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Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Well, Hello friends of ours (who read our blog)!! We have an exciting and very cool announcement for you!!! Brandon and I will be going to YWAM Richmond in Virginia to lead a DTS for their base for 5 months. (No we are not leaving staff with YWAM Pismo... just going to lead this school and then come back here).

Last week, the base director from YWAM Richmond, Chris, called our base with a huge request: His DTS leader for the upcoming school had to return home to Korea due to a family medical problem, leaving the school without a leader... would our base help?

He had been on his knees before God on what to do, cancel the school, lead it himself, or find another leader? God told him to wait, and promised He would provide. That is when a friend of YWAM Pismo (and DTS speaker), Daniel Susenbach, ran across Chris, and after hearing the need for a leader, Daniel recommended our base as having run very good, quality DTS's.

With humility and many nerves, Brandon & I contacted Chris over at Richmond, and we prayed together about filling the need. In the end, we felt willing, and our base is fully behind us going, and the Richmond base has been asking God to bring a young, American leader... so, WE ARE GOING! As a couple we prayed and really felt God's hand guiding us to go, and that we could really serve their base by helping fill this position. Our only hesitation was how young we are... but then, they've been praying for a young leader, so I guess we fit that description! As newlyweds, we are looking forward to the natural bonding and closeness that leading a school results in... and their base is excited to support our new marriage. Also both Brandon and I have family in that area.

The school runs from September 21 through the new year and ends February 26. We'll be packing up at the end of this month (whew, so soon!) and traveling to their base in order to spend several weeks acclimating to the area, the base, their staff, and to have the time to do some school prep work. What an exciting opportunity!!! We absolutely love DTS, and it has been Brandon's passion to disciple as many people as God brings him, so we are joyed to be given this chance to run a school at another base.

As far as we know, there are currently 15 students, and 3 other staff.... and apparently 2 of the staff are Brazilians!!! Yay! The Richmond base will be very different than ours, and we hope to glean wisdom and experience while we are there, and then bring it back to Pismo. We don't have official details to share about the outreach phase... or if we'll even be going on outreach... but we'll know soon enough. Richmond allows a long Thanksgiving holiday, as well as a break for Christmas in between the lecture phase and the outreach phase in which the students can go home, and Brandon and I can go visit family.

We are just super thrilled to lead this DTS!!! It means a lot of change, and hard work, but we love both, and have a fire for trusting God with new and different things!!!

Please pray for us.... we have about 3 weeks to finish up some necessary work here in Pismo. Also we are in need of increasing our monthly support by $300. Then just be praying for our travel arrangements there, God's wisdom, and the such.

Check out our fun lil' video... the joys of having a mac.

As always... we love having a way for people to read what is going on in our lives... so keep checking back with us as we post more! (hopefully I can get some wedding photos up soon)

Kirsten (and Brandon)

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Blogger Hannah said...

That is awesome news!!!! You guys have to come down on a weekend and stay with us and go to the beach!!!!
I'm stoked you'll be so close - cant wait to meet you Kirsten - do you have family in VA?

August 11, 2009 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...


August 11, 2009 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Brandon and Kirsten Ekstrom said...

It is awesome! We are super excited! And we know these next few weeks will FLY by... soon we'll be there. Yea, I do have fam in Richmond. My grandma, and 2 aunts. Brandon and I can't wait to visit ya'll. I can't wait to meet your adorable little ladies! We gush over them when ya'll post up family pics.

August 11, 2009 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

aw, thats great that you have family in Richmond! how cool.
You guys definitely have to come down and visit us, we will look forward to it, for sure!!!

August 17, 2009 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger leviticus said...

Hey Brandon and Kirsten!
It's been ages since I've seen you ( Brandon ) but I stumbled upon your blog and I wanted to wish you a very belated congratulations on your marriage this past summer - Kirsten, I've heard about you from DTS student Andy, whom I met in Canada this summer, and I know Brandons been blessed with someone wonderful! I think often and very fondly of our DTS in 2007 that you and Cindy led...may you both continue to bless and be blessed, and may God continue to lead you on into your glorious destiny :)

Much love
Katrina Gascho ( Oakey )

November 24, 2009 at 6:58 AM  

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