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Like every Christian alive, I have had my own fair share of times when I have felt ‘distant’ from God. You know those times, when it feels like your prayers don’t reach beyond the ceiling; when it feels like God has taken a vacation to a galaxy far, far away; and you feel your faith seems as dusty as an outback highway. We have all experienced those times. It’s in those times that I have had various reactions – frustration, tears, tantrums – I have been through the gamut!!

But through it all, I feel like there have been some key lessons the Lord has taught me to keep going when it seems like there is nowhere to go. The biggest thing I had to learn – God doesn’t change. Just because I can’t feel His presence or know His peace, does not change the facts. Just as it says in

 

Matthew 28:20b (NIV) And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age;” and in Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

 

So if God doesn’t change…I do have to look at my own life and figure out if something has changed for me. I have to ask myself – have I been consistent with spending time with the Lord, reading my Bible, seeking His face? If I can answer no to any of those things…I know where I am at. It means getting back into QUALITY time with God to renew and refresh my relationship with Him.

Knowing God doesn’t change, and His character is fixed, I also have to look at my own heart. What is holding me back from being close to God? Fear? Sin? Unbelief? Again, if I can identify something, I know where I am at, and that I need to do business with God to get my heart realigned. Prayer, repentance, crying out in desperation if needed, whatever it takes to deal with the things that are making me feel like I have to hold God at arms’ length. God is completely trustworthy. If He loved me when I was at my worst, there is nothing that I am currently experiencing that will withhold His love from me. It’s better to just be honest with Him than hold him at a distance…the truth is, He knows what I am struggling with anyway, so I might as well bring Him into the conversation.

Then there are those days when it seems that everything is just cold. I just feel a bit “meh”. For me, that’s where my home-truth comes to bear

“When I don’t know what to do, I know what to do…I do what I know.”

Just because I don’t feel something doesn’t change who God is. My feelings can change like the wind, God doesn’t. So that’s where I go back to what I know.

 

Lamentations 3: 21 – 23 (NIV)  Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

 

It isn’t just quoting the scripture, but actively calling to mind the things of God.

 

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.

 

As I call to mind specific situations when I have seen His love, mercy, kindness, goodness, etc, the memory of those things brings me to a place of being able to speak out His character and truths. And as I hear from my own mouth the truth of who He is, my spirit seems to remember and come alive to those truths as well. I promise, it does work! If you get to one of those moments, stop yourself from the negative internal dialogue and just start to remember the moments. As they come to mind just start to speak out who He is…”yes God, you have been kind to me, yes Lord, you are faithful”. And watch what happens to your spirit! Sure, at first it might feel a bit unnatural and stilted, but as the thoughts come, the moment turns from one of a dry barren land to roof raising praise! Ok, no guarantees on the roof-raising, but it does change your perspective.

Finally, another key to remember is sometimes we can ‘feel’ all kinds of things. Sometimes, the best thing to do is not pensively try to strain through the moment, but completely switch things up. Try going for a walk, do another activity you enjoy. As we switch out the momentary ‘feeling’ we can get our head and heart realigned with what is really true.

Whatever, you do, remember this – God called us first, and His heart is toward us. No matter how far you feel you are away from God, He has the power to change things in an instant. He loves it when you spend time with him!!

Joanne Blaik

Before becoming a qualified teacher and before joining Youth With A Mission (YWAM), I always had a heart for the individual.It’s who I am!  When I became part of YWAM 25 years ago, I never knew that I would be taking my teaching skills to YWAM classrooms in Australia and overseas teaching on the subject of Identity. Fundamentally, my belief is that in order to figure out who we are, we have to go back to the original designer – God himself! Through that incredible journey of discovery, we not only find more about who God is, but we get to discover more about who we are as well.

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Discipleship Training School - Townsville Campus

Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

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Discipleship Training School - Port Moresby Campus, Papua New Guinea

The DTS will run from our new satellite campus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The DTS will include a unique combination of discipleship, hands-on missions experience during both lectures and outreach, and the opportunity to make history as we establish a new campus in Port Moresby for generations to come.

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Joining us for a Discipleship Training School (DTS) or Gap Year with us soon? We have compiled a few resources to help prepare you for the amazing journey that’s ahead!

 

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Do you have a child that is interested in a YWAM DTS or Gap Year? We have created some resources for you as your child navigates their YWAM experience. 

 


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Global Health & Development Gap Year

Our Global Health & Development Gap Year calls those whose heart beats to see communities thriving - physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. The Global Health & Development Gap Year is designed for both those that have experience in the health / community development industry, and for those who are starting out on their journey of healthcare in missions.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

HLT31220 - Certificate III in Basic Health

HLTAID009 -  Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

HLTAID013 - Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site 

HLTAID014 -  Provide Advanced First Aid

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Media & Radio Gap Year

Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to train and equip effective communicators to share good news and influence change. 

Our Media & Radio Gap Year program is designed to help you grow in your faith while sharpening your skills in the creative arts industry. You will have the opportunity to put your skills into action both on the field and in an office environment.

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    The MV YWAM PNG is equipped with a dental clinic, day procedure unit, laboratory, four patrol tenders, and accommodation for 130+ volunteers. 

