Niko is a ministry of King’s Kids International. Niko is a word that means to conquer, to overcome, or to pereservere until the end.
It is a leadership training program where you take risks to discover more about who God has made you to be. Your learning environment will be the great outdoors, the classroom of life. You will learn skills vital to working as a team, being a leader, and pushing yourself beyond limits you thought you could never overcome.
As an individual or a group you learn to surrender your individual rights and learn new levels of interdependence with others. The most important aspect is to grow in your dependence on God.
The program takes you into a process of experiences and growth. It is not an ordinary adventure camp or a survival camp which aims to have great performance. It is a life-changing experience that allows you to grow in your understanding of God and yourself.
For as long as I can remember, people have told me I would be a leader. But I often dreaded that word, because I feared failure. Then, on NIKO, I got an opportunity to lead my team. While fear of failure rose up, something else also rose within me – the desire to care well for my team. Instead of allowing fear to paralyze me, I let care empower me to make decisions that helped the team move forward, even through challenging situations.Later, the team affirmed my leadership. Everything they said described the leader I longed to be… but didn’t believe I had in me. I’m so thankful for the opportunity through NIKO to discover more of the leader God made me to be!
Together, let’s end Bible poverty! Partnering with the local church and other teams, we want to distribute or at least offer a Bible to every home in Tasmania.
2021 was a special year for Sorell and five other towns, because it marked the 200th anniversary of the naming of our town. We felt that this was significant for what God is doing in Tasmania; while we celebrated the historical naming of our town, we also be celebrating God’s “naming” of our town and our state as His. We want all of Tasmania to know and receive what God has done for us. That’s why we partnered with Bible Society Australia to print 10,000 copies of our custom Bible, No Greater Love.
We have knocked on every door in our local town Sorell, as well as Ross, Perth, Campbell Town, Oatlands, and Brighton. So far, we have distributed over 6,000 Gospels of Luke!
“Over the weekend, myself and a DTS team from Perth @ywamperth went to the mall in Launceston to hand out Bibles. After jogging across the street in the rain to catch up with a guy we’d been talking to, we found ourselves at the bus stop. Next to the guy we jogged over to meet was a young couple. I began to share with them that we wanted to celebrate Tasmanians by giving them this free gift. During our conversation, I was able to share the Gospel and my testimony of how Jesus had impacted my life. This young couple both eagerly accepted Jesus that day! Within 10 minutes we were talking to another girl who allowed us to share the Gospel and she responded as well and accepted Jesus!! All glory to God! It was the little nudges from God that led us to that bus stop that day and I am so grateful that God allowed us to be a part of it. What a privilege “
Kid’s & youth ministries
Our desire is to see children, youth, and families raised up with a growing knowledge of who God is, who they are in him, and to walk out in their God given destiny.
Our staff are involved in various local children and youth ministries throughout the year. We run a young program called “Youth Matters”. Youth Matters was launched in partnership between South East Tasmania Salvos and YWAM Tasmania to create a safe space for the young people of Sorell, our local town, to connect, hang out and have fun. We run social events during school holidays, hang out at the skate park on a regular basis and based on Feedback we’ve had from Youth, we have plans in the pipeline for more events and ways to connect!
We have staff that help run the children and youth groups in Triabunna on Fridays. The majority of the kids and youth that come have no church expereince and little knowledge of God. Kids and youth are often going home from this group, sharing with their parents, and coming back the following week to ask us more questions.
In addition we often run children and youth programs at church conferences throughout the year.
One night we had a youth group at the YWAM centre, and we had one of our staff speaking on hearing God’s voice. We had some time resting in God’s presence and 4 out of 7 youth that came had an encounter with Jesus! Since then, we’ve been discipling and connecting as much as we can with the youth and forming the group more and more in who we are as followers of Christ.