Discipleship Training Schools take place all over the world and are a wonderful means to get to know God better and to make Him known. Our DTS with the focus on Mercy Ministries and Justice will contain all of this and more!
During the lecture phase, the first three months of the school, we will cover the regular DTS topics like Character of God, Discipleship, Hearing God’s Voice as well as our focus: Mercy & Justice. As a school we want to discover God’s heart for people in need and those who are oppressed, and to hear from Him what plans He has for us to reach out to others with His Love and Justice.
The outreach phase will be a cross-cultural experience with a good taste of Mercy and Justice Ministries and an opportunity to practice what you’ve learned during the lecture phase. The heart of this outreach is to make God known. We wish to reach out to the oppressed and those in need with the desire to bring hope and to show God’s love and compassion.
DTS is not just a training, gap year or bible school, it’s your first step within missions.
The Mercy & Justice DTS is a school that focuses on “Knowing God and making Him known through Mercy Ministry and Justice projects!
This Mercy & Justice DTS is different from regular DTS schools. The Mercy & Justice DTS will use all kind of forms of Mercy Ministries to show God’s love to the people.
The first three months is the lecture phase. You ‘ll have lectures covering subjects such as: Merciful Character of God, Identity, Holy Spirit, Hearing God’s voice, Relationships, Spiritual warfare, etc. Different teachers from different nations, who have experience in the area of Mercy & Justice, will come and teach in the school.
Matthew 25 : 37-40, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
For this special focus DTS we are looking for students with a heart for the Lord and a heart for Mercy & Justice. So if you are eager to use your hands and feet to help people in need and to seek God’s Justice for their situation, this Mercy & Justice DTS is for you!
The outreach is meant to give the students a cross- cultural experience, a good taste of Mercy & Justice and an opportunity to practice what they learned during the lecture phase. It’s not always easy, but God is merciful and you’ll learn a lot about Him, from Him and from others!
Locations Mercy & Justice DTS 2017:
As YWAM Heidebeek we have a focus on Indonesia. Therefore one of the outreach locations will be Indonesia. 90 % of the people of Indonesia are Muslim, that means that Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim community. A lot of people have never heard about Jesus. It is also a country with a big contrast between rich and poor, especially in the cities where there are a lot of slums. In Indonesiawe will have a great opportunity to reach out to those in need, to strengthen the Christians there and to share Gods love with people who don’t know Him.
For the other outreach location we are still praying.
Pictures from previous outreaches:
Traveling to the ministries by auto riksja, India, Mercy & Justice DTS 2015
Planting a vegetable garden for the people of the slums, so they can grow healthy food. Romania, Mercy & Justice DTS 2015
Prayer and worship for the city of Uzice, Serbia, Mercy &Justice DTS 2015
Helping to build a new YWAM building, serving the YWAM Manado base, Indonesia, Mercy & Justice DTS 2015
Working with Children of the garbage dump, Smokey Mountains, Manilla Philippines, Mercy & Justice DTS 2015
Sharing Jesus with kids who have never heard of Him before, Indonesia, Mercy & Justice DTS 2015
Working with teenagers in a shelter for streetkids, Bolivia, Mercy & Justice DTS 2014
Praying for sick people, Indonesia, Mercy & Justice DTS 2014
Clowning with kids, Indonesia, Mercy & Justice DTS 2014
Building a new community building in Lima, Peru, Mercy & Justice DTS 2014
Playing Superhero in a slum area downtown Lima, Peru, Mercy & Justice DTS 2014
Sharing food in an orphanage in Indonesia, Mercy & Justice DTS 2013
Working with street kids in Indonesia, Mercy & Justice DTS 2013
Renovating a church in Borneo, Mercy & Justice DTS 2013
Dance and drama in South-Africa, Mercy & Justice DTS 2013
Practical work in Thailand, Mercy & Justice DTS 2012
Medical help in Bulgaria, Mercy & Justice DTS 2010
Open day DTS
Are you also very interested in the DTS and are you wondering how a day in the looks likes?
Then join us for the Open Day! During every DTS we will open our doors for everyone who would like to see how it is to be a student in the DTS.
