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IMG_2861Kesällä 2018 olimme Costa Ricassa aktiotiimin kanssa, joka muodostui kahdeksasta suomalaisesta tytöstä (joista Julia oli yksi). Tiimi teki kolmen viikon ajan tavoittavaa työtä street- ja nykytanssin kautta. Olemme todella ylpeitä jokaisesta näistä tytöstä ja siitä suuresta työmäärästä, jonka he tekivät valmistautuessaan aktioon vuoden ajan. Matkustimme heidän kanssaan eri alueilla, jossa he tanssivat kouluissa, puistoissa, nuorten tapahtumissa ja rannalla.   Esitysten jälkeen tiimiläiset todistivat, juttelivat, tutustuivat paikallisiin ja rukoilivat ihmisten puolesta. Tanssi oli todella tehokas tapa löytää yhteys ihmisiin ja aktio kokonaisuudessaan mahtava kasvun paikka osallistujille.

Katso video täältä.

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“Siitä on jo reilu kuukausi, kun eka porukka tuli Suomeen Costa Ricasta ja edelleen havahdun välillä miettimästä kuinka mahtava tuo aktioreissu oli ja mitä kaikkee siistiä Jumala sen aikana teki meissä kaikissa. Henkilökohtaisesti sain tuntee Jumalan huolenpidon koko reissun aikana ja sain rohkaistua niin monessa asiassa. Oli todella siistiä huomata kuinka tanssi avas ovia esim. puistoissa ja saatiin rukoilla ihmisten puolesta. Yksi parhaiten mieleen jäänyt asia oli nuortenleiri, johon saatiin osallistua ja se kuinka hyvin leiriläiset otti meidät mukaan ja vaikka oli jonkinlainen kielimuuri, niin se yhteys mitä saatiin kokea oli jotain huikeeta. Yhtenä iltana meillä oli jopa sponttaani dance battle, mikä oli kyl aika jees. 😎
Haluun rohkasta sua, et jos sulla on yhtään semmonen olo et oisko sun paikka lähtee viemää evankeliumii vaikka maapallon toiselle puolelle, nii lähe rohkeesti! Lupaan, et Jumala tulee yllättämään. ❤️”
-Janika

“Meidän aktioaika oli mahtava ja oli ihana nähdä tämän unelman täyttyvän. Ensin en tiennyt, miltä se tulisi näyttämään. Ihmisten koskettamisen ja hyvien kohtaamisten lisäksi mielestäni parasta oli nähdä jokaisen tiimiläisen kasvavan. Oli mahtava siunaus nähdä, kuinka Jeesus kosketti ihmisten sydämiä tiimiläisten todistusten, liikkeiden, ideoiden, rohkeuden ja läsnäolon kautta. Jokainen oli niin rohkea tullessaan Jumalan eteen, jättäessään taakse oman mukavuusalueensa, palvellessaan muita ja luottaessaan siihen, että Jumala pitää huolen. Oli mahtavaa nähdä, kuinka Jumala antoi aktion aikana uusia unelmia ja kutsui hellästi ottamaan lisää uskon askelia. Hän on todellinen parantajamme, elämän tarkoituksemme ja inspiraatiomme. Näitä asioita näin Jumalan tekevän tiimissämme ja olen todella kiitollinen niistä. Jumalan työn näkeminen tekee nöyräksi. Kaikki tämä oli siunaus minulle ja voin sanoa, että jokaisen tiimiläisen elämä on Jumalan ihme.
Me kaikki ollaan elämän matkalla. On meistä kiinni olemmeko halukkaita ottamaan ne askeleet, mitä Jumala kutsuu meitä kanssaan ottamaan. Kiitos Herralle, että itse olen niitä ottanut. Hän kutsui meidät, me vastasimme ja se tekee minut iloiseksi.”
Kaislamari (tiimin vetäjä)

Costa Rica Dancecrew

IMG_2861Costa Rica Dancecrew is a group of young dreamers going to Costa Rica to spread the gospel trough dance. It happened after 2 years of prayer, thought and preparation especially by two young leaders. Our role was to facilitate, support, organize and mentor. They ministered through street and contemporary dance. We traveled to different places in Costa Rica using dance for ministry in high and elementary schools, parks, youth events and the beach. After presentations they witnessed, connected with the people, had conversations and prayed them. Dance was an easy way to draw attention and to connect especially with youth. The dances they had were well prepared and excellent.

