By Ayumi Tamsett, BCA Field Staff, Gilgandra, NSW
BCA has commenced supporting the work of a chaplain at Gilgandra High School. Ayumi Tamsett, wife of local Presbyterian Minister Peter Tamsett, has taken on this role.
I grew up in Japan, born to Christian parents which is quite unusual because only one per cent of the population in Japan are Christian. I was really blessed to be born to my parents. From a young age I knew that God created everything so there was no confusion as different beliefs like Buddhism and Shintoism are quite strong in Japanese culture.
In high school I came to realise that while I had my parents’ faith I myself needed Jesus and I became a Christian. After I finished high school I moved to Canada to study. I didn’t know much English and in that time of loneliness I met Christian people who helped me settle in and guide me in my walk of faith.
In 2002 I thought and prayed about how I could use my faith to teach the Bible to people in Japan and was led to go to Bible College. I came to Australia and started studying at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. There I met my husband Peter and together we first served in parish ministry in Sydney before moving to Gilgandra five and a half years ago.
For the last three years I have worked with Generate at Gilgandra High School teaching SRE (Scripture) on a weekly basis and now have taken on the role of Chaplain as well. I think in many ways these roles will overlap. On my chaplaincy day I look after students who have been referred to me by the school counsellor, principal or well-being support teacher. Depending on the level of their problem or struggle I talk with them, help in practical ways and try to be a good friend to them.
I would really appreciate prayer for good relationships at the school. As an SRE teacher people thought I was just a nice kind lady who came to teach classes. Now teachers see me as a useful person. I’d like to see more relationships built and I’m hoping to commend the gospel and speak the love of God through the things I do.