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Uniquip Nepal

As a Resource Team of 19 people coming from 9 nations, our heart was to serve the participants to bring the treasures of Nepal to the nations. They are the VIP’s and we felt privileged to serve them and so welcomed them with flower garlands and a hug.

A very significant welcome hug took place between Jiggu from India and Brother Emmanuel from Pakistan – it was a spiritual statement of breaking down the dividing wall between India and Pakistan!

YWAM is the U of N - the U of N is YWAM! The afternoon’s focus was “What is the University of the Nations?”, how did it come about, what is its purpose? Fiona helped us understand that is a University of the Spirit; a University of the Word of the Lord; a University that is personal and relational; a University that is interactive and holistic; and a University that is focused on the nations.

Tom Bloomer shared a story via Skype from Switzerland of how it all began in the 1970’s when God spoke separately to two apostolic leaders, Howard Malmstadt and Loren Cunningham. From there it has grown into 700 training centers in 160 nations teaching in 97 languages, with the DTS as the entry point.

The DTS is well known in Nepal, their first one being held in 1985. Last year they ran 25 DTS’s with 400 students in Nepal and 27 are planned for this year. Jiggu explained how the U of N grew out of the DTS.

“YOU are the University of the Nations!” In small process groups they talked about what is God saying to me about my place/ministry?

Revelation came as Mark Brokenshire shared the biblical foundations for education by showing us the difference between a Hebrew worldview of education and a Greek/Roman worldview. The Hebrews had an all-powerful God who had already revealed Truth to them – their model of education was applying God’s truth to all of life. God is at the heart of each subject studied.

The Greeks “discovered” truth through discussion and argument and the strongest argument won. It was more about head knowledge and powers of persuasion.

Matthew 28:18 - Our goal in the U of N is to “disciple” the nations, not “educate” the nations. Discipleship is inclusive; education is elitist and exclusive – Mark had a long list of the differences between discipleship and education which was very enlightening!

We have all been wounded to some degree with the education we have received in our different nations and systems – we have believed lies about ourselves, our capabilities, our value. Jiggu shared his story of how wounded he was through the school system and then we broke into pairs to share with one another what God was showing us. Some came forward and shared and we all had a time of repenting and receiving healing and new hope for the future.

The rest of the day was all about preparing the Graduation Ceremony, celebrating the graduates, and enjoying a Love Feast together. This was the first-ever U of N graduation ceremony in Nepal, with 13 people receiving AA degrees!Revelation came as Mark Brokenshire shared the biblical foundations for education by showing us the difference between a Hebrew worldview of education and a Greek/Roman worldview. The Hebrews had an all-powerful God who had already revealed Truth to them – their model of education was applying God’s truth to all of life. God is at the heart of each subject studied.

Matthew 28:18 - Our goal in the U of N is to “disciple” the nations, not “educate” the nations. Discipleship is inclusive; education is elitist and exclusive – Mark had a long list of the differences between discipleship and education which was very enlightening!

We have all been wounded to some degree with the education we have received in our different nations and systems – we have believed lies about ourselves, our capabilities, our value. Jiggu shared his story of how wounded he was through the school system and then we broke into pairs to share with one another what God was showing us. Some came forward and shared and we all had a time of repenting and receiving healing and new hope for the future.

The rest of the day was all about preparing the Graduation Ceremony, celebrating the graduates, and enjoying a Love Feast together. This was the first-ever U of N graduation ceremony in Nepal, with 13 people receiving AA degrees!

Nepal is leading the way in YWAM in South Asia – they have the first U of N Catalogue in their own language of Nepali! This was presented to all and Faby helped give some understanding of the colleges and degrees that are available.

Via Skype, Markus Steffan, the President of the U of N, shared how the U of N was created to serve us in our ministries. It is a “mission-embedded” university! It is the Jesus-style of education - living in a community and learning and then applying your learning in outreach and ministry, then returning to the community to learn some more, then apply it again in ministry. The disciples earned their B.A. in the 3 years they lived and learned with Jesus.

It is encouraged to adapt existing schools and also create new schools to meet the needs of your ministries. This gives much room for creativity and innovation. Go for it, YWAM Nepal!

We broke into base/area groups to discuss what God is saying to us and how can we apply what we’re learning to our ministries and training?

Then we created groups by College and Centers so those who had an interest in specific areas could get more information and ask questions.

Prophetic dreaming – we asked people to stand up and prophetically share what they dreamed of seeing in their locations. There is much hope and vision for the future here in Nepal!

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