S: Ehjae's DTS
FC: We are | FALL DTS 2010 | YWAM MAUI | Ehjae Chan
1: God took me on an adventure and I wanted to create something that I could use to somehow share my incredible journey with you. My prayer is that you will be reminded of God's faithfulness and His everlasting love through my stories. Love, Ehjae
2: This story begins in my grade ten year, in the winter of 2005. I was picking someone up from a conference in Saskatoon. I wasn’t originally supposed to be there. The speaker was talking about being willing to go when and where God calls. It moved my spirit and my heart responded. As I was praying, I heard an audible voice say to me, “Papua New Guinea.” I had no idea what that was, (I thought it was a state in the US) and after discovering there was no recent disaster that needed my 15 year old help, I put it on the backburner and simply remembered to remember that country. Sometime in April, 2008, the last week before grad at CLBI, I was wrestling with returning for a second year. I began to pray about different options, one of them being YWAM. On Wednesday of that week, one of my friends approached me. “Ehjae! I’m going to YWAM!” It sparked a reminder for me to pray more fervently about whether that was God’s leading for me. I asked God to give me a clear indication if and where I should go to YWAM. That Friday night while I slept, I had a dream that I was walking on the beach in Hawaii with my DTS classmates. I woke up the next morning frustrated. “Thanks God! There isn’t even a YWAM in Hawaii!” On Saturday, I went for coffee with a friend because we hadn’t hung out very much during our year at CLBI. As I was telling him about my frustrations, he laughed at me, “Ehjae, there is a YWAM in Hawaii.” With that, he dragged me to the school library and made me look it up on the computer. There I discovered that there was a YWAM in Hawaii, in fact, there were two! Of course, my impatient heart looked up to God once again in frustration, how was I supposed to know which one? However, as I continued to peruse the two websites, something caught my eye and my heart skipped a beat. On the YWAM Maui page, there was a write-up about their recent outreach in the country of Papua New Guinea. With that, I knew that if I were to go to YWAM, it would be in Maui. I asked God for a sign to show me that YWAM was in fact where he wanted me to go. That night, I pulled out a green t-shirt with the word “Hawaii” printed across the front. “I knew that was there, who doesn’t want to go to Hawaii?” God, please give me a sign that couldn’t just be a coincidence.” The next morning, driving home from church in Camrose, AB, the vehicle in front of us was a jeep with a Hawaii license plate. From there, I began my process of applying for YWAM Maui. | Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 | THE BEGINNING
3: That summer, I became very sick while travelling with CLBI’s summer teams. I came home early and began going through extensive medical tests. Everything came up blank or negative. With those results, my doctor advised me to not go to YWAM, because we didn’t know what travelling to a foreign country on outreach would do to my immune system. Disappointed, I looked up at God and asked him why he would keep me in Saskatoon after having made it seem so clear that I was supposed to go. The most amazing thing happened when I stayed in Saskatoon. I began volunteering with my youth group and I ended up working full-time with the students; an amazing job with awesome people, shaping me and humbling me in God’s presence every day. As time progressed, I felt that I needed training, soI began to pursue long distance courses from Briercrest. As I considered leaving for a short while, God began to push me and challenge me to trust him and leave in pursuit of full-time studies. I wrestled through it, and after a long time of prayer and restless nights, I decided to leap out and trust God. I resigned at Rock of Ages and applied for the Biblical Studies program at Briercrest. After I resigned at Rock of Ages, my spirit wasn’t at peace. I remembered that God had made it clear to me about YWAM, so I began searching for places that offered summer DTS programs. That way I could attend Briercrest for a year, go to DTS in the summer and go back to Briercrest in second semester to continue my studies there. Every summer, I work at a camp in southern Saskatchewan. On July 4th, 2010, I went to church in Shaunavon before camp. It just happened to be the Sunday that my friend was preaching about his YWAM experience. While he spoke, it sparked something in my heart; an urgency to go to YWAM, it reminded me of everything that had happened years earlier. I began to pray fervently about whether YWAM Maui was what God desired for me. I prayed for clarity, affirmation and peace. After I returned from camp, I discovered in my emails that I was a recipient of a very generous scholarship at Briercrest. Here was the affirmation I had been praying for! However, it was not the affirmation I expected it to be. As I sat there reading that email over and over and over again, I knew that Briercrest was not where I was supposed to be. It felt as though God was saying, “Ehjae, I can provide. You know in your heart where you desire to be, and where I desire you to be. If you go to Briercrest just because of this scholarship, you don’t trust that I will provide for you wherever you go in life.” I called my parents and told them what I had decided. We met for lunch the next week to discuss details. As I walked up to the restaurant doors, parked right in front of the doors was a red Carrera with Hawaiian license plates. I stopped to stare for a few moments. After I got home from lunch, James came over. As he walked up to my house, I could only stare at him. He was wearing a green t-shirt with “Hawaii” printed across the front. That day, I put in my application for YWAM Maui. Today, I begin my journey... or continue it.. I am so excited to see this story continue. Already, It's been such a testimony to God's faithfulness and his answer to prayer.
