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ARE YOU A LEVITE?

Is money an issue for you?  Do you sometimes feel that life in YWAM is one long financial struggle?  Do you sometimes feel that you would like to put the financial issue behind you and just get on with your ministry?  I know how you feel.

But recently I have been studying God’s call on the tribe of Levi and I think we can learn a lot from them—in fact more than I can write in this brief article.

The mandate for Levites

I am convinced that YWAMers and many others who are called to full-time Christian ministry are a people living in the tradition of the Levites.  They were a tribe that was set apart from all the others and they were called to:

  1. Serve the Lord without other distractions or obligations.
  2. Live a life of holiness.
  3. Understand God’s ways and teach them to all of God’s people.
  4. Joyfully accept that their inheritance was the Lord himself, not land and material wealth like the other tribes.

When Israel strayed from the ways of God, the Levites suffered because they were dependent on the tithes and giving of the other tribes. So their well-being was directly linked to the spiritual state of the nation. When Israel fell away from the Lord, the Levites suffered. When Israel was restored, the Levitical service was restored.

Linked to the health of the Church

You can draw the parallels with our calling to live by faith and our relationship to the wider Body of Christ.  As they prosper, we prosper.  We are not called to find other ways and means of finding the money or material things we need, we are called to pray and work towards the restoration of the Church and one of the fruits of that is their generosity.  When the Church has vibrant spiritual life, then missionary work is also vibrant and growing.

I don’t mean to make this and exact equation:  The Church Prospers=More Missionary Activity—or—The Church Declines= The Death of Missions.  God is still our provider and he is able to provide even when the Church is in decline.  A study of the Levites will show that God wanted them to be doing their ministry regardless of what the others were doing.  He was also faithful to them when others were faithless.  Take Jeremiah 33 as an illustration.  In verse 22 God says:

“I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars of the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”

Jesus, a Levite of the heart

When we come to the New Testament, Jesus was the fulfillment of all of the ways of God as illustrated in the Old Testament.  So, Jesus and his disciples were “Levites of the heart”.  They weren’t born into the tribe of Levi, but they set their lives aside to serve God, giving up other normal pursuits, trusting God for their provision (and receiving it via those to whom they ministered), and joyfully accepting the Lord as their inheritance.

“Our calling is both a sacrifice and a great privilege.”


My point is this:
  Our calling is both a sacrifice and a great privilege.  Only a small minority of believers are called to this life of “living by faith” and it is sometimes a struggle.  We will have times where we don’t know where the next meal will come from and sometimes, like the Apostle Paul, YWAMers can be led to temporarily earn a living.  But this life of faith is more than worth it!  The Lord is our inheritance.

Joyful Service

So, serve Him joyfully and without distractions, whether you have much or little.  The life of the New Testament Levite is described by Jesus in Matthew 6:33

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

Lynn Green

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Hey there,

my name is Sarah and last year I did a Discovery Internship at YWAM Harpenden for 3 months, working in 3 different areas: grounds/maintenance, kitchen and hospitality. I can say that, this was some of the best months of my life, where I gained so much knowledge and experience about God, myself and the world. Only after a few days at the Oval (that’s how our base is called here) I felt so welcome by the humans here, who I was just beginning to get to know. They took me to London and to church and so after a few weeks I already connected with dozens of people, until the end of my time it should be much more. The funny thing was it felt like every second week during my time new people came, so it was kind of hard for me to remember all the new names. People here are warm-hearted, open for any advice and every time there for a good conversation. It didn’t took a long time and I felt quite familiar with the “Oval-Family” – and it is really kind of a big family here.

It is a longer story how I landed at YWAM Harpenden, but I started my Internship beginning of may. This was my first time with YWAM (I haven’t done my DTS yet) and I was very excited about getting to know this organization, it’s main contents and projects. Perfect possibilities for this were the weekly Intercession times and Tuesday community meeting. Apart from these days a really good start into the week was the Monday morning worship – a time to connect with God and to worship Him together with the community.

