Converge is a ministry of the Student Mobilization Centre of YWAM’s University of the Nations. Converge is missional internships for anyone who wants to make a difference based on their search criteria:
Converge broadens the program so any christian may be involved as a mentor, donor, or host of interns. There is also a new part-time role for YWAMers as internship coordinators.
We built Converge because we believe everyone has a calling, following the crowd will not bring transformation, and a personalized missions project is the best way to discover your purpose.
Matt did our primary health care internship in Jamaica and then led another YWAM internship team to the Amazons, with credit for two elective rotations in tropical medicine at Jefferson Medical School. He later served as a medical missions doctor in Kazakhstan for over 10 years. As a doctor, Matt now trains other medical missions professionals impacting the lives of thousands more around the world at In His Image in Tulsa, OK.
Xian, a Carnegie-Mellon Engineering student interned with us in East Timor. He said: “My experience left an indelible mark on me.” The internship led him to start a company called D.light Design, a global leader and pioneer in delivering affordable solar-powered solutions for people in the developing world and has transformed the lives of over 100 million people.
Tamara, from Switzerland, spent seven months in Lebanon working with Syrian Refugees on a peacemaking internship.
“God gave me this experience and now I am responsible. I can’t act as if I am not aware. The internship connected me with great people who have a heart for the Middle East, and not just Christians, but Muslims and Jewish people too.”
Glenis, from Colombia, completed the Discipleship Training School in 2016. She was our first Converge Intern to Albania, and now she is Converge Coordinator for the
Spanish World and on staff at the UofN Jeju, Rep. of Korea.
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What kinds of Projects do Converge Interns do?
You may design a project to help start a business or plant a church, establish an HIV/AIDS counseling clinic or health awareness campaign, install water pumps or storage facilities, establish therapy routines for disabled children in an orphanage, or redesign a medical clinic or pharmacy. You may envision the development of a healthy nutritional plan for a hospice, or the creation of a curriculum for a school. Your Project may take the form of a video, a web site, a PR campaign, or another community resource that relates to your studies or career.
Where have Converge Interns completed Projects?
Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, East Germany, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, & USA.