Carmel student Rosie Page-Jones, has been fundraising since September 2022 to raise funds to do a Discipleship Training Scheme YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in Kona, Hawaii.

The first half of this course consists of faith formation, living in community, studying, reflecting and helping Rosie to grow in her relationship with God. It will also cover training for the second half – the outreach element of the project.

This will consist of serving a local community in practical ways, such as providing medical care, providing vital resources to communities that need it most, as well as offering spiritual support, prayer, children’s ministry – all sharing the love of God around the world.

The YWAM Ships Kona has a medical ship situated in Papua New Guinea where they provide medical care assistance for locals. However, the location of Rosie’s project isn’t determined until she starts the course and it’s not guaranteed that she will be helping in Papua New Guinea. Other possible location include Pamela, Cambodia, Italy or anywhere God is calling her team to to help out in the local community. This will be life changing and Rosie can’t wait to make an impact no matter where her outreach location may be! Rosie recently expressed her gratitude to all who have helped her get closer to reaching her target fundraising goal of £10,000.

Rosie says: “As well as completing 9 half marathons in 9 months, I teamed up with my college chaplain who has helped me to arrange multiple fundraisers and also directed me to the Catenians, who support individuals in their gap year projects like mine. The national branch have kindly provided me with a bursary of £750, which has been generously topped up by St Helens Catenians to a total of £1000. I feel truly blessed by their support and it’s a real testament and affirmation of Gods will and calling over my life to help others and spread the gospel!”

St Helens Catenians President, Steve Whitehouse, and George Baldry, Regional Registrar, handed Rosie the cheque, saying, “We’re very proud to support you in your venture supporting others.”

Our College Chaplain, Kath Edmond says, “The Catenians have been fantastic supporting our students this year. Earlier in the year they hosted their Public Speaking Competition – an incredible opportunity for our students to grow in confidence, develop communication skills and test their powers of persuasion against other sixth formers across the region. The Catenians have also financially supported thirteen members of the Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage from Carmel this year, all of whom have been awarded £100 bursary to assist with their costs, plus Rosie’s Individual Project Award. I’d encourage any young person volunteering in a similar way to explore this and I’d be delighted to help any student to put an application together.

More information about the Catenians bursary scheme can be found here:

If anyone else would like to help Rosie on her journey, her JustGiving page is here:

We wish Rosie the best of luck!