Another DTS Done, Now What, What Happen?

I can officially say DTS is complete! The past few months of outreach have flown by in whirlwind! We were blessed to visit SEVEN different cities while in Russia, and traveled almost 6,000 miles between January 8th- March 17th.

When we prayed for a vision for this DTS and what our outreach would look like; one of the words we got was “trailblazers”. It’s been amazing to see God’s hand move in our team, and how accurate that word has been for the past few months. Our last week at the base was a sweet time to see them draw closer to Jesus, and get excited to see the lessons they learned come to life, and be put to practical application in Russia.

Most of the cities we went to had never heard of YWAM or received a team from them. God opened up so many doors for us to minister to the people of Russia and make a way for more teams to come in. Open evangelism is illegal in Russia, so most of our ministry was within the churches. We preached, taught, and shared testimonies in different churches, youth groups, and children’s ministries. Even with the restrictions on the sharing of the gospel we were able to help build relationships, and share the gospel in different ministries that were reaching out to unbelievers. One of my favorite moments was the youth conference that the students planned, on their own, at the end of outreach. 40 or so youth came to the conference!!! Our team and the youth group from Olenegorsk (one of our student’s youth groups) planned out the entire conference: worship, teachings, workshops, games, everything! It was truly spectacular and in the words of one of the participants “an answer to prayer”. Our team grew so much on outreach! I love DTS for seeing how God continues to challenge and grow us as we walk through different seasons of life. This year’s group were a bunch of leaders, and it was awesome to see them all grow more in their different giftings and deepen their relationship with Christ.

God is doing big things in Russia! Please continue praying for all the seed’s that have been planted!

One of my personal takeaways from this year’s outreach was: What does it mean to lead well WITH Jesus. So many times it can be easy to bulldoze ahead when there’s a goal to accomplish, or to feel like the things God’s asking of me are a heavy weight. I let my mind shift into: I, have to do this. I, have to run full speed ahead, I, solve the problem. In reality one of the joys of walking in relationship with God is that He partners with us in the midst of chaos, in the midst of pain, and in the midst of joy. We are called to work hard, and to be diligent in the tasks set before us but, God’s not a slave driver. He steps into every season WITH us. I can’t make it through in my own power, or my own strength but when I create that pause to listen and partner with what he’s doing, I become a better leader.

Looking ahead,

I will be participating in some different ministries with the base and joining a seminar! In the end of April I will be joining together with other staff from Northern Europe to do a DTS Foundational Workshop, we will grow in our skills as disciplers and learn more about how we can run better schools. Following that I will be joining Bible To All, our bible distribution initiative here in Norway. At the end of May our base will join the first wave of bible distributions in Sweden. In between all those events I will continue planning the next DTS that will run in September this year.

Prayer Points:

  1. Grace over the planning of the next school
  2. Open hearts and minds to grow for those joining the workshop to grow as mentors and leaders
  3. Travel safety between ministries
  4. Acceptance of the bible as we distribute it
  5. That everything goes smoothly with switching my drivers license over to a Norwegian one!

If you would like to hear more stories about Russia, or what’s coming up next feel free to drop me a line as always!

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Lecture Phase 2018 into Outreach 2019

Hey All!!

WOW! it’s been a couple of months since I last updated you guys and SO much has happened!

Last year I started my journey as DTS school staff, and this year I’ve taken up the challenge to lead the school with my beloved friend Courtney! Let me tell you, it has been a steep mountain to climb, but it has been well worth the effort. Leading the school this year has given me even more responsibility and a vast amount of opportunities to grow and give back.

Our staff team this year was comprised of all Americans from the west coast! Tyler and I from Washington, and Courtney from sunny southern California. Our year has been full of challenges, but in those challenges we’ve found victories. One of the challenges we faced this year was all of us being in entirely new positions; Courtney and I as fresh-faced DTS leaders, and Tyler staffing for the first time since completing DTS. This certainly taught us a new level of grace for each other and especially for ourselves (I’m still working on the one for myself). Without a doubt though, we have seen God be faithful to show up throughout the year. I’m excited to lead together with these two in the new year and into outreach.

