Hey, I’m Georgie!
Some like to call me G, GG, Greg, George, whatever floats your boat, but please don’t call me Georgia.
My hometown is Sydney, Australia and a year ago I moved to a much cooler location on the other side of the world in Vancouver, Canada.
I’m on staff with YWAM Vancouver , an interdenominational, non-profit Christian, missionary organisation (a bit of a mouthful I know). Youth With A Mission (“WHY-wham”) has been around for 50 years + and is pretty much based in nearly every country in the world. Who knew?
I first heard about YWAM through a few mates at church who did what was called a DTS or Discipleship Training School, which we joked stands for “Die to self”…but seriously!
In 2016, after 5 years of university studying a double degree majoring in Commerce (Marketing) & Media (PR/Advertising), I reluctantly responded to God’s call and applied for a 5 month DTS, which at the time felt like a lifetime!
My DTS began with 3 months of “Lecture Phase” where we learnt a new topic each week, with a new teacher from a different country and dived into what felt like a mixture of uni lectures, group therapy and school camp – don’t worry it was way better than it sounds.
Imagine living in a 5 bedroom house with 12 different people, from about 8 different countries, where each week your mind is being blown by the incredible gems you’re learning, but you’re also crying from the much needed healing in your heart, and finally it’s meal time in the house and apparently there are 8 different ways to cook potatoes thanks to the many cultures in one house! Final verdict is, there is not a right or wrong way – although roasted is my fave.
After being in what felt like a pressure cooker environment of learning, healing, community and rest (thank goodness), a group of 10 of us embarked to Siem Reap, Cambodia for our “Outreach”. We spent 2 months there, living at the YWAM base and partnering with their exisiting ministries.
Our days consisted of road-tripping 2 hours or so to rural villages to teach the importance of “clean water” and how to build Bio-Sand Filters, thanks to Justice Water. We then spent our evenings teaching English to the locals aged anywhere from 5-30. We also helped at local churches by runnings kids programs, worship and preaching, as well as random spots of evangelism throughout the city. One occasion even included singing in the centre of Pub Street which definitely got a lot of attention by locals and tourists!
Fast track 4 years, and here I am. Thinking about this 4 letter acronym again. Well to be honest, I haven’t stopped thinking about it, I guess that’s kind of the point. When I first left for YWAM in 2016, I thought “Why me? This doesn’t feel like me at all!”, but then God changed my heart (as he does) and it became SO me, that it really scared me that this was something I was being called to do. I did ignore it for a while, and tried to turn away from the idea of joining staff. I’d say the thought of support raising my salary was the biggest barrier, but I couldn’t ignore it any longer.
It was a combination of intense excitement, terror and expectancy to see God make this all happen, because honestly it took a number of miracles and I’m not even joking when I say that!
Now you may be asking “Why Vancouver, what is it about Canada?” I’ll explain in detail in another blog post, but Canada is where my late father was from. He passed away when I was 18 (almost 10 years ago), but I still have half my family there, even though they are on the other side of the country in New Brunswick (sort of like the distance of Perth & Sydney).
I feel so privileged to have such a call on my life at the moment. All I know is God is calling me somewhere and I can’t not do it, you know?
This blog is all about me and Jesus on this wild adventure. I’ll be sharing updates, prayer requests, my thoughts along the way and snaps of the highs and lows of doing this thang called “mission”.