You have to love them more, lead them on a good path. Don’t hurt the children. If you do like this you will feel good. The children are innocent. Like I love them, they also love me back.” The children who attend Beautiful Gate Center are complicated in many ways. They may never attend university or hold a full time job. Their paths have deviated from the average person, but they can grow and learn simple things like how to walk or eat or groom themselves. They still have the ability to develop as individuals. Shilpa sums up the philosophy of teaching the school embodies, “They are just disabled. Understand them and be a helper to them. Be their hands and legs. They are sensitive too and get hurt when people treat them badly. People need to understand their hearts and serve them. God has made them with a purpose.”

Beautiful Gate Ministry not only operates the Beautiful Gate Center, but two other preschools, after school tuitions, Saturday club and Sunday School. Carrot and Rabbit Pre-school - Started 2010. Currently 28 children, ages 2 -4. New Hope Pre-school – Started June 2012. Currently 22 children, ages 2-4. For more information contact: 4 / LIFELINEPLUS_WINTER 2012



he wears a cheerful, slightly dirty, yellow kurta. Her thick black hair is separated into two braids that fall just past her shoulders. She avoids eye contact and smiles when it seems there is nothing to smile about. She never says a word. She is 8 years old. Shilpa, her physiotherapist, is working with the small balance board. Ayesha seems to enjoy the simple therapy exercise, but quickly tires of it and keeps trying to step off backwards. Shilpa goes to get a mirror. Ayesha loves to look at herself in the mirror and happily stands on the balance board for the full duration. The entire time Shilpa keeps repeating, “Look! You are so beautiful, Ayesha.” And the girl seems to believe her therapist. Do we believe Shilpa? Can we love this little girl? Could we care for her, even if she never says word or verbally appreciates anything that is done for her? She is valuable, and she is so precious. She is one of Lakhs of children that are considered cursed and painfully neglected all throughout India because of their disabilities. But God says something different. He says, “I have created you. I have given you life, and you are so beautiful.”


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Community Center Day Care Where: Adambakkam slum, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Leaders: Samuel and Hebsyba Started: 1993 Students: 63, 2- 5 yr. old The smell of fish must be a theme for her daily life. She smells like fish and so does her simple house in the Adambakkam slum. But she is content and thankful for the freedom to work each day. The smell comes from the fish that she picks up at 4 am and then carries around in her basket selling from 9am –12pm daily. Previously she couldn’t work, and the family was barely surviving on her husband’s income as a rickshaw driver. Life was

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he following article takes a look at three of the daycares/preschools that YWAM Chennai operates along with tuitions and weekend clubs. Each preschool has a similar format. The children ages 2 -5 years old learn songs, Bible stories, English, prayers, play games, practice basic hygiene, are provided lunch and then take a nap. The curriculum is straightforward, and the care the children receive is loving and disciplined. Each location has many stories of how God is working in the lives of the children and their families. These are just a few.

tense, her marriage was tense, and she felt she couldn’t leave her son, Raju, at home because she had already lost one child in the canal near their house. Then Raju started going to the local YWAM daycare/ preschool. Now she can work and help support the family. Plus her son is more than just safe at school; he is learning important skills and is being prepared for 1st standard. “After he went to day care, he prays morning and evening. He is eating well and before he eats he washes his hands. After school he wants to take a bath with soap and water,” she says happily. Another parent comments, “Because they study in the daycare, they teach the Christian principles that help them with their life. The teachers are good and the children improve.”


New Hope Day Care/ Preschool Where: Padappai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Leaders: Sundar and Ida Started: 2006 Students: 27, 2-4 yr. olds The staff teaches preschool curriculum to the kids in a tidy house located just outside of Chennai. The families in the area work in the city and need a place for their children to stay during the day, instead of being at the house with ailing grandparents or other alternatives. The school has not only become a safe place for the children, but also for the parents. Many mothers ask the staff for prayer before they leave for

work. They trust the teachers with their children and their needs. One local government official told Sundar, the leader, “You all are doing the religious work only, not the social work.” He added, “You know near Gandhi Nagar some one is leading a day care centre and the children are very smart and disciplined.” That is when Sundar was able to tell him with all humility, “That project belongs to us. My staff take care of the daycare.” The government official said, “I’m sorry brother. Whatever you need, I will help you.”

