Kim Walsh

So clear, yet so far!

A View From A Parent

Having children is probably the most precious gift a parent would say the Lord has ever given. The hopes and dreams we have for them start from the moment they are born and never end. As we see them grow and discover what their gifts are we look to the future and what we think it may hold for them. For those parents who know God, it is sometimes a struggle to balance wanting what we think is the best for our child and trusting that God knows best.

The story of Kimberly and her 18 year old daughter is one which shares this struggle but also shows how the blessing of God can be so great when we do give over our children to be in the hand of God. Taylor started in September of this year on the Pais Project in Ghana and here are the words of her mother Kimberly as she explains the journey they have both been on…

What My Plan Was

I must honestly admit that I wasn’t very excited when my daughter told me she wanted to join the Pais Project in Ghana. I had expected that after school she would naturally go to the local college and the thought of her moving so far away from me (we live in California) was not a comfortable one. She may be 18 but she will always be my precious child.

I started to pray about it. I had nowhere else to turn other than the Lord and I realized that it was my own selfish desires for wanting Taylor to be near me that I was struggling with the most. It was clear that she should go but I was trying to force my plans on her and not looking to her heart’s desire and most certainly not allowing God’s will in her life. So I decided to give her over to God’s direction.

What Has Touched Me Most

Over the past months I have been so moved by the passion of all those I have gotten to know working on the Pais Project. I can see clearly that God has hand picked each of them to lead people into His Kingdom. The quality of the Pais training skillfully gives them the tools to do this with compassion, integrity and confidence. The more I have come to know Pais and how it works, the more I am convinced there needs to be a Pais team in every school in every nation!

What I Am Learning

The journey that Taylor is on has been such a beautiful gift for me. To watch my daughter grow into a strong and confident woman of faith and boldly declare her faith makes my heart smile. I can see how the experience is molding her and using her to expand His Kingdom as He fills her heart with His love and her head with His knowledge. I am so proud to know she is doing something that will change lives and have eternal footprints. Through all this she is teaching me how to surrender fully to God and abide in the blessings that God promises on a daily basis.

Taylor’s journey of faith in her adult life has only just begun and who knows where it will lead. She is looking to stay for another year in Ghana but where she will be in 5, 10 or 20 years time only God knows!


The Randall's

Parents, Great Britain

Seed

When Dan was 11 years old, a schools worker in our area gave him a prophetic word and although it seemed hard to grasp at the time, the seed for youth ministry was sown in his heart.

Dan was always an active member of his youth group and over the years had been given responsibilities, which he always carried out enthusiastically and well.

Potential

His plan was to go to Bible College after completing ‘A’ levels but God had other ideas and Pais caught his attention. We had come across Pais previously so we had an idea what the apprenticeship offered. We gave Dan our full support, whatever his decision might be, and he actively pursued an application to Pais and was accepted. He planned to stay for 1 year but God had other thoughts and he is now committed to Pais for the foreseeable future.

Before leaving home, Dan had been part of a lively, average sized church with an active youth group and his first year placement was in a small church which was a very different experience for him. We were a little concerned how he would adjust but our worries were unfounded as it was the perfect place for him to develop his skills. He learned from and receive Godly wisdom from great leaders in a very loving environment.

Praise

We are very impressed with the depth of teaching that he receives, and this is shaping him into a mature man of God. He is surrounded by great leaders within Pais and also in the local churches which he is and has been part of and he is constantly being given opportunities to grow. His leaders recognize the potential within him and give him responsibilities to enable him to develop and mature as well as learning new skills. We have had the opportunity to hear him preach on several occasions and are always encouraged as we see how much he has grown in this area and how God is using him.

He has had challenges to face, particularly regarding his accommodation, which has caused us some anxiety as parents but through which we have all learned to trust God more and have seen God’s faithfulness worked out practically.

We can’t praise Pais highly enough. Each year at commissioning and graduation services we are always encouraged as we witness another group of young people being sent out into their communities to impact them with the Gospel.


The Ward's

More than we imagined

A Parent’s Input In Their Child

Our goal in raising our children has always been one of training them up to discover the purpose for their life and find their right path. As parents, we try to help our children understand that they need to make their own life and faith decisions and that this responsibility falls on them. This came to challenge us as parents when, at the age of seventeen, our daughter came home from school and told us she wished to join the Pais Project in England. We encouraged her to continue to pray while we checked out the organization ourselves. Ultimately we concluded our daughter was making a wise decision about the right path and purpose for her life.

Letting Go

There was nothing easy about following through with the plan. Our daughter was one of the first Americans to join and was placed into a pioneering project that had never been attempted. She was a member of a touring band which connected with schools and students across the country. There were many challenges all year long for both her and us as her parents. Things did not always meet our expectations but our daughter persevered at her own insistence. This was her decision to make. It challenged us as parents to continually “let go” in ways we had never had to trust and do so before.