This past fall Jesus has been speaking some key things to me about Identity, that have really been hitting home. We all know that the source of who we are, our identity, is rooted in Christ (at least it’s supposed to be), but, what is Identity? Where does it come from? How does it dictate my actions?  How do we put into practice what it looks like for us to live out of an identity based in Christ? 1 John 4:19 says “We love because He first loved us”. That sounds like such a nice, happy verse, but it’s entirely ineffective in our lives if we don’t realize the second part of it: “He first loved us”. We can’t love people well until we realize how much we are loved ourselves.

Love gives us strength, energy, daring, and the ability to step out in confidence and not fear failure. It changes how we look, but more importantly, how we approach the world and the people in it. The deeper revelation of God’s love for us, cements our identity and grants us greater ability to love those around us. Taking the time to strengthen and develop the identity that God has spoken over us has the ability to change lives. Our culture today gives people so many options as to where to find their source of identity, but when we walk out in that confidence of “He first loved us”  it gives us stability and the ability to speak into that brokenness.

It has been truly amazing to see each of our students, and ourselves, grow in accepting the reality of 1 John 4:19 (“We love because He first loved us”).  I’m excited to see how it will continue. It’s thrilling watching Jesus tug on their hearts as they grow into the leaders He’s called them to be.

Looking ahead, it is with immense pleasure that I can announce that our team will be going to Russia for outreach!  There is so much I’m looking forward to seeing and being a part of! God has so many wonderful things in store for us and our team there. I know that we are beyond blessed for the opportunity to see all this country has to offer. We will be mostly driving through the western part and would really appreciate your prayers as we travel and do ministry.

Some key prayer points for myself and my team would be:

  1. Prayers for Health: Winter time brings sniffles, and that coupled with hours of driving together can make for some tested immune systems.
  2. Team Unity: Our team is made up of 5 students and 3 staff, We want to be dutiful to pursue deep relationship together and push each other towards Jesus.
  3. Safety Driving: We will be mainly driving across Russia, with me as the primary driver, so prayers for safety in harsh road conditions and inclement weather.

I’m excited to see God continue to move in the lives of the students as they begin outreach and get to put into practice the tools they’ve been given while in DTS. As always, if you are eager to know more about what I’m doing please don’t hesitate to send me an email, I would love to share more with you!

Much love,


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Northern Norway, Round Three

Hello Everyone!

Wow, what a crazy summer and beginning of fall! In case you haven’t heard yet, I’m back in Norway!! I’ve been here about a month… well; sort of. Technically I’ve been in 4 countries in the span of 30 days; which has had me on about 10 flights, 2 and a half weeks in a tent, 1 backpacking trip, 2 conferences, 1 school module down, and the whole DTS school to go. WOOOHOOO!

Let me catch you up on what has been happening this past month and give you an idea of what is coming! I landed back in Norway on July 27th and immediately started preparations to go on a scouting backpacking trip for the outdoor track I will be leading this fall. Needless to say it was an awesome time! My co-leader (Jason) and I, hiked, spent time with Jesus, and planned the route on which we will take the students this fall. God really showed up and spoke about how the trip will look, and we are both so excited for this upcoming adventure!

Next up, Gofest. Gofest is a conference put on by YWAM Norway where they invite all their friends, family, previous ywamers, and fellow christians to come together and hear great teachings and worship together. Since I’m serving in YWAM Norway I had the joy to go volunteer and work at the conference. It was an amazing time of seeing God’s hand move and worshipping Him with fellow believers.

After Gofest we had a short drive and ferry ride across the North Sea. We ended up in Sjellboro, Denmark for Northern Europe DTS training. The DTS staff for this year, (Courtney, Tyler, and I) spent a week learning from, and fellow-shipping with other DTS staff from across Europe. Our lectures consisted of reviewing curriculum, how to communicate effectively what we believe, healthy mentor-student relationships, and how to lead with the Holy Spirit, etc. These have all helped build the foundation that will enable us to really follow God’s lead in our schools and grow further in our relationship with Him. Everything starts with us, as staff we are leading by example. If our relationship with Jesus is dry, our schools will be as well and our students will see emptiness where the love of Christ should be.

