Becoming a Howie: Anna’s Story

by Anna Beaver


Acts 20:24 – However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

When I was at school, I had my first taste of ministry when I started a christian group. I loved this but I had no idea how to do it well, so we based most of our weekly content off “2 Ways to Live”, which was the only ministry tool I knew at the time. After school I took part in the Youthworks gap year program called Year 13, where I experienced lots of different kinds of ministries. During my time as a student at USyd, I loved being involved in the EU and grew a passion for its objectives, and Paddy Benn often spoke to me about going into ministry full time.

During my time as a student, I came to see how the Howard Guinness Program (HGP) is a well established program that equips people wanting to do ministry for a lifetime. I wanted to learn how to be on mission more in my everyday life and how to encourage others to do the same. My husband and I would like to consider overseas mission or ministry in Australia in the future and I am hoping the HGP will help me consider if I am cut out for that kind of ministry.

I believe university is a unique time when young adults are considering the big questions of life and enjoy thinking about the ideas of Christianity, and the goals of ministry at university are to interact with these people so that they have an opportunity to know God and be saved by him. So far this year I have learnt so much about how to encourage students to share their faith with their friends and the unique challenges of ministry on campus. I can’t wait for another year to testify to the good news of God’s grace.


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