Hi! My name is Haley Royster and I am a full time missionary with YWAM(youth with a mission) in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
YWAM's heart is to "know God", and to "make Him known". And I have found that the same goes for my heart. I want everyone to know who the true living God is and to have the chance to have a relationship with Him.
I did my DTS (Discipleship Training School) in January of 2023, which consisted of the first 3 months in Kona, Hawaii and the second 3 months in Cambodia. In Kona I met the Lord for who He truly is, for the first time in my life. Instantly He captured my heart. As we learned about the Lord and had our own encounters with Him, my heart grew more and more, and I realized that this was what I was made for.
In Cambodia our main ministries were children's ministry, English teaching, and soccer ministry. This was my first time out of the country and it was an incredible first experience. At the end of the 3 months, I felt very sad to leave. I absolutely loved ministering to the people and country of Cambodia and I wanted to stay longer. The Lord soon after revealed to me that he had called me to be in ministry full time and to go back to YWAM Kona as a staff. Of course I agreed.
As I look back on those past 6 months, I was reminded of how much peace, unity, love, community, joy, hope, grace, and forgiveness I had experienced. I had never had a season of my life filled with all of those things before. And I was so thankful for it.
Now, I am returning as a staff to lead students through the same experience that I just went through. My heart burns for God's people to know Him fully, and that's a big part of what I'll be doing as a staff. I am helping disciple these students and helping encourage them to follow the Lords path. I am extremely excited to be taking this next step with the Lord and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.
Would you like to partner with me in prayer and financially to help grow the kingdom of heaven?