Last week as part of the Youth DTS outreach, we spoke to over 100 students in two different schools about the topic of choices here in Newcastle, Australia. Newcastle is known for a lot of teen suicide and depression so it was really good to be given the chance to speak in the high schools! Especially since we are a Youth focused DTS specializing in these topics.
We partnered with a local woman who is hired by the local churches in the area to go into the high schools and teach year 7s and 8s Scripture Class each week. This lady is a rock-star! Going off of her theme for the month we spoke to the students about “Choices”. Reminding them that sometimes they need to take the road less traveled and not always make choices just because that’s what everyone else is doing. And also that their choices will either have a positive or negative effect on themselves and others.
The students at the schools responded really well and we were able to have some great discussions with them about bullying, family life, depression, self harm, our relationship with God, and what choices they wanted to make in the future! Some students even came back afterwards with some of their friends who weren’t in the class just to get them to hear our stories!
“I was able to go into a high school and share my story about me making some choices and other people making choices and that had an effect on me. After I was finished telling my story we got into small groups and I was with two young girls. One of the girls, opened up to me and in seeing how well our team bonded together she said she wanted to get right with God and become a Christian. Then I asked if I could pray for her and she said yes. It felt amazing to be able to talk to her and help her understand some of what I’ve been learning while I’ve been on DTS.”
Meg, DTS Student