A Step Of Faith

A Step Of Faith

Wayne Omollo is one of our Apprentices serving in Pais South Africa. As a former Pais Youth Academy student, he took a step of faith and is now impacting young people through the power of the Gospel.

In this interview, Wayne shares how God called him to serve and some of his highlights this year. Read through to learn more as you also apply for our Free Mission Year.

Q: How did you hear about Pais and when did you join?

“I first heard about Pais when I met Richard and Leearron (South Africa’s National Directors) in 2018, and soon after I joined the Pais Youth Academy. Through the discipleship process, I grew in my faith and learned more about the Mission Year Program. I later joined Pais in 2021 after my highschool year.”

Q: What motivated you to serve with Pais in South Africa?

“GOD SHOOK ME! Was it not said that you could only TRY to run away from God’s plan? After I completed highschool, I was keen to continue my studies. However, God made it clear that this was not His will over my life when I realized I was trying to force open closed doors. Seeing the influence of Pais Youth Academy in my life as a graduate, I then felt led to join Pais as an Apprentice for 2021 and impact the youth.”

Q: What have been some of your highlights about being on Pais?

“Being on Pais has broadened my community. I now have more people around I can connect with and positively influence. Moreover, Pais has given me the opportunity to experience and appreciate different cultures, as well as seeing so many different places.”

Q: What challenges have you had to overcome? What lessons did Pais teach you?

“Insecurities. While being on Pais I’ve had to overcome my insecurities and boast in the confidence given to me by Christ. Among many more lessons, the biggest I’ve learnt is that the only one stopping me from doing His will is myself.”

Q: Do you have any stories of God moving in the lives of young people through your team?

“After our recent youth camp, I was so touched to see three of the youth make the decision to get baptized and choose to live out fully for Jesus!”

Are you ready to follow your calling too? Click here to learn more about our Free Mission Year!

Announcing Our Partnership with Youth For Christ Australia

Announcing Our Partnership with Youth For Christ Australia.

Pais Australia is happy to announce the official partnership with the Christian movement Youth For Christ.

Together we will be raising more full-time missionaries for Australia. YFC will help The Pais Movement recruit more Australian young adults, and in turn, Pais will help YFC plant full-time youth ministry teams in their partner churches.

Youth for Christ Australia is part of YFC International, a Christian interdenominational, non-profit, evangelical youth movement operating in over 110 countries. At its core, YFC is a movement of people unified by a common heart for Jesus and for young people.

“As Christians we are in the business of multiplication and this partnership helps us achieve things we could never do alone. So we are very excited to work hand in hand with Youth For Christ to flood the nation with missionaries,” said Paul Gibbs, Founder of the Pais Movement.

Pais Movement offers a Free Mission Year in Australia, which is now supported by YFC. Apply now and be the change Australia needs!

Come Out Fighting!

Come Out Fighting!

What if the key to winning a battle was not what you thought?

Coming this November, study the story of David and Goliath with a fresh perspective. You and your friends are invited to join our interactive Global Bible Study Event exploring the theme, “Come Out Fighting.” Find out below how you can participate!

Register Your Own Group

Registering and participating in Global Haverim is completely free! Create a group and meet together twice at any time of your choosing during November to watch a video and be led through four unique levels of Bible study. Register your group here.

Interact With Other Groups

Global Haverim groups also have the opportunity to interact with other participants from around the world by joining our live events:

  • Global Haverim Training Event with Paul Gibbs: The founder of the Pais Movement will provide training for those leading their own Bible Study groups this October 6. Click here for more details.
  • Global Haverim Q&A with Paul Gibbs: At the end of November, Paul Gibbs will also hold a Q&A session. Bring your questions and share insights! Click here for more details.

Pais Australia Reaches 900+ Young People

Pais Australia Reaches 900+ Young People

During the past weeks of September, Apprentices from Pais Australia creatively used their gifts to reach over 900 young people. The teams divide their service time between the youth ministry in their partner churches and school’s work. Find out below what Pais Australia has been up to:

On September 10th, the team serving at Livingstone College celebrated book week as part of their Primary School ministry. The Apprentices reached the entire Primary School of over 500 kids. They all dressed up as their favorite characters and had a fun time intentionally connecting with the students!

On the last day of the third term, the Livingstone team also led a massive event for over 400 students called the Classlympics. 17 classes competed against each other in sports activities, spelling bees and an inflatable obstacle course. A team of three Year 6 students were discipled throughout the planning process and led on the day alongside the Pais team. The Apprentices recognized the great work and learning curve of the students!

All throughout this third term, the team serving at Springwood Church held youth events on Friday evenings. The nights included a meaningful time to dig deep into God’s love through devotions followed by a range of games for the students. During one of the nights, Joel, the Team Leader, confidently shared his testimony and made a huge impact in the lives of the youth. After the message, many of the youth leaders and students approached Joel to ask more questions about his journey with God.

