Introducing Troy

YFC One volunteer
Troy is on the YFC One gap year programme and joins us as a volunteer member of our team.  He is 19 years old and has spent two years on an apprenticeship scheme with Oxygen YFC in Kingston upon Thames.

How did you become a Christian?

It was a bit of a journey for me.  I was raised with no Christian input in my life.  In secondary school I went to a youth group which Oxygen YFC ran.  I asked questions about why they ran the group and who God was.  I also had lots of questions about suffering as my younger brother had died when I was 10 years old.  I couldn't see how God could allow that to happen.  They helped me with my questions as well as encouraging me to go to the Rock Solid group at a local church.  The leaders from there encouraged me and helped me come out of my shell.  I went with the churchto a Haselmere Ventures week away.  The second year I went to the camp I gave my life to Christ.

Why are you doing YFC One?

I felt that God called me to do the year with YFC One.   I have spent the last two years on an apprenticeship with Oxygen YFC but felt that moving  away from Kingston for a while would be good for me and would allow me to see a wider range of youth work.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I like to read and listen to music.  I also really enjoy Marvel and DC related films and comics.

What are you nervous about?

Cheltenham is a very different place to Kingston.  Learning about a new area and meeting so many new people is fun but also challenging.  I am gradually finding my way around Cheltenham, hopefully I won't get lost too often!

What do you want to see God do in your life?
I would like him to use me in anyway He can to make a difference in the lives of the young people we work with.  I would also like God to begin to reveal his direction for my life.  I know from personal experience the impact that the work of YFC can have on a young person and want to have the same impact on young people we work with.