WDC: Breaking Lies

Beliefs can be powerful. They impact the way that we live, interact with others and see the future. For the students at the Wholistic Development Center (WDC), one of the most common and oppressive misbeliefs is that they have no value. They see themselves as the lowest people in society and believe that they cannot make a difference. They have plenty of life experience to back up this life-stealing belief. Most come from difficult family situations. Many are orphans. Some have illnesses that have affected their appearance. For many even after two years of school they still struggle to understand the potential that they have. The lies that they have lived with for most of their lives are hard to break. As part of an [...]

Joe and Susie

Glimpses of God are everywhere – in the small actions of churches loving neighbors, speaking out against violence, loving the differently abled. They appear in amazing acts of culture change when one lesson changes the way that a community looks at women. They are also in the stunning miracles that we hear where God turned up and did something that none of us can explain. Sometimes, it is just in the compassion and love that is shared by some of our team. Last month I visited our Wholistic Development Center (WDC), a vocational and discipleship school. It’s lead by an amazing couple who are models of Christ’s love expressed in everyday life. I can’t name them because they work in a country closed to Christians [...]

By | 2016-02-15T05:30:23+00:00 February 15th, 2016|Categories: Stories, Wholistic Development Center|Tags: |

The Wholistic Development Center – A Ministry Model I Can Get Behind!

I remember when I first walked into the doors of the Wholistic Development Center (WDC). It was filled with energy and joy. The students were working on a project and while doing so were smiling, laughing and rapidly talking back and forth to each other. I had no idea what they were doing, but it must have been fun, and the joy was evident. In a nation where fatalism, persecution and poverty is widespread to find a place where young men and women are able to gather, learn a trade and study the Bible is amazing. The WDC is a bright light that shines with God’s love. […]

By | 2015-08-13T05:30:50+00:00 August 13th, 2015|Categories: Wholistic Development Center|

WDC Graduate Stories

Our Wholistic Development Center (WDC) is welcoming a new group of incoming students this month. Every two years, WDC selects twenty-eight young adults to live together on campus, study a vocation and commit to an intensive truth-centered discipleship course. These students often arrive with little education and little knowledge of God. Some come from areas where there are no Christians. Many make the decision to follow Christ while at WDC. We spent several months this year visiting and interviewing alumni to find out how their time at WDC impacted them and what they are doing now. Here are a few of their stories. As you read them, we hope that you will pray for each of these graduates and for the class of incoming students. [...]

By | 2015-08-10T05:30:41+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Categories: Stories, Wholistic Development Center|

Wholistic Development Center Update

Sitting down with the directors of the Wholistic Development Center (WDC) I could quickly see the passion they have for discipling the staff and students they work with. In the past six months they have seen a lot of growth in the students lives and are so excited to see them continue to grow and become truly on fire for God. One student in particular has been a real inspiration to them. In January, Anna wrote about this young man, John. He didn’t get to go home at Christmas time for fear that his uncle would burn his house to the ground because of his new faith in God. This summer however, John did go home. Throughout the summer he lived his life in a [...]

By | 2014-10-20T05:30:59+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Categories: Stories, Wholistic Development Center|Tags: |

An Inspiring Example of Cross-Cultural Relationships

Six ethnic groups. Four countries. The Wholistic Development Center (WDC) is full of diversity. Any day on campus you can hear conversations in a variety of languages. All of this diversity leads to amazing opportunities for cross-cultural evangelism while also creating some unique challenges. When students arrive at WDC they come from an array of cultural backgrounds. Some come from Christian homes and others have grown up in villages that are largely animistic and can be very hostile towards outside religions. Then there are the staff. Many of the staff come from backgrounds similar to the students, but some come from completely different contexts having grown up in Europe and North America. […]

By | 2014-08-14T05:30:06+00:00 August 14th, 2014|Categories: Wholistic Development Center, Learn and Apply|Tags: |

A Vulnerable Teen Finds New Life

As we focus on the topic of vulnerable children this month, my thoughts turn to the ministry of the Wholistic Development Center (WDC). Students at WDC come from a variety of backgrounds, with many of the same struggles faced by vulnerable teens in the U.S.—broken homes, child abuse, drugs and alcohol, poverty, and spiritual hopelessness. One student, Sonya, arrived at the center from an especially challenging background. She is the daughter of a shaman (witch doctor) and spent her life in a village obsessed with the spirit world. It is a village where all daily activities revolve around the spirits. When someone enters or leaves the village, when they rise in the morning, and how animals behave all center around their beliefs about the spiritual [...]

By | 2014-05-07T05:30:21+00:00 May 7th, 2014|Categories: Stories, Wholistic Development Center, Learn and Apply|Tags: |

Four Students’ Journey with Christ

This year, we accepted four students at the school who are from the same ethnic minority area where there are no known Christians. This area is a stronghold of animism and is resistant to the Gospel and even to development assistance. Animism holds the people in fear of so many things. There are certain dates when they believe they can’t leave their village or something bad will happen to them. They fear and respect shamans—witch doctors—who are in touch with the spirits and can both heal and curse. Fear even drives them to kill their own babies if they happen to have twins, as they believe twins are a sign of strong evil. On September 5, 2013, all four students accepted Christ. Zhi’s parents died [...]

By | 2013-09-17T20:50:13+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Categories: Stories, Wholistic Development Center|
Reconciled World