This week people from all over Australia are celebrating the 25th anniversary of National Volunteering Week; its all about honouring volunteers that give their time and energy to make our communities a better place.
YWAM Townsville has 116 full-time volunteer staff that serve both globally throughout South East Asia and the South Pacific and locally in the North Queensland community. One of our dedicated volunteers is Pelasio Vereakula (Pela). Pela is from Taveuni Island in Fiji and has been serving with YWAM for the last three years.
Pela left the comforts of home to follow his dreams of being involved in missions in 2011. He did a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Brisbane before joining YWAM Townsville last year.
Pela is currently serving as the Manager of Island Breeze, a ministry of YWAM Townsville that utilises cultural dance and rugby as a bridge for holistic development (body, soul, and spirit) particularly in indigenous communities.
“I like that I get to use what I’m passionate about to make a difference,” says Pela
“YWAM Townsville has a great community; there are many different cultures which is something I really enjoy.”
“I love the city of Townsville; the beaches, the rivers, and I love that this city loves rugby!”
In addition to his strengths in rugby and cultural dancing, Pela is known for his joy and sense of humour. It does not take very long for Pela to make you laugh!
“I feel like joining YWAM Townsville is bringing me to another level in my life and I am excited to keep growing, as I am able to serve others. My passion is to see more islanders experience missions like I have.”
It is serving alongside people like Pela that makes YWAM Townsville the unique and dynamic place that it is.