Are you ready to impact a generation in Australia or New Zealand just as these Pais teams? Apply today for a FREE Mission Year here!

From Mentees to Mentors

From Mentees to Mentors

Alex Kuria was a student who lived on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya. In 2014, he met Armstrong Ochieng, Pais Kenya’s National Director. Armstrong shared his story as a Christian and took Alex back to school, where he eventually finished his primary and secondary education. While being discipled by Armstrong, Alex accepted Christ and decided to join Pais to serve God in 2019.

Shortly after joining, Alex became a Team Leader in Pais Kenya and had the opportunity to mentor Faith Mbugua, a Pais Apprentice. Today Faith mentors students who are also committed to sharing the Gospel.

From Armstrong to Alex. From Alex to Faith. From Faith to her own youth students.

What had started as a single mentorship relationship, is now evidence of the growing impact of the message of Christ.

At Pais, we mentor individuals to become future mentors to young people as well. We believe Jesus came to save AND recruit individuals to be a part of his purpose!

Do you want to be a part of this growing impact? Apply for a FREE Mission Year with Pais here!

The Rebuild Begins!

The Rebuild Begins!

To kick off the Mission Year, each Pais Nation organizes a two-week training known as Foundational Training. During this preparation, the Pais Team Members and Team Leaders learn practical tools and resources to reach young people. This month many FT’s are happening in person for the first time in two years and we can feel the momentum building again!

Mark Riley, Global Training Director, says: “Foundational Training is always a great time to see individuals grow in character, new skills, and confidence as they unpack Kingdom Principles and fresh approaches to Bible Studies, Evangelism, and Discipleship.”

Foundational Training is also a period of team bonding and spiritual growth as the teams attend devotional sessions and social events. Amadeo and Ellie, two Apprentices who are serving in North America, share how God has been speaking to them during FT:

Do you want to be a part of the rebuild? Apply for our FREE Mission Year here!

UK Apprentice Discovers The Blessing of Serving Locally

UK Apprentice Discovers The Blessing of Serving Locally

Josh Tomalin is one of our Apprentices from England. Through the last year, he has seen God work through His life and in the lives of those around him. In this interview, he shares his experience on Pais to help you learn more while you apply for our Free Mission Year too. 

Read through to the end to be inspired to live what God has for your life, regardless of your field or nation.

PAIS: How did you hear about Pais and when did you join a team?

JOSH: I first heard about Pais back in 2017, when the Gatley Pais team from a nearby church decided to attend our young adult’s bible study group. Since then, every team has joined the study group, which I went on to lead. And so, through talking to them I started to find out a little bit more about what exactly they did.

I remember quite a few of the teams tried to recruit me over the years to no success. I thought Pais was pretty cool, but I was also certain it wasn’t for me… God has a sense of humor sometimes, doesn’t He?

I joined Pais in the fall of 2020!

PAIS: What motivated you to become a missionary in England?

 JOSH: So, what changed my mind? Well, I had known for some time that I was called to be involved in ministry. I had been leading several youth groups at my church, as well as leading a young adult bible study, where I met the Pais team.

When January 2020 rolled around, I was looking around for various internships and apprentice positions to see what fitted me best. Several opportunities didn’t work out, and so in early Spring I remembered Pais. But I’ll be honest I was hesitant – I wanted to experience something new, and youth work had been the bulk of what I’d been doing up to that point.

Then I noticed Pais had different streams available, not just working with young people but also the option to go abroad – so I thought I’d apply and see what happened. But I had two thoughts in my head – I’m going to try not to stay in England and I’m going to see if I can focus on something other than youth work…

Ah, God really DOES have a sense of humor! Obviously, 2020 happened and traveling abroad was no longer an option for me, so I decided to wait out the pandemic – that is until Pais England contacted me and asked whether I’d join the team just down the road from where I lived for a term whilst I waited.

It turned out to be the best thing that I never planned to do, and one term turned into one year of doing youth work in England.

PAIS: What have been some of your highlights about being on Pais? 

JOSH: Without a doubt, one of the best things about this year has been meeting so many Godly, servant-hearted people! Not just the other Pais Apprentices, but also getting to know people in the church I was serving at. 

For many, 2020 and the start of 2021 was a year of isolation, a year when their social circles reduced or even collapsed entirely. But here I was getting to know dozens of people I would never have met otherwise from countries and communities I would have never ventured to before!

But it wasn’t just the people I was serving with that have been a blessing, but also the people I was serving. The youth at my church have faced an unimaginably tough year of lockdown, Zoom and uncertainty, and through it all it has been my great privilege to see them grow in faith and maturity.

On a personal level, one of the highlights for me has been that this year has confirmed my sense of calling in ministry and more specifically what that calling might look like.

Sometime through the year I started having conversations with the Church of England about becoming an ordained minister – and that process is proceeding rather well. Hopefully I’ll look back on this year as being the start point of a very exciting journey!