Watch a video HERE

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STORIES FROM THE GIRLS:

“We had amazing time on outreach and it was wonderful to see a dream coming true. I didn’t know what it would look like at first. Besides touching and good encounters with people there, for me the best thing during our outreach was to see each our team member grow. It was a wonderful blessing to see how Jesus touched people’s hearts throught their testimonies, movements, ideas, courage and presence.
Everyone was so brave to come before God, go out of their comfort zone, serve others and trust God for taking care of them. I loved how God gave new dreams and gently called everyone to take further steps of faith in their lives. He is our true healer, meaning and inspiration in life. That’s what I could see God doing in our team and I am truly thankful for that. Seeing what God can do makes a person humble. All this truly blessed me and I can say that each girl’s life in our team is a miracle from God.
We are on a journey, all of us. And it is up to us are we willing to take the steps that God invites us to take with Him. Praise the Lord I took them. He called us, we answered and this makes me happy.”
-Kaislamari

“I find myself thinking about what an amazing experience our outreach was and how many amazing things God did in each one of us. Personally I experienced God’s care and provision throughout the whole trip and I was encouraged in so many areas. It was cool to see how dance opened doors for example in parks where we then were able to pray for people. One of the things that I won’t forget is a youth camp that we were part of and how well the local youth received us. Even though there was a language barrior, the unity we experienced was amazing. One night we even had a spontanious dance battle, which was super fun. 😎
I want to encourage you, if you feel even little bit that maybe you are supposed to go and take the Gospel for example to the other side of the world, be brave and do it! I promise that God will surprise you. ❤️”
-Janika

Auta Jordania käymään koulua

JORDAN on 16-vuotias poika, jonka elämää olemme saaneet seurata hyvin läheisesti jo 12 vuotta. Jordan asuu isoisällään köyhyysrajan alapuolella. Taloudessa on fyysistäsairautta, mielisairautta ja hyväksikäyttöä, jotka ovat leimanneet koko suvun historian ja jokaisen sen jäsenen elämän hyvin surullisella tavalla. Suku ei tue lasten koulunkäyntiä, eikähalua maksaa koulunkäyntikustannuksia. Tiedämme, että hänelläon kapasiteettia opiskeluun, mutta epäterveellisessä kotiympäristössä oleminen ilman muuta elämänsisältöä vie nopeasti elämän vaikeuksiin. Olemme järjestäneet nyt niin, että ystävämme seuraavat ja tukevat hänen koulunkäyntiään. Jos hän käy koulua ja etenee kiitettäväsi, olemme sitoutuneet maksamaan koulukustannukset. Jordan tarvitsee yhteensä noin 900€ vuodessa koulupukuun, kenkiin, reppuun, kirjoihin, muihin tarvikkeisiin ja päivittäisiin koulukyyteihin. Haluaisitko tulla mukaan rakentamaan Jordanin tulevaisuutta? Lahjoitukset voi laittaa tavallisen kannatustilin kautta kertasummana tai kuukausittain, mutta pyydämme sinua ilmoittamaan siitämeille erikseen, jotta tiedämme erottaa tämän summan ja toimittaa sen eteenpäin.

Help Jordan get education

WhatsApp Image 2017-12-28 at 21.10.25JORDAN is a 16-year old boy. We have known him for 12 years and if you have visited Guanacaste you have for sure met him in the Kids’ Club or walking on the village road with his sandals. His mother died and he lives with his grandfather under the poverty line. In the family there is is illness and the worst kind of challenges that have marked the life of the family and each family member in a very sad way. The family does not support the education of the children. Having supported Jordan in his studies during the elementary school, we know that he has the capacity to learn. We also know how studying and getting a high school diploma can be keys for him to break the cycle in the family and the enemy’s plan for his life.

We are trying to support him so he could return to school in a few weeks when the new school year starts. We are committed to raise and send money for his transportation, uniform, books and school lunches if he commits to going to school and doing his best to keep the grades up. He has said that he will. Would you like to be part of changing Jordan’s future? Would you like to give towards his school expenses? We need about $900 for this year. If you want to give, please contact us by e-mail.

