Craig is 30 years old and was born in Carlisle. He is in a relationship with Linn Iren, also a part of our staff team.
Can you tell us more about your life before YWAM and now?
I became a Christian when I was eighteen and joined YWAM eight years later. In those eight years I didn’t have much of an understanding of who I was, who God was and how much he cared about me.
How did you hear about YWAM?
Through a friend who did a DTS in 2007.
Why did you decide to join YWAM?
When I looked into YWAM it sounded like a really good idea. It offered me the opportunity to learn more about God, about myself and what to do with my life.
What’s your role in YWAM Carlisle?
I’m setting up and will lead the SOE in April, having pioneered the first SOE in YWAM England for 18 years last year. I’m also working to set up different local outreaches in Carlisle which hope to involve the local churches and I’m part of the YWAM Carlisle leadership team.
What are you passionate about/what’s your vision?
I’m passionate about people getting the understanding of God’s love. I long for people to get to know God and then for them to share His love with others. I have a big heart for Carlisle but not just Carlisle; I want to see people all over England and Europe get to know Him! I want to see lots of people be passionate for God and see people reach out to those around them through God’s love.
What schools have you done in YWAM?
I did a Discipleship Training School and a School Of Evangelism. Then I staffed an SOE in Norway and I lead the SOE mentioned earlier.
Tell us about the School of Evangelism!
The SOE is focused on training people to do lots of evangelism in different and strategic ways really well. It also gives the trainees an opportunity to grow in their own walk with God and in leadership. The SOE equips the trainees to go on to start or join an evangelism team or to plant a church somewhere in Europe. How do we best convey the Good News to people in Europe in the 21st century? How do we create a church that is relevant to people today without diluting what it’s all about? How do we best meet with people and leave them with a more positive view of God than they had before? These, among many others, are things we discuss and equip the trainees in.
Can you tell us more about what you’ve seen God do through your life?
Well, I love it when God uses me to touch somebody else’s life and I regularly see Him do all kinds of cool things. For instance: I was out doing evangelism in a shopping centre in Norway when I met a girl I knew who was limping. She told me she’d hurt her ankle, so I asked if I could pray for her and put my hand on her foot. She agreed, so I prayed and as I prayed for healing I could feel God do something in her foot. When I’d finished praying I asked her to test it out and she could now put all her weight on her foot and declared she was healed!
If you are interested in doing the SOE, there’s lots more information here: http://ywamcarlisle.com/training/school-of-evangelism/ Alternatively contact Craig: email@example.com
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