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When God Interrupted My Gap Year in New Zealand | YFNZ Story

When God Interrupted My Gap Year in New Zealand | YFNZ Story

In the middle of my gap year, I travelled to New Zealand to do a Discipleship Training School (DTS) for five months. I wanted to take the time to grow deeper in my relationship with God, before I started university back home in England. 

I had always loved school, and I was so excited to start my degree in geography. I had big plans.

I was going to become a research professor, teach, and earn lots and lots of money.

But on Week 5 of my Discipleship Training School, everything changed.

One evening during worship, I was looking around the room and I just felt peace fall on me. In that moment, I realised that I’d never felt more at home anywhere else. I looked at the people surrounding me, and knew I had found family.

As the weeks flew by, I felt more and more like I should stay in New Zealand.

I knew my next step was to apply for the Leaders Internship and return in July 2019—but this meant I'd have to give up my dream of university.


I was stuck in the middle.

Do I go home, attend university, and aim for my academic goal—which could make me lots of money?

Or do I make this my new home and create a new goal—to share the love of Jesus in the nations?


I knew what God wanted me to do, but it was way too hard. Move to New ZealandI could never do that. Living over 11,000 miles (18,000 km) from England was just too much of a stretch. It was way easier to study geography than experience what it actually meant. 


God was patient with me, though. He knew that eventually I would get on board with His seemingly crazy plan.

And eventually I did.


So my gap year became a gap life.


I moved to New Zealand after my DTS, and began my Leaders Internship. And it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.


As October rolled around, I couldn’t help but smirk at the thought of what could have been. Yes, university would have been nice. Geography looks great on paper. 


But now, a year after travelling across the world, I couldn’t imagine anything better. 

And it’s all because I’m exactly where God wants me to be. 



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Published at Mar 5, 2020 . Authored by: Anna Coward | YWAM Furnace NZ Team