Will* is 23 and preparing to serve with SIM in the Middle East. While many millennials are preoccupied by things like kick-starting their career, going out with friends or watching Love Island, Will's priorities lie elsewhere.
Rather than living for success and security, Will is taking steps to serve in the Middle East. He hopes to be on the field before the end of the year to serve a local church in youth ministry.
He said: "In terms of chasing a career, I chose a long time ago to give my life to God for his benefit and glory. I'd rather build a storehouse in heaven than on earth. Jesus love these people - and his love doesn't respect borders. It's a global love."
Will's commitment to God's mission started when he was 15 and heard a sermon preached on Isaiah 6:8: "And I said, 'here I am. Send me!"' He prayed those words for himself as he sat in his bedroom after church, thinking about what they meant. He made a decision that, instead of chasing success as an entrepreneur, businessman, doctor or psychologist, he wanted to devote his life to things with eternal significance.
Will, who is Australian, was living in Scotland when God caught his attention and spoke two clear words: Middle East. This calling was confirmed the next day by a phone call from his mother who had been speaking with a missionary friend who is a Middle Eastern pastor.
The pastor had told his mother that Will must come to the Middle East. With a strong sense of God's direction, Will called the pastor. Within 30 minutes, Within 30 minutes he had quit his job in Scotland and had started planning the move.
Will spent nine months under the leadership of the pastor, working in youth ministry and discipleship. During this time, Will saw God working powerfully amongst the youth of this small church. The youth group grew from eight to 33, and the youth leadership team grew from three to nine.
Four young people came to faith in Will's kitchen, as the Lord gave words to Will to speak. Another encouragement for Will was seeing the Bible teaching become more solid, and the young people deciding to still come because they know that even though they will be challenged, they are accepted.
Will said: "Once I was in the country, I met the people who I would be serving, and those I would be serving alongside. My heart was forever changed. I know that God has a deep and meaningful love for these people, because he has given me a small portion of that love, and it overwhelms my heart some days."
Some people are surprised when they find out Will is only23.but has completed a Bible College degree and is preparing to serve overseas in mission.
But when people looked down on Timothy for being a young church leader, the apostle Paul encouraged him to set an example to believers in speech, conduct, love and purity (1 Tim 4:12).
Serving In Mission's own founding fathers were 21, 23 and 25 years old when they sailed to Lagos, Nigeria, to take the gospel to the unreached. From Timothy, to SIM's founders, to Will, age is no barriers to God in using people for his mission.
Will's first contact with SIM was through a personal connection with SIM Australia National Director, Dr Omar Djoeandy. Since then, SIM NSW Ministry Director and Mission Mobilisation Lead David Fauchon has helped him through the SIM membership process and to head out to the Middle East.
David said: "It is not every day that you come across a young man with the same depth of call on his life as Will. We are excited that the Lord has impressed on Will the call for long service and the strength that can be found in partnering with a mission organisation like SIM."