Beginnings by Karol Svoboda I started the first school, Asha Kendra Christian School(AKCS), in 1992 in Chennai with a few other people and only five students. The vision began because some of the Indian families’ children were ready for school. When the parents saw the schools available to them for what they could afford, they wanted an alternative with less pressure and fewer children per class. The vision for starting our own school was born out of this need and God’s calling on us to offer solid, English medium education to our neighbors. The values that underlined AKCS were to share the love of Jesus with the children by building worth in them as individuals and building confidence in learning. We knew that the early years are crucial in developing confidence and worth in a child. It was a beautiful thing to watch the “light of learning” turn on when they could begin to sound out words, especially children who started with no English at all. We tried to stay in sync with the Indian Education system, but we went at a slower pace. We wanted to make sure the children were not just gathering information to pass exams but were truly learning. There are many success stories of children who went into traditional Indian schools after AKCS. The feedback from parents was that their child was not afraid to learn, they had strong confidence in their abilities, and their English proficiency helped them a lot. A child will learn best when there is personal care in the learning process and their unique needs are given consideration. 8 / LIFELINEPLUS_WINTER 2012

Day Care/Preschool Where: Tambaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Leaders: Amos and Celia Started: 1997 Students: 12, 2-5 yr. olds Celia, the day care founder, comes from a broken home. Her father worked, but he never gave any money to the family. Besides not helping them with finances, he was emotionally distant. “He didn’t care or show us love,” she said. Her mom was very sick for a long time, but she worked as domestic help when possible. Celia and her sisters had to leave school around 6th standard to work. Conditions were so desperate that Celia, along with her mom, three sisters and brother decided to commit suicide in 1990. They had no more hope.

also dedicated her life to Jesus. In 1993 God spoke to her through the verse, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” At that moment she started praying about what was next. In 1997 she completed her Discipleship Training School (DTS) and started the preschool. Over the last 15 years God has given her and Amos, her husband, the opportunities to minister to many broken families. They live and work close to one of the largest slums in India. “I want to minister to other families like mine,” shares Celia. The preschool has become the centre of all the community development they do in the area.

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Happy Hearts Preschool Nursery Anu Dongardive +91-98504401180

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Helping Hands Nursery Suman John +91-9689651054

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Gyanankur English Medium School SSC Nursery to 7th standard Vishwas Sawale +91-9604274747

Joy Center Preschool Playgroup, Nursery, LKG, UKG Joy Isaac +91-9923509403

SATARA School Name : Satguru Nursery School Grades : Nursery, LKG, UKG Contact Person : Pratima Jadhav Phone/Mobile : +91-9527956171

Carrot and Rabbit Preschool Pre-LKG/LKG/UKG Benny Cho +91-9916722805

VARANASI School Name : Wallaby School School Grades : Nursery-12 Contact Person : Margreet Diment Phone : 09648500329

*** The list of schools mentioned here is not exhaustive. We have included the information that was received on time for the publication. Please write us if your school is not listed. The schools listed are in need of short/long term staff, teachers, and/or administrators. Please contact them for further details. School Name : Asha Dai Kendra Grades : Nursery, KG1, KG2 CHENNAI Contact Person : Hegin Haokip School Name : Day Care Centre Phone Number : +91-9923638931 School Grades : Preschool to U. KG. Contact Person : T. Samuel INDORE: Phone/Mobile : +91-9380598020 School Name : Sideras International School School Name :   New Hope School Grades : Preschool to U. KG Contact Person : Sundar & Ida  Phone/Mobile :   +91-9710363615

School Grades : Nursery to 9 Contact Person : Victor Pilli Phone Number : +91-8989009595

School Name : Asha Kendra Play School School Grades : Preschool to U.KG. Contact Person : Ian Liu Phone : +91-9095051426

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Chennai Mercy Ministry is a project of `Youth With A Mission involved in Community Development Projects in many slums of Chennai since 1992.