When God gave us a car

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God has again provided and taken care of our practical needs. But it never stops there, He always does so much more, He definitely sees the big picture and with God things don’t just happen by accident.

Since last summer we have been thinking of and wanting to get a bigger car. We often have guests, friends or family members, so we don’t fit in a car of 5. For example right now we have our kids’ friend Jonathan from Costa Rica with us for two months. So we have been looking at different options, but at the same time been hesitant to spend money on a vehicle right now. Few weeks ago we did a trip to Oulu (500 km each way). After paying a train ticket to one of us on the way there and to another one on the way back, Diego decided it was time to get a car. He went online and immediately found a car that stood out to him and it had a good price and low mileage.

The next day Diego and Salla’s dad went to see the car. The owner’s daughter asked Diego which country he is from. Diego told him a little about Costa Rica, said that he was actually just returning from a trip there and went on sharing about the Homes of Hope construction project that he was part of. The girl asked which organization he was with and when Diego answered “YWAM”, she started crying. She was thinking about applying to do the DTS in Tampere ( the new Discipleship Training School starting very close to us in January), but was not sure and she had asked God to confirm it to her during that same exact day that Diego shows up at their house and starts telling about YWAM! Sometimes God answers our prayers in a very concrete (and latino) way!

It was so encouraging to see once again how in our “small daily things” we can be part of what God is doing in other people’s lives and even around the world. Even without a car deal the visit would have been well worth it, but we did end up getting the car as well. It was what we were looking for and after meeting Diego and hearing about the ministry the couple first lowered the price a lot from the original good price and then decided to take a huge amount out of the price as a donation. So Diego drove home that night with a car that meets our current needs and paid only 1/5 of the actual value!

We are thankful – praise God!

All of this is part of the big car story that has followed us since we got married. Cars in Costa Rica have always been a challenge – the roads are so bad and cars and their fixing are so expensive. We have had all kind of miracle stories of how we have got each one of our vehicles and five years ago God surprised us with a ‘every man’s dream car’ through a family that gave us a fancy Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck. The truck served us well and still continues being in a daily use in missions in Costa Rica.

 

Kun Jumala uuden auton antoi

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Olemme taas saaneet kokea Jumalan ihmeellistä huolenpitoa hyvin käytännöllisellä tavalla. Kesästä asti olemme harkinneet automme vaihtamista isommaksi, koska niin usein täytyy kyyditä ylimääräisiä henkilöitä – nytkin meillä on costaricalainen Jonathan luonamme kaksi kuukautta. Olemme pitkin syksyä katselleet eri vaihtoehtoja, mutta myös epäröineet kalliimman auton hankkimista, koska vanhasta autostamme emme vaihdossa saisi käytännössä paljoakaan.

Kun olimme maksaneet junaliput Ouluun ja takaisin, menin taas nettiin selailemaan autoja ja huomio kiinnittyi äskettäin listattuun Zafiraan. Seuraavana päivänä olimme jo Lahdessa autoa katsomassa. Perheen tytär kiinnitti huomiota siihen, että olen ulkomaalainen ja kysyi mistä maasta olen. Vastasin ja kerroin, että olimme juuri tulleet matkalta Costa Ricasta ja kerroin myös vähän siitä, mitä olimme siellä tehneet. Tyttö kysyi mistä järjestöstä on kyse, johon vastasin, että YWAMstä. Tyttö ei voinut uskoa vastaustani ja silloin juoksi perheen äitikin keittiöstä paikalle.

Tyttö on harkinnut Tampereen opetuslapseuskouluun menemistä ja oli rukoillut, että juuri sinä päivänä Jumala varmistaisi jollakin selkeällä tavalla asian! Joskus Jumala vastaa vähän liiankin konkreettisesti J. Siunaus meille oli nähdä, kuinka Jumala johdattaa ja mikään ei ole sattumaa, mutta loppujen lopuksi tämä perhe päätyi vielä hyvin merkittävällä tavalla sekä alentamaan auton hintaa, että lahjoittamaan työmme tukemiseksi. Jumala järjesti meille erittäin edullisesti ja siunatusti auton, mikä toivottavasti tulee palvelemaan seuraavat vuodet hyvin sekä meitä, että vieraitamme.

