3 mission minutes with...Dan Randall

By Alexandra Khan | 20 August 2012

Dan Randall - Pais Project

In this edition of 3 mission minutes, I chatted to Dan Randall from Pais Project about being a twenty-something missionary, mentoring a future generation of world-changers and the 14-year old boy who set up 'Text a prayer'.

Dan – tell us what Pais Project does in 140 characters

We are a bridge between schools and churches. We invest into Youth Pastors, plus we offer a free Apprenticeship in Youth & Schools Ministry.

 

Tell us what YOU do in 140 characters

I lead Pais in East Lancashire, investing into the team leaders and overseeing all 4 teams. I raise vision, recruits and finances.

 

What’s it like to be a young missionary in the world today? Does age make a difference?

In my experience over the past 3 years, it is exciting to be a twenty-something missionary. I aspire to see my generation changed by God and be the change agents the world needs. I am starting to see a spark in pockets of the UK where young people and young adults are rising up to see their generation changed by God.

 

What’s your vision?

My vision is to see young people grab hold of God’s purpose for their life and live in it: to see them be the head and not the tail in society. Young people full of the Holy Spirit empowering them to see change and the Kingdom come.

It’s clear to me that when a young person grabs hold of God’s heart then a community can be changed, when a group grab hold of God’s heart then an entire town can be changed, but if a generation grabs hold of God’s heart the world can be changed.

 

Got an inspiring story from the Project?

Ben is a young person who is mentored by me, in many ways he is a typical British 14 year-old teenager: he loves football and is a big supporter of Liverpool FC;he plays the guitar and goes to high school. He isn’t particularly loud or extrovert but is known for being the one who welcomes people and connects with everybody in a group situation.

What makes Ben different from many of his peers is the mission heartbeat that is in him, and indeed his whole family. Ben’s dad, Tom was a Pais apprentice 12 years ago and his Aunty Hettie currently leads a team in Burnley.. Ben has always been surrounded by people who love God, want to make a difference to the people in their communities… and who know they can.

  Ben - Pais Project

Ben isn’t a Pais apprentice himself, he’s too young! But he understands fundamentally that he can make a difference in his community, in his school and with his friends.

After attending a Pais: GB M4 weekender last year (a weekend where young people are inspired and equipped to reach their community and school) Ben was encouraged to start some initiatives in his High School. Over the past few months Ben has set up a simple but effective scheme called ‘Text a prayer’ which is as it says! Having been encouraged by this he is now currently in the process of setting up a Christian Union in his school. He may be receiving help and resources from Pais but still, it’s amazing stuff for a 14 year-old boy from the North of England.

 

What has been your greatest challenge?

Taking on my current role, leading the Hub. For me it has been a stretching, growing and challenging experience both in terms of dealing with other people and in my own life. The challenges have helped to shape me and empowered me to grow more as a leader. Particularly over the past 12 months when God’s faithfulness has been even more evident.

Dan Randall - Pais Project  

How can readers keep in touch/support you?

If you want to find out more about The Pais Project then you can go to our website – www.paisproject.com

You can also stay in touch with me personally by e-mailing me and I can send you my monthly update.As well as my monthly update you can support me by giving monthly or by a one-off donation. To get in touch my e-mail address is – [email protected]

Dan tweets at @DanJRandall and you can support him using your Stewardship giving account. His account number is: 20115351

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Posted by Alexandra Khan

Alexandra is a digital marketing executive for Stewardship. Originally trained in music, she went on to spend a few years in the videogames industry before making the leap to the NFP sector. Follow her on Twitter: @alxkhn

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