CURRENT PROJECTS Day Care Centre Widows Ministry Sunday School Tailoring Centre Tuition Centres Eye Care Camps Micro Enterprises Development (Saving Groups) Primary Healthcare Work

CONTACT : Youth With A Mission, Community Development Project, No 1393, Dr. Ambedkar nagar, Adambakkam, Chennai 600 088 South,India. E-mail:, Phone : +91-93805 98020, +91- 80151 52030

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n one of our Monday intercession times for the West and Central Region, I looked around the room at the small but strong team that God has brought to serve the region. It suddenly struck me that some of the key areas that we had prayed for in the past and asked the Lord to help us in our weaknesses were actually represented: the SpiceCom team in the area of communication, the Genesis coordinator with a strong intercessory and prophetic drive, and more recently the regional member care representative joined the team who, along with my wife, are true pastors by gift. I then remembered Lynn Green’s, a YWAM senior leader, words in the past about the importance of having two kinds of gifted people very close to the main team or ministry leader: the prayer shield and the member care teams; or, if you prefer, the prophets and the pastors. Lynn didn’t mention the communication team at that time. But I’m sure he would definitely agree that the help of operationally gifted people with particular gifts in the areas of writing, photography, information technology, web designing, etc. would be needed for any leader, especially in this generation where communication plays such an important role in our everyday activities. As we continued being led by the Holy Spirit to pray for the teams in our region, I felt the Lord leading me to the text in 2 Samuel 23. The whole chapter is about a team of mighty men who supported King David in his battles. Among the thirty-

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seven mighty men, there were three, in particular, who stood out: JoshebBasshebeth, Eleazar and Shammah. Each of them fought in his own style and with different weapons. And when there was a felt need, they all came together, risking their lives to stand by David.

I think this is a good picture of these three key areas that leaders and leadership team should be praying for. It is like a tripod that supports the leader in these crucial areas: intercession, member care, and communication. And for us in the region, the most amazing thing is that I didn’t go out intentionally seeking to recruit people, but God brought the right people in answer to our prayers. You may be thinking, “What does it have to do with me?” or “Does every team have to follow this model?” and “What about my team? We are too small to think about having specialized people for each of these areas.” Even in small teams, we should see that these three areas are not neglected. That someone who has a more pastoral heart is heard when he or she brings up member care related concerns. That the more operationally gifted staff could help with basic communications within and for the team. And that intercession is not restricted to a one-hour, two-times a week obligation or routine, but stays in the centre of everything that you do as a team. As you pray for these three aspects, I believe that God will also enable people to be raised in different capacities to become like one of the supporting legs of a tripod, or perhaps even like one of the mighty men of David. Amen!



DTS (Family Focus Crossroads) English 20 Jan. - 7 June ‘13 School Of Music in Missions English 20 Jan. - 21 June ‘13 School Of Ministry Development English 20 Jan. - 20 April ‘13 English as a Second Language English 20 Jan. - 20 April ‘13 & 21 July - 21 Oct. ‘13 DTS English 14 April - 30 Aug. ‘13 & 7 July - 7 Nov. ‘13 & 29 Sept. - 21 Feb. ‘14 E-mail: Phone: +91-0803-247-4030

BELGAUM DTS    Kannada 25 Feb. - 14 July ‘13 Email: Phone: +91-9964-527-556

CHENNAI DTS English 21 Jan.- 12 June ‘13 & 15 July - 4 Dec. ‘13 Email: Phone: +91-44-24511724 School Of Worship English 21 Jan. - 20 June ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-44-24511724

COIMBATORE School Of Worship English 1 April - 28 Aug. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-8870-000-690 12 / LIFELINEPLUS_WINTER 2012


Crossroads DTS English April - Aug. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-8007-979-096



School of Biblical Studies II English 7 Jan. - 29 March ‘13 School Of Evangelism English 7 Jan. - 29 March ‘13 

DTS English & Hindi 14 Jan. - 5 June ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9438-654-459

DTS English 7 Jan. - 29 March ‘13 & 8 July - 27 Sept. ‘13  & 30 Sept. - 20 Dec. ‘13 


