YWAM is full of character - and characters. We thought we'd highlight a few you (almost) always find on your base.
1. THE HIPSTER MUSICIAN
This ywamer's guitar and skinny jeans game is on point. Combined with a fedora and extra long t-shirt, this guy's got Joel Houston's swag. He's working on an album that comes out in 12 years and his instagram is all his live performances...done outside the dining hall.
2. THE SPIRITUAL ONE
This ywamer prays about everything. EVERYTHING. Have a cut on your finger? They pray for healing even though all you wanted was a bandaid. Didn't sleep well? It's probably spiritual warfare, they say. Where should you guys go to lunch? Ask God, he'll tell you where to get the best sushi.
3. THE PROPHETIC RELATIONSHIP GURU
This person thinks they're gifted in revealing who you're future spouse is. "You will be married in 2018. Your husband will be a ywamer, obviously. He will be tall and handsome. That guy you had a dream about is actually him." Wait, what?
4. THE FLIRT
Usually the hot girl who never has a boyfriend, she's got a list of men pursuing her and we're forever wondering which one she'll end up with.
5. THE SINGER WHO IS LITERALLY ALWAYS SINGING
We get it - you sing. Listen, we really like your voice but can you please refrain from belting out 'How He Loves Us' in the hallway, in the bathroom, literally just... everywhere? Not sure but I don't think people are #blessed listening to your voice at 6am while they are trying to sleep.
6. THE ONE WHO NO ONE KNOWS WHY HE'S ACTUALLY THERE
There is always one on base. He is part of every school but also no school at the same time. You ask him what he's doing and he says, "just being obedient to the Lord's calling and seeking him about what the right path is for me". 6 months later, he's still doing that. Um, what IS that calling? No but really, tell us. We're dying to know.
7. THE MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR
Everyone on base knows who this guy is, especially all the girls. He's single, he's hot, and he's good at guitar. He looks like an Abercrombie model and when he walks by the Ohana court, all heads turn except the guys who want to punch him in the face. This is where "Young Women After Men" comes into play. Swoon.
8. THE FILMMAKER WITH THE GOFUND ME PROJECT
He's traveled the world on a GoFund me campaign and wants you to donate now to his anti-sex trafficking documentary, which will probably never be released because in 6 months he'll be working on his other film about the lost art of artisan coffee making.
9. THE GUY WHO THINKS EVERYONE IS HIS FUTURE WIFE
He prayed about it, God confirmed it, and he's told you, you are his future wife. Did you get the same confirmation? No, but that doesn't matter because God told him, so it must be true. When you turn down his advances, he's soon off to another lucky lady or should I say, his future bride.
10. THE NON-CHRISTIAN YWAMER
There's something a little off about this person. They participate in all the activities, but when you ask them their testimony, they tell you they don't know what a testimony is. Ohhhhh, you're that person here for the 6 month tropical vacation on Hawaii's coast but don't actually believe in Jesus. Well played. It's okay because by the end of DTS they are usually front row in worship. #changed
11. THE JADED YWAMER
Ironically enough, this person used to be the spiritual one but after a few years of YWAM bliss, they've become cynical and jaded, too cool to participate in base meetings, monday morning worship, and basically anything 'ywam' related. Maaaaaybe you should go take a break.
12. THE COUPLE WHO BREAKS THE 'NO DATING RULE' ON DTS
What rule? Coupled together from the beginning of DTS, these two love to show their PDA and you become the third wheel in their magic little world. 6 months go by and sure enough, you find out via Facebook their love has fizzled as quickly as it started. Then again...you may just receive an invite to their wedding. Cheers to the bride and groom!
13. THE TEACHER'S PET
Have you ever met someone on your DTS who considers themselves the leader but isn't actually staff? They declare to the world their intentions to lead everything while you sit there wondering when this 'follow the leader' game is going to end. In their mind? Never.
14. THE ONE WHO SPENDS ALL HIS MONEY AT STARBUCKS
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This ywamer raises support for outreach while simultaneously ordering his double mocha chip frap with extra whip cream literally every day. Where does his money come from? We'll never know.
All jokes aside, YWAM has impacted our lives in more ways than we can count.
Ywamers for life, amirite?