13 July 2023 | Bracknell, England [Dejan Stojkovic with tedNEWS]
Newbold College’s One Year in Mission and Service (OYIMS) programme celebrated its 5th anniversary on 8 July 2023. A beautiful three-way collaboration between Newbold College of Higher Education (NCHE), the Trans-European Division (TED), and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the programme is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the Bible, theology, and mission while also gaining practical experience in ministry.
The programme’s 5th anniversary was celebrated on the Newbold campus with a graduation ceremony, but also to reflect on the years of service. Students shared first-hand their experiences of how they were able to serve in different parts of the world, from Cyprus to Wales. Until now, 28 students have participated in the programmes, with half later deciding to return to Newbold and study theology with the aim of serving in pastoral ministry.
Commenting on the success, strength and impact of the programme, Newbold Principal Dr Steve Currow said, “The One Year in Mission and Service program has been a life-changing experience for our students. They have learned about themselves, grown in their faith, and developed a passion for serving others. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the TED and ADRA to offer this programme, and we look forward to seeing the impact of our students’ service in the years to come.”
Both teams at ADRA Europe and ADRA-UK have not only enthusiastically endorsed OYIMS but provided service opportunities for participants to serve. Catherine Anthony Boldeau speaking on behalf of ADRA UK, and present at the anniversary celebrations reflected, “I think the collaboration is tremendous, and ADRA-UK for its part was able to provide two internships in the ADRA-UK office, and supported service opportunities in Serbia, Sri Lanka and the Wales.”
The ceremony was a time of celebration and reflection. It was a reminder of the difference that can be made when people are willing to serve others. It was also a time to look forward to the future, as the programme continues to change lives and make a difference in the world.
If you are interested in learning more about the One Year in Mission and Service programme, please visit the NCHE website or contact them directly through this link:https://www.newbold.ac.uk/courses/one-year-in-mission-and-service/
TED Youth Director Dejan Stojkovic is clear about how brilliant this programme is for youth and young adults with a straightforward invitation. “We hope you will consider joining us in this life-changing programme!”