This year, we have five ‘gappies’ joining staff on base full time as part of our gap year program, Boots on the Ground! Read about their backgrounds below, and keep an eye out for their updates coming soon!

Anthony

Anthony, 20, is from Adelaide, South Australia. When Anthony was 16 years old, he went on his first Teen Missions trip to Myanmar. This was his first exposure to mission work. After this mission trip, he became very interested in becoming an overseas missionary. In 2018, he returned to Teen Missions on a team to Thailand, and began to consider further study and programs to prepare. After going to Nepal in 2019, Anthony decided that he wanted to pursue being a full time missionary in India. He is really interested in sharing the Gospel in India due to the lack of Christianity present there. 

Anthony had been working in the retaining wall industry from the beginning of 2019 until mid-2020 where he quit his job. He spent some time volunteering at Teen Missions prior to Boots on the Ground beginning this year. Anthony wanted to participate in Boots on the Ground because he saw an opportunity to develop his character and grow closer to the Lord in all that he does. This year is aiming to be a year of continual growth and a deepening of his roots in the Lord. Anthony is very passionate about Jesus and is continuing to pursue this passion by sharing Jesus with the world. Anthony is hoping that this year will help him become the person he needs to be in order to be used in sharing the Gospel in India. 

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Bec

Bec Standing, 20, grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales, and moved to Adelaide, South Australia, at the beginning of 2020 (pre-COVID) in pursuit of Christian fellowship. 

In 2018, Bec used her interest and talent in sewing to make handmade items to sell and raise money for her first Teen Missions trip to South Africa. After a difficult and challenging time in South Africa, God called her back to serve Him the following summer in Uganda in 2019/2020. 

She is passionate about Africa and feels a heavy burden for those who need to hear and encounter the love of Christ. In her spare time, Bec loves sewing, playing soccer and spending time with her friends.

Although recently moving to Adelaide for a new start in life, she felt a little lost with what God had planned for her life. As Bec sought to grow closer to God, understanding His word and applying it to her life, she saw Boots on the Ground as an incredible opportunity to continue to prepare to one day serve the Lord as a missionary overseas, in God’s timing. Through Boots on the Ground, Bec hopes to deepen her knowledge and understanding of the Bible, use that knowledge in her personal life, and also share it with those around her.  

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19

Emma

Emma is our youngest gap year participant from Newcastle, New South Wales. Growing up in a Christian family, She has been surrounded by Christian influence her whole life. The summer of 2019/2020, Emma had her first missionary experience with Teen Missions going on a team to Scotland. She loved this experience, getting a desire to do more mission work. Exploring her faith more, Emma has grown closer to God in the past few months and wants to do so more intently in this season.

In the last year, Emma studied a Certificate III in Education Support as she has a passion for people with special needs and disabilities. She looks forward to opportunities to use her skills to bring the Gospel to these people. Emma hopes to one day study Occupational Therapy to further her career in helping children with their everyday needs.

Emma volunteered for Riding for the Disabled where her care for people and love of horses collided! Emma has also been involved with Equestrian Vaulting, a unique sport involving gymnastics and dance on top of a moving horse.

Emma saw Boots on the Ground as an opportunity to dedicate a year to the Lord, removing distractions and parts of her life which were coming first before God. To grow closer to God and be confident in sharing her faith are some goals Emma wants to achieve for the year. She looks forward to being surrounded by Christian fellowship and being encouraged in her faith, as well as evangelistic opportunities throughout the year where she can grow in boldness in sharing her faith.

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Mark 16:15

Maddy

Maddy, 19,  was born in Western Australia, but grew up in the Gold Coast. In 2017 and 2018 she went on two missions, one to Northern QLD and one to Thailand. Both of these trips really gave her a heart for missions and a desire to serve God and share the Gospel. In 2019/2020 she went on her first team with Teen Missions to Uganda during which she had the opportunity to do eyeglass and medical work with the locals there and evangelise in the villages. 

Throughout the past year Maddy has been working as a waitress/barista at a cafe on the Gold Coast through which she was also able to obtain a Certificate III in Hospitality. Maddy has a passion for missions and serving others and loves bringing the word of God to people living in countries that have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel, with a particular focus and love of Africa and the people who live there. Maddy loves singing and learning languages and she hopes that these interests/passions can be used to help her spread God’s love with those around her. 

After participating in a summer team with Teen Missions, Maddy has fallen in love with serving others and being around like-minded people. When the opportunity to participate in Boots on the Ground presented itself, Maddy knew that she had to do it. She hopes that the year ahead will teach her how to serve others well and help her deepen her relationship with the Lord, growing fully in love with him. In addition to learning practical skills through project-based work, she hopes to gain more experience with evangelism so that she can better spread the gospel message with those around her.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

Michael

Michael, 20, grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. His first experience with Teen Missions was as a team member to Thailand in 2018/19, followed by attending Uganda 2019/20 and the 2020/21 Retreat and Working Bee. While each of these experiences with TMIA were crucial in shaping Michael’s faith journey, his first team to Thailand, just after he finished school, was particularly impactful in changing how he viewed life and faith, and laying the seed for a growing missional burden.

While, in 2020, Michael began by continuing his second year of Secondary Education, he ended up deferring the course after the first semester. In the second half of the year Michael attended the one-week equipping program called ‘GPS’ run by the Australian Christian Lobby and Lachlan Macquarie Institute, spent some time volunteering at the Teen Missions base, took up a job in the deli of a supermarket, and began studying an online Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course. Michael also continued boundary umpiring Australian rules football, as he has for a number of years, but developing more of a personal interest in running throughout 2020. He also loves playing board games, reading, listening to music, studying God’s word, leading small groups, watching YouTube, and hanging out with his amazing friends and family. 

Michael looks to Boots on the Ground as a powerful tool for God to continue to equip and guide him in mission. He hopes to grow in character and Christlikeness, share in community and discipleship, serve in ministry, gather a variety of life skills and experiences, and continue to discern God’s direction and calling for his life.

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:24

If you would like to receive regular prayer support updates from any of this year’s gappies or information about making a financial donation to them, please email the TMIA Office at info@teenmissions.com.au or use the form on the Contact Us page.