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Tansi! My name is Dean Garrioch and I am a graduate of the 360 Discipleship Training School. Since I have completed DTS, I felt it was time for me to go back home and explore deeply who Creator made me to be. I may have stumbled along the way but it is vital and important that I recognize the faithfulness of Jesus. I have been blessed with two children, Jehu Makoa and Wynter Pipon. I take great pride in how they have brought many smiles and tears to my life to which I work hard for in my daily work. I pray and hope they are blessed as I move forward in my journey.
Currently, I work for the Cross Lake band as a youth worker and I feel as if I have been planted here for a purpose. One example is that I felt more than prepared to organize the #OurVoicesTogether Youth Conference for Grades 8-12.
Overall it was a success, you can go to our website - Pimicikamak.ca on the Youth Council link for more info on the conference. The other events are a S.T.O.P (Stop These Ongoing Problems) awareness walk of anti-violence to which we brought to light many murders and missing young men in the community. The other is a Slam Poetry Contest at a high school where the students open their hearts. In most of the events, my goal is to involve the Chief & Council and help connect them with the youth of Cross Lake.
In the coming months, I have been asked to organize other conferences in the community and I have also been part of the leadership work in advocating our Treaty and Aboriginal Rights in our traditional territory. I’ve witnessed Jesus’ faithfulness and kindness as I continue to rely on Him and trust His work in me. He has granted me access in working with the traditional 4 Councils in our community and there is more work in the coming months to which I am excited for. There are great things going on in Cross Lake (aka Pimicikamak) and I ask for your prayers that in each opportunity, Jesus would grant me the favour to use His gifts in my heart.
It has been three years since I graduated from DTS and there are many instances where I recall what I’ve experienced during my time there, that helped me prepare for what I am doing now. If any Native guy or lady is reading this right now and is thinking of attending the 360 DTS, I can confidently say that DTS will shape you and prepare you for what may come on your journey after you complete it. I say that because I’ve met and experienced Jesus during my time with DTS and He has never, never left me dry. Life in a reserve may seem like a war within, but we have a Warrior who fights for us in each moment. His name is Chief Cornerstone, O-pe-ma-ci-wew (Life-Giver), Jesus.
Since the completion of my DTS in 2011, a lot has happened as I reflect back.
It was a huge deal for me to have the courage to leave Peepeekisis First Nation and travel to Steinbach, Manitoba.
At this time I never realized how much stepping outside of my comfort zone would have such a positive impact on my life.
Doing my DTS in Steinbach opened my eyes to a lot. I found a new family, and myself.
I healed a lot during my journey in the 5 months. It wasn’t always easy, but with the strength that God gave me, I made it through the trials.
DTS had sadly come to an end for that year. I hugged everyone who had and still has a huge impact on my life whether or not they see it.
I just spent 5 months coming from a place where it was okay to be me and pray and talk about God all the time, and now going home to a place where people don’t really have the same enthusiasm as me, was hard.
I was an outsider to the people I came home to. Along the way I did give up, I stopped praying and reading my bible, I guess you can say I tried to run away from everything I knew. I didn’t understand why things were happening, the way they did.
The biggest issue that has slowly brought me back to God has been when I was let go from my job. This tore my world and everything upside down. I was upset and angry, as I was taking care of 3 households.
It was here that my sister reminded me that God does things for a reason. At first, I was like yeah whatever but then it clicked I wasn’t happy at work. It wasn’t a positive situation and I was really drained. It was then that I remembered, “we do not fight flesh to flesh but spirit to spirit.” Sadly to say I was losing and God who always has my back came to my rescue and got me out of there.
Yes, things aren’t easy, but surrounding yourself with people who care and a God who never leaves is uplifting.
It's been 3yrs since I completed my DTS and it’s been an interesting journey.
All I can say to those who read this is that when you hit that hard part in life when it’s easier to give up, please don’t because you are worth it, things will get better for God says it will.
“Do the birds worry about where their food comes from, No! so, why should we.”
God would never harm us in any way, and that my friend is what keeps me going when times are rough. And I smile and say, try me.
So my success story isn’t over. This is just the beginning of my Love Story with My God. I do wish all of you the best and always know that someone loves you.
Hi there, my name is Amberlee Masi and I attended the Island Breeze Manitoba Discipleship Training School in 2013.
I went into this school thinking “God what else is there really to learn? I’ve gone to church my whole life and I know all about you.”
I really did know a lot “about” God this was true, but DTS showed me that knowing “about” God just isn’t enough. I needed to know Him personally.
During the second week of lecture phase, God unquestionably spoke to me. His words to me were so personal, that I could no longer deny His desire for me to really wholeheartedly seek a relationship with Him. My life was forever changed.
Since then, I have continued to experience more revelation and understanding of our Heavenly Father and His goodness and unconditional love for us as His unique and precious creations.
I know that God used DTS as a tool to help me understand His heart better, and maybe DTS is how He wants to do that for you too!
Before I came to DTS I had a narrow perception on how and where God works. God showed me, in everything I do, he wants to work on every aspect of my life.
God showed me this when I was in DTS lecture phrase. We learned about the 7 mountains of the Kingdom of God.
The 7 mountains represent 7 main aspects of our society; Religion, Government, Business, Family, Education, Media, Arts & Entertainment.
In this teaching, it talks about how we need to have people who love God and live their lives dedicated to God in all these regions of society to influence and change the world. God also wants every part of our lives surrendered to him.
After DTS God has shown me that my job is my missions field.
God has also given me the boldness to ask some of my other coworkers about their faith, and I have been encouraged to hear that a few of them are Christians!
God is so good and I'm looking forward to what he has for me now and in the future!
Hi, I’m Merissa Letander from Sagkeeng First Nation. A few years ago I met a group called Island Breeze and they were in the Outreach phase of their DTS or Discipleship Training School. So one night I met with the school leaders, Isi & Tessa Masi, and they discussed the possibility of doing DTS sometime in the future. That time came in May 2013. I was excited and happy but also very timid and hesitant. I didn’t know what I was in for exactly and that scared me, but that’s just my personality. I had this idea of what DTS was going to be but it was so much more because God had a different plan. I didn’t know that I had just begun walking this path that God had set out for me, one that was going to be difficult but awesome because it was a path of healing, forgiveness, and finding who I am in Christ. That very first week of lecture phase God was like, “Ok, first things first, we need to deal with this and I’m going to help you and love you through it all. You can trust me.”. So I did, each week I took a step further and by the end of outreach I had gained so much healing and restoration within. I wouldn’t be where I am had I not trusted God and was not willing to take that first step of Faith in doing DTS. If you’re at that point of not knowing what to do and you are meant to be, I encourage you to try DTS. Take that step of Faith in discovering who you are meant to be in Christ, you’ll be amazed at what God will do if you just trust Him and follow where He leads.
1 Corinthians 3.13 says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” God is love and He loves you like no other, let Him love you.
Laying here thinking, I have been through so much and I overcame tough battles. I thank God for the strength he has given me, I feel so blessed to have been part of YWAM island breeze DTS for 5 months, our time here is almost done. I am definitely not the person I was 5 months ago. my opinion on God has changed, I look up to him as he is my father and he's been so good! he has answered my prayers in my time of need. I have grown so much being here, I have been given grace, love, understanding, and forgiveness. I will treasure this experience I have in my heart forever, these people I have grown with will be in my heart forever. what I have experienced and done here won't stop, I'm inspired to help in my community and surrounding communities, it won't be easy but hey, great things don't come easy. with God, it's all worth it.