This post is written by Hannah, one of staff members.
Have you graduated from high school, or college, or even an extensive season of your life such as a job or raising your children? Do you remember that heavy cloud over your head that left you in doubt about what will come next and where you’re meant to be? I remember so vividly reaching high school graduation and not feeling any peace or confidence to rush into college. As a result, I became the rare case of that time who took the doomed “gap-year”. The world around me questioned if I would ever move beyond my gap-year and go to college.
As friends went off to college and other parts of the world, I remained home as a full-time nanny. I had been surrounded by friends and community for many years that gave me awareness of life with Jesus and what that looks like, so I had become a really talented impressionist. What I lacked was the hope, freedom, and joy of having a genuine relationship with the Father as I invested my time in the nanny life.
I remember going through each day feeling empty and without purpose, headed in no specific direction.
Meanwhile, a best friend of mine had been experiencing the living God and found herself transformed while completing DTS (discipleship training school) and staffing in YWAM Worcester, South Africa. Although she continuously suggested to come taste and see this goodness, I had always disregarded the idea, concluding it as nearly impossible. Life had become redundant and my joy meter shot down to a new low, at times causing me to question what the purpose of living happened to be. On a quiet fall afternoon, I felt spontaneous and had the sudden urge to listen to my friend. I decided to contact the YWAM Worcester base to be a volunteer and I booked my flights.