13 January 2009
The SOFJ is in full swing! Eleven students representing nine nations have come together to dive into the field of journalism and share hearts and visions for communication in Africa.
Here are two of the inspiring stories that brought students to this course:
DTS 2006 in Zambia
Admiring a number of the BBC correspondents, such as former Focus on Africa editor Robin White and columnist Steven Sacker, Emmanuel was inspired to become a journalist through contemplating the genocide in Rwanda and realizing media's influence. He says, "I would like to acquire all the necessary skills for front-line reporting. I feel like doing it from those areas that are hard hit by war or natural disaster."
As the first to move out of Zambia, he is supported by a proud family who expect great things.
Born and raised in Sweden, Marie (pictured above with desk-mate, Lydia) joined YWAM in 2004. After her DTS she staffed several schools in Australia and led Discipleship Training Schools.
Following her heart for writing, a recommendation from a South African friend and a stirring for Africa, she came to the school to gain practical skills and learn more about the African countries that have interested her for so long. Marie says the most challenging part of the school will be putting everything into practice that will be learned during the three month lecture phase.
Other students include:
Solomon, Nigeria; Rivka, Venezuela; Micah, United States; Cristian,Argentina; Darcie, United States; Xesha, Zimbabwe; Lydia, South Africa; Nicolas, Nigeria and Agnes, Uganda.