YOUNG Australians who don’t know God should prepare themselves for an impromptu visit from Brisbane Catholics Nick Kelly and Emilie Piat .
Nick, a civil engineering student, and recent high school graduate Emilie left their Brisbane homes last month to share their faith around the country with NET (National Evangelisation Teams) Ministries Australia for one year.
They are among 42 young Australians and international Catholics who will preach the Gospel in five separate teams this year.
Nick and Emilie felt called to “give back” to the Church by serving a year with NET, despite having to give up studies, and leave behind friends, family and even relationships.
Nick has deferred university for a year and has started a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend in order to be on NET.
The 20-year-old first developed a passion for youth ministry after attending the Ignite Conference in Brisbane.
“I grew up in a Catholic family and for years I went to Mass and didn’t know why, and didn’t understand why I was going,” he said.
“I went along to a youth event run by Ignite and I had my first personal encounter with Jesus there.
“It wasn’t just an idea anymore; it was a relationship.”
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