PAIS: Do you have any stories of God moving in the lives of young people through your team? 

JOSH: There isn’t really one story that stands out – but throughout the year we saw a general progression in our young people in being able to talk about their faith.

When we first arrived, the first few sessions we had with the young people were very quiet, they didn’t want to talk and when they did talk, they struggled to be able to put words to what they were thinking about. Most of them hadn’t talked to their friends about their faith, and for a few of them, their friends didn’t even know they went to church.

But I was helping to lead a youth alpha session last week, and the difference was amazing. 

Not only were they all talking about their faith, but they had so much to say that we ended up splitting into 2 groups to make sure everyone got a chance to speak – and we still ended up running over time. 

Some of them have started talking about faith with their friends, and especially towards the end of the year they were bringing us the questions their friends asked that they couldn’t answer. And those were some deep questions!

It wasn’t always easy to see what God was doing throughout the year and so often we were just focused on putting one foot in front of the other to keep going. But when we had a chance to look back it has been amazing to see how far both the young people and ourselves have come this year! 

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Pais Alumni Connects Over A Common Legacy

Pais Alumni Connects Over A Common Legacy

Over the last 29 years, thousands of Apprentices have dedicated one year or more of their lives to serve young people around the world. Their legacy lives on as new Pais teams build and expand on their work. On July 15, Pais Alumni met during the Global Alumni Hangout and connected over their common legacy.

At the event, the Alumni played a few games, including a Pais trivia. They looked at pictures from their past teams, and talked about how God has been working in their lives now. A highlight was when participants shared the testimonies of transformation they had while on Pais.

Pete Baker, the United Kingdom National Director, spoke about calling and how now is a good time to walk in all the good works God has prepared for them. He reminded them: “You are still part of the Pais Movement and the Pais Family, even if you’re not a part of the [Pais] Organization.”

The Hangout was a great opportunity to catch up and witness how the Alumni continue to diligently serve God in different ways now! If you are a Pais Alumni and would like to join the community, subscribe to the Alumni newsletter here.

Pais North America Honors Apprentices At End Of Year Ceremony

Pais North America Honors Apprentices At End Of Year Ceremony

As the academic year comes to an end, Pais U.S.A. & Canada celebrated the ministry of their Apprentices during an End Of Year Ceremony. The National Directors handed certificates to the Apprentices who graduated and honored the work of those who are continuing with Pais.

One of the highlights of the event was when Apprentices looked back and shared encouraging stories of God fulfilling His purposes through their lives.

As a testimony, several Apprentices from Brazil were initially unable to join their team in the United States due to a Covid-19 travel ban. Yet they continued to pray during the next several months for God to open doors. In December of 2020, they were given the opportunity to quarantine in Mexico for 14 days which would allow them to enter the nation.

Around the same time, a family connected to Pais felt God calling them to bless missionaries. The family heard about these Brazilian Apprentices and decided to cover a significant part of their trip expenses. This family’s generosity started a ripple effect and allowed the Apprentices to mentor and impact the lives of many young people.

One of the Apprentices serving in Canada also shared about her time serving with Pais in a video testimonial. Letitia Olivier said her last two years as a missionary were “unexpected and life changing”. She continued to trust that His purposes were higher than she could have imagined and was empowered to fulfill her calling.

Letitia closed with Acts 20:24: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” – watch the video below

Pais North America witnessed the wonderful grace of God during 2020/2021 and stepped up to their calling! Are you ready to fulfill the work God has for you too? Apply now for your Free Mission Year!

After School Club Restarts Activities in Wigan, England

After School Club Restarts Activities in Wigan, England

Prior to the pandemic, a Pais team located in Wigan, England weekly impacted the youth in their community in an After School Club. After one year, they are now able to meet again and invest in new relationships.

The Club operates every Monday, serving students from Years 6 to 12. As the team’s partner church is close to the school, the program uses the church’s hall space. Pre-Covid, they had around 12 kids attending every week.

For their activities, the team led creative Haverim Bible Studies, prayer sessions, and local missions work. Once a month, they would go out into the community for Because You’re Loved campaigns. They connected with new students by giving free hot chocolate, sweets, and Because You’re loved cards. These Evangelism initiatives turned into an opportunity for the kids participating in the program to invite others to join.

As a testimony of their impact, one of the boys who frequently attended the After School Club was mentored by a Team Member last year. The boy said he was an atheist at first, but started going to church events because he loved the community. Even after lockdowns started, he continued to participate in the Club’s Zoom sessions. During one of the sessions, the boy accepted Jesus and the team prayed a salvation prayer with him!

In June, the team started meeting in person again after one year. Leoni, one of the Team Members said: “I really hope we are gonna be able to build good relationships with the new kids again and that we can study the Bible and share about God. We want to create a safe space for them to share, be there for them if they need someone to talk to and eventually help them to get closer to God!”

For more stories & updates on their ministry, follow Pais England here!