Joshua // 34 // Georgia, USA
Howdy folks, Joshua here. To start at the beginning, I did my DTS at Holmsted Manor in England way back in 1997 (before we had all these fancy themes). I knew before I left that I wanted to come back into YWAM and be involved in other ways, but it took just under 9 years to make that a reality. During the in-between time I got a degree in Economics, traveled a lot and started climbing as much as I could. So that’s when I first came to YWAM Oxford to staff a couple Backpacker DTS’s, and I loved it! This place became my home.
After my time in Oxford, the Lord then led me to Lausanne, Switzerland to do the Bible Core Course and then to stay on as base staff in communications, transportation and food services. I then did some amazing training in Tacoma, Washington before moving down to Brazil to help take care of a house full of children with HIV for two years. Quite an adventure, ask me about it some time.
It was just after my time in Brazil that God started to put the long- deferred Climbers DTS back on my heart. The idea has been talked about for years and even pursued as a reality recently, but simply hasn’t come together until now. It’s absolutely my dream job, pairing my passion for climbing and my passion for discipleship, and it’s something God has been preparing me for for years. I’m so thankful to Him for what He’s done and what He’s doing.
Jaron // 21 // British Columbia, CAN
Hi there! My name is Jaron and I’m stoked to be on staff with Climbers DTS this year.
I was born and raised in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. I love being outdoors, whether it’s climbing, hiking, canoeing, fishing, camping…it’s the best! I also really enjoy sports, music, working with my hands, and just goofing off! I’ve found that the best thing is to do those things with people. So if you ever want to go climb or just go get a coffee and talk, let me know eh!
I was taught about Jesus ever since I was little, and decided that I wanted Him in my life. For the longest time, I struggled with knowing what that meant and looks like, so I continued to live a lot in fear, sin, and insecurity. I didn’t really understand in my heart how real and alive Jesus is and how deeply He loves us. When I was around 16, God’s pursuit of my whole heart started to really catch up with me. He began giving me new hunger for Him and was bringing me more into His truth, exposing lies and sin that I had been living in.
Jesus led me to Oxford for Backpackers DTS 2 years ago, and I am so, so thankful that He did! During my DTS, He began to work on my heart like never before and gave me so much new faith and freedom; He showed Himself so faithful to provide for every need I will ever have.
I am glad to be here at Oxford and I looking forward to a great time!