A POSITIVE CELEBRATION
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
A MEMORABLE SCHOOLIES
TURNING AROUND A GENERATION
We’re safe and sound at home now, with an internet connection that works! Let’s get you all up to speed on our last few days. On Thursday we got up nice and early to drive to the other side of Honiara city to a snorkelling […]
On Thursday we enjoyed a morning swim in Colombo with everyone and then had a late breakfast. Around midday our driver met us to take us down south to our resort. Our resort was right on the beach, and the girls definitely scored the best […]
Our first full day staying at Sweetwaters Resort started off with an early wake up at 6.30am. We made our way to the safari van, all prepped to take the best photos of the African animals. We drove around Ol Pejeta Conservancy and were lucky […]
Starting in 2010, we promoted at a few local Christian schools. Before we knew it, we had 22 students signed up for a trip to Uganda at the end of 2011. Promotion for 2012 was increased and we took a team to Uganda, with 21 students and 30 people involved in the trip, meaning we were maxed out! After two very successful years, we felt like it was time to take a step forward. So we embarked on running a second trip. We ran two schoolies trips in 2013, one to Uganda and another to India & Sri Lanka, with a total of 18 students. 2014 saw us head on three trips, adding one to the Solomon Islands in partnership with Soul Survivor and we had 32 students involved across all trips. Now, 2015 sees us taking on a new adventure to the Philippines, while continuing our trip to Uganda.
The missions work and just seeing the poverty first-hand gave me such a new perspective. I was confronted by their incredible poverty, but saw such love in their hearts. I was challenged, inspired and motivated to change who I was and the country where I came from. Schoolies in Africa gave me so much life experience in such a short time.
Being able to make a difference in a part of the world, however big or small, was incredibly rewarding and I can’t think of a better way I could have spent my schoolies.
Kelsey, after graduating as a dietician, is currently working with a mission agency. Having grown up in the mission field herself, Kelsey has now led and participated in numerous short-term trips with YWAM and Schoolies Revolution. She is also heavily involved at Mt Evelyn Christian Reformed Church, leading in youth and young adult ministries with her husband Tim. Kelsey’s main area of focus at Schoolies Rev is the administration side of the trips, making sure everything is well documented and organised, as well as coordinating our fundraising and events.
Tim is the youth pastor at Mt Evelyn Christian Reformed Church and has spent the last three years coordinating the youth and young adult programs there. He is studying theology at Melbourne School of Theology and is looking to graduate at the end 2015. Tim, who is married to Kelsey, has been on mission trips with YWAM and Schoolies Revolution, travelling to Indonesia, Egypt, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Germany. Tim’s main area of focus is our leaders, taking time to work with them, as well as offering support and organising training.
Joel graduated from Melbourne School of Theology with a Bachelor of Ministry at the end 2014, where he focused on youth ministry and missions. He is currently on staff at One Hope Community Church, looking after youth and young adults. After visiting Uganda several times and a trip to India & Sri Lanka, Joel initiated the Schoolies Rev project in 2010. Joel’s main of focus is the team of students, looking after the administration around their preparation, as well as coordinating the promotion in schools and at youth events.
We are a project and initiative of HopeBuilders International, who support what we do and provide a great framework for us. HopeBuilders are a registered non-profit organisation based in Australia, with a vision for breaking the cycle of poverty. Currently, there main body of work is in Uganda, where they focus on helping orphans and widows. They also run regular trips to Africa, so if you are too old for Schoolies Rev but love the idea, have a chat to them. To find out more, check out www.hopebuilders.org.au.