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    Delivering basic services in Papua New Guinea (PNG) poses enormous challenges with 84 percent of the population living in remote, rural areas.

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    Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to help mobilise effective communicators to share good news and influence change. Our communication pathways are tailored to suit your level of experience and the time you are willing to invest.

     

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    Our global health pathways include options for both experienced healthcare professionals, and those who are looking to be trained. Whether you are supporting logistics or in the thick of treating patients in a remote village, you can be assured that you will play a vital part in helping to build healthy lives, communities, and nations!

     

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    Training is the key to multiplication! Our training pathways are about equipping others with the skills, knowledge, and character they need to serve communities.

     


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    We recently acquired a facility in Townsville's CBD for the purpose of establishing a vibrant youth precinct. The property includes a 32 bedroom residential facility, a large warehouse, and a substantial outdoor space, all just half a block from the YWAM Townsville City Campus.

     

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    Our school seminar programs are designed to empower and motivate youth to live full and productive lives. Book these engaging and interactive seminars to strengthen your young people. 

     

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    Vocational education is one of the best ways for young people to explore their passions and get equipped. We offer several registered training programs for youth. In addition to all of the expected elements of a training program, our courses have an emphasis on building good character and the soft skills needed to be employable, while also giving students the chance to practice their skills within our organisation. 

     

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    We offer the opportunity for students to complete their work experience at our city campus in Townsville. This unique opportunity gives students the ability to not only explore a future career pathway, but also get a taste of working with a local charity that is dedicated to serving the community.

     


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    VET in Schools

    Vocational education is one of the best ways for young people to explore their passions and get equipped. We offer several registered training programs for youth. In addition to all of the expected elements of a training program, our courses have an emphasis on building good character and the soft skills needed to be employable, while also giving students the chance to practice their skills within our organisation. 

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    Discipleship Training School

    Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

    10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship 

     

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    Be immersed in a powerful combination of essential basic healthcare knowledge and community development training, with a focus on preventing illness, promoting holistic wellbeing, and empowering communities to develop their strengths.

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    During the course, you will have an opportunity to dig deep into the Bible, reading through all 66 books, gaining an overall perspective of God’s story. You will learn techniques for effective Bible study, and a series of speakers will help unlock the Bible’s fascinating content.

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    An internship with a difference! This is a two year, hands on course that trains you in the core aspects of being a full-time volunteer with YWAM anywhere in the world. The skills and knowledge you will gain during the two years apply to much more than just the missions context, they can be transferred to your next job, ministry opportunity, or further study. 

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    The Advanced Leadership Development  is a hands-on, two-year course that gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of leadership from a Biblical perspective. The training includes a combination of classroom-style learning, practical application, and mentoring. 

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    This course is a great introduction into the business world. Your learning will give you a broad set of skills including financial administration, document production, workplace organisation, and customer service. The course includes a combination of online study and volunteer work experience at the YWAM Townsville City Campus, allowing you to gain real ‘on the job’ experience within the context of a charitable service. 

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    Our mission is to train and empower event coordinators who can facilitate excellent events that inspire and promote celebration. This course will provide a pathway for you to work for event or exhibition organisers in a range of industries. These include the tourism, travel, hospitality, sport, cultural, and community sectors. 

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    At the heart of our hospitality training is the desire to impart to students how excellent hospitality can express a sense of peace, value, and belonging. A Certificate III in Hospitality provides a pathway to work in restaurants, hotels, cafés, and coffee shops. 

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    Introduction to Radio & Media

    Introduction to Radio & Media will equip you as a radio announcer, podcaster, or audio producer. As part of your training, you will be working at 99.9 Live FM where we are announcing to over 26,000 listeners in North Queensland with the message “It's Good to Be Alive.” 

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    Construction is an integral part of building infrastructure and stronger communities. A Certificate I in Construction is a great introduction into the construction industry. This course will equip you with the basic skills and knowledge for the use of construction tools and materials, interpreting and reading plans, taking measurements and making calculations. 

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    During this course you will be equipped with the skills to respond and provide first aid for accidents and injuries, provide life support, provide CPR and manage a casualty’s condition until further help or assistance is available. Your training will be a combination of theory and practical hands-on experience to equip you to assist others in need.

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    Our vocational training is designed for those who are seeking not only a qualification, but also an opportunity to use their vocation to serve others. We combine elements of informal, formal, and non-formal education to not only impart knowledge and skill, but also good character, important life skills, and the motivation to serve and invest into the lives of others.


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    Looking for an opportunity to serve while meeting new people and experiencing a new culture? We have a range of dynamic volunteering opportunities in both Australia and Papua New Guinea for both groups and individuals of all ages.

     

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    Mission Building is a volunteer program that gives you the opportunity to experience life at our campus all while supporting our work in Australia and PNG. Join us for two weeks to three months at a time that suits you!

     

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    Medical Ship

    Whether you are an experienced health professional, university student, enthusiastic young person, or skilled mariner, we invite you to consider volunteering aboard the MV YWAM PNG in Papua New Guinea!

     

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    Discipleship Training School

    Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience!

    10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship 

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    • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
    • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
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    • 23 January - 2 July, 2022

     

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    Youth Adventures

    Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!