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Graham and Naomi’s missionary training in Australia and outreach in China and Nigeria

Graham Bittle and Naomi Kells have recently returned home after missionary training in Australia and outreach in China and Nigeria, working with a missionary organisation called YWAM (Youth With A Mission).


Graham Bittle and Naomi Kells were engaged on Sunday 12th June 2005 during missionary training in Australia and prior to outreach in China and Nigeria. They plan to return to Perth for further missionary training following their wedding on Wednesday 28th June 2006.

Graham Bittle, from Richmond Court, Lisburn is a member of Railway Street Presbyterian Church and Naomi Kells, from Listooder Road, Crossgar is a member of Ballynahinch Baptist Church. During the first three months they attended YWAM’s Discipleship Training School in Perth, Australia. YWAM is a non-profit Christian organisation who, as well as running many different ministries, develop individual’s skills in order that they might best fulfil their motto “To know God and make Him known”. The Perth Campus is the third largest of the many bases that YWAM have worldwide.

The twelve-week lecture phase covered some of the foundational beliefs and practices involved with being a Christian. The intensive training and news of their engagement on Sunday 12th June was followed by an eleven-week Missionary Outreach, which split the group of thirty young people into three different teams.

Graham and his team spent five weeks in China being involved in worship, prayer and talking to people about God. This was followed by six weeks in three different towns in Western Australia working with churches and schools giving talks, planting a new church and doing prayer walks.

Naomi and her team spent eleven weeks in Nigeria where they worked with churches, got involved in community development initiatives, and helped to pioneer a new YWAM base in the capital city of Abuja.

The teams were reunited in September for a week of reporting back on what they had seen happen in their various locations and in each of their lives over the three months. They were given opportunities to pray about what had happened over the three months and about what they were going to do in the future.

Graham and Naomi, who travelled to Perth at the end of March 2005, arrived home in early December. They plan to return to Perth for further missionary training following their wedding on Wednesday 28th June 2006.