School Of Frontier Missions English 8 April - 28 June ‘13

University DTS English to Telugu April 1st week 2013 E-mail: Phone: +91-9573-889-540

IMPHAL DTS English 7 Jan. - 31 May ‘13 & 8 July - 16 Nov. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9089-817-992

JAIPUR Media DTS English 14 Jan. - 31 May ‘13 & July - Nov. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9928-569-795

KANPUR DTS Hindi 5 Jan. - 5 June ‘13 E-mail : Phone: +91-7376-299-656

KOLKATA Winning DTS English & Korean (Bengali) 26 Jan. - 7  June  ‘13  Email: Phone: +91-9831-018-919

School Of Biblical Studies III English 8 April - 28 June ‘13 Titus English 8 July - 27 Sept. 13 New Testament Greek English 8 July - 27 Sept. ‘13  Introduction To Primary Health Care English 8 July - 27 Sept. ‘13 School Of Worship English 30 Sept. - 20 Dec. ‘13  Introduction to Biblical Counseling English 30 Sept. - 20 Dec. ‘13 School of Biblical Studies English 30 Sept. - 20 Dec. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9860-184-467




DTS English 22 July - 6 Dec. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-8765-350-480

DTS English 18 Jan. - 7 June ‘13 & 4 July- 22 Nov. ‘13 E-mail: Phone:+91-9862-392-314

DTS (FM Focus) Hindi & English 2 Sep. - 5 Feb. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9829-776-976

MADURAI DTS Tamil 28 Jan. - 14 June ‘13 & 29 July - 13 Dec. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-4522-456-928

NEW DELHI DTS English 29 July - 13 Dec. ‘13 E-mail: Phone:+91-9999-441-295 DTS English 16 Jan. - 31 May ‘13 E-mail: Phone:+91-9999-441-295 School Of Worship English 16 Jan. - 31 May ‘13 E-mail: Phone:+91-9650-337-945

PUNE School Of Design English 28 July - 27 Sept. ‘13 E-mail: Phone:+91-2041-207-918 School Of Digital Communications English 7 Oct. - 27 Dec. ’13 E-mail: Phone:+91-2041-207-918 School of Islamic Studies English 21 Jan. – 12 April ‘13 E-mail: Phone:+91-9860-492-848 DTS English 24 June - 6 Dec. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9860-492-848

Humanities and Science English 8 April - 28 June ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-8729-937-920

SILIGURI DTS English 21 Jan. - 22 July ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9679-880-157


VARANASI CTS Carpentry Technology School English/Hindi 6 Jan. - 28 Mar. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9807-700-673

VIZAG DTS English 16 June - 3 Nov. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-7893-517-421

DTS English 21 Jan. - 12 June ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9487-286-287

TRIVANDRUM DTS Malayalam 21 Jan. - June ‘13 DTS English & Malayalam 1 July - Dec. ‘13 School of Frontier Missions English 30 Sep. - Dec. ‘13 E-mail: Phone: +91-9995-137-879

Disciple Training School (DTS) is a full-time, residential training course, which begins with an 11 or 12 week classroom phase, followed by an 8-12 week outreach time. The DTS emphasizes cross-cultural exposure and global awareness, preparing students to answer the call to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19. The Discipleship Training School is a requirement for applying as YWAM staff, and serves as a prerequisite to all other training programs. The DTS is offered at YWAM locations all over the world. Some schools have a special focus on particular areas of ministry or nations. This list only includes DTS locations in India. See page 19 to read about one DTS student’s experience. SPICECOM.ORG /13

YWAM Staff Speak Out

A Word of Encouragement for Teachers “You have been great examples and role models worth imitating. Thank you for imparting, not only your words and insights, but your very ‘Life’. Your labor has not been in vain, and the Lord Himself is your great reward.” Mini Barbosa, India “When I read Revelation 22:1-2, I see one of the areas that needs healing in our society is education. You maybe the only healing leaf of that tree of life in that school or place to bring healing to that part of the nation. Be encouraged and remember that you are doing a great work that the growing generation will never forget.” Paulas Pandey, Nepal

“Thank you to all the teachers for your love and patience, for the encouragement, for sharing your life experiences and for leading by example. God bless you as you continue to serve the Lord in the field of education.” Cherry Ruth Halsey, India

“Without hardworking teachers, our nation would fail, our society would fall apart and our families would cease to be. I salute you for your contribution to our people, and to the world. “

Uchio Nobien, Bangladesh “He who learns from the past, imparts to the present and affects the future, is a teacher. Thank you for being students of history, resources of the present and shapers of the future.”