This fall I will be participating in a DTS leadership school; we will meet for three modules and have homework in between. The weekend right after DTS training, we had the first module of the school. Let me tell you it was AWESOME! Andreas Nordli, the leader of YWAM Norway was our teacher for the weekend. Something that really impacted me from the first school module is understanding of leadership styles in a cultural context. Being able to see and adjust my leadership style to fit within the culture I’m in helps me to grow and be a more effective leader.

Now that you have been brought up to speed on everything I’ve been up to since I left home, time for the best news of all! DTS HAS OFFICIALLY STARTED!!!!!
We have already spent three days in the mountains getting to know each other, spending quality time together (without our phones), doing super fun team building activities, worship and prayer. Now we are heading into the first week of teaching which will cover the gospel and hearing God’s voice.

I’m super pumped for all the work I know God will be doing in the lives of our students this year. I would also love to invite you all to join in praying for them with us! We have two boys and four girls, and three staff members (two girls and one boy). A few specific prayer points to keep in mind would be:
1.) The students would grow closer together, and the relationships formed here would be
life-giving and rich.
2.) The students would have softened hearts ready to receive from Jesus in this season.
3.) Wisdom and grace for our staff to lead them well and push them towards deeper
intimacy with Jesus.

I love my job, It has brought me into contact with some amazing Jesus loving people who want to see this world changed, and God’s love reign over all. I’m privileged to join the ranks with them to share the good news and to train others in what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

As always, if you are eager to know more about what I’m doing please don’t hesitate to send me an email, I would love to share more with you!

Much love,


DTS Staff Team! Tyler, Courtney, and Dani! (LtoR)

DTS Students! Brennan, Maria, and Anna (LtoR)

More DTS Students: Sara, Debbie, and Svein (LtoR)

Team building activity!

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Spring Has Officially Sprung

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Hello Everyone!! With spring comes new life, and I hope you are all experiencing that this spring. The snow here in the North is finally melting and you can see the green grass underneath! The sun is up until 10pm … Continue reading

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Seeya Thailand, Next Stop: The Philippines

It’s so crazy to believe that we are already four weeks into outreach! Our time in Thailand is over, and we’ve arrived in the Philippines. We’ve only experienced 38 days of 2018 and I can’t wait to see that the next 327 days will hold!

Our time in Thailand has been quite an adventure. We’ve worked with schools, juvenile centers, villages, homeless, slums, done practical work and taught English! God really opened a lot of doors for us to go and spread the good news. In these ministries we’ve had the privilege to share bible stories, sing worship, and do skits that represented all that Christ does for us.

In the schools we did a program, that included songs, games, a skit, and a bible story, sometimes we would get to share a personal testimony as well with them. The ages were usually around 5-12 years old. After an hour or so of our program we would follow the different grades to their classes and teach them English for another hour. My teaching partner and I focused on teaching about the different modes of transportation, (i.e. car, truck, plane, helicopter, motorcycle, taxi.) We would write it on the board and have them repeat after us. Following that, we had them practice writing it and do crazy motions and sounds that described each object, in hopes that it would help them remember it in future. About half the schools we went to were for disabled kids and adults. My heart really goes out to them, it was so much fun to do songs and skits for them! The joy on their faces that someone came to visit them, and wanted to perform for them was enough to melt any heart, it certainly melted mine.

 The other ministry that left a huge impact on my heart was the village ministry. We went to two villages for three days each. In the first village we went to it was all practical work, we were visiting a church and pastor who was building a home for abused children, specifically girls. The walls were up and that was it. Over the course of the three days, we painted the whole thing and helped put the roof on it! It was so awesome! Soon little girls will find hope, love, and healing in that place away from the abuse they have already suffered. God is so GOOD! I am so blessed to be apart of such a project. It was also a wonderful time of fellowship with the other YWAM team that was there from Kona. We killed a pig together and had BBQ and then a goat the next night! Talk about some of the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten! It was wonderful to sit out underneath the stars in the countryside of Thailand with a huge fire blazing and friends all around.

