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February 2014 News

A year on the mountain exceeds all expectations

  • Written by  Jess Everingham
The 2013 YWAM Toowoomba students Photo: Provided

Hannah Taylor had no idea of what to expect when she left her USA home in July 2013, bound for Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Toowoomba.

What expectations she did have were completely blown out of the water.

Hannah came to Toowoomba to take part in YWAM’s six-month Discipleship Training School (DTS), with a focus on music. The course involved months of lectures, music workshops and Bible studies, before a seven-week outreach to Thailand at the end of the year.

Hannah arrived in Toowoomba hoping to make some personal growth - but got a few surprises along the way.

“I didn’t know as much as I thought I did,” she admitted. “It brought out a lot of things that I didn’t even know I was dealing with.“

“It gave me freedom from a lot of self-esteem issues, a lot more confidence, and the authority that we have through Jesus Christ.”

“It far exceeded my expectations.”

But one of the main lessons Hannah learned was about purpose.

“Our purpose is not to be living life for ourselves, but our purpose is to be glorifying the Lord,” she said.

As well as studying a new topic such as ‘Lordship’ or ‘Biblical worldview’ each week, Hannah’s course involved practical ministry.

“Being in YWAM, it’s really cool to see how their heart isn’t just for YWAM Toowoomba, their heart is to be in the city and get behind other ministries,” she said.

One of those ministries was Bella Sisters, an initiative of City Women for teenage girls. Once a fortnight Hannah and other students hung-out with the girls, played games, worshipped and discussed God.

Then after months of preparation, Hannah and her team headed to Thailand.

“The outreach was incredible,” she said.

The group mainly evangelised among Thai sex workers, painted a ministry facility and taught English.

Now back in Australia, Hannah says one of the best parts of her DTS was seeing her leaders’ servant hearts. And now, she is one of those leaders.

Hannah says she will work on staff at YWAM Toowoomba for at least the next 12 months. And if the next year is anything like the last one, it’s going to be an exciting time.

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