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“envisioning education”

CURRENT CHALLENGES; OUR GYANANKUR EXPERIENCE Gyanankur is an NGO that oversees two schools. The aim is to provide low cost, high quality education to children who do not have access to it. We also hope to set up a model that can be multiplied and to share what we are learning to serve Indian education more broadly. Melinda Parker is the Honorary Director. (visit www. In 2009 the Right to Education Act was ducation is a hot topic in signed to ensure all kids from age 5 to 14 India these days. Senior are regularly and successfully in school. educationalists around The Government and NGOs are making the nation, politicians, and a great effort to tackle the various issues. parents are all keen to make sure Personally I love to see children learn children are educated. However, there thinking skills and enquiry skills so they is still a huge disparity in the kind of can reach their incredible potential. education children will receive, and


there are a few million kids not getting an education at all. Dropout rates are high, as is teacher’s absenteeism. 80% of children go to the Government schools where many children do not reach their potential. I believe Christians need to step up and serve their nation in this key endeavour.

If you want to see the Indian educationalist vision, google, “National Curriculum Framework 2005.” This is a vision that includes kids blossoming, learning peace education and thinking skills, and importantly education being relevant to life by equipping and empowering children to be productive

WHAT I HAVE LEARNT ABOUT STARTING AND RUNNING SCHOOLS: 1. It is the hardest job I have ever done. It requires masses of administration, money, and follow up on details. There are many facets to work on at one time. It requires a good team with many and various skills and educational backgrounds and lots of prayer.

citizens. I believe it is a vision Christians can join with whole hearts. At Gyanankur our goal is to implement the Indian vision. Our NGO has a vision to provide a model of high quality education at a low cost so we can provide an education to those children who don’t have access. We are working on a rural and an urban model and doing our best to fulfil the Government and trust requirements, board requirements, and the vision of NCF and the RTE. We want to serve the Indian vision with faith, prayer, hard work and passion. We hope our models will provide hope that schools can be places of joyful loving atmosphere, where kids are taught to understand and not just to mug up, where there is hands on learning rather than just text book based, where kids’ voices are heard questioning and thinking aloud and bringing their ideas out, and where children also learn that if we work together we can make a difference in society for the good. (Gyanankur 5 key mottos)

2. It is possible: If you can find a good administrative person and a Christlike servant leader for the principal, you can make a joyful, loving atmosphere. If teachers are believed in, inspired and cared for, they have much to give. Teachers deserve our support, respect, decent salaries and understanding as well as good training and accountability. 3. Teamwork in the school and with parents is key. SPICECOM.ORG /15

Homeschooling Two mothers share their thoughts and experiences

Sarah Jose


never wanted to homeschool my children. Now, after 9 years of experience, I find myself in a ministry that I never dreamed of but one that has been an amazing and fruitful journey. How I began this journey is a story in itself. I was extremely frustrated with my children’s school situation. Then, without ever having expressed interest in homeschool, I received a catalogue in the mail from Sonlight curriculum. I devoured the magazine until midnight that night and knew it was what I wanted to do. Homeschooling has been an adventure in learning and bonding with my children that I would never trade. The main points that I would make about homeschool are: 1. It is do-able, but it takes a very committed parent… one who is open minded to learn and grow with their children