4: My wonderful family and friends seeing me off at the airport | Our Backyard at the base | On Sept. 9th, 2010, I left at 7 am. 17 hours and 2 layovers later, I stepped off of the plane in Kahului Airport in Maui along with my Canadian pals James, Eric, Shayna, Hudson and Jared.
5: If you look carefully, you can see the whole rainbow, PLUS the moon! | Things you MIGHT see in Hawaii | These geckos and their acidic poo were our constant companions. | Yes. That spider is as big as half of my face.
6: Thursday, September 9th, 2010 I was so excited, so high on the greatness of God's faithfulness. I was ecstatic and sharing my story with everyone.. I couldn't wait to leave and continue watching my life unfold in this story. Life is not always perfect. Life is not always happy. When my best friend's mom died in a tragic car accident on Sunday, August 29th, I was not excited. To be honest, I was absolutely furious. How can we ever say that someone aged 47 leaving 4 beautiful daughters behind is fair, or even a good thing? Of course, we know in our hearts that if the person who has passed had a relationship with Christ, that we will be seeing them again but death is one of those many things that does not invoke excitement in us. We don't run to grieving loved ones grinning and exclaiming, "congratulations!" I have been so humbled in the past week and a half. God reminded me that we don't go to bible school, missions work, or even to Him as happy, perfect, whole human beings. The whole reason that He exists, that those things exist, is BECAUSE humans are imperfect, broken creatures. I've waited all these years to see what God had in store for me regarding YWAM, I'm mad because I know that this is the right time, this is the time that He had in store for me to go, but it's so NOT the right time. I want to stay. I don't want to go right now. I don't want to leave my family. I don't want to leave Melody. I feel like I can't trust God. I can, I know that I can. But I'm struggling. | Prayer, Prayer and More Prayer. The cries of a humble, broken imperfect person
7: I wish I could stand before you and honestly exclaim to you that I am living the Christian dream, feeling God's presence in every moment, seeing his goodness in all creation, that I am whole and happy. I'm not. I sense that God is calling me to YWAM as broken as I am because it's not about how whole I am, It's about his redeeming love. It's not about how happy I can pretend that I am, It's about a real relationship with a living God who accepts me and loves me with all of my faults. It's not about what I can do for the world, It's about Who I can share with the world. More than anything, this story is NOT about me. | "May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word" 2 Thessalonians 2:16
8: EXODUS On opening night, we were informed that we would be leaving on a camping trip the next morning. Our own little "Exodus" experience. We were limited to the following items: 1 set of clothing (pants/t-shirt) 5 pairs of socks 5 pairs of underwear 1 swimsuit 1 pair of shoes We weren't told how long it would be or where we were going. We were each given a red drink cup and a pair of chopsticks. Those were our dishes for the duration of the trip and we had to make them last. Every day, our meals consisted of plain oatmeal and Ramen noodles.
9: We played a game called "Drip, Drip, Drop." It's a full contact game like duck, duck, goose, with a bucket of mud. I sprained my ankle on the way down from our 5 mile hike up a mountain, so I couldn't play, but I still got dirty!! | Ashley, Kelly and I | Aidan, Shayna, Me, Saige
10: This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them I will say, "They are my people," and they will say, "the LORD is our God." | Zechariah 13:9 | In order to purify gold, goldsmiths must put the gold through extreme heat. All the impurities rise to the surface so that the goldsmith can scoop them out and refine the gold. \ When I heard this verse, I realized that everything that had happened was taking me through the fire so that the Lord could refine me.
