The Movement

About embody

We’re a community, a movement of young people passionate about global mission, social justice and God’s Kingdom. We want to see freedom for the slave, food for the hungry, and enough for all. We know we have a part to play in the story of God’s justice and hope that has been at work for thousands of years before us – and you do too!

Our Story

In 2011 we started an experiment. We were passionate about God’s Mission and felt called to take action – and we knew we weren’t the only ones. So we started talking and dreaming with young people across the country. We talked, prayed and took action together. Through all this we found that it can be hard to know how to get involved, and that can be isolating.

That’s why we started embody.

Because we know God uses young people to change the world. We can’t sit on the sidelines, but we don’t have to do it alone. Across the country we’re building a community of young people who are standing up and changing the world.

In 2014 we launched Safe Water September, and through fundraising together have now given over 14,000 people access to safe water. Last year, in just one week almost 200 people prayed together for global mission. We’ve seen young people stand up and champion justice and hope to their communities.

So what’s next for embody? Come find out.

Join us

Meet the team

Natalie Oakes

Natalie Oakes

National Coordinator
There’s nothing Nat loves more than meeting new people, that’s why she heads up our relationships nationally and oversees all our volunteer engagement. You’ll find her at most embody events, having a great chat about global mission, her favourite cafés or anything in between. 

April Holmes

April Holmes

Relationships Manager – VIC / TAS
April is completing an honours year in International Studies, and has experience coordinating project partnerships at a Melbourne-based social enterprise. She's passionate about international development, particularly monitoring and evaluation. She likes to escape on weekends, and drink a lot of coffee!

Bek Haynes

Bek Haynes

State Coordinator – SA
Bek loves connecting with new people. Along with Abbie, Bek has been helping the embody community in South Australian grow. Bek is studying at Bible college, and has been volunteering with embody since May 2016. 

Abbie Alabaster

Abbie Alabaster

State Coordinator – SA
Abbie has been volunteering with embody since May 2016, and it's been wonderful to see her and Bek helping our embody community grow in South Australia. As well as being State Coordinator, she is studies physiotherapy.

Jessie Skelly

Jessie Skelly

Mission Catalyst NSW
Jessie loves to live life to the full and will take any opportunity to play some sport, have fun and enjoy a laugh. He is passionate about seeing young people discover their kingdom potential & equipping them to pursue Christ for the rest of their lives.

Who is Global Mission Partners (GMP)?

Embody is the youth and young adults movement of GMP. Global Mission Partners has been around for over 125 years, and has its beginnings working in India.

GMP is a Christian international mission, relief and development organisation. They are a national agency, part of the Churches of Christ movement in Australia. They have long-term partnerships in Asia, the Pacific and Africa, which focus on Church Partnerships and Relief and Development and partner with Indigenous Ministries here in Australia.

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Through GMP, we help support local people who are taking action in their own communities. GMP partners in 11 countries, in areas of Church Partnerships and Relief and Development, as well as Indigenous Ministries here in Australia. We invest in and work through our partners, who God is using in a variety of global settings.

If you’d like to financially support our partners, the best way to do so is through Global Mission Parnters (GMP). You can find out more on their website.

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Safe Water September is a challenge to drink nothing but water for the entire month of September, to raise funds for water projects in rural Zimbabwe. Every $20 you raise gives one person access to life-changing safe water. All funds raised go to our GMP partner Showers of Blessings. Find out more, or sign up at

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