Posted in SU QLD
Sam may not have seen himself studying with SU QLD (RTO 30548) to become a chaplain – but it seems God had other plans.
In 2018, after suffering from a serious brain infection, Sam was given another chance to live a life of purpose – and he didn’t want to waste it. When Sam and his family felt called to the remote community of Normanton, they packed up their bags and went.
“I didn’t really know what a chaplain did before I started the course, but when you feel God’s call to move, you do,” says Sam.
Having completed the Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC42315}, Sam now recommends the course to everyone – and it’s through your support that this pathway remains open to other future chaplains.
“It doesn’t matter whether you want to be a chaplain or not,” says Sam.
“There are life skills in this course that are essential. It teaches you to speak to people with a non-bias perception, and understand that things may be happening for them outside the environment you’re in.”
“This Cert IV allows you to step back and look at the situations around you. It teaches you to ask ‘How can I help you?’ Nine months is such a small fraction of your life – why wouldn’t you devote that tiny chunk of time to something that will change how you live your life?”
“After doing this course I saw people hurting in my community, and knew I could do something about it.”
For Sam, he thoroughly enjoyed the course, particularly as each module started with scriptures.
“I didn’t do the course to earn a tick on a piece of paper – I did it because I felt the Lord’s call to do it,” says Sam.
“Learning to show compassion, the way Jesus did, is woven the whole way through the course. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but it’s definitely worth it.”
Sam is flourishing in his new community, and lives each day knowing he’s exactly whereGod wants him to be. Thank you for opening doors so Sam could step into his calling.
If you are interested in helping young people and want to make a difference, contact us to find out more about our Cert IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC42315}.
Visit training.suqld.org.au to find out more about starting your qualification in Youth Work or Chaplaincy.
Please note: The completion of a qualification with Scripture Union Queensland (RTO 30548) does not guarantee employment in school chaplaincy with Scripture Union Queensland or other school chaplaincy employing authorities.