YWAM Portland, Oregon (Youth With A Mission)
Visits Our Monastery
Once a month, YWAM Portland has a day of prayer, solitude and contemplation, and this month we invited them over to have it at our monastery. We shared lunch, our Noon Daily Prayer: Praying the Hours, and a Worship Service with Communion. Their Base Leader, Tierney, also asked Monk Preston to teach a class or simply share on prayer, which he was happy to do.
Monk Linda expressed it best for all of us, when she said that it was a real blessing to have so many young people around who were so into following Christ and being in His service.
Our monastery is a large four-storey tall house with a "backyard" of about 3/4 acres. Its not so much a yard, but rather a small chunk of northern rain forest: six-storey tall old growth trees and lots of ferns (see photo taken in our "backyard" on Monk Preston Pages). We feel blessed to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The house's small acreage was intentionally left in its natural forest state by the developer when the house was built. The ferns on our property are the same kinds as the ones which are found in Olympic National Park on the coast in northwest Washington State.
The monastery is usually very quiet, but regrettably was slightly not so, on this special day when it most should have been. A free-lance photo-journalist was also over to take photos for an article on New Monasticism scheduled to run in the Boston Globe newspaper. Monk Preston had answered questions during a three-hour phone interview for the article only a few weeks earlier.
Prayer & Worship. (Photos by Leah Nash)
"We are a small part of a global community of people who want to glorify God on earth. We like to be creative, and love seeing people become who they were meant to be. Sometimes we hang out with homeless guys downtown, sometimes we hang out with mods and/or rockers, sometimes we hang out with kids we meet in the mall. Our talents include but are not limited to: sidewalk chalk experiments, making snow angels, rapping, growing flowers, vespa riding, knitting, making funny jokes (or not so funny ones), going on airplane rides, making all kinds of yummy tea, and trying to speak in other languages. We'd like to find other people who are into these things or who can contribute new things to the list."
A day of individual prayer, silence, and solitude, is followed by group intercession. (Photo by Leah Nash)
About the YWAM Organization:
Youth With A Mission (YWAM, generally pronounced as "why-wam") is an international, inter-denominational, non-profit Christian missionary organization. Founded by Loren Cunningham in 1960 to "know God and to make Him known," YWAM now has operations in over 160 countries.
Youth With A Mission has been active since 1960. Originally using the model of sending youth on short-term trips to foreign locations, YWAM expanded its day to day operations to Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and South America. In the nearly 50 years since its inception, YWAM's activities have expanded from youth-focused trips to include educational training, church planting, and relief and development services. Today, YWAM involves people of every age group.
YWAM is now comprised of people from over 150 countries and a large number of Christian denominations, with over half of the organization's staff coming from "non-western" countries. There are currently over 16,000 full-time workers in nearly 1,100 operating locations in 171 nations. Around 20,000 members also serve on short-term missionary trips in 149 countries. 1
Our faithful Monk-Dog, Hermiston II, quietly watches as we observe Holy Communion: "Do this in remembrance of me." (Photo by Leah Nash)
1 Source: Wikipedia - "YWAM" ____________________________________________________________
Copyright © 2008 S.G.P. All rights reserved.