I first met YWAM Converge Ocean City Director John Henry in October of 2017, when I heeded a very personal calling to pursue international missions.
From my very first contact with John and other YWAM managerial staff, I knew that this organization was one of deep spiritual conviction, prevailing honesty and focused accountability. Accordingly, I knew my affiliation with them would be life-altering, and it was.
After conversing with John and other YWAM staff, and discerning that an international outreach trip was what I truly wanted to do, I committed to and attended a 5-month Discipleship Training Course (DTC), between October 2017 - February 2018, in preparation for a 1-week Outreach trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
On March 10, 2018 I joined 3 other YWAM volunteers and ventured to Belfast, spending a week in that city, meeting the fascinating citizens, and learning volumes about the culture and history of the tenuous peace that has existed there for many decades. Because of the insightful and sensitive historical background we were given during our training course, we were very well prepared for many potentially upsetting situations we encountered on a daily basis. The importance of this sensitivity to Northern Irish culture should not be undervalued, and YWAM staff know this.
We also worked with elementary students in after-school programs, as well as youth in church-based organizations and Catholic schools. At every turn, emotionally, geographically, and physically, my mind and heart were enlightened in powerful and memorable ways.
Subsequently, I was asked to consider a candidacy for a seat of the YWAM Board of Directors. I heartily agreed to the nomination, and was approved and now sit on the Board of Directors.
Throughout my experience with YWAM, I have learned that the leadership within this organization endeavors to make each volunteer feel valued and essential. What a blessing to each volunteer, to know that his/her ideas and contributions are not only welcomed, but encouraged and very often, sought after.
I highly recommend YWAM Converge as a non-profit organization worthy of prospective volunteers' valuable time and genuine efforts.
I'm very impressed with what John Henry has developed: it's a crisp, compelling online presentation about a project methodology that seems to have all the bases covered. I would like to link up some of my returned mentees (who themselves have projects around the world) with this method for getting student teams to work with them on their projects.
I have had the privilege of knowing and serving with the leadership of the ministry over the past thirty years. I find there call true, the passion mature and contagious and their commitment to integrity tested and encouraging.
I have had the priviledge of observing this ministry develope and reach others over the years. It is a committed group of leaders all over the world who really want to equip and empower students. They are not only interested in reaching the world in this practical way, but also in the hearts of the students and their walk with God. I only wish they were around when I was a student. Check it out! Your life and others will only be changed for the better!
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