"Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take."
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
The 2016 SURGE trip to Asuncion, Paraguay was a testament to this scripture and to the power of God's good and perfect guidance. Originally, my plan was to attend only the conference in Peru, explore the city, and buy the typical "bring home to your family" gifts.
But God had a different plan.
The Singles Service Team is proud to represent single disciples and singles ministries around the world, and to channel the unique perspectives and passions that the undivided devotion of single disciples brings to the body of Christ and to the world. We are working hard to extend their influence in their local congregations and beyond. What a joy and an honor it is to serve this dynamic ministry!
Many people climb mountains as part of a spiritual journey.
For me, a love for adventure, nature (mountains in particular), and a desire to connect with disciples from foreign churches drove my recent successful climb up Mount Kilmanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.
Ditto for the rest of my team: Lauri Hallila and Ylva Lindqvist from Helsinki, Finland, and Alex Scherer and Doris Walter from Zurich, Switzerland.
Having been to Mount Everest’s base camp in 2011, these four friends had been planning on climbing Mount Kilmanjaro. I was swept up in their enthusiasm and buoyed by their experience.
Although my journey up famous peaks was new, my involvement with Tanzania, home of Mt. Kilmanjaro was not.
My name is Damali Abrokwah. I serve alongside my husband, Michael as part of the staff of the Toronto Church, in the beautiful city of Toronto, Ontario in Canada. We are thrilled to come on board as the new editors of the Singles page on Disciples Today.
In this role we continue the formidable work done by Adam and Bethany Smith, Evangelist and Women’s Ministry Leader in Dallas, Texas, to bring stories of amazing adventures singles are living all over the world.
Mike and I have been disciples for over 20 years. We are blessed to raise three super heroes with powers that change every couple of weeks!
No doubt one of the highlights of our journey has been the joy of working alongside the single professional ministry in Toronto for the past 15 years. The over 200-strong singles ministry in Toronto boasts a striking diversity that mirrors the city in which we live. Did you know that Toronto was voted ‘the most diverse city in the world’ in 2014?
He is also the church leader there. WHAAAT? That's right - Twaambo has the privilege of leading a vibrant family of married, youth and single disciples to spread the gospel in his home country.
It was inspiring to see 18 single disciples using their faith, time, and resources to strengthen, encourage, and inspire our brothers and sisters in South America! It’s always cool to see the instant unity and connection that happens when brothers and sisters come on these trips.
The ACR Singles LeaderSHIFT Weekend 2016 was a great success! One hundred and fifty people participated in a great weekend of fellowship, learning, and inspiration. Disciples traveled from all across the ACR Region (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia) to attend. Others traveled from as far as Denver, Colorado, NYC and the Bahamas!
A few weeks ago, 88 disciples and their friends and family ascended Mt. Rainier, the Pacific Northwest's iconic active volcano, to spend the weekend together at Cougar Rock Campground. The group, comprised mainly of single disciples from various ministries in the region, came from six states (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Utah, California and Colorado) as well as British Columbia, Canada, to worship God together.
Single again at 41, Troy (Gainesville, Florida) wasn’t sure how to go about dating in the church. Although he was hesitant to try DT Heart & Soul, he was quickly impressed with the sisters on the site, especially one: Liz from Maryland. Read their incredible story of faithfulness and surrender to God.
For some people, being single is exciting. For others, its lonely. For me, becoming single at the age of 41, it was scary.