The end of second term saw Worldview students ‘stepping into missions’ as a practical component of their studies. It was an intensive time to grow, develop ministry skills, learn about team work, and much more. Here are a few snapshots of how they got involved.
In Mongolia Stuart, an arborist, missed his trees, but coming from a background in addiction he could identify with the desperation and hopelessness in many of the people he met on his mission trip. He met people drunk at 9.30am, who survive in winter by living underground in the city’s hot water pipe system; people without identity papers and so unable to access any government services. He said: “The Good Neighbour Society, Betel and some locals do an amazing job of providing practical help and loving these people.” Whether working in construction or playing volleyball, Stuart revelled in sharing their lives. Worshiping in a ger and witnessing a baptism were other highlights. It was a bonus that Ulaanbaatar has a thriving coffee culture!
As MKs themselves, Jared and Megan were keen to experience cross-cultural mission as adults, and joined one of the STOMPs. This also counted towards an accredited unit of study. They led the MK program at a South-east Asian WEC branch conference, and took part in a retreat for 100 national youth. “It was encouraging to see the next generation of missionaries being built up,” said Megan. “The retreat was entirely in the local language, and there were hours of not knowing what was being said, but the worship times were awesome and you were so aware of God’s presence.” Getting up close to one of the WEC teams underlined the joys and challenges of team life. Taking part in a community outreach, when clothes and food were distributed and a gospel presentation made, was a highlight.
In summer St Helens, on the east coast of Tasmania, is a thriving, bustling town full of tourists. A team of four Worldview students found it to be very different in the middle of winter! However, they found locals warm and open to conversation, even if not interested in spiritual things. Expecting 25 people to attend a community dinner they were pleasantly surprised when 30-40 people turned up. Working with the local church they noticed the lack of families and saw the need for a Christian youth worker. The team reported enjoying working together. St Helens is known as a fishing town, but the team longed to see another kind of catch.
Marylou is in the Faculty at Worldview and she coordinates the corporate worship and prayer mornings and supports the student ministry program.