What We Do

In case you didn’t realise, we didn’t come to Australia (just) to fall in love on a secluded beach and then start making (adorable) babies. Actually, as beautiful and wonderful as our story is… and as much as we wouldn’t have it any other way… and as much as we absolutely LOVE our life… its come at great cost, both for us and our loved ones!

As individuals back in 2002 and 2003 (respectively), Jared & I both packed up and left home to see what we could do to work alongside YWAM Townsville to impact the lives of young Aussies. Eight years later, neither of us expected to still be here today, much less married with two gorgeous kids and helping to lead this amazing centre.

Our vision is to help young Aussies and to bring health care and hope to the people of Paupa New Guinea. Our message is simple: everyone deserves the chance to have life to the max… now and forever.

YWAM (Youth with a Mission) International has over 50 years experience in more than 150 countries worldwide. YWAM is a Christian charity that offers global opportunities for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to serve, care, build and connect with individuals and communities. YWAM is decentralised in structure and financially autonomous. This allows each centre to adapt and to serve the specific needs of the community.

YWAM Townsville has operated for over 20 years with an aim to build capacity in young people and to develop the community through four focus areas: Training, Medical Ships, Youth and Operations.

YWAM values individuals’ rights to quality of life. The shared motivation is to provide people with:

  • Access to good health care
  • Food, drinking water and shelter
  • Opportunity for education
  • Expression of culture, arts and entertainment
  • Healthy relationships
  • Exposure to Christian faith and values
  • Fair and productive government
  • Opportunity to work and develop