One of the ways YWAM Ireland has been able to most directly impact people’s lives is by offering scholarships to young people from areas of conflict and/or socio-economic poverty. Over the last 9 years roughly 25% of our trainees have come completely at our expense.
Their time in Belfast or Rostrevor has, without exception, been a revolutionary time in their life. They often experience a transformational effect on their own faith, their expectations for their futures, and their life calling. Because of this time to deepen their relationships with Jesus, terms like “poverty” or “conflict” no longer define their worldview.
In the case of our Middle Eastern trainees — often they have lived through civil war, intifada, and the deep trauma of a society where bloodshed is deemed normal. For our South Africans — they may come from areas where HIV is sky high, and consequently the death of loved ones is an ongoing experience; crime is rampant, and the aftershocks of apartheid continue to strike communities with a pervading sense of hopelessness.
Our mission is to partner with people in these contexts to give them a life-changing experience; leaving an indelible mark that will bring deep and authentic transformation to carry over in their home nations. Many of our former students are now actively involved in discipleship, leadership training, and poverty alleviation in some of the most at-risk communities in their nations.
Will you please consider helping us bring more trainees this year? We need funding for four South Africans to participate in our November Compassion and Justice DTS. Please see the link below for more information about our programme and the young men and women we hope to sponsor.