James and Ashleigh stevens
Youth With a Mission, France
Hello Family and Friends,
I pray that this letter finds you well. As you may know, for years I have had a desire to do missions overseas, specifically in the United Kingdom. The UK has been on my heart since I was 19 years old, during a Missions Discipleship Training in South Africa with Operation Mobilisation. We learnt about different ministries all over the world and in particular I saw a need in the UK to help many different types of people groups from many different cultures. (This was around 2012/2013)Since then I’ve always had a heart for the UK and wanting somehow to go there and serve in some form.
At first I didn’t know how I could help or what I could bring to the table. I prayed and sensed God leading me back home to Australia. God opened the doors for me to do a course in Youth Work and has provided me with a job, working in schools as a Pastoral Care Worker (Chaplin). I have been in this job for the past four years. Throughout this time the UK was still on my heart, but no door had been opened.
As the years have gone by, I’ve become even more passionate about the creative arts, specifically creative writing, and learning how to use that as a ministry and how to help people. Last year I visited the UK to reconnect with family and friends. In this time I really saw a need, and I felt even more passionate about the people and ministry opportunities.
After prayer, I did some research with YWAM and a friend of mine, who was also enquiring at the time found an internship which led me to the Discipleship Training School. Altogether I will be away for 12 months or so and would like to leave my options open while I’m there to see where God will lead me. The DTS goes for 5 months, July 13th-December 16th and the Arts Internship goes for 3 months starting sometime in early 2020. I applied and have been accepted. I’m so grateful and thankful to God for opening these doors.
YWAM (Youth With A Mission) is a Christian organisation that focuses on many different ways of connecting and sharing the gospel with many people around the world.
If you feel led and would be interested in praying for me throughout my time, please reply with your email. YWAM is volunteer based ministry, and as a future student we are encouraged to raise funds for our time with a goal of $1,500 per month to cover costs. If you feel led to help support me financially,please send me any email with a message in it letting me know.
I wanted to write to you all, to inform you about this journey I’ve been on for the past 7 years, and will continue on. I wanted to give you an opportunity to hear a little of my story and to understand where my heart is in this time. I look forward to hearing back from you and will be in touch with you soon.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your time,
May God Bless you,
About Mike and Ann Hey
- Serving in East Asia and Australia as mission and leadership mentors
- Mike and Ann started with OM on mission in India in the 1970’s and 80’s. Those were formative years as they encountered the power of the gospel among Hindus and Muslims and grew personally working alongside Indian Christian leaders. After serving several enjoyable years with the ship ministry, God led them in 2010 to accept an invitation to take up leadership of OM East Asia Pacific.
Their priority is to help grow leaders and follow Christ’s agenda in this region. OM works in 20 countries across East Asia and in Adelaide. Mike and Ann have a mission to support the growth of OM ministries in order to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached.
Mike and Ann also serve with a church planting team working in the northern suburbs of Adelaide where there is little gospel presence.
They have a passion for a daily fresh work of the Holy Spirit and for faith to be expressed authentically in the realities of living in Australia and in serving leaders in East Asia Pacfic.
Mike and Ann have three daughters, Rebecca (married to Stephen Scott. They live in Canada with their son, Isaiah), Michelle (married to Dan Stevens. They live in Adelaide and have two sons, Nate and Eli. ) and Esther, the youngest who is serving as a chaplain in two public schools in Adelaide.
Mike and Ann invite you to partner with them in this fresh season of ministry as they live locally and seek to have an impact globally to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least Reached