How do you solve the problems of the world? We believe it’s to prepare biblical Christian leaders for tomorrow.

Everyone has a Calling
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One intern who is changing the world.

Dear Blog Reader,

How do you solve the problems of the world? We believe it’s to prepare biblical Christian leaders for tomorrow.

We can’t just focus on the needs around the world. To make a difference, we must know that we have everything we need. When we begin with faith in God, and the promise of God from 2 Peter 1, we can focus our energies on the formation of future leaders who know their calling and their purpose. The Converge Course follows the progressive qualities outlined in Peter’s second letter to accomplish the goal of spiritual formation to make a difference in this broken world. Those qualities are faith, moral goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly-kindness, and love.

You see, at Converge we believe everyone has a calling, following the crowd will not bring transformation, but a personalized missions project is the best way to discover your purpose.

Most of us already know the importance of having a purpose. But there’s nothing more important than knowing God’s calling. Our first call is to belong to God, and our second call is to know our purpose. The purpose of Converge is to mobilize everyone toward that AHA moment when everything changes. That’s the moment you enter into God’s story. When you know your purpose you become a history maker who lives for God’s pleasure and brings Him glory. That’s our motivation as we prepare Converge participants to complete a personalized missions project.

Students and young professionals want to make a difference in the world, like ending human trafficking, bringing peace to the Middle East, or providing access to pure water for communities where children are dying everyday. At the same time, many are paralyzed by the complexity of the problems.

That is why we have assembled YWAM missionaries with years of experience serving all over the world as instructors for the Converge Course. And that is why we have required every student to choose a Mentor from their own community, someone they already know and trust who will walk through their Converge experience with them. That is why we provide step-by-step instructions to help the Host to lead the Converge participant through the process of completing a personalized missions project.

I want you to know how important it is for students to work alongside people to give them the courage they need to respond to God’s call to make a difference. I’m here to share the good news. Allow me to introduce you to Xianyi Wu, one former intern who also had his doubts but he took the leap, invested in himself, and now, has made the world a better place for millions of people in impoverished communities.

Xian always wanted to be a missionary, but he had to go to university to make his parents happy. Xian found our water resource engineering internship to a remote village in East Timor where he could incorporate his engineering degree with the mission field.

One morning, Xian walked through the medical tent where our pre-med and nursing interns were working. He saw a little boy who was brought in with burns over half of his face because a kerosene lantern had fallen on him during the night. That moment, combined with the exposure to missionaries, engineers, doctors, and scientists, changed his life. He went on to start a company called Dlight. Xian’s company designs and manufactures solar LED lanterns for millions of poor families, so little kids don’t have to be burned…all because he decided to enroll in a YWAM sponsored missional internship! Here’s what Xian said about how he found purpose…

  • “The internship addressed a felt need that I had to actively apply what I was learning in my mechanical engineering course in college into the missions field.”

  • “It left an indelible mark on me to see how I could use what I was being trained for in college to make a tangible difference in the lives of people in developing countries.”

  • “Three years later I went on to start a company that utilized my training in engineering and product design…we design, manufacture, and sell solar LED lanterns to people in developing countries who live without electricity so that they don’t have to be burned by kerosene lanterns just like that little boy was in East Timor.”

You can watch Xian’s full testimonial here.

In 2003, Xian was a member of the YWAM Field Ministry Internship team that worked among the Weberek people in East Timor. (FMI became Converge in 2015). Xian was a Carnegie-Mellon University engineering student from Singapore. A dramatic experience during that summer changed his life forever. His story will inspire you to make a difference.

If you take nothing else away from this email, know this: Making a difference in the life of a student or young professional is within reach. Simply put, the way to make a difference is by working with others on a personalized missions project…a missional internship. You can work with us too.

Many people, students, young professionals, missionaries, church groups, and more worked with our project in East Timor, Xian was able to discover something that is still making a difference today.

For Christ and his kingdom,
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John Henry
YWAM Converge

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