Discipleship Training School (week 1)


DTS! – Discipleship Training School

All the travel ended well when I arrived in Auckland on Sep 7 and met the rest of the group. The first few days were orientation where we learned how base and DTS work as well as “life stories.”

Then Wednesday-Friday was a short lecture week on “the character and nature of God.” The biggest thing for me was that we believe lies about God on a regular basis. I think I even know it sometimes but it’s hard for me not to….still processing. Some common lies being, God doesn’t love me, God isn’t all good, and God doesn’t intervene in our lives. We were challenged to carefully assess our view of God and understand where the idea came from – either the Bible or not the Bible.

Otherwise – it has been really awesome to be around a bunch of internationals – there are about 8 from the US out of 24 – with most of the staff being international as well. I have enjoyed explaining english words (many of our sayings of speech really don’t make much sense). Getting to know people has gone fairly well – a lot of people are right out of highschool up through 23.

Prayer Request for the week – Pray that my heart would be soft in God’s hands and that I would be willing to learn. A lot of the teaching is different than the denominations that I have grown up in and it’s hard for me to listen well. Disclaimer: please don’t worry about me believing stuff that’s not in the Bible – gonna push that one pretty hard. Pray that I would be open to God and what he has and make time to listen to the Holy Spirit.


Originally posted September 2013

West Coast Glaciers and Tidy Kiwis


I spent the rest of my time before my DTS started on the west coast of the south island at Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers. It ended up being one day of hiking and then one day of travel/rest mostly reading.

It was a good chance to get away from people somewhat as these towns are really small (only a couple hundred people) and mostly are just there for tourism.

Hope your enjoy the pictures!


Originally posted September 2013

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Lord of the Rings (in NZ)

Lord of the Rings

As I’m reading The Fellowship of the Ring – I figured I would bring you into my favorite parts 🙂

Setting: Frodo has just escaped deadly danger and has recovered from his wounds in Rivendell – he has accepted the responsibility of continuing into even more dangerous roads – scouts have been sent out before the expedition is to leave.

“For a while the hobbits continued to talk and think of the past journey and of the perils that lay ahead; but such was the virtue of the land of Rivendell that soon all fear and anxiety was lifted from their minds. The future, good or ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have any power over the present. Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each good day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song.”

The second half of the paragraph is how I want to live life – seeing life ahead clearly, but not being afraid or worried about what’s ahead – trusting Christ with the future.

Setting: the counsel is deciding who will accompany Frodo on the quest.

“This is because you do not understand and cannot imagine what lies ahead said Elrond. Neither does Frodo, said Gandolf, unexpectedly supporting Pippin. Not do any of us see clearly. It is true that if these hobbits understood the danger, they would not dare to go. But they would still wish to go, or wish that they dared, and be shamed and unhappy. I think, Elrond, that in this matter it would be well to trust rather to their friendship than to great wisdom. Even if you chose for us an elf-lord, such as Glorfindel, he could not storm the Dark Tower, nor open the road to the Fire by the power that is in him.


Originally Posted September 2013

Milford Sound (Fjord)

One of my days in Queenstown I was able to take a bus tour to Milford Sound – A Sound/Fjord is a valley normally carved out by glaciers that the ocean fills in with water once the glaciers melt. Fjord’s are characterized by very steep mountain walls making for stunning scenery. It was a 4 hour drive through the countryside to get there, but that gave me an awesome opportunity to see the farmland that NZ is famous for – (see next post)

Originally posted August 2013

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