I Have Decided to Follow Jesus… to YWAM!

no turning back, no turning back.

excerpt from a hymn originally titled “Assam”
accredited to the story of Indian missionary Sadhu Sundar Singh

As I write and think about you, Reader, I hope everything is well with you and God is teaching you new things in this season. Over the past 2 months, due to the changing global climate, my “next 5 years” timeline has been slightly adjusted. In short, I will now be graduating from my Hospitality Management program at FIU in August and entering a new season in September 2020.

During a month of prayer for discernment as I considered several drastically different possibilities for this new season, I followed the “God Nudges” and chose to enroll in Discipleship Training School at the Orlando base of the world-wide Christian organization Youth With a Mission (YWAM). This Discipleship Training School (better known as DTS) is focused on personal growth and deepening a relationship with Jesus Christ through teaching, worship, and fellowship with other growing friends and mentors– all for the purpose of gaining HIS heart for the nations. It is an intensive 5 1/2 month program consisting of 3 months of classroom training followed by 2 1/2 months of outreach where we will be challenged to directly apply what we’ve learned. Note: Because of COVID-19 and closed international borders, it’s still unknown what the outreach phase will look like in 2021, but I am trusting that God will open the doors for what He has already planned for me and the other students in DTS this fall (September 2020).

Not surprisingly, I have chosen the WORSHIP track of DTS, which will challenge me to grow specifically as a worship leader and musician. Because of my background in and passion for Hospitality, I am also treating this as an immersive learning experience of practicing Christian hospitality and guiding others to connect with one other and with Christ.

I was made by You, I was made for You

And I am unfulfilled, without FULL COMMUNION

“Since Your Love”, United Pursuit (2015)

As I enter this foreign atmosphere, I am excited for new growth and challenges, and always thankful for my supportive web of family and friends. The process of writing this letter has been deeply emotional and personal for me as I imagine your faces reading this… I am so thankful to have a connection with each one of you. You are truly cherished!

As with any school, there is a financial cost to attend DTS, and I am confident that God will provide the needed funds for the work that He has called me to do. Because God so often works through His people, I am asking for financial partners to support with funds in addition to prayers. If you feel that God is calling you to be part of my financial support team, please read the instructions below.

  • TOTAL Financial Cost of DTS: approx. $8,000 needed
  • Campus Portion: $4,000
  • Outreach Portion: approx. $4,000, pending location

I will be leaving for Discipleship Training School on September 29, 2020, and will be striving to raise the full amount of $8,000 by this date.

The best way to give is to add money directly into my account on the YWAM website through the PAY button. Please designate any donation by including my name “Anna Tuttle” and the program name “DTS” to ensure that it gets allocated for the right purpose (see image below).

You are already part of my support team. If you feel God encouraging you to give financially as well, thank you! It would be a tremendous honor to have you invest in me and the people who our team will love and serve as part of this mission.

PLEASE PRAY FOR ME! This week I turned 20 years old, and as I consider the coming year I see a lot of change and challenges ahead. I have never lived away from home, so I am terrified but unbelievably excited to experience the immersive environment that YWAM provides to live, struggle, and grow alongside other budding followers of Jesus. Your prayers mean everything to me!

Thank YOU for being part of the supportive network that is providing me with such a strong kickstand of prayer. For those of you who would like more information about my experience leading up to and during DTS, I will be updating this blog regularly and would love to discuss my DTS on a more personal level over email or phone. Leave a comment below or email me at anna@annatuttle.com. If you are praying for me, I hope that I can be praying for you. Let me know how I can!

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

Isaiah 43:1 (NKJV)