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Austin + Janelle Horning

Austin and Janelle Horning, missionaries at YWAM Lancaster

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Hello, we are Austin and Janelle! Together we are called to equip and champion young people to be passionate disciples and disciple-makers through intentionally creating a welcoming space for growth and vulnerability; and through clearly teaching the Word of God. We joined YWAM Lancaster in 2020 after completing our DTS together at YWAM Orlando. Prior to serving with YWAM Lancaster, Janelle worked as a physical therapist assistant and Austin served at a local church as youth pastor and associate pastor. We have been married since April, 2017 and have two children, Hudson and Holly.

Austin

Philippians. I love the practical instruction for Christian living and the reminder of Christ’s humility in laying down his life for us.

Janelle

My favorite book of the bible is Philippians! Philippians holds a special place in my heart as I memorized several different verses from Philippians when I was in high school. I find it to be so encouraging and uplifting! Philippians 2:5, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus,” was a verse that I would repeat internally when I knew that my attitude needed to shift through out the day.

Austin

NIV or ESV. It seems to be the translation that is most commonly used by the people I serve.

Janelle

I usually use the NIV bible translation. This translation is helpful for me as it is the one that I am the most familiar with and that I have memorized most scripture from.

Austin

Turkey. A combination of the people, the culture, and the ways that God opened doors for the gospel to be shared.

Janelle

One of my favorite places that I have traveled as a missionary is Haiti. I had the honor and privilege of being able to travel there twice for short-term trips during my young adult years. This experience was really meaningful for me as the Lord used these trips to grow my love for working with children and teenagers. It was while I was in Haiti that I experienced first hand, for the first time, a miracle from the Lord.

My team and I had just spent a long day at a church leading a Vacation Bible School for over 50 children in the village that we were in. At the end of the day, we were serving the children large plates of rice and beans as their evening meal. It was such a blessing to be able to feed the children as many, if not all of them, came from homes of extreme poverty, where being hungry daily was an unfortunate reality. As we were feeding the children, their parents began showing up at the church and they too, were hungry. However, we had only had enough money to buy food for the 50 children that were with us the entire day.

I stood there, spooning out the rice and beans plate by plate, feeling saddened that there was no possible way for us to be able to feed the vast amount of people that were entering the church. But I continued to spoon the food and the Lord performed a miracle, by multiplying the food that we had! The rice and beans in the pot stayed at the same level, even though we continued to hand out plates! By the grace of God we were able to not only feed the 50 children that we had planned for, but to also feed around 50 sets of parents as well! Seeing that miracle firsthand, challenged my faith and made me more excited than ever to be a carrier of the gospel. What an incredible blessing, to know and love the God who provides and cares for his children so well, even through miracles!

Austin

My wife and I are called to equip and champion young people to be passionate disciples and disciple-makers.
The summer before my senior year of high school, I encountered God in a new and fresh way. Throughout my senior year, I grew in my love for the Lord and my love for the lost in my school. A few friends and I started to rally youth from across the region to pray for an outpouring of God’s Spirit on our high schools and share testimonies of what God was already doing. It was during this time that God gave me a passion to see youth discipled and activated to make a kingdom impact in the world around them.

Janelle

My husband and I had been serving in youth ministry for five years and we loved it! However, we felt directed from the Lord that it was time to sit down with Him to further discern how we should move forward with our future. Austin, who definitely is a more gifted visionary leader than I am, brought up the idea of YWAM, specifically a new YWAM base that was coming to YWAM Lancaster, where we both are from.

After a long, 12 hour day at my job as a Physical Therapist Assistant, Austin brought up this idea and mentioned that the Lord may be leading us in this direction. Initially, in my heart, I shut the idea down. I loved the current job roles that we both had. I didn’t want to consider moving on to something so drastically different. Thankfully, the Lord was so patient with me and opened my heart quickly to the idea of pursing missionary work full-time. I would literally have moments where I would step into my car and the first word that came to my mind would be “YWAM!”

Jesus is the reason that we are living and the only one that I am living to glorify! While stepping away from our full-time jobs that we had worked so hard to earn was scary at first, I am so thankful to be a part of working to fulfill the Great Commission and desiring to see transformation in the lives of our youth!

Austin

2014. My experience in DTS grew my passion to see young people equipped and championed to be passionate disciples and disciple-makers. It broadened my perspective on missions and gave me an excitement for what God is doing in the nations.

Janelle

I completed my DTS with my husband in the summer of 2020 at YWAM Orlando. Through my DTS experience, I learned a lot about the power of forgiveness, the importance of spending quality time with the Lord, and the beauty of stepping out in faith to share the love of Christ with others. This experience further solidified my desire to pursue full-time missionary work. The reason that I am living is to glorify God and I desire for everyone on earth to have an intimate relationship with Him!

Austin

YWAM Lancaster, YWAM Louisville, YWAM Charlotte, YWAM Muizenberg, YWAM Orlando, YWAM Lakeside, YWAM Arusha, YWAM Kona.
Each YWAM location carries the same YWAM DNA, but each location expresses it a little differently. It is awesome to see the diversity of YWAM across the globe as we work together to see the fulfillment of the great commission.

Janelle

The YWAM bases that I have visited include YWAM Louisville, YWAM Orlando, YWAM Arusha, and YWAM Lancaster. One aspect of every YWAM base that I have visited is that they have all been filled with such friendly, uplifting people to meet. You can feel a difference in the people because of the transformation that Jesus has done and is continuing to do in their lives.

During my first time at morning worship at YWAM Orlando, I had a complete stranger come up to me who shared a prophetic word over my family that was spot on! It was incredible to experience the Holy Spirit moving so powerfully, even on day one of us arriving! That was a strong confirmation for me that my husband and I were in the right place for that season.

During my time on outreach with YWAM Arusha, the Lord really grew my heart for experiencing new cultures and stepping outside of my comfort zone. I was impacted by the times of worship that we had at the base, with people singing in both English and Swahili, it sounded so beautiful. It was a chorus of voices all coming together, from different backgrounds, in different languages, with one purpose, to worship Jesus. I imagine that heaven will be even sweeter than we can begin to imagine!

Austin

When I was in Turkey it wasn’t like most mission trips that I had been on before. Most mission trips had clear “ministry time” when we were serving a church or distributing Bibles. In Turkey, everything was ministry time. If we were going to the store to purchase groceries for our team, we were asking the Holy Spirit to show us who we were supposed to interact with and show the love of Christ to. This type of lifestyle is something that we all can do regardless of where we are. This missional perspective of life makes every location a “mission trip”.

Janelle

Through listening to a teaching by Andy Byrd from The SEND, my husband and I both become individually convicted about the importance of discipling children, specifically through foster care. From that experience we feel from the Lord that we are to pursue foster care in the future and we are to raise up our current biological children to be a part of the process. We desire that our home would be a welcoming space, that is filled with the Holy Spirit, the love of Christ, and the truth of the gospel. That all of the children that we are able to love on, even for a short period of time, would know that they have a heavenly father that loves them unconditionally and that they have a support system that prays for them daily.

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