In the morning you will join the lectures and you’ll be encouraged by an inspiring teacher. Afterwards, you’ll get a warm lunch. In the afternoon we will give explanation about the DTS and about YWAM. In the evening you can join for dinner and there is an optional evening program. The open day is for free!
Would you like to be with us for the open week? That’s also possible. You can stay with us and join in all the DTS activities for only €150,- euros.
The next Open Day will be November 21st 2017, welcome!
More information or signing up: firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 578-691534
I was struggling for a long time with the injustice on earth and which part God takes in it. During the DTS I got a new perspective of God’s goodness and his heart for the people. I didn’t get the answers to all my questions, but I got even more: Gods plan for my life and how he wants to use me in and for this world.
Tim, Germany, Mercy & Justice DTS 2015
On my DTS I experienced what God will do, in your darkest moments, when you trust in Him and allow Him to be in complete control. Run to Him always! He’ll be there waiting.
Kelli Ann, USA, Mercy & Justice 2015
During my DTS I’ve learned a lot about the world, God and myself. I have discovered that God has a greater and more beautiful plan for my life than I could ever think of.
Jonathan, Germany, Mercy & Justice DTS 2015
Nienke, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2015
After I’ve seen heart breaking poverty in Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa before, God confirmed several times during my DTS that He want’s to use me to fight injustice. When I was younger I had no dreams. Now God has given me a dream and the vision to fight injustice in the clothing industry. Fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Proverbs 31:8,9
Gerben, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2015
”The Mercy &Justice DTS is an extreme tool used to help you come close to the Fathers heart. When you are close to the Fathers heart, you love God, yourself and others with a real sincerity.”
Hannah, USA, Mercy & Justice DTS 2014
”Well I’ came here to have the opportunity to change the world to the better. But far better, God changed my small world. This past time makes me sure that I want to live my life for Him!”
Tim, Germany, Mercy & Justice DTS 2014
”God wants warriors for his kingdom to fight injustice. The Mercy & Justice DTS is a good training school to learn to fight for justice!”
Stephanie, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2014
”In the Mercy & Justice DTS I have found out what it means to be genuinely happy and how to have and maintain an honest and deep relationship with God.”
Esther, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2013
Bernard, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2013
Jennifer, Sweden, Mercy & Justice DTS 2013
” The DTS changed me from the insite out!” Mirjam, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2013
Joas, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2013
“This is a great opportunity to get to know God, yourself and others and all in all it is a great experience!”
Elise, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2012
”The Mercy & Justice DTS taught me to have a closer relationship with God, to live with Him everyday, and to look at the world the way He looks at it. This DTS taught me how I can be guided by the Holy Spirit and give Jesus embodiment in my surroundings.”
Lisette, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2012
“DTS is not just a training! It changes lives!” Annet, The Netherlands, Mercy & Justice DTS 2011
“This Mercy & Justice DTS helped me grow closer to God in somany ways, my life has been completely changed! It is honestly too hard to describe the past 6 months. If you really want to know, just do it!” Dannika, USA, Mercy & Justice DTS 2012
A Discipleship Training School is a life shaping and direction altering experience! God’s presence in both challenge and encouragement is tangible and inspiring. The context that this happens in is so important. Great speakers, great atmosphere and a staff team that takes the journey with you. These are all areas where Heidebeek shines out. It was (and is) a fantastic place to draw near to God, be encouraged in your missions vision, and learn what it means to live for Jesus. The support of the whole Heidebeek community contributes to the experience in a special way!
Hopebuilders International, Australia
I had the privilege to teach for many years in different DTS’s at Heidebeek, which I enjoyed a lot. There is a nice, open, lovely and hospitable atmosphere in the school. Because I always was very positive and passionate about Heidebeek, both of my daughters did their DTS there. It’s been a life-changing experience for them both. That’s why I recommend the DTS at Heidebeek.
Pastor Shelter Haarlem, The Netherlands
Having taught in Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) for almost 30 years, I’ve witnessed firsthand what God can do in the lives of hungry hearts. I’ve seen young and old transformed by the power of God, by His revelation and by the work of the Holy Spirit. Months spent away from home seeking God often in a cross culture environment is a huge challenge, an amazing step of faith and can be quite a sacrifice. But our Heavenly Father does not disappoint. When Jesus touches lives, those lives are never the same.