The second village we went to had never seen foreigners before, we were the first white people and Christians to ever come to that village in Thailand. I know that there are still people in this world who have never heard of Jesus, but to meet them and tell them about Jesus, WOW! It was so amazing! We visited the sick and prayed for them, we went to their schools and did skits, told stories, and taught them English. We worshiped in the place we were staying (right next to a buddhist temple) and sang out praises to God for everyone to hear. The best part was at the end of the three days, one of the teachers, from a school we had been at, came back to learn more about the stories we had told her students. She wanted to be able to retell them and help the students understand them. The Kona team had the new testament in Thai and gave it to her, please join me in praying that she will be the first covert in that village.

With all that accomplished, it’s still hard to believe that out of all the things in the world I could be doing right now, I’m a teacher in a bible school. If you had asked me even a year and a half ago, what I would be doing in 2018 the answer would have been very far from what is my current reality. At the same time, I have never been happier in life than I am now, the feeling of purpose living for Christ and following His calling on my life brings so much joy even in the hard times. More than that though, is the peace that fills my heart, I don’t have to worry about what life will throw at me. I will do my best. I get to lean on someone who is much greater than I am and ultimately, He takes care of me. No matter what life brings, there is always hope for tomorrow because Jesus holds all of my tomorrows. What a comfort and joy!

Thank you all for following along with my journey here, our students are inspiring me daily with their growth and hunger for more of who Christ is. They have more confidence by the day, and are certainly not the people we met back in September in Borgen. Please pray for their continued growth and the unity of our team as we take on this next phase of outreach in the Philippines!

Much love,



As always, if you feel led to donate, there is a tab above that will take you to my donations page. With that I would also like to ask for two of our students, they have paid all their outreach fees, but have little money for anything else. So if you donate and it’s for them, drop me an email with the amount and I will make sure it gets to them.


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Challenges, Blessings, and Outreach 2018

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“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” – 2 Timothy 1:7 Hello again family and friends! The month of December has flown by, I ‘m currently … Continue reading

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The Joy of Doing a DTS Again

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Family and Friends! Hello! Where to begin, it’s been way too long since my last update. So much has been happening up here in the far north. The snow has finally arrived and has been sticking for about a week … Continue reading

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Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!

We’re already a month into our DTS! I can’t believe how fast time is moving. The wilderness trip is still by far one of my favorite things about DTS, our intro week is depriving the students of their phones and taking them up into the mountains and we stay in a cabin together for a couple of days. We do bible studies, team building, roast hot dogs, and s’mores.  I love it because we have to spend time together, there’s nothing to distract, except of course God’s fantastic creation. Yet, our mutual marvel at God’s creation brings us closer together, sitting around a table singing worship songs by candlelight, it creates a fellowship that I absolutely love.

With that week finished, we came back down from the mountains and started into regular classes. Our first week’s topic was The Bible. One of our base leaders, and our DTS leader Agnete taught this week. I can definitely say I will never get tired of hearing people teach on how to study God’s word. I learn something new every time; see it in a way I haven’t before, it fascinates me how many things I can get from reading the same passage.

Since then, we’ve had three more weeks of teaching and will soon be launching into another week, which will be our first track week, the Justice and Youth track students will split and receive teaching specific to their tracks. Thus far we’ve covered the topics of prayer, evangelism, and the nature and character of God. It’s been amazing to see the growth of the students in just one month. How they have come out of their shells more and more with each other, with us, and the teachers. They have had such great questions and are hungry to learn more about their Creator which is awesome to see. I’m so blessed to walk alongside them in this process and continue to grow myself during it. It’s the best part of being a part of a community of believers, the journey is never done, there is always more to learn about our Creator. It’s pretty exciting and there’s only more coming, God has some amazing things in store for this DTS group.

In other news: I have two big announcements for you all! I have been praying about starting an outdoor track here at Borgen and I feel God has said to “Go for it”! I would greatly appreciate your prayers in this matter as I explore all the possibilities for doing such a track. Second, we’ve decided on our outreach locations! Our team will be heading to Thailand and the Philippines in January! Please keep us in your prayers as we seek out what ministries we will be apart of in those great countries! Always, if you want to know more details or have questions of what we’re up to drop me an email at!



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Life As YWAM Staff: One month down, lots more to go!

Hello Friends!

Wow! The month has seriously flown by, it feels like I just landed yesterday and now our DTS students are arriving! This time of preparation has been fantastic, so many things to learn, so much to do! Let me fill you in a little bit on what I have been up to in this past month.

