SO, WHY A VISION?
“VISION IS THE LIFEBLOOD OF ANY MOVEMENT. IT IS WHAT KEEPS US MOVING FORWARD, PROVIDING MEANING TO THE DAY-TO-DAY CHALLENGES AND SETBACKS WHICH MAKE UP THE RUMBLE AND TUMBLE OF REAL LIFE."
- SETH GODIN
We believe this is true and we understand the importance of always holding on in hope to the vision God has given us as a community, come hell or high water. We also know how crucial it is for us to understand who we are, and from that place, understand why we are here, how we should function and last but not the least, what we should do. During more than three decades, God has clearly shown us that YWAM Restenäs is a place of:
RENEWAL: People encounter God's deep and refreshing presence here. They are restored, find strength, purpose and new vision.
GROWTH: We are known as a place of learning where people are called into a life of discipleship, being molded and sharpened to take hold of God's unique calling on them.
INNOVATION: YWAM Restenäs has a strong pioneering spirit. Dreams and visions come alive here. New ideas and ways of doing things which impact Sweden and the nations for the Kingdom of God are strongly encouraged.
RENEWED LIVES SPARKED INTO ACTION TO SEE
SWEDEN AND THE NATIONS IMPACTED BY THE KINGDOM OF GOD
So what does that really mean for us as a community?
...THAT RENEWED LIVES
WILL CHANGE THE WORLD
We believe that God is fully at work in His creation, healing and restoring individuals, communities, and nations. It is the intention of His heart and the reason He pursues us with His relentless love. And when we encounter and embrace this love, we are made new, being continually restored by His truth and grace.
We believe that as we step into our calling, God’s renewal gives us the hope, strength and courage to grow in Christlikeness and this way, become catalysts for change in this world. It is through His loving sacrifice that we find life, and the inspiration to see others encounter this same restoration.
And we believe that as we walk with God and understand His heart, working as a body to see His Kingdom established, renewed lives will change the world.
...THAT TOGETHER WE ARE TO LEARN, GROW AND SPARK INTO ACTION
We are committed to develop and foster life-giving relationships, as we encourage one another to cultivate and deepen our understanding of who God is and how we are to live in the world He created.
We value individuals’ gifts and talents and we aspire to see them blossom. We want to challenge the status quo, working together to create dynamic environments where we can be inspired and further equipped in our calling.
Through lives of discipleship, our faith is set in motion and we desire to see the Gospel impacting every nation of the world. This is what we live by, and together we learn, grow and spark into action!
... IN EMBRACING GOD'S HEART
FOR OUR NEIGHBOUR
We understand that our faith requires action. Having our lives deeply rooted in God and His Word, we are compelled to share His love in creative and innovative ways. We aspire to be relevant across generations, people groups and spheres of society.
We passionately embrace God’s heart for the nations and want to be carriers of His hope and truth wherever He calls us - in Sweden or to the ends of the earth.
Our desire is to be a testimony of His love in everything we do, following Jesus’ call to love our neighbour as ourselves. This is the fuel that motivates us, day in, day out, earnestly embracing God’s heart for our neighbour.
And to put it simply, we believe this vision is to become
a reality through our calling...
FOR OUR COMMUNITY
Throughout more than three decades, God has over and over again highlighted three focus areas that we are to carry on our heart as a community. We've also seen the importance of enabling these different parts to work together in a seamless way, for our vision to bear fruit...
WE CREATE DISCIPLESHIP-RICH ENVIRONMENTS FOR PEOPLE
TO BOLDLY STEP AND GROW INTO THEIR WORLD-CHANGING CALLING
So, how do we want to do that?
BY BEING A LEARNING CENTRE FOR ALL WALKS OF LIFE
Benjamin Franklin once said: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” At Restenäs, we believe that God is calling us to explore anew what it truly means to learn. Because of that, our heart is to create amazing environments in which people can get involved, getting off the sidelines and straight into the game! We believe that real growth comes as we step up, struggle, fail, get up and try again.
Whether it be through our University of the Nations, which is also found in over 650 locations across the globe, offering courses in 95 languages, or again through working teams and ministries, we want to create and cultivate discipleship-rich environments, where people will be challenged and grow, both in skills and character. Through this, we want our community to be a launching pad for missions into all spheres of society, in Sweden and beyond, seeing young and old with pure hearts and skillful hands being sent to make a tangible difference throughout the world.
BY LIFTING UP AND CHAMPIONING
THE YOUTH OF SWEDEN
Swedish youth are battling with their own identity and struggling to find their self-worth. Around thirty percent of them suffer from mental health issues and suicide is the leading cause of death between the ages of 15 and 24. All through history God has entrusted young people to change the course of history.
As a community, we are passionate about reaching the present generation - to help them see themselves with all their gifts and amazing potential. To know that they are valuable and have a purpose. To help them hear from God and receive His calling for their lives; to see them raised up to be a force which makes a real difference in the world!
BY SERVING AND EMPOWERING
THE LEAST REACHED & LEAST DEVELOPED
There is an incredible amount of people bound by poverty and injustice who live in areas of the world where there is little to no contact with the Gospel and its redeeming power. As a community, we embrace God’s heart for these people. We believe God is calling us to impact their lives using the creativity and passion He has given us. We desire to see new expressions of what mission is in a rapidly changing world, providing God’s answers and solutions for today’s most pressing needs.
Individuals sent out from Restenäs are currently working with some of these people in social entrepreneurship, community development, education and evangelism. Our heart is to see our community continue growing as an innovation hub where more and more world-changing ideas will be birthed. Whatever the form, we believe all of these initiatives are to be an expression of God’s calling on Restenäs as we partner together, working with the least reached and least developed!
BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY...
We know that all these nice words can only be that, nice words on a screen, if we, as a community, are not ready to pull up our sleeves and bravely follow, both in words and action, where God is leading us.
So, where is God leading us? Go ahead and find out! We're excited to show you!
These three parts are at the core of who we are and the truth from which our vision flows.
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