(they are actually more fun than adults). You don’t need to be a trained teacher. A loving parent is the main qualification. 2. We live in an area where there are not many good schools that we could afford. Homeschooling keeps our family close together, and it is very economical, especially for more than one student. It has also been so much fun! 3.  It is definitely possible to go on to college after homeschooling. The idea of a traditional education is going out the window these days. Through classes offered in the city, online classes, and some traditional learning, homeschooling a child through high school (12th standard) is easier than ever.  Homeschool children are doing great in higher education all over the world. 4.  Homeschooling is legal in India as per the Right to Education Act (2009). It is growing in popularity for non-Christians, especially in the larger cities. If they can do it...we can too! These are some of the best resources I’ve found: 1.  Sonlight Curriculum - is based in the US, but the curriculum was created for overseas workers. Even if you just use

the book list to buy books, it is so worth it. I have spent hours reading books and bonding with my children. 2. Flipkart - a great online store in India to buy all kinds of books and have them delivered FREE! 3. The Potter’s School - an online school for 6th grade and up. They teach everything from a Christian worldview and the classes are extremely high quality. 4. http://indiahomeschoolers.ning. com/ - is a site for Indian homeschoolers. This is not a Christian site, but there is great information available from families who are homeschooling here, including information about taking 10th standard exams and getting into Indian universities. This verse is posted on the wall near my desk.  “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well.” (1 Thess. 2:8). It strikes me as the best reason to homeschool our children. Homeschool is an amazing opportunity to love and disciple those precious little people God has entrusted us with. Let’s enjoy being and learning with them.

Sarah is a stay at home mom who is passionate about learning alongside her children. Together they learn at home, on the UofN campus or anywhere they travel. She is married to Jose Joseph and is a mother to three boys and two girls. Life is an adventure for the Jose family.

Anima Martins


f you travel a lot, if your child has special needs, or if you want to achieve more than what the regular school system offers then homeschooling is a great alternative. Very Important Both parents should sit down and discuss the pros and cons of educating your child at home before anyone jumps into homeschooling. It is imperative to look at family objectives and goals before deciding about public school, private school or homeschool. As parents, we wanted to pass down to our children the values and principles that we live by. We wanted to develop their God given talents and teach them to love God and others. We wanted to create a love for learning so that they would never stop learning. We realized that if our kids went to regular school they would be gone for at least eight to ten hours a day, learning from people whose principles and values differed from ours. The few hours a day our children were at home would have left us with little time to impart what we believed and valued into their lives. We realized that our children needed more than academics; they needed real life skills, so we decided to homeschool our children. What I Did To prepare myself, I met with other mothers and heard their experiences.

I borrowed books and manuals on homeschooling. I read books on learning styles, so that I would know how to teach my children according to their styles. To put it simply, I did all I could to prepare myself for the job. Homeschooling programs were too expensive for us, so we created our own curriculum. I set objectives and goals and created schedules. Mornings were for academics and afternoons were for skill development. For many kids, studying geography, science and history seems meaningless. So to make it meaningful, I used additional items. For examples to make science meaningful we read, “You are Wonderfully and Fearfully Made” and “In His Image” by Philip Yancewy and Dr. Brand. Fears I used to wonder if I was doing the right thing and if my children would learn. Family and friends questioned my ability to teach different subjects and wondered what would happen in the future. There were times I felt like giving up and even struggled to balance ministry, schooling and my personal life, but through it all I learned important lessons.

Am I Satisfied? Definitely! We were able to pack their books and take them along with us when we traveled. Our sons went with us on outreaches and to movie making projects, taking part in open air ministry, distributing gospel tracts, holding recording mics and reflectors. They met people from different backgrounds and cultures. As a result they have had rich experiences, enjoy a great appetite for learning new things, and developed their God given skills. My oldest was working at a TV station as a graphic designer and an editor at a young age. Now he helps us with filming video projects. The second one is a professional photographer. The youngest one writes and paints. Most of all they love God and people and are living to fulfill the purposes of God in their lives.

