Living in Community at Marine Reach
October 19, 2020 - January 1, 2030
Living in Community
Ever wonder what it’s like living in community? What will housing look like during your DTS? Will everyone be altogether? Is everyone on base and in the same building? How many people in each room?
There are always so many questions about what the living quarters look like at Marine Reach, but we’re here to answer those questions!
Here at Marine Reach, we value hospitality, whether you’re coming for your DTS or maybe just a visit. Our hope is that you feel most at home!
More often than not the students stay in the main building; there are two main rooms. One has five bunks and the other has seven, with each having a divider wall making the room seem not so big. There is other housing on the base where the staff stays, so there is plenty of space.
When you arrive on base for your DTS, you will find out where you will be rooming and who you will be rooming with. There are typically 6 to 14 people in each room. It’s very special because you get so close to those who are in your room on DTS!
Prior to your arrival, every room in Marine Reach will have been carefully prayed about and thought through. From room to bed, EVERY space is brought to God!
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Living in community is SO much fun! There are always people around to hang out, pray, worship, or play games with.
With all these people around, we have created a culture of encouragement – where you can encourage and be encouraged every day!
And lastly, food is made for you, so you don’t have to worry about cooking (unless you want to jump in with the kitchen where you could bless the base with tasty meals).
Also, if you like alone time, there’s no need to be overwhelmed. We are super blessed with the property we have here, which means you have plenty of opportunities to be by yourself. You can wander down the hill to the valley to have your own time by the waterfall, or head over to the chapel or garden to spend time with the Lord.
Altogether, living in community is such a joy!
To check out the property for yourself click here to take the 3D Virtual Tour of our base!
Tips from Us
“Have a generous heart posture!”
“You just have to embrace it. It’s so fun, just give each other grace.”
“Get a hammock to put up for a place to be alone sometimes. Also, unless you like sharing, keep your chocolate hidden.”
“Value your time with others, but ensure to make personal time too.”
“Create a cleaning schedule, alternate shower times and don’t leave your toothbrush out.”
“Don’t tell me if you pooped in the guest room, just stop doing it.”
“Don’t hold onto annoyances. Talk about it. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. And pray before bed!”
“Scrub the toilet for your friends.”
“For the past two years God has called me to go deeper in the word and not just let it be a surface level experience with Him. However I didn’t really have the tools, knowledge or understanding for how to go about this. God spoke to me months before I knew I would be able to do the DBS, during lockdown, that those who get into the word would see the face of Jesus. I am realizing that as I get into the word for hours a day with really helpful teachings to go alongside the readings, that is exactly what is happening. I am gaining such a deeper understanding of who God is and who I am, in relation to Him. There have been weeks where doing the homework assignments just completely wrecked me by seeing the love of God and in the moments of reflecting how God has moved so radically in my life. Even when I wasn’t walking closely with Him, He has always been drawing me back into a close relationship with Him by His love and mercy and grace.”
Anika Hochstedler, 26, New York
“In the Kingdom Come stream, we really focused on what the kingdom of God is and how to live that out on earth. The most impactful aspect of this was walking out a miraculous lifestyle and being in an intimate relationship with God, where you can expect miracles to happen.”
Peter Seip, 25, Virginia, USA
“Being a Kingdom Come student was an awesome experience. We learned a lot about the kingdom of heaven and how to live it out in our daily lives.”
David Lindner, 21, Germany
“Before joining the Medical Compassion stream, it was hard for me to understand what total surrender looked like in my life. I realize now that it is not my own compassion that compels me to love and care for others, but rather, it is the Father’s heart through me. I realize now that He is the true Savior, and I am simply a vessel chosen to carry His love and mercy to those hurting around me.”
Maeve Cooney, 18, Maryland, USA
“Being a part of the Justice Movement Stream has really challenged the way I see and define justice. It has made me more passionate and aware of the help this broken world needs, and what I can do to bring a stop to the injustice. I can now confidently say that I am able to take on the world, seeking justice and mercy for people in need.”
Chelsea Logan, 19, Newcastle, Australia
“SPHC is such an incredible gateway to seeing the world with God’s eyes. To see how His heart breaks at the brokenness of this world, and to see how the lack of education about little things such as germs and washing hands causes so much illness and suffering in the world, to then be equipped and sent to BRING THAT CHANGE! It is such a life changing/ perspective shifting program that has really changed my life!”
Antonio Wolfe, 20, Alberta, Canada
“I have just finished my Worship DTS at Marine Reach NZ.
When I signed up for the worship DTS I thought it was just about praising God. It’s about the role we play as worship leaders, it about how you lead the worship session, when to pray, and when and how you end. I recommend the Worship DTS to everyone who is inspired by the worship at your home church.”
Adam Pelletier, 36, BC. Canada
“Prayer and Passion completely changed my outlook on the true power that prayer has. It had always been something that I knew worked and I did, but it was boring. Being a part of this stream gave me new understanding of how prayer is worship and fuels the power of heaven connecting with earth. It will move you to a place of praying out of your relationship with the Lord rather than giving him a list of things you want. You will gain a newfound intimacy with God as your prayer life is propelled.”
Tilly Logan, 21, Australia
“Since being here at Marine Reach, my hunger for God has continued to grow more and more. In the Kingdom Come stream, our heart is to see the world changed by the message of His love and the demonstration of His power. It’s such a privilege to be apart of a group of people so on fire for Jesus!”
Joseph Pope, 25, Virginia, USA
“We had been married for 5 years when we came to Marine Reach. As a married couple, we learned a lot about each other and ourselves and gained a lot for our marriage. What we enjoyed most during the GO PAC stream times was the mix between the depth we dove into God’s Word, getting to know His plan for us better, and the times thinking and learning about the interesting Pacific cultures. We think it is so important to get to know new cultures. At the base, there are many different cultures, but you really want to get to know the one culture where you live and where you’re going on outreach. We experienced that when spiritual basics are understood with the heart and not only with the mind, that is what brings change into your daily life, and that is what you can carry home after DTS.“
Tobias & Annika Dietrich, 26 & 26, Germany