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

Joel Gibbs

How Earning Less Has Given Me More

My name is Joel Gibbs and I am the Partnership Development Director for the Pais Movement. Since leaving school my goal was always to make lots of money and live a comfortable life. I began as a hire-on with a leather company and within 8 months was offered a position to manage my own store. Being in a sales environment was highly motivating and I was driven by earning more and being able to buy whatever I wanted. I had a nice car and condo and lived in San Francisco. At a young age I’d accomplished more than I thought possible.  I should have been satisfied with my achievements but I found I wanted more. The dream of being in a high managerial position wasn’t all that I’d imagined it to be and money couldn’t provide the answers I was looking for. I became dissatisfied with my situation and decided to return back home. 

I was approached by the Financial Director of the Pais Movement and offered the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills gained through my sales experience to make an impact for His Kingdom. I felt that God was leading me in this direction. Now within my role at Pais I am able to impact lives through the Give a Life Mentor program. My focus has shifted from wanting to make lots of money for myself to raising funds that will make a significant difference in the lives of young people worldwide. I have learnt that life isn’t all about getting rich and succeeding in the secular world but being used by God to transform the lives of others. 

Whatever your focus is in life I challenge you to seek first the kingdom of God. I am now far more satisfied focusing on raising funds to impact the lives of others in the knowledge that God will provide the rest.

Joel Gibbs
Partnership Development Director
Pais Global

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