a few words about
Who We Are
Today’s youth are facing more challenges than any other generation in the past. They are constantly bombarded with answers relating to their question of life purpose & identity but without discernment of what is right or wrong. More than ever, they are seeking authenticity & truth!
Word of Life Youth Ministry is reaching today’s youth whose needs constantly change with biblical principles that never change.Word of Life Youth Ministry exists to support the local organisations in providing platforms for evangelism and discipleship for the purpose of seeing changed lives and growth in Christ.
Word of Life International globally reaches 1 MILLION students every year. Word of Life has been operational in Australia for 48 years.
Our 5 year goals
Martin & Silvia Garcia
I have being serving as the Director of Word of Life Australia since 2010.
My passion is to reach today’s youth through evangelism, discipleship and leadership training. In Australia, we have the great privilege of sharing the gospel of Christ in public high schools. The Lord has allowed us to combine this opportunity with our KICKOFF evangelistic outreaches. Working with school scripture teachers and local youth pastors, we minister to thousands of young people every year. Also our goal is to help local churches develop ongoing, vibrant youth ministries.
My parents migrated to Australia when I was eight years old; I have had the privilege of living in Australia for the past 35 years. I received Christ as my personal Saviour at the age of 13 when I understood that I was lost in my sins and in need of Jesus. Unfortunately, I had no discipleship in my life; during my teens, I drifted away and had many scars because of wrong choices that I had made. I rejoice that the grace of God reached me and I comprehended the great doctrine of forgiveness. From that moment, the Lord placed a great passion in my heart; I had a new vigor to serve and surrender my life totally to God.
I had the privilege of attending WOL Argentina to study for four years which were the best years of my life. In my third year of college, I met my beautiful wife Silvia.
We have been serving with WOL for the past 16 years.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Jim & Lynda Dugan
Our passion in ministry is teaching and preaching the Word of God. In Australia we have the great privilege of sharing the Gospel of Christ in public high schools. The Lord has allowed us to combine this opportunity with our KICKOFF evangelistic outreaches. Working with school scripture teachers and youth pastors, we minister to thousands of young people every year. Sharing the Word of God to both the young people and to the more mature is a great honour.
In our ministry we hold leadership training throughout the year and hold our Leadership Development Conferences in February. On a great many of Sundays, one will find me preaching the Word of God at a local church somewhere in Australia. In 2013, I became a board member of Word of Life PNG to “coach and cheerlead” their new and growing team. I travel to PNG a few times a year to assist the team in ministry and with their administration needs. I also assist Randy Gilmore, the WOL Pacific RIM Director with admimistraion needs. For the past few years I have been traveling to the Philippines to teach at the WOL Bible College.
Jim +61 409 315 969
Lynda +61 433 838 978
Having eight years of perfect attendance in Sunday School in my teenage years was the perfect setting to hear Harry Bollback preach on Hebrews 2:3. I was challenged to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior or to get out of the church. I praise the Lord that on July 19, 1975, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
During my year (1977) at the Word of Life Bible Institute, I answered the call to serve the Lord full-time. I finished my education at Citadel Bible College in Ozark, Arkansas, where I met Lynda, who became my wife on 16 January 1982. We were accepted to serve the Lord with Word of Life International in 1983 and arrived in Australia in 1986. During the past 28 plus years of ministry, Lynda and I have seen the Lord’s hand in our lives as we ministered as Dean of Students and lecturer in Australia’s Bible College and served as the camp director. In 2005 the Lord led the Australian team to sell the camp property and move the ministry out to the people!
I accepted Jesus Christ to be my personal Saviour after my public high school teacher shared the gospel with me. This same teacher has been and still is a godly influence in my life. After attending Pensacola Christian College for two and one half years, I transferred to Citadel Bible College and graduated with a major in Bible/Missions Education. It was during a missions conference at my home church in Memphis, Tennessee, that I knew that God wanted me to serve Him full-time overseas. When Jim and I met at Citadel, we both knew that God had called us to serve Him overseas. We are grateful that God called us to serve Him with Word of Life in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Our son, Jeremiah, was born in 1984 and I home-schooled him through high school. Jeremiah and his wife, Jess, have two beautiful daughters named Bella and Brooklyn and one wonderful son named Hudson.
“Brethren, Pray for us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25
Mobile: 0433 533 219
Mary was born in Santiago, Chile. At the age of eleven she migrated to Australia with parents and brother.
Mary’s mother was reached by a family whom were doing door to door evangelism. While accompanying her mother to church, at the age of eighteen, she was able to clearly understand the Gospel and received Christ as her personal Savior. She dedicated her life by the testimony of missionaries visiting her church and took a step of faith to prepare herself for the Lord’s ministry. She attended Word of Life Bible Institute Argentina during 1988 to 1990.
