A Leap of Faith

Before coming to Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Perth, I was staffing at the YWAM base in Belgium. Growing up, I had a passion to pursue healthcare and a love for travel. Once I was old enough I applied for nursing school at my university in England but I was devastated when I received notice that I wasn’t able to get into the program. Crushed by the thought of not being able to attend nursing school, I suppressed the thought of doing medical work thinking it wasn’t God’s will for my life. I moved on and eventually ended up staffing at YWAM Brussels. A year before attending the Introduction to Primary Healthcare (IPHC), God began to speak to me about healthcare once more. I knew a friend who had done the Birth Attendant School in Perth and it sparked my interest in the healthcare schools offered at YWAM Perth. I researched the schools YWAM had to offer, and found the IPHC.

I kept asking God for a long time trying to decide if this was the direction I should go. Finally, I made a decision to follow my passion for healthcare and fly to Australia to start a new adventure. Before heading off to Perth, I stopped in England to raise financial support for five months. I remember one specific moment during those five months where I started to panic. I still wasn’t positive the Primary Healthcare school was where God wanted me and I still didn’t have the finances to get there. Jokingly I said to God, “Ok God, I don’t know if this is the right thing or not, but it would be really great if someone gave me one thousand pounds for my trip.” I didn’t expect anything to happen, but within the next week I received an email from a friend notifying me about their recent inheritance. They wrote saying they wanted to give one thousand pounds towards my school. I was absolutely speechless, I had to double check the email just to make sure I was reading it correctly. Not only did God give me one thousand pounds, but after searching for a job for three months God provided one. After these events I was sure God wanted me in Australia, and I moved forward with greater confidence in my decision.

Upon arriving in Perth, I was slightly overwhelmed by what I was getting myself into. Having no medical background I wasn’t sure I could keep up with the homework or understand all the concepts. During worship one morning, one of my classmates received a word from God for me. My classmate told me God spoke about not giving up my dreams. This second confirmation made me once again confident of my decision and passion to pursue healthcare for the nations.

Sarah Witchel, IPHC 2016.