​The Revd Daniel Bol Nyieth

Daniel helps keep North-West's young heart beating 

The Revd Daniel Bol Nyieth can understand well enough what the youth of the North-West Region of the Diocese of Melbourne are going through. Many are from multicultural communities and struggle to balance their community, learning and job commitments – let alone church.

Mr Nyieth, a Sudanese priest who was ordained in Kenya and came to Australia in 2008, has been Youth Ministry Facilitator for the region since last December – a role supported by the Melbourne Anglican Foundation – Youth Fund.

His “patch” extends from central Melbourne through the traditional strongholds of immigrants such as Brunswick and Altona to the fastgrowing edge of the metropolitan area and Greater Geelong and includes a cultural diversity as great as any in Australia. Acquiring life and work skills and gaining employment in changing times when traditional industries are under pressure only adds to the difficulties for young people.

“It has now become very challenging for young people from various communities, especially those who have come from refugee
communities,” Mr Nyieth says.

“It’s particularly hard for them to get a balance of church life, community life, education and jobs. “I think in Australia, young people and it very hard to go every Sunday to church because of many commitments and many activities, so we need to keep reminding them that church is their priority as well as their other commitments.”

Mr Nyieth works with vicars, youth workers and diocesan agencies in the North-West in nurturing the lives of young people in the Church. A two-day camp in March attracted almost 60 young people, including many from the Sudanese, Karen and Chinese communities.

Young people, he says, “have a heart to serve the Church but if there is no one supporting them, they will not be able to keep it
(alive) in that heart”.

“The Anglican Church in Melbourne is trying to engage all the multicultural communities. The Church is playing a big role because those who come from different backgrounds, refugees, they have similar challenges. So if they come here (to church), they and it  very easy to share their ideas and become involved in the Australian mainstream."

Reproduced from The Melbourne Anglican (TMA) July 2013.

 

 Contact me

 

​To find out more about Youth in the North-West Region, get in touch with Daniel by email:

dnyieth@melbourneanglican.org.au

 

 From Daniel

 

The activities of our youth ministries in the NW Region in the  cover mostly: multicultural worship, youth seminars, Bible studies, support parish visits, year-end youth service and camping.

NW Region youth ministry also covers not only youth from the Anglo-Saxon parishes but also to all multicultural congregations: from south Sudanese youth, Karen youth, Indonesian youth, and also Chinese youth ministry and many other areas of social engagement among the newly arrived migrants in the NW region.

We normally gather three times in a year, to pray and praise God for his work among youth. There are always great needs to preach the Gospel to our young generation so that they may find their spirituality in the midst of changing face of social networking.

We would like you to join us in any way, worship, seminar prayers and camping so we can together share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.