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Dave & Cheri Bartsch

Another quarter has flown by and we are excited to look back, reflect and, share what the Lord has been up to.


A Dream Fulfilled

It was 5 years ago that we dreamed about someday having a Bible school that could help our young people get trained further in missions and understanding the Word more fully.  Well.... The Lord is always faithful and has brought the right people into our team to make this school happen.  We have 8 nations represented in this school and it has been amazing to watch these guys get excited, convicted, and teary while reading and studying the Word of God.  I believe there is a deep desire in the heart of God to see His people get passionate about His Word and eradicate Bible illiteracy in the hearts of the Church.  We see this school as an incredible tool to ignite young people's hearts on fire for God and give them confidence in bringing the Gospel message to the nations!


School of Worship

Our 12 Week School of Worship has graduated, and we are so proud of the students that have given themselves to the Scriptures and to honing their musical gifts for the Lord.  This was a powerful deep dive into what worship in the Bible looks like and how we honour God with what we have in our hands.  They took worship and prayer to the streets of the city and had great evangelistic opportunities to share Jesus as they were learning about mission in the midst of the gift.


We had several students record songs that were written during this school and it was amazing to hear!

Thank you to everyone that has been praying for our training!  God is moving and lives are being changed.

Farewell, Trayza

The Calling
We farewelled one of our staff that has been serving with YWAM Gold Coast for the last 8 years to start pioneering in Vietnam! These are exciting times but also teary times as we commission our friend and co-labourer in Christ to the next season of faith in God. YWAM Gold Coast has been sending teams of young people to Vietnam for the last 1.5 years, and we are excited to work with Trayza on the ground with what the Lord is doing there. We feel like proud parents as we look at the profound step of faith she is making to serve the people of Vietnam with the Gospel message. Our motto is "TO KNOW GOD AND MAKE HIM KNOWN", and Trayza has embodied this motto with her life and ministry.

Transformation, People Painting a Room


Dictionary Definition of Transformation: a marked change in form, nature, or appearance

Transformation can become a buzzword that we can get excited about but not really understand what it means. The attraction to this word is widespread with camps, schools, and churches using this word to describe something exciting that they want to do. My reflection in the last quarter has been on what the Lord has done!


John 4:14
But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

My response to life and God is a reflection on what I really believe and who I have become. As I have looked back on my life and ministry I am deeply encouraged that God still walks with me in the midst of my inadequacies but also sobered in the reality of what He is calling me to look like. Our walk of faith in God is rooted and grounded in our personal relationship with Christ and believing what the scriptures say about who God is. A call to look more like Jesus is a TRANSFORMATION of the old man to a "Brand New Man" that looks and walks as strangely amazing as Jesus did. With unwavering faith, deep connection, and purpose that led Jesus to give His life for others and not just build His own. My reflection has been... How am I living for others? How am I walking as a new man? Do my words and actions reflect that Jesus is alive in me?

This is a sobering exercise that can lead you back into mission and keep Jesus at the centre of everything.

Bartsch Family

Family in Missions
We are so grateful that we get to serve God in the context that we do! Thank you for being part of a great wave of young people crashing on the shores of the nations to bring the Gospel and hope that Jesus is enough.


We want to thank every one of you that have been praying for us as a ministry and as a family! We are challenged and encouraged in the call to disciple, train, and equip people for the great commission. If you would like to get involved practically with the ministry of YWAM Gold Coast please consider praying and asking God if you could partner with us. We live by faith as a family called into missions with no particular salary. This was a call that we embraced 20 years ago to follow Jesus into the unknown and a journey that has been powerful! We need people that are in love with the mission of young people finding a call in God to bring the Gospel to every sphere of influence to partner financially with us.


Thanks for all your love and support!
The Bartschs

October 2023

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