My significant time spent at YWAM, Heidebeek has proven to me time and time again that this is a special place with a special team of leaders and staff. They are fully devoted to the discipleship of DTS students. I highly recommend Heidebeek as a perfect choice for a DTS. Their attention to detail and organization makes for a wonderful experience. But it is their passion for the Lord that is truly contagious and filters down into every aspect of the DTS. And as a bonus the Dutch culture is exciting and the beauty of Holland is breath taking.
Please pray specifically about YWAM Heidebeek as your destination for a DTS.
YWAM / DTS Speaker
Johan and I did our DTS on Heidebeek back in 1980 and it completely turned our lives upside down. We learned a lot from as well lectures in the classroom (from great international speakers), but also outside of the classroom. We learned from experienced missionaries and were taken by the hand and challenged to obey God. That was only the start of our 32 years within YWAM. We are truly privileged to be a part of the YWAM family worldwide and we really advice you to pray to follow a DTS at YWAM Heidebeek. To get to know God (better) and make Him known!
Founder of YWAM Belo Horizonte, Brazil
After your DTS
After your DTS you can go back to your study or job but there is more! Within Youth with a Mission (YWAM) you have a lot of different opportunities with your DTS diploma.
Second level schools:
There is a broad diversity of schools within YWAM Heidebeek or YWAM international to get further training. Some examples are:
- Bible for Life
- School of Biblical Studies (SBS)
- School of Evangelism (SOE)
- School of Intercessory Prayer (SOIP)
- School of Frontier Missions (SOFM) (a coöperation between YWAM Heidebeek and YWAM Bali)
Second level schools within YWAM International you can find on; www.uofn.edu
Mission Indonesia:This is a project which will be your step to the mission field. It includes a first preparation at Heidebeek, moving to Indonesia with a team, language learning, the School of Frontier Missions and more. Join for long-term or for one year first. For more information check the Mission Indonesia webpage.
With your DTS diploma you can join YWAM as a staff member. Not only at Heidebeek but also with one of the many other basses and projects of YWAM all around the world. You can work with schools, evangelism, mercy ministries or support. The personnel department can tell you more about this.
Meet the Staff
I am Franc Tollenaar, 33 Years old and happily married to Jacolien. The time before YWAM Heidebeek I studied theology in Leuven (Belgium) and Amsterdam. I have a great passion for Jesus, He is the one who inspires me. I looking forward to the Mini DTS 2017. God is faithful and it´s His heart to reveil Himself to His children!
Hi, I'm Jacolien, 32 years old, married to Franc. In 2013 we did our own DTS here at Heidebeek, and right after that we joined YWAM. Before that I worked as a teacher in a small village called Kamerik. Since 2014 I work with the Mercy & Justice DTS. For the summer of 2017 I will be involved in the mini DTS! I'm looking forward to what God will do in these weeks, because whoever seeks, will find!
Hi, My name is Seth and I'm 20 years old. In Januari 2015 I did the Mercy & Justice DTS at YWAM Heidebeek, this was great! Now I have the privilege to staff the Mercy & Justice DTS. I have a passion for Jesus and l'm looking forward what He will do in the DTS! That we will know Him and make Him know:)
Hi there! My name is Jonathan and I am married with Ava from Australia. I am working with the DTS for the last two years and in January I will be involved with Mercy & Justice DTS. I can't wait to start and to work together with other people who loves Jesus and who wants to make Him known!
My name is Lisette and I'm 22 years old. In January 2015 I did my own DTS. It was an amazing time where I got to know God better and where my heart for missions became bigger. De poverty and injustice in the world is something that touches me. That's why I love the focus of the Mercy & Justice DTS. I'm looking forward to staff the DTS!
Hi, my name is Martine. Before I came to Heidebeek I worked as a speech and language therapist in a practice and elementary school. I enjoyed my job very much! However, I have a heart for the lost and needy and feel called to reach out to these people on the mission field. I'm very excited about the M&J DTS! I'm looking forward to seek Gods heart for this world together and live it out.