Compassion DTS

The Call

“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” Henri Nouwen

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About The Compassion DTS

The Compassion Discipleship Training School invites you to see the world as Jesus does. Can you imagine the look in Jesus’ eyes when a leper fell at his feet? Although no one else would come near this man, Jesus was not afraid. Jesus leaned down to touch the leper. And in that moment, this man who had spent most of his life as an untouchable was healed!

Compassion starts with seeing the world as God does. But then it quickly moves to action. Jesus felt compassion for a hungry crowd. So He taught them. And then He fed them. When He saw a funeral procession for a widow who’d lost her only son, He not only comforted the widow, but took this young man by the hand and raised him from the dead.

Everywhere Jesus went, He was moved by compassion to teach, to help, and to restore hope. But the needs were overwhelming! And as He looked out over the crowds His heart broke. They were “so confused and aimless, like sheep with no shepherd. ‘What a huge harvest!’ he said to his disciples. ‘How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!'” (Mat. 9:36-38)

Are you ready to answer the call of compassion? Will you go where it hurts? The challenges today may look a little different. But the need for compassion has never been more urgent. Refugees fleeing wars and economic disaster. Aids orphans. Human trafficking. Widows. Unreached people groups. Broken families. People without access to medical care, clean water, Scripture or a home to sleep in. God’s heart is breaking. He is moved with compassion. And He’s looking for workers. Will you go?

During your three month lecture phase, you will learn about the needs in our world today and how you can help. Each week, you will also reach out to hurting people in Madison. And then you will go, spending two months overseas. Past DTS outreaches have gone to Mexico, India, Brazil, Africa and Eastern Europe.

The Compassion elective is a feature of our Fall Discipleship Training Schools. DTS is a 24/7 discipleship community designed to grow your relationship with God and your ability to share His message with the world.

What To Expect?

A YWAM DTS is for people of all ages (17+) who are serious about taking their relationship with God to the next level. You’ll be in situations that challenge you and bring out your strengths and weaknesses as you learn to give your all for Jesus. You’ll learn how to hear God and to obey Him. Your relationship with God will be on the fast track!

When ?

Fall 2023:
Sept 24 – March 2

Fall 2024
Dates TBD

How Much?

Tuition covers the cost of meals, lodging, guest speakers, and books. Outreach fees vary from $2500 – $4000, depending on the location and cost of airfare.

plus outreach
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Learn More About DTS


The first three months of DTS prepares your heart and your mind to go. We bring in gifted speakers to teach on topics like God’s father heart, forgiveness, and how to study the Bible.  Learn More.


The DTS outreach will take you to the ends of the world to preach the gospel, to show God’s love to the poor, to pray for the sick, to rescue the enslaved, and to care for those in need.
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Check out our videos from past DTS teams. Hear our students express in their own words what they saw and did and picture yourself in their shoes. Learn More.


What is outreach like? What is it really like to be part of the DTS community? Our blog is filled with stories written by DTS students like you. Learn More.