Dare to make a difference

Helen Winzell

Since last year, the Swedish DJ, David, has pumped music into the Main Hall before each session at TeenStreet (TS), preparing the teens for programme ahead.

“Many people think that I’m just pressing some buttons and playing any song that comes into mind, but the preparations are time consuming,” he explains. It takes a lot of effort to find songs that are OK to play at TS, and he is also careful to look up what the songs stand for. Once that work is done, David can just go on stage and have fun—enjoying every minute.

“Music unites people,” he says. “It really does, and that’s so obvious in a place like TS, where there are