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Anima is from Assam, married to Simon Martins and mother of three boys. She has been in YWAM for 27 years. She works with Create India and publishes a parenting magazine called Mums & Dads. The purpose is to disciple parents to influence the future generation. The online version is available here: SPICECOM.ORG /17




ead Poets Society (1989) falls into the “teacher inspiring students in the classroom” genre of movies. But it is a toned-down, less flashy, more beautifully shot, and more literate version. One great take away from this movie is that it encourages parents to be more supportive of their children’s dreams and visions. Another is the power of education to change lives. The students in the movie are focused on just going through the motions, but soon they are challenged by the unconventional teaching methods of Mr. Keating (Robin Williams). He introduces them to poetry and uses these lessons to make them become free thinkers and live life boldly. Though it changes quite a few of the students’ lives, there are also tragic consequences. There are a few pertinent lessons for Indians, since the setting, time period and mindset of the characters reflect the rigidity and importance Indian society gives to education. Parents often feel the burden of preparing their children for a secure future, and sometimes they even push their children to make choices that ignore the passions or talents of their children. Another aspect addressed in this movie is the near impossibility of creating a change in, let alone overhauling, a rigid institutional system. Mr. Keating’s influence remains safe and maybe even acceptable as long as his provocations remain within the classroom. But when it is lived out by his students, trouble ensues. Seva loves watching movies and was lucky enough to work as a film critic since he got paid for doing what he loves. He is interested in culture and wants to pursue work engaging with culture and which allows him to indulge his love of pop culture even more.

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When and where did you do your DTS? I completed the Nation2Nation Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Amsterdam in January 2009. Why did you decide to do DTS? After my graduation in Mass Communication, I had a passion to serve Jesus with my music. I wanted to get equipped in the area of Arts and Entertainment, especially in Film & TV because I realized that Film had more influence than the church. I was asking God for the right place where I could get equipped! I grew up in a church with lots of YWAMers, but YWAM was my last option (being honest)! But one day one of my friends talked to me about YWAM Kona, Hawaii and that YWAM had a film school and they are into Hollywood. All that just opened my eyes towards YWAM! So, I searched for a DTS and God lead me to Amsterdam. What was your favourite activity during the lecture phase? My favourite activity was the worship. God changed my entire view about worship. God spoke to me about having intimacy with him, that I carry his presence everywhere I go, and falling in love with Jesus everyday – kind of the deep side of worship.That was really powerful and it blessed my life. What are a few things that you learned during your DTS that impacted you the most? DTS changed my entire view about serving God; it gave me a broad perspective on many things. DTS gave me a pair of new ‘eyes’ to see things in the right perspective. Being in a multicultural study atmosphere made me dream BIG. Before DTS it was hard for me to think of going to nations and testifying about Jesus because my logical mind always questioned, “How?” DTS helped me to hear and trust His voice and to have faith in whatever he says. Now going anywhere is not a big deal! I owe a big thanks to my DTS for teaching me faith.



How have the skills you acquired in YWAM helped you in your work today? Well at this point I’m a traveling musician playing drums for many artists and also working for one of the world’s best musical instrument producers YAMAHA, as a drum demonstrator here in India. I am involved in missions too - like speaking to youngsters or leading worship. I have a passionate heart to influence and make disciples wherever God places me. As a musician I get lots of opportunities to learn new stuff and play with good musicians from all around the world. YWAM really helped me to learn and exercise my leadership skills. I got to know what ‘servant leadership’ is and I’m still learning it. I thank God for YWAM.


is a full-time, residential training course, which begins with an 11 or 12 week classroom phase, followed by an 8-12 week outreach time. The DTS emphasizes cross-cultural exposure and global awareness, preparing students to answer the call to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19. The Discipleship Training School is a requirement for applying as YWAM staff, and serves as a pre-requisite to all other training programs. The DTS is offered at YWAM locations all over the world. Some schools have a special focus on particular areas of ministry or nations. (See pages 12-13 for DTS locations in India.)

Do you have any encouraging words for people who are considering doing a DTS? I believe a DTS can change your life. I would say it’s an anointed program and God is very much involved in every DTS. As a teenager, growing up in a church with YWAM people made me not want to go to YWAM not ’cause they are bad but ‘cause I wanted to try something different. But fortunately I ended up in a DTS! I’ve been to major discipleship programs here in India, but nothing beats a DTS! I thank God for my school leader, staff and friends who studied with me because they played a significant role in my life. I’m so grateful to YWAM.


