When people ask what YWAM Tribe to Tribe Newcastle do, the immediate response is to think about ‘people’. A lot of time and energy is spent investing into staff from YWAM locations around Australia as they receive training to staff schools. Two short weeks of staff training; doing a course, getting a qualification. That is what many expect, but it is always so much more.
Testimony from Judith
“Jared came to one such training course not long ago. On the first morning as he came in to the classroom it was obvious this was not where he wanted to be. At least not as a student.
There was a sense of excitement and expectancy in the small group gathered for the two weeks of training but Jared was not excited. He didn’t make eye contact or engage in conversation. The classroom was set up in such a way that there was no back row in which he could hide, so he chose a seat as far from the front as possible, sat down and folded his arms, pulling his cap down over his eyes – just enough for him to see out but so others could not see in.
Class started with the usual time of getting to know one another. As the groups interacted, it was clear Jared was a confident young man, but in the classroom environment he was far from comfortable and possibly a bit suspicious of what was happening.
Through this process, God was showing me His heart for Jared and for the many others just like him who come into our schools.
As the session went on we talked about getting out of our comfort zone in order to be stretched and learn. We discussed how people can feel anxious, fearful, nervous, inadequate and even describe themselves as ‘dumb’ when they are out of their comfort zone. We discussed how, in a classroom environment, this can lead to actions such as them being quiet, withdrawn, loud, disruptive, argumentative (and more). We talked about how the area outside of the comfort zone, for many, is their ‘terror zone’.
I asked the group to share where they were in relation to their comfort zone.
Most were feeling good about being in the classroom. Jared chose to go last. He shared how he had left school at the earliest opportunity and told us in very strong terms “Me and school ain’t friends.”
Right then my heart broke for him.
I know that was why God had me in that place at that time.
We moved on throughout the day, pulling out the rather large course manual, giving out assignments, all interspersed with some fun activities outdoors. At the end of that first day, Jared came to me, put his arm around my shoulder and said, “Well, you’ve won me mate. I reckon I can do this.” I wept.
As the days went on we saw a new young man emerging from the woundings of past educational experiences. Someone with a heart for discipleship. Someone with a strong desire to learn and to help others learn.
That two weeks of training was just the beginning.
Three months later Jared returned to YWAM Tribe to Tribe Newcastle to do the second two weeks of the course.
This time we saw a young man excited about being in the classroom and about learning. He made a major contribution to the learning environment from the very beginning, even to the point of getting alongside and coaching fellow students.
Jared called me recently to tell me he is planning to undertake further study, perhaps even pursue a degree.
A life being transformed!
I think of others.
Young people discovering they can pursue a degree within the University of the Nations – realising they can be a missionary and get a degree at the same time!
YWAM Tribe to Tribe value people. They work with individuals and help equip them for the things to which God has called them.