a few words about
Who We Are
Word of Life Youth Ministry is reaching today’s youth whose needs constantly change with biblical principles that never change.
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 Savior 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 honor. 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
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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 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
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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
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