Generally we have so many different cultures here, from Brazilian people (like my roommate) over Africans until people from Hawaii, I guess we have over 20 nationalities represented here. So I was able to learn a lot of diverse cultures and from humans, who had incredible stories to tell.

At halftime of my time as a Missionbuilder (another name for Discovery Interns), I was able to meet a DTS-team, which was a lot of fun and a good thing for my understanding of a DTS. Because it was the first time I came here, I just heard people talking about the DTS, but couldn’t imagine how it looks like until that point, when the DTS came back from outreach. One of my highlights at YWAM Harpenden was to listen Loren Cunningham preaching, who was visiting our base for a few days.

However, people who come here are definitely welcome to live out their gifts and passions and above all to develop them and their personality in such beautiful ways. 

Furthermore, from what I want to tell you is, that I had the privilege to be part of a lovely flat and awesome Missionbuilder team. Through the time we spend together in form of everyday working in different areas, chilling with them in the Lounge and meeting everytime for meals, I made great friends. We even travelled abroad twice on the weekends, one time to Ireland and another time to Scotland and it was fun, fun, fun.

All in all I just loved this time there and am so grateful, that God led me to this place. My gratitude especially goes to the fantastic leaders and companions and I’m thankful for the possibility to have grown in faith and relationship to God. 

That’s what I wish every visitor at YWAM Harpenden, whether for a shorter or longer time, I am convinced it will be an incredible time of your life!

See you soon YWAM,

Sarah.

 

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BLOG AT YWAM HARPENDEN

Hey there,

my name is Sarah and last year I did a Discovery Internship at YWAM Harpenden for 3 months, working in 3 different areas: grounds/maintenance, kitchen and hospitality. I can say that, this was some of the best months of my life, where I gained so much knowledge and experience about God, myself and the world. Only after a few days at the Oval (that’s how our base is called here) I felt so welcome by the humans here, who I was just beginning to get to know. They took me to London and to church and so after a few weeks I already connected with dozens of people, until the end of my time it should be much more. The funny thing was it felt like every second week during my time new people came, so it was kind of hard for me to remember all the new names. People here are warm-hearted, open for any advice and every time there for a good conversation. It didn’t took a long time and I felt quite familiar with the “Oval-Family” – and it is really kind of a big family here.

It is a longer story how I landed at YWAM Harpenden, but I started my Internship beginning of may. This was my first time with YWAM (I haven’t done my DTS yet) and I was very excited about getting to know this organization, it’s main contents and projects. Perfect possibilities for this were the weekly Intercession times and Tuesday community meeting. Apart from these days a really good start into the week was the Monday morning worship – a time to connect with God and to worship Him together with the community.

Generally we have so many different cultures here, from Brazilian people (like my roommate) over Africans until people from Hawaii, I guess we have over 20 nationalities represented here. So I was able to learn a lot of diverse cultures and from humans, who had incredible stories to tell.

At halftime of my time as a Missionbuilder (another name for Discovery Interns), I was able to meet a DTS-team, which was a lot of fun and a good thing for my understanding of a DTS. Because it was the first time I came here, I just heard people talking about the DTS, but couldn’t imagine how it looks like until that point, when the DTS came back from outreach. One of my highlights at YWAM Harpenden was to listen Loren Cunningham preaching, who was visiting our base for a few days.

However, people who come here are definitely welcome to live out their gifts and passions and above all to develop them and their personality in such beautiful ways. 

Furthermore, from what I want to tell you is, that I had the privilege to be part of a lovely flat and awesome Missionbuilder team. Through the time we spend together in form of everyday working in different areas, chilling with them in the Lounge and meeting everytime for meals, I made great friends. We even travelled abroad twice on the weekends, one time to Ireland and another time to Scotland and it was fun, fun, fun.

All in all I just loved this time there and am so grateful, that God led me to this place. My gratitude especially goes to the fantastic leaders and companions and I’m thankful for the possibility to have grown in faith and relationship to God. 

That’s what I wish every visitor at YWAM Harpenden, whether for a shorter or longer time, I am convinced it will be an incredible time of your life!

See you soon YWAM,

Sarah.

 

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