As most of you know, I hit the ground running, as soon as I landed I was heading straight to a conference where I would be part of the team leading the youth program. Needless to say, it was totally awesome! Our program included games to get to know the youth, bible study, worship, a trip to the beach for team activities, and possibly the longest game of capture the flag I have ever played in my life! We also joined the main conference and listened to the speakers there, we heard awesome testimonies and teachings. Working with the youth really refreshed my heart, this is what I had been preparing and waiting all summer to be a part of again. It felt like coming home, and made me even more excited for the coming DTS.

After we came home from the conference, it was straight to DTS staff training. We came together as a DTS staff (there’s only four of us) and went over “what a DTS really is, and how is it supposed to function, what is the purpose of it?”. We went over teachings on what our roles and responsibilities as staff in the DTS, and how we can create the best environment for the students to grow. It was a lot to learn, and my studies are far from over, but I am thrilled for the opportunity to take on this new role and grow as a leader.

The next big event to happen was staff days, where all the staff that work here at Borgen gather together to talk about the new year. The ministries taking place, the dreams we have for new ones, what this season will look like, and ultimately to spend time in prayer and worship together. It was like a family gathering, and I am so blessed to be a part of this family and its ministries.

Between, DTS staff training, staff days, and now until the students arrive it is all DTS prep time. We as a staff are planning everything, the daily/weekly schedules, assigning responsibilities, creating assignments, events to participate in, etc. I absolutely love it, I’m so excited to see this DTS unfold and see God at work in the student’s hearts!

Besides that, I have been enjoying hiking, fishing and exploring my surroundings, the Lord really knew what He was doing when He created all this beautiful nature around us.

That sums it all up pretty much! I survived the first month! I’m so excited and blessed to share this journey of serving God with you all, stay tuned for more updates!



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One Lesson At A Time

Hey hey hey hey!

Yup, it’s me again, and it’s time for another update on my life this summer. As you guys know (if you read my last blog post) I am going to be a missionary!! WOOHOO! Crazy I know, right? Well it’s the best thing I have decided to do since I ate a full tub of ice cream by myself. I just wanted to let you guys know how it is going and how you can get involved and support me!

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, wondering what I should write and update you all about, and I think I’ve finally found it. It’s on my lesson (which I’m still learning) about pride, being able to receive blessings from others, and with that being totally dependent on God, because He really does provide. With that, here goes nothing.

I come from a family of hard workers, and yeah, I know, that’s no uncommon thing, or really, it’s what everyone says. I’m used to working for what I get, I bought/own my own car, my first computer, worked most summers on the farm and/or for the family business. Point in case, I am used to working for what I get, and I happen to really enjoy that. However, with that comes a sense of pride of “I can do this myself”. Over this past year, I really learned how much I CANNOT do this myself. I can’t do life myself, nor do I want to anymore, I have something that is forever and I’m overjoyed about it, I have Jesus. If you don’t know Him, you should get to know Him because He’s seriously the best thing that has ever happened to me. I digress though, the lesson here as you can obviously see, is my pride and what it does to rob me of joy in receiving blessings from others. I am sure that I am not the first nor the only missionary that received their call and went “Are you serious God? How am I going to pay for this?”. Admittedly I have drug my feet in writing my fundraising letters, and am still working up the gumption to send them out. (Don’t worry, I will). It has really given me cause to reflect though, why is this so gosh darn hard for me? Well after mulling it over, I really do think it comes down to my pride and my fear of being wholly dependent on God.

It’s one thing to say you’re dependent on God while you have a job that is paying you money, it’s another to work and depend on God moving in others to give to you. It’s like that trust fall exercise we all did as team building when we were younger. Turn around and fall backwards completely trusting your friend to catch you before your head smashes into the ground. If you had any friends like mine growing up, they let you fall past the panic point before they caught you, but they always caught me. That is what I’m doing now. I’m going to turn around and trust; I know God has called me and He has my back. It might be scary and I might go past my panic point, but in the end, He will always catch me and provide. So, if you feel led, and want to join with me in saving the galaxy, click the link under “about me” and read through my fundraising letter. I’m excited for this journey and even more pumped to see what God does next in my life. Stay tuned!

Love, Dani

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