One of my favourite things about being an Aussie missionary to Australia is discovering God’s heart for my own nation and people.
Before joining Youth With A Mission in Newcastle, I had travelled overseas on a number of short-term missions trips. I’d seen people welcome the message of Jesus in South Africa and eagerly accept prayer in Thailand. However, I found myself doubting God’s ability to move in my home country. Where was the hunger for the Gospel? Where was the desire for prayer? Then it struck me—I wasn’t asking those around me if they knew the message of Jesus. I wasn’t asking if they wanted prayer!
The early Christian settlers in Australia declared our nation to be “The Great Southland of the Holy Spirit”. As I have asked for boldness and stepped out in obedience, I’ve seen God move in many ways which have proved this to be true.
Last year, God challenged me with this question, “Kali, do you believe My Word is powerful in Australia?” I desperately wanted to say, “yes”, but deep down, I wasn’t completely convinced. God took me on a journey of discovering the power of His words — both those written on the pages of my Bible, as well as those spoken in a still small whisper to my heart.
Today, I’m blown away by what I’ve seen God do in Australia, through me personally and through the countless numbers of those who faithfully follow Him in the everyday moments of life. On the streets, in the offices, at the schools, over a coffee and through our churches, God is moving in mighty ways. I’m so inspired by the people around me who say, ‘yes’ to His smallest whisper and who encourage me to do the same.
Is God whispering to your heart?
If you want to engage your heart for our people and nation and discover some of what God is saying and doing in Australia, why not join us in Newcastle for a six-month Discipleship Training School? Unlike most international locations, our DTS course is accredited within the Australian education system. Not only will you find yourself growing in your understanding of God and developing your character; you will earn a Certificate III in Discipleship, which can provide you with job opportunities in the future. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to take part in an international outreach, which could take you anywhere in the world!
Let’s get excited about what God is doing in Australia and discover His heart for this Great South Land!
by Kali Wratten
YWAM Newcastle Staff