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team of 11 people from 10 nations organized Youth With A Mission’s creative arts program in London in 2012. They participated in over 660 free performances by international musicians, dancers and visual artists, as well as local London actors and artists. This took place across London during the Olympics, in association with More Than Gold, the agency helping churches and mission organizations make the most of the Games. They placed artists in more than thirty five venues including Westminster Abbey Green, Methodist Westminster Central Hall, St Margaret’s Chapel where top photographic and visual artists had exhibitions, Southwark Cathedral grounds with daily performers, clubs for bands, a variety art galleries, plus All Souls Church at Oxford Circus. YWAM flooded these venues with international artists from around the world, to share the beauty of the arts with Londoners and the international Olympic visitors and to give them a message of hope for the future. The teams of artists coming to London involved over 440 individuals from over thirty nations. They included soloists, cultural bands, teams of dancers, mime troupes and western bands. Many of the artists from developing nations worked hard to raise funds and obtain visas to participate in these opportunities. They came from Brazil, America, Samoa, India, Africa, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia, Australia,

*Heartbridge - A contemporary dance and performance

Korea and many other nations to entertain and celebrate God’s goodness. Julie Spence pulled together this array of talent for More Than Gold’s Creative and Performing Arts Team. She said, ‘This is about more than great performances and outstanding art. All artists use their talents to provoke questions about life and faith and point to Jesus as the answer. We believe this is London’s time to see God’s glory fall and for the churches to lead out to impact their city and their nation, so England will once again become a major mission sending nation.” There were many other programs run by More Than Gold including Forever, the YWAM initiative based out of Harpenden, which facilitated teams during the Olympics. They had YWAM teams in other Olympic cities from Newcastle to Bournemouth. Megacities, the YWAM program out of Perth, Western Australia sent YWAM teams to London for the whole of 2012 to work with local churches. Share Jesus International (SJI) was responsible for organizing many of the performance venues and for providing office facilities and accommodation for the YWAM creative arts team. Through these programs seeds were sown, printed material was handed out, people committed their lives to Jesus, relationships were developed, people were healed, the kingdom of God was extended, and God was glorified.

company of over 25 young adults from more than ten nations based out of Kona, Hawaii. Their latest production, Coming Home, has been performed in over a dozen countries including Japan, China, Israel and Jordan. They have a wide variety of cultural performances from the Korean fan dance, Korean traditional drums and the hula from Hawaii. They performed outside Westminster Abbey, where they always draw large crowds. 22 / LIFELINEPLUS_WINTER 2012

*Benny Prasad - An extraordinary guitarist from India created his own instrument, which included a traditional six string guitar plus a 22 string harp, 20 sitar strings, a bongo and a tabla. Benny is the most travelled artist in India and plays to large audiences including kings, parliaments, dignitaries and celebrities. He is a graduate of the University of The Nations, School of Music in Missions and is a popular teacher and speaker.

*Susannah Evans - A harpist and one of the London Christian artists who joined the More Than Gold creative arts program facilitated by the YWAM event management team.

*Eleanor Cardoso - A top sculpter from Switzerland, who

exhibited her world class pieces inside and outside Westminister abbey and St. Margaret’s Chapel during the Olympics.



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YWAM is called to a Biblical worldview. We believe that the Bible makes a clear division between good and evil; right and wrong. The practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. Everything done in obedience to God is spiritual. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.

EXHIBIT SERVANT LEADERSHIP YWAM is called to servant leadership as a lifestyle, rather than a leadership hierarchy. A servant leader is one who honors the gifts and callings of those under his/her care and guards their rights and privileges. Just as Jesus served His disciples, we stress the importance of those with leadership responsibilities serving those whom they lead.

BE RELATIONSHIP-ORIENTED YWAM is dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together. We desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a dependence on structures or rules.

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YWAM is called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our mission provides wisdom and safety . Seeking God’s will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater relationship, motivation, responsibility and ownership of the vision.

DO FIRST, THEN TEACH YWAM is committed to doing first, then teaching. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words. Godly character and a call from God are more important than an individual’s gifts, abilities and expertise.

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