If you follow our Facebook page you’ll probably have noticed that for the last few months we’ve been promoting our Justice Reach Discipleship Training School (or DTS). We run one or two of these yearly here in Tauranga, New Zealand and they last for five months. But what exactly does a DTS entail? What do you learn? Who can come? What does the schedule look like? Let’s take a look. Who can apply to do a DTS with us? Anyone. On our website underneath of the training tab is the Justice DTS page link. On that page is an application button. Click that, fill out your application, submit it, and you’ll be considered for our next school. Typically students are 18-35 years old and come from all over the world. We have students from USA, Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Singapore. And that’s just to name a few! The DTS runs for 5 months with the first three spent here in New Zealand (lecture phase) and the last two spent in another country (outreach phase). We’ve sent teams to many different countries including (but not limited to) Cambodia, Thailand, India, and Nepal. These locations are prayed about and chosen because we feel that we can contribute to combating human trafficking in some way. As a justice focused DTS we spend time learning about the different social injustices going on in our world. This is through what we call ‘stream times’ where a staff member will speak on a social injustice, and also through our weekly Friday night movies which are always justice based. Not only do you learn about the different injustices and how you can help combat them but we also spend weekdays in lectures learning more about God. Some topics you may have are Hearing God’s Voice, Holy Spirit, Identity, and Father Heart of God. Typically during the week, mornings are spent either in worship or prayer followed by lectures and then lunch. Afternoons and evenings are formed by some kind of work duty, free time, and then dinner. Weekends are yours for relaxation, reflection, church, and occasionally a planned outing. New Zealand is a beautiful country and we want to make sure you have opportunities to experience some of it. There will be two outings during lecture phase usually going to the Coromandel Peninsula, Karangahake Gorge, or the Redwood Forest. Located near our base is Hobbiton; the movie set for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. During lecture phase you will be prepared for the outreach phase as well so don’t worry if you’ve never experienced a missions trip before! Even if you have, our outreach may look wildly different. The school will be split into separate teams with staff in charge of each team. During outreach your team will partner with various local NGO’s and work alongside them. You may visit villages, teach English, run kids programs, talk to people involved in sex trafficking, preach at churches, lead bible studies; the options are endless! Our goal on outreach is to partner with the locals. To lift them up and encourage them. To pray for them and be a blessing to them. We go on outreach to be God’s hands and feet. All of the work we do is justice focused but looks different from pulling people directly out of brothels. We want to show people God’s unconditional love and lead them to Jesus. What you learn during lecture phase is now put into application. You have the head knowledge but can you now live it out?
We want to encourage EVERYONE to do a DTS. It doesn’t matter where you are from or what your age is. It is never to late to grow or develop your relationship with God. Our next school begins in July and is still accepting applications. So what are you waiting for?