Originally from Wuerzburg, Germany, Markus has been working with YWAM Townsville for almost five years and it all started with being inspired by a story his friend shared. Markus has worked in many different areas at the centre; youth teams, the kitchen, and administration to name but a few, as well as helping to pioneer a youth centre in Mount Isa.
To identify the source of his inspiration, Markus pinpoints a conversation he remembers having when he was 16 years old with one of his good friends who had just completed a Disciple Training School with YWAM Germany. Markus remembers the moment that his friend told him about the experience and explains: “I wanted the passion that he had to help others. Now ten years later, I’ve been living that out at YWAM Townsville simply because my friend shared his story.”
Markus was part of the busy team who were hammering out some major changes to the medical ship, which will benefit all the patients, crew, and volunteers who jump on board this year. Markus shares his vision which spurred him on through the hard work, sweat, and toil of working on the ship renovations: “Imagine yourself being in a small village with no running water, electricity, a lack of educational teachers, and the first aid post that you have to walk to is hours away. When you get there, no one is able to help you because they don’t have the right medication in stock or the shipment hasn’t arrived. My vision is to see the nation of Papua New Guinea being helped and discipled so that they can sustain themselves better. I’ve lived amongst the people in PNG a few times and remembering the way the people live motivates me to do what I do.
Originally inspired by someone else’s passion to help others, Markus was motivated to find his own vision for living his life. It is incredible to see how sharing a story can be contagious and challenge others into finding purpose.