A L O H A
As many of you know, I spent last fall in Maui, HI doing a Discipleship Training School with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). YWAM is an international non-profit organization that is focused on raising up young, fire-hearted people to be passionate about Jesus + equipping them to take the gospel to the nations. During my time in Maui, we had daily lectures where we dug deep into the heart of God + explored His Word and character in depth. This was followed by a three month outreach to Bangladesh where we shared the amazing story of His redeeming love in a nation of primarily Muslim + Hindu people. The Lord opened my eyes to see a broken world, desperate for true freedom that only the gospel can bring. I got to see a glimpse of how God is powerfully moving in the nations- bringing revival to even the darkest of places. His desire is for everyone to know Him + we are called to be vessels for this truth. And this is why I feel so passionate about serving YWAM - because of their vision to see all nations come to know who Jesus is.
This coming December, I have the incredible opportunity to return to Maui as a member of their staff! YWAM Maui runs the Discipleship Training School (DTS) in the fall, winter + spring. They send outreach teams to four different nations- Bangladesh, Nepal, China + Indonesia/Thailand.
I recently found out my role for the Winter Quarter will be working in the office as the Registrar! While I'm not in the office, I want to also walk alongside the students as well- discipling them and pouring into their lives during their DTS. It is my desire to speak such truth into their lives + see the students encounter the living God in a tangible, life changing way. My heart was completely transformed during my time as a student in Maui and now I am humbled to have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of future students!
I fly out of Edmonton on December 27 and will jump right in to life on base! The first week we'll be having staff conference, training for our roles + prepping the base for the Winter School! Our students already start to arrive on the 30th! I am so stoked to be back with my Ohana + to begin this crazy adventure! I left some information below if you want to support my work with YWAM.
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." E p h e s i a n s 2 : 1 0
YWAM Maui requires all staff to make a 2 year commitment to the base. Although this is a large commitment, I know that the Lord is a faithful provider to those who are obedient and will meet any and all of my physical + spiritual needs. Working with YWAM would not be possible without the support of my incredible friends + family! The main ways you can support me over the net 2 years are through prayer + finances.
P R A Y E R
+ A smooth move and transition, for my VISA to be approved
+ Greater vision for my time on staff
+ That the Lord will prepare my heart to step into a role of leadership and discipleship
+ Financial needs will be met
+ Wisdom and boldness
+ That the staff would be unified + passionate
F I N A N C I A L S U P P O R T
During my 2 years in Maui (Dec 2015-Dec 2017), it is my responsibility to raise my own funding. I am required to pay $250 U.S./month in staff fees (room and board), plus any additional living expenses + plane tickets. In total, YWAM Maui recommends each staff member has approximately $500 US/month in committed support. If you feel lead to support my time working with YWAM, you can choose to give a one-time donation or monthly donations. Any donations, small or big, will make a significant impact and are greatly appreciated!
Choose donation amount (Here you can choose to donate monthly, which will automatically withdraw the money from your account each month.)
Write “Rachel Banek, YWAM Maui, BR23” under “Message for YWAM Project Funding” (If you do not write my name, I will not receive the donation)
*An official tax receipt will be emailed to you.*
Please make cheques payable to “Youth With A Mission” and include a separate note saying ‘Rachel Banek, YWAM Maui, BR23’. Send to address below:
Project Funding Office
PO Box 57100 RPO East Hastings
Vancouver, BC V5K 5G6
*An official tax receipt will be mailed to you.*
If you do not need a tax receipt and would like to give cash/cheque, you can give it to myself, Manfried or Debbie Banek directly.