It was assumed that I would complete a university degree after finishing high school, but that wasn’t what God had in mind. I felt called to finish my first year, then take a Discipleship Training School at YWAM Brisbane in Queensland. As my DTS approached, I had a sneaking suspicion that God wanted me to spend the next three years—or more—in missions, not in university.
After my DTS, I used credits from my year at uni to study for four months at a vocational college where I received a Diploma of Music, majoring in Composition for Screen. During that time, I met an outreach team from YWAM Newcastle and immediately knew that was where God wanted me next.
Joining staff in Newcastle, I had no idea that one day I would be able to use my prior university education and training as a missionary. It turns out, YWAM Newcastle has a Creative Communications team that regularly films and publishes videos highlighting aspects of life in YWAM, as well as other videos to encourage people in their faith. I held a few other positions in the community before joining this team, because God had other parts of my character to refine first. When I was given a composing project for YWAM Newcastle, a short film put out at Christmas 2015 called ‘Sandman’, I jumped at the opportunity. Boy, did it feel great to compose for a film again!
Because of that, I became more integrated into the Creative Communications team, eventually taking on a full-time position in July 2016. Since then, I have written about twenty-five pieces to accompany videos created by YWAM Newcastle. Not only am I able to hone my skills in musical composition, but, through these videos, I also have the incredible privilege of inviting people to engage with the Great Commission and follow God wherever he leads them. It’s not every day you get to do what you love and have it contribute to changing someone’s life for eternity!
by Ryan Luke Winslade
YWAM Creative Communications staff