Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

I can’t do it.  All the responsibilities, being a good influence, always practicing patience, and living a life that always looks good from a ministry perspective.  It is hard.  My past still looms in my mind.  What I could have been follows me.  What would my life be like if I would have stayed on my own course back home?

More on that below (it was a rougher week)

School updates:
Well, the School of Navigation and Seamanship (SONS) has finished the third week of the course, but only there first week of our time in Greece.  I could not be happier with our group of guys.  They all have a heart to stay in the ships ministries, and even possibly starting their own! (This is what we have been praying for!!!)

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The SONS (left to right): Matt (coach), Josiah, Domanic (co-leader), Joshua, Brian (leader), Dane, Ben (staff), and Steven.
The first two weeks were in Croatia for their STCW Basic Training (It was half the cost, as compared to the one in the UK that we were considering), and to use YWAM Croatia’s sailing yacht to give the SONS guys more sail time, as we won’t be doing two days of it here in Greece.
I am so pumped about the coming Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS)!  We have six of the seven required students to run the course, so prayers for at least one more please.  So far, it looks like we will have five staff/crew, which are a great group of lads and ladies that I cannot wait to work with.

Life updates:
This week has honestly been a little rougher.  There was a lot of admin stuff that needed done, random things that kept me from having productive days, and being home sick, now for back in Harpenden, England and back in KC.

What would my life be like if I would have stayed on my own course back home?

I could be in marketing, with a degree, and would probably be married, and making a life for myself, if only I would have stayed in Kansas City.  I wouldn’t have to submit myself to having to “beg” people to support me just to eat and have a bed to sleep in.

BUT, I wouldn’t have found the deep relationship I now have with the Lord.  If I would have ignored His call on my life, I would not be living to the potential He had for my life.

Despite the occasional hard and stressful day, or having sentimental feelings of the past, I would not change a single thing I have done with the Lord.

In the hardest times, we have to stop, readjust focus, and continue, only in the strength the Lord gives us.  When we feel like we are pushing along in our own strength, that should be a big red flag that it’s time to refocus on God and what he wants out of the particular situation.  There are few worst things than to push through to the end of a project and realize the Lord had a way easier way just waiting, but we were too heads down and hard headed to stop and meditate on Him for the solution.

I am now to a point of being so busy that I can’t afford, not to stop and seek the Lord in everything.  If I was to do it in my own strength, I would crash and become a hermit somewhere.

What I do on the daily:

  • Cultivate relationships, train, and disciple others
  • Coordinate/Co-Leading the School of Navigation and Seamanship and Bluewater (Sailing) Discipleship Training School on-board the Next Wave
  • Developing the new website for maritime training and crew management systems for YWAM and the University of the Nations, called YWAM Ships Training
  • Ship yearly program scheduling for the Next Wave
  • Procedure and effective system implementation and training
  • Marketing and social media for YWAM Next Wave
  • Communications and future program/course development
  • Photography and videography projects for various ministries
  • Working towards further maritime certifications that will help me to be more helpful in the ships ministries
I don’t say all of this because I am trying to make me sound cool, it is to show how truly the Lord can give you strength!  I would absolutely lose my mind if it wasn’t for the Lord’s provision and strength.
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

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The YWAM Croatia staff and DTS students, the SONS staff and students, and all of their families.
Please prayerfully consider partnering financially by giving a one-time or recurring monthly tax-deductible donation, as all listed above is done voluntarily and still having to pay for travel, room, and board.

2 thoughts on “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

  1. I love you Domanic and am so proud of the way you have let God turn your life around for Him! I will continue to pray for you daily for strength and provisions.
    Much love always, Sandy

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  2. Looks like you are doing great! Keep up the good work. Our lesson in Bosnia yesterday was on perseverance and hope from a couple who were teenagers during the war and lived in Sarajevo during the siege of Sarajevo. (Terrible messy war in our lifetime!) They have been called to ministry here, even though they might rather be moving west after such experiences, and especially because there are still the same religious divides and it is extremely hard to reach people with the gospel and news of relationship with God. Altogether there are about 500 evangelical believers in the whole country. All this to say, you got this! Your words ring true, I’ll pray that nothing stops you from taking your time with the Lord. Bosnia needs prayer for a revival, and if anyone needs a place to serve, it’s here!
    Thanks for writing!

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