This Tim Wilson interview can be viewed on the Australian Missionary News IPTV at http://tv.bushorchestra.com/Mission/videopages/tim_wilson.html or www.safeworlds.net
Australian Missionary News IPTV anchorman Mark Tronson asked Tim about his background. He responded that he grew up in the New South Wales country town of Mudgee where he spent his first 18 years and then headed off to university where he graduated with a degree in Sport and Recreation and Journalism.
Tim Wilson explained that, as he was looking into various mission opportunities, he came straight to YWAM after university. He believed that this was where he felt he might serve the Lord, and it had the sort of training he was keen to develop for Mission. Overall, he saw YWAM fulfilling the needs he had prioritised.
He noted that 2010 is the 50th anniversary of YWAM, worldwide.
He met his Canadian wife Genevieve on the YWAM campus, then they were part of a YWAM team that travelled to India on Mission. They developed a friendship which grew into a relationship, marriage and they now rejoice in the Lord as they have a 10 month son Ethan.
Tim's duties at the Brisbane YWAM base include running the Discipleship Training School 'Sports Module', which is a six month course which takes in students from around the world. In this course, they study ways to apply the knowledge of the Bible and God into Mission endeavours, both now when their teams go on missions, and into the future whether that be on the Mission field or when they return home.
Sports is a major sub-culture in many nations, whatever their current state of economic development. This is why YWAM's sports module places a huge emphasis on equipping their people in sports ministry areas, and in employing lecturers and guest speakers with professional sports ministry experience. The DTS units operate in various places all around the world.
Mark Tronson has been one of these 'expert' speakers. He recalled that his most frightening experience at a YWAM centre was in 1991 when he was part of the ministry team for the South Pacific Games being held in Port Moresby.
He travelled to Lae over the Owen Stanley Mountains by plane and on one night, some Rascals murdered a sleeping man two doors down from the YWAM house and there was some concern they may have been looking for the YWAMers.
As Tim Wilson looks to his future, he wants to build on his own love of sport, and is keen to see the Sports Module of the DTS expand and continue. Later, he would, himself, love to end up in some form of sports ministry.
He and Genevieve are seeking the Lord for their long term future - whatever that maybe in the Lord's service.