Maturity Beyond Pais

The experience really matured our daughter in ways that, left in our hands, would have never have happened. This helped her in character and independence as well as giving her confidence in public speaking. The impact of this has been to help her in life during college and beyond. She has achieved more than would have been possible without the perspective and wisdom learned through the year on Pais. The many ways her Pais experience has enriched all of our lives is vast and memorable. We are grateful to God and to those who continue to persevere in making a mark in the lives of so many young (and older) people who need to grow in purpose and maturity. Thank you, Pais Project!


Tony Miller

From Youth Pastor to National Director

“I can say with complete confidence that having Pais teams at our church had the biggest impact I’ve seen in a long time.

Being in Youth Ministry for 20+ years, the opportunity to disciple a group of passionate young adults who were ready to disciple others full time in our youth group and local schools was a game changer.

At one point we had 36 students being mentored weekly!  It elevated the spiritual temperature of our youth group.  When the opportunity presented itself to pioneer the Pais Movement in Australia it made so much sense.  How amazing would it be for every youth group to have this kind of opportunity?”

Tony Miller
Former Pais Australia National Director


Rebecca Hallam

How Waiting Triggers The Unexpected

I’m Becca and this is now my fourth year on Pais. It’s been quite a journey but when I first became a Christian I asked God for an adventure and that’s exactly what he’s taken me on.

When I joined Pais I was a naive 19-year-old who wanted to put Jesus first. Little did I know that God would take me on a journey of discovering my gifts, my talents and myself. I honestly don’t believe I would have got as much help and support in any other organisation. Besides, financially it was impossible for me.

I had spent two years on Pais Walsall, GB and one year with Pais USA. At the end of my USA apprenticeship, I was offered a position on the Pais USA Directorship team and was really excited about returning to the States. You can imagine my disappointment when I was denied access and was told I needed to reapply for a different visa. I was heart broken. I was convinced I had to return. My heart’s desire was to help others reach young people in the US for the Kingdom of God. It didn’t make sense that now I had to wait.

Not knowing what to do, but with a passion for serving wherever I was, Pais England gave me the opportunity to work at their Foundational Training conference. I assisted the Training Department and did what I could to help anyone who needed it.

At the end of Foundational Training, a team leader position became available in Walsall, which happened to be the area where I had been previously based. I was already familiar with the community, the schools and the churches. I offered to stand in for a couple of weeks while I heard about my visa. My experience there was so beneficial, but my heart was always in the States. Every day I prayed for a positive response regarding my visa. After two weeks, I received the disappointing news that my visa would take much longer to be processed. I was so upset but decided to dedicate my time to set my team up to win. My ceiling would become their floor and I believed they would go on to do bigger and greater things in Jesus.

As I now sit in the Pais USA office I look back and see God’s purpose in the delay. I can say that I’m so proud of Owen, Lyndsey, Sarah and Phil; my Walsall team, who are now going on to achieve far more than I ever imagined.

In the waiting season of my life when I thought that hope was lost, I can now look back and see all that God did for me. He blessed me with an amazing host family, He healed my depression and food intolerances, He gave me extra time with my own family and He allowed me to gain experience in areas that will now benefit so many others. God also took care of all the finer details from my visa costs to even blessing me with an amazing boyfriend!

Maybe you are also in a season of waiting right now. We aim to go from A to Z but often God’s plan has a B, C, D and E stop before we can get there. Be encouraged. I can now say with confidence that God truly does work all things together for our good and every season of our lives has a very special purpose.

Rebecca Hallam
Assistant Training Director
Pais USA


Lena Gresser

You don't have to go to Africa to be a Missionary

In 2015, when my apprenticeship at a book publisher came to an end, I started to think about my next steps. At the time, I already knew that I wanted to do something that allowed me to use my gift in media and also teach me more about Jesus. After six months of searching for the right program, I found myself with a lot of closed doors. Knowing that God had a perfect plan, I didn’t lose hope. One day my roommate told me about the Pais Movement. I looked up the website (which I found really appealing) and after giving it some thought and prayer, I applied for the infrastructure track. It was a decision that I had a lot of peace about. I was sure it would be the right thing for me.

I was accepted on the program and I’ve been working as a media apprentice at the Pais Global HQ in Texas since August 2016. I’m loving it. I’ve been able to learn and develop skills within my focus of interest and use my gifts for God’s glory. In addition, I’ve been introduced to new methods of Bible study, mission and prayer and can already see how God is changing my character for the better. I also get the opportunity to work with a local youth group, lead worship and use my knowledge in social media.

The Pais Movement has given me the opportunity that I was looking for. I am able to develop my organisational skills in media, grow in God and do mission with young people in the community. I have a wonderful host home and have made great friends with other Pais apprentices. What I create and design has an influence worldwide. I am doing what I am passionate about and influencing the Kingdom of God at the same time.

What is the most effective thing that you can do for the Kingdom? You have a talent that God has given you and, whatever it is, the Pais Movement offers the opportunity to use it. You are who you are for a reason.  If you let him, God will show you how you can be most effective for His glory. I truly have discovered that you don’t have to go to Africa to be a missionary. God can use you anywhere.

Lena Gresser
Global Media Apprentice
Pais Global