OK. You’ve heard about Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and Discipleship Training Schools (DTS). You’ve been all over every YWAM website you can find and they’re all advertising a “life-changing” or “amazing” DTS. You know it’s five months long with a two month field assignment in another country. But you still don’t know. What IS a DTS??
When I was 18 years old, I got on a plane by myself to do what God wanted me to do: a Discipleship Training School. Being in another country without my family or friends was terrifying. I was with a group of strangers I had only just met, I didn’t have cell service, and was far away from my family. I had to manage my own money, figure out how to navigate a new city, and live on my own. It was crazy, it was scary, and I thought about staying on the plane and going straight home.
Have you ever gotten one of those slightly ridiculous, spontaneous ideas stuck in your head, and all of a sudden you do it? There’s a saying for that: “If you’re feeling froggy, jump!” It means that if you’re feeling bold, just do it.
Doing a Discipleship Training School is a huge decision that also has a financial cost. There can be a lot of anxiety around making such a big decision. Five months feels like a long time to spend on something that could be the wrong decision for you.
So how do you decide if this is the right choice for you?