V2 Life is a new ministry in Vanuatu aimed at training young people to become all that God wants them to be through non-formal training within the context of our farm and formal training within the context of our training center.V2 Life is a part of the family of ministries of Youth With A Mission International (YWAM) here in Vanuatu. YWAM is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. YWAM has been operating for 50 years now and is established in more than 1000 locations in over 140 countries, with over 15,000 full time volunteer staff. YWAM’s main ministries fit into three main categories: evangelism, training, and mercy ministries. V2 Life operates in relationship with YWAM Vanuatu and YWAM International through shared purpose, vision, and values.
“V2 Life is responding to the needs of young people in the area of training, both non-formal, and formal in order for them to be in a better position to succeed in today’s demanding world.”
V2 Life is responding to the needs of young people in the area of training, both non-formal, and formal in order for them to be in a better position to succeed in today’s demanding world. The approach we are choosing to achieve this vision can be illustrated with the small chart above. It is a combination of living together, working together, and studying together, three components that have been used successfully over the past decades in similar programs throughout the world. However, the center of it all is Christian Biblical worship. No matter what is done in the other three areas, it is always in light of this last and most important one.
The country of Vanuatu has a great need for training, especially for young people living in the city. The school dropout rate is high and without the proper training, young people have a hard time finding and keeping employment.
Here at V2 life we are creating a safe environment for these youth to grow and develop for a season in their lives to then be in a place where they can succeed in formal training with us, with YWAM in other locations, with other educational institutions or in the work place. We will achieve all of this through the following ministries:
V2 life runs a small LIFE FARM, using it to positively influence this sphere of society, which is affecting the biggest population group in Vanuatu and as a tool to disciple young people. As part of teaching skills in the area of agriculture and aquaculture we see it as a great opportunity to introduce and even research new and better models and systems of how people in developing nations on a grassroots level can use these technologies to create a better livelihood for themselves.
Specific areas we are looking at are clean water, the use of biogas, small animals, permaculture and fish farming. We believe that over time we will be able to start impacting families and communities in Vanuatu through the youths who will have lived, worked and learned with us.
The LIFE FAMILY provides the context to our farm. Staff and participants are living and working together in a family like environment. It is during the family times when the youth receive encouragement, discipleship and counseling to help them form life-giving biblical habits and patterns. Within the family there are also times of worship and intercession as well as teaching sessions on selected topics.
Receiving life is one thing; giving life is a whole different story. As followers of Christ we freely receive real life from God and we are called to freely give life to others. Our LIFE TEAMS do this through going out and giving life to the ones that need it the most. Although the teams always carry an evangelistic message when they go out, their focus is more on a practical side. They show their faith through their works.
Our heart behind the TRAINING CENTER really is much more than just running a few interesting courses. We want to train young people for a life of purpose and significance. At this stage we are still establishing the Training Center, but in due time we will be ready to have courses run here which are accredited with YWAM’s University of the Nations.