My name is Ryan Smith, I’m 19 years old and live in Northern Ireland with my mum, dad and 6 siblings. Since coming to South Arica two months ago to volunteer for Sports Academy George as a soccer coach. I have been challenged and stretched in many different areas by doing things and taking part in ministry that is new and very different to me and what my life is used too.
My ministry highlight so far in South Africa would be the school ministry I take part in every Tuesday and Thursday, at Thylora Primary School. During the time we are in the school we play games and have fun with the kids and it’s such a great sight to see all the kids running round, smiling and having fun.
The area of ministry that has challenged me the most so far is on Wednesday mornings when we go and spend time and pray for the patients in a local hospice. This ministry opportunity is nothing like anything I have done before but it is challenging and very rewarding for me.
I’m looking forward to the next 9 months and the opportunities that I will be getting through being here.