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"Mission Adventures has been an extremely valuable part of our students’ mission exposure for 5 years. Each year the students have been wonderfully affected by the whole experience and it has certainly been pivotal in their spiritual journey and their world view formation. The YWAM staff and program have generated a passion in our young people that is carried from the training, to the outreach and back to our school and community. The program has become entrenched in our school culture as a fun and exciting opportunity for interested students to deepen their faith and be involved in a genuine cross-cultural experience. "

Russell Murfet

Chairo Christian School

"It was absolutely awesome to travel to Darwin, be trained by you and then to go out to the different communities. The training you gave the students really prepared them to go. It prepared them spiritually and put them in the right frame of mind to then be "let loose" in the indigenous communities. Many students made the commitment to follow Christ and had their hearts changed. We are going to follow this up with some lunch time or after school thing and channel them into local youth groups. The students are wanting to do this. So thankyou for what you have begun in them. "

J Poole (Teacher from Victorian School)

Taking 14 year 10 students, along with 4 local youth leaders, parents & staff to come under ‘YWAM Mission Adventures’ for 10 days was a highlight for all involved. I was impressed with the ease of engagement that the YWAM team had with the students, the appropriateness and sensitivity of the lifestyle, teaching, worship and training experiences of the first 4 days. In the second phase, the outreach to the Indigenous groups at Elcho Island and Belyuen was again so commendable in terms of the respect and flexibility of the teams, in order to really serve and come alongside those that we visited. The Indigenous leaders were listened to and we were able to respond as they requested. This was due to the excellent dialogue that the YWAM base had already established prior to our visit. It meant our teams could enjoy the favor of the people, learning and receiving from them. New perspectives were experienced, as well as the practice of drawing closer to God in those experiences. The students were encouraged to more accurately have God’s heart in terms of how they regarded themselves, the teams and others.

They experienced new and challenging ways to express kindness and to enjoy teamwork! Some students are still connected to the people they visited and are planning to return, such was their enjoyment and challenge of been taken outside their normal spheres of activity. Their growing love of God has found new ways of being expressed!

I highly commend YWAM Mission Adventures ( Darwin) for any school group that wishes to engage their students more in their growing faith and love for God, and facilitating the demonstration of that love to others. Cultural paradigms are crossed, and students can enjoy life with alongside others they may normally never meet. Something is able to be deposited in their hearts and minds to help shape their future choices and faith.

Next year, all of our Year 10 students will be offered the opportunity to join a team, within the Work Experience time frame. The Mission trip is already being anticipated by Yr 9 Students!

Mrs Marg Auty

Head of Christian Education &

Community Development

Plenty Valley Christian College

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