11: Kelly, Lauren, Justin, Oliver, Shayna and Drea were all baptized in our 2nd week!! | (If you look at Justin's stomach, you can see a lime that someone threw as the picture was taken.) | The FAB FOUR! We were on laundry run together and generally ended up on adventures together. 2 Norwegians: Knut and Vegar, an Alaskan: Bethany and a Canadian :) | Homework fun: There was always someone in the prayer room
12: Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 It was my birthday today, and I was so incredibly blessed by all the texts and FB messages, so thank you! I love you all. We went to the beach, and then to a really good seafood restaurant in Paia called the "Fish Market." I have officially experienced a real burn. All of you commonly burnt people, I feel your pain. Literally. I don't need the crutches anymore! Praise God! It has really given me a chance to remember why I came out here in the first place. If I got really upset about being unable to do anything, it would almost mean that I was out here to enjoy the beach and everything else, but I'm truly here to learn and grow closer to God. That's exactly what I am doing. I love it. The weather out here is beautiful and I love the sun, but despite what some of you might think, this is no vacation. We are on the go from bright and early in the morning until 9 at night most days. It is such a refreshing, challenging time and I really sense God working in my life. He has been speaking to me a lot about the sacrifices we make in order to follow him completely. Some days are harder than others, but I know and trust that God really does work ALL things out together for good for those who love HIM. Each Sunday, we all go to different churches. At my church, Hope Chapel North Shore, there are two groups of us and we switch off each week helping out with the Sunday School classes. I am with the Pre-school/Kindergarten class and tomorrow will be my first day with them. I can't really go into much detail, because it would be dangerous for everyone involved, but I know where I am going for outreach!! I can tell you that I will be in Asia, and I am super excited!! My team members are amazing, and we are already having a lot of fun getting to know each other and bonding. Just a few prayer requests: Classes: That I would receive revelation and have energy for every day's lecture. My Ankle: Speedy and complete healing Visas: It is somewhat difficult to get visas for the country where we are going. Please pray that the whole process would go smoothly. Flights: We would really love to find flights soon/ CHEAP flights!! :) Team Unity: That we would be protected and united as a team as we prepare for our outreach Anything else the Lord puts on your heart.... I miss you all!! Be blessed and don't be afraid to send me mail... :) Love, Ehjae
13: Grace from New Mexico | Knut from Norway | Bethany from Alaska | Justin (Philippines), Hudson, (Kamloops) James (Vernon), Oliver (Wyoming) | Samantha from Cali | Eric from BC | Jake (Montana) | Tim from Holland, Jared from Calgary, Jono from Sweden | Stacy from Winnipeg | Naomi from Scotland | Vegar (Norway) | James (Vernon BC)
14: The view from the top of the mountain. (Right before I hurt my ankle) | We went snorkeling. I almost drowned. Elliott saved my life | Enjoying some fresh mango from our very own mango tree! (Me with Lacey from Swift Current) | The story: I was running down to the bottom. As I was running, I thought to myself, "I should stop running, I might hurt my ankle." Of course, I then proceeded to wreck my ankle. | Elliott and I
15: TEAM CHINA! | Our team: (Middle picture) Front Row: James, Benji, Ben, Sam, Hudson Back Row: Nissi, Grace, Lydia, Samantha, Jess, Ehjae | Benji and Jess: The fearless Lovebirds in leadership
16: The airports | Maui to Honolulu Overnight in Honolulu Honolulu to Tokyo Tokyo to Taipei Taipei to Bangkok Week in Bangkok Bangkok to Guangzhou | The Bangladesh Team brought Justin's teddy bear "Moose" with them since he couldn't be there due to Visa problems.
18: Bangkok Temple Tour | Middle Left: Slums in the middle of the city beside massive touristy malls Bottom left: and top right: extravagant temples Top middle: School tour. These children were told to bow. It was so hard to be in that place. | Left: Prayer buckets. People drop money into these. With each clank they hope that their prayers are heard. | We were oriiginally planning to help out with the ministry to men caught up in the sex trade. That didn't end up working out, so we were able to go on a "prayer walk" temple tour in Bangkok | The eleven of us squished into two 4 person Tuk Tuks. | "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" Eph 6:12
19: CHINA! | Sunday, Dec 12, 2010 We arrived at our apartments last night at 12:30 am China time. Who knows what time we are currently running on. I am really excited to speak Cantonese. I'm kind of scared at the same time. This is the real deal. It's not just messing up in front of my grandparents anymore. After supper today, some of us went to an English corner on the University Island.* The hostess lady introduced herself to me and then proceeded to introduce all of the foreigners to everyone. When a portion of the evening wasn't ready, she called me up to share about Christmas! No warning. She just told the group that I was coming up! I wasn't at all prepared and was totally caught off guard. I tried to share about what Christmas means to me. Someone in the group asked me to sing. That was awkward. So I called up everyone with me: Benji, Grace, James and Samantha. Tonight, I learned to always be prepared to share. Even if you haven't been asked. They might just expect you to because you're foreign. Love, Ehjae