Message Academy: Joel’s Story

‘We led a lot of youth events and performed using the gifts we developed over the year and were able to share the gospel with hundreds of people’

Message Academy is a gap year for anyone between the age of 18 and 25. It’s a year of training in youth work, evangelism and creative arts, designed to grow the students character, relationship with God and effectiveness in sharing the gospel. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from last years Academy students.

Joel is a part of the Academy class of 2017. Joel found that the year with The Message was challenging but so worth it. The teaching and personal investment he received has shaped him in to the person he is today.

‘Message Academy for me was the hardest but the best year of my life. Not only did I learn a lot about myself, Jesus, and how to share the good news with anybody, I was also pulled and stretched on the inside. It was a year that has refined me and my character. Although I still have a lot to learn in life, Academy was definitely a year that has changed my life for the better (of course that was all Jesus).’

Joel enjoyed Academy for so many different reasons but a highlight for him was the trip to South Africa, an experience that stood out from everything else. From worshipping with prisoners to the fun that the team had with each other, it was his favourite part of the year.

‘On our mission trip to South Africa, we got to lead a lot of youth events and perform using the gifts we have been developing over the year and share the gospel with hundreds of people. We also got to go into a prison to share testimonies and the gospel with the prisoners as well as doing some songs and worshiping with them. We did some work with kids and street outreach and it was amazing! We also had a chance to climb Table Mountain and go to the beach, which was a lot of fun!’

Has Joel’s story inspired you? If you want to grow, be challenged and gain new experiences while taking your relationship with God deeper, then join us at Message Academy to discover all that God has in store for you.

Find out more information and apply for September 2018.