 

About Finland

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FINLAND … the land of the midnight sun, bears and moose, the northern lights, wilderness, bravery, Santa Claus

…. and more than that… the land of the FINNS!!

Finland is a country of about 5 million inhabitants in Northern Europe between Sweden and Russia. The location in the North has historically meant fighting for survival with very hard work in rough conditions. The Finns have made their way to one of the top developed countries of the world even though natural resources and conditions are not as beneficial as in southern Europe. What mostly characterize Finland are the forests and the lakes. With its 188 000 lakes it is known worldwide as the land of thousand of lakes.

The location between Sweden and Russia has shaped the Finnish identity. It has had to fight for its independent existence between the west and the east. Historically it has belonged both to Sweden and to Russia, but gained its full independence 1917. During the Second World War Finland had to fight two wars against the Eastern Giant, was able to keep its independence, but lost parts to Russia and had to pay massive reparations. After the wars Finland showed it’s miracle story to the world rising from a war-torn country and poverty to one of the top developed countries in the world in just few decades at the same time becoming the only country in the world that has actually fully paid its reparations. This happened with hard work and determinations – both still being typical characteristics of the Finns. Finland has also strategically identified itself with the west through its economy and joining the European Union in the 90s. Now the big debate is whether to join NATO or not.

Today’s Finland is looking for its next success story after Nokia, Angry Birds and holding one of the 1st positions in the international PISA education qualification for a while. The economy is struggling, the age structure and the job market are changing – as many other nations Finland is searching for its place in a rapidly changing world and circumstances.

While Finland still has a very high standard of living and the society takes care even of the least, it cannot cover the spiritual emptiness. Finland has one of the highest rates for suicide and depression. Wherever you turn your head, with children as well as adults, together with prosperity you see mental illness, family break-ups, people losing the grasp of life, isolating themselves from others and the society. Immigration has changed the traditional dynamics of the society; it is very common to see darker people or covered Muslim women in the streets. They face a challenge of decades to learn the language and integrate into the society. The youth materially have all they could wish for, but there is emptiness and a lack of purpose. Many of them start smoking at a very young age and you see them drinking in the streets all over. Heavy drinking of all age groups is very common.

IMG_4428Traditionally Finland is a Lutheran country. The Lutheran church has set a strong Biblical foundation in the nation, the alphabetization of the nation happened through the church and the laws were set with a Biblical foundation. Finland experienced a revival in the 60s and some of those movements are still alive today. However today the state church has become very institutionalized and seems to please the world more than God. It is step by step compromising the Word of God, which draws more secular people in and pushes the believers out: many real believers feel forced to leave the church and on the other hand side Pentecostal, free and especially non-denominational churches are strengthening and growing. The population of true born-again Christians in Finland is still very small (my guess is much less than 10%) among a very secular, liberal and individualistic population.

The Finns as people are very generally speaking individualistic, appreciate privacy, hard-working, very honest, loyal and skillful people. Foreigners find them quiet and serious and usually they are reserved when you first meet them. But once you win their trust you find warmth, humor, hospitality and friendship for life. There is a saying that Finnish men talk only in sauna or when they are drunk… and it has a lot of truth in it. They are usually highly educated, organized, and skilled with their hands in different kinds of crafts and woodwork. The Finns generally love the nature and silence; they love to spend their free time in small cottages surrounded by forests on a lakeside.

When we moved we started praying and asking God to show us which are the most important spiritual strongholds in the nation. What we have received are these: loneliness, self-centeredness, depression and alcoholism. There is a longing for purpose, community, and acceptance – a longing for Jesus that people are unaware of. They are generally not receptive and reject opportunities to talk about God. But God, their Father, is patient, loving and creative to bring them home one by one.

Finland needs Christians who are willing to live uncompromised and obedient lives publicly. Finland needs prayer. Finland needs testimony of Christ. Finland needs the word of God. Finland needs renewal and revival. Finland needs evangelism.

Finland has been an active missionary sending country. The founder of YWAM has had a repeated vision for Finland of 2000 young people going as a wave from the North to the nations as missionaries. There has been unseen growth in YWAM Finland in the past 10 years and a moving of the waters for that massive wave has already started. There is work to do to reach these youth, to disciple, train and send them out!

We want to challenge you to become part of our sending team through your prayers and financial support to see the nation of Finland transformed!IMG_5914