Christian Life & Discipleship

I Called Myself a Christian

Before coming to my Discipleship Training School (DTS), I called myself a Christian because I grew up in a Christian household. I went through all the motions growing up: Sunday school, youth group, you name it. I ‘knew’ God loved me and I knew right from wrong and a lot of other basic Christian knowledge. But it was all head knowledge. I never really felt it in my heart that all the things I had heard about God were true. I had many unanswered questions about God, about His character and what being a true Christian meant.

My senior year of high school was huge for me. It was filled with personal disappointments such as not getting picked to be dance captain at school, experiencing my first breakup, getting caught up in my parents’ divorce and falling behind in class. I was sick of everything and needed a major change in my life. I really wanted to follow God. But I found it difficult for me to give Him everything, lay my life down and trust in the plan He had for me.

Following my high school graduation, I attended a mission trip to Chicago with my best friend. I only got a small taste of serving a less fortunate community, but that taste was enough to drive my hunger to serve. I wanted to do something big with the life God had given me! For a while I felt that God was calling me to serve in the Navy. I had my heart set on it but my mom thought otherwise. I persisted but failed at persuading her. All along, I also had Youth with a Mission (YWAM) at the back of my mind. I had heard about it via word of mouth, but barely knew anything about it. One morning I woke up and felt that God was speaking to me and saying that I needed to do something that focused on Jesus. The Navy was not that. I was then quickly drawn to the idea of YWAM. I did some research and stumbled upon YWAM Perth and applied for the Performing Arts Discipleship Training School (PADTS) because I have a background in dance and music performance. After being accepted, I felt a great deal of peace. The application process also went smoother than I expected, and felt like I was doing the right thing. God also provided me with a friend to travel with, since I had never flown on a plane before, and He provided me with most of my funds.

Ever since being here at YWAM Perth, my eyes have been opened a great deal. I never realised how much God actually loves us and all that He has to offer. Some of the biggest things that have hit me so far is the fact that God is infinite in knowledge, presence and power. Having the truth about God resonate in my heart and not just my head blew me away!

I have also learned that God is so personal. He strongly desires a close relationship with each of us. He wants to speak to us and for us to speak to Him. A relationship with God is not just a one sided deal. It’s a lot of work but it brings me an immense amount of joy, learning, strengthening, peace, and wisdom that you cannot get from any other source on this planet. I have never regretted a single thing I have done when it comes to getting to know God. I am beyond excited and blessed that I’ll be able to share all that I have learned and experienced with the nations on the outreach phase of my DTS. God is so good!

Naomi S – Performing Arts Discipleship Training School (PADTS).