A POSITIVE CELEBRATION
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
A MEMORABLE SCHOOLIES
TURNING AROUND A GENERATION
And we have come to the end of Schoolies Revolution 2015. Well the trips at least. In actual fact to us this is just the beginning, each student is now on their own journey to ‘turn around a generation’ from self-indulgence to service. Both […]
We woke up in a giant ball of sweat, as usual. Often feeling like we needed a spatula to peel us off the sweaty sheets. Some of the team is only just starting to adjust to the heat, and getting a good night sleep. This […]
Dear Diary, I’m sorry I haven’t written to you in a few days, but I am here now and you should be frothin for it. Well, going to church was a challenge. Through the treacherous, dangerous, Ugandan mud-road. Guys letting the juices flow in their buttoned up shirts and girls […]
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.
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.
Filled with fun, challenges, reality checks and downright hard work, Schoolies Rev honestly changed my life! It taught me lots about how to love and be joyful in spite of difficult circumstances, and developed a greater appreciation in me for all the unrecognized blessings that surround us each day! Of course it was heaps of fun too!
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.
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.