After graduation the Lord directed her to full time ministry in Word of Life Chile, were she served as Secretary to the Field Director for 20 years. She joined Word of Life Australia staff June 2011 and will have involvement in all areas of the ministry.
Acts 20:24 – But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
I have had the amazing opportunity to be working with word of life since 2014 and on staff since 2017. The last two years I have been working as the missions and outreach coordinator. There have been many great opportunities to see God working. My heart is to see people come to the truth of the Gospel, grow in their faith and start to teach other people. In August 2019, I started at the word of life Bible Institute studying the bible. Lord willing I shall be returning to word of life Australia in 2020 with a passion for making disciples that make disciples for the Lord.
When I was young I was a hard child to deal with, by this I mean that I was hyperactive uncontrollable and just plain annoying. It was around the age of 13 my Sunday school teacher explained to me that my relationship with Christ had to be personal decision and no one could make it for me. It was at this time I trusted Christ as my Saviour. Christ has been working on my heart to make me into the man I am now. (Romans 10:9-10)
My life after trusting Christ didn’t get easier, I was still being bullied, and it got bad because I still struggled with thinking was worthless but while this happened the only thing that got me through was God saying this isn’t just happening I have a purpose for it. When I left school, I became a mechanic. It was a long and frustrating time where God was teaching me what I am not. I left mechanics because I knew God had something different and I waited until God made it very clear to me that I would be working with WORD OF LIFE. The last five years have been a time of both Good time and hard times that God has been teaching me lots of humbling lessons. I have had the privilege of working under martin Garcia and being taught how to evangelise how to teach and preach, and it has been a tough but privileged time.
I had the privilege of first meeting Word of Life in 2014 when they came to our church and ran a KICKOFF for our youth group. In 2018, I joined Word of Life as an intern and began my degree in ministry. When I finished my internship, I had the privilege of becoming a student leader and coordinator of Word of Life’s video promotion and social media department. Now my goal is to continue serving the Lord in ministry wherever He leads.
I was brought up in a Christian home and gave my heart to Christ when I was four years old. I was a shy and quiet kid who said very little. My family is Christian but our home had its difficulties. One member of our family had a disability which placed a huge stress on the entire family. Nevertheless, my parents stayed close to the Lord through the easy and hard times which really made a huge impact on my spiritual growth and relationship with Christ. It wasn’t until I was around seventeen that I became more serious about God in my life.
When I graduated school in 2013, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I decided to study a Certificate III in Health Care Assistance and I became an accredited swimming coach which I taught for three years. It was around this time that I was still deciding on whether to join Word of Life. I was torn between leaving my coaching job and taking on an internship with Word of Life. I contemplated and prayed about it for over five years, until Word of Life moved north from Sydney to Lakewood in 2018. I took this as a not so subtle hint from God. Since then, I have moved to Lakewood and have had the privilege of serving with Word of Life. My faith and relationship in Christ has being growing since then. Besides giving my heart to Christ, serving with Word of Life has been the best decision of my life.
I am privileged to serve Word of Life Australia as the events coordinator, my ministry includes planning and managing evangelistic events, including a large traveling event called KICKOFF. KICKOFF is a mobile ministry seeking to provide churches with a fun platform to bring in students with the purpose of hearing the gospel, I currently travel with our team along the east coast of Australia. I am also privileged with being a scripture seminar presenter. Here in Australia, we are able to teach scripture in public schools, on numerous occasions, I along with the rest of our staff are able to support school chaplains or local resident teachers with scripture seminars.
Word of Life Australia
PO Box 600
Schroon Lake, NY 12870
I was saved at an early age when my parents started taking me to church, at that time I realized that I was a sinner in need of a Savior and that there was one available, Jesus. So at five years old I asked Jesus to come into my life and save me from my sins. From then on I grew up in a christian home with two fantastic parents and went to church every time the doors were open, I had always felt a calling to serve the Lord but was pretty apathetic until I was about sixteen, it was then by going on a mission trip with my church that the Lord really started to challenge me and show me that I really didn’t understand much about the bible or my faith, despite growing up in church. So in order for me to grow in my faith and truly understand why I believe what I believe, I went to the Word of Life Bible Institute in Florida and then New York. It was through these two years that the Lord opened my eyes to see how beautiful the Gospel is and how it impacts every area of my life, along with giving me a passion for working youth and the local church.
It was during a missions conference my first year at the BI that I was confronted with Matthew 28:19, the fact that the Lord calls us to Go and make disciples of ALL nations, I was then given the opportunity that if I went and completed the second year I could serve with WOL as a missionary in the Cross Cultural Internship or “CCI” program. At this time the Lord started to burden me with the country of Australia.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
Want to join us?
What about you?
Want to join this exciting ministry in Australia? We would love to have you on board.
Get in touch to discuss the opportunity!
“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:37-38