Have you ever felt that life is just passing you by and you aren’t making much of an impact on the wider world around you?
Last year I had been feeling like this, it’s not the first time I felt like this but this time I decided to do something about it. I began looking up missionary opportunities and came across Youth With A Mission (YWAM) where they give people the chance to not only help people but to learn more about God and the bible while you do. The YWAM institute I first came across was YWAM Townsville in Australia and although I looked at others closer to home, I felt God guiding me to this one. So I soon applied to be involved in their DTS programme.
The Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) main objective is to empower and equip people to live their full potential, giving the skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the world. When I looked further into it, it seemed like a great way to get away from the distractions of life and really engage in the world around me and consider my purpose.
The DTS includes 13 weeks of lectures were a different topic is covered each week such as identity, missions, the character of God, relationships and bible study.
An elective is a focus within the overall DTS and these electives have some additional training element. This could either be work based training or lectures that will assist with preparation for the outreach. The elective I have chosen is ‘Medical’, were I may be part of land or ship teams connecting with local villages or towns in Papua New Guinea. The outreach will have a focus on helping to build healthy villages from a holistic perspective, working in partnership with local communities.
The total cost for the DTS for the 5 months is £4000. This includes the 13 weeks of mission training and the 9 weeks of outreach. The training includes all my meals, accommodation, in country transport, an Australian wildlife experience and the use of the campus facilities. The outreach includes all my meals, flights, accommodation, transport, any extra visas, insurance and field supplies required.
On top of that, I also have to pay for flights to Australia, my student visa, health insurance and any vaccinations I require.
The course start date is the 20th October 2019! As of yet I have managed to save just over £2000 which has covered my flight to Australia, visa and vaccinations with the rest going on the course fees, along with money raised by my family at a coffee morning. I am also currently selling my household belongings to raise as much as I can for this life changing journey.
I would really appreciate all the help I could get, please consider giving to support this journey.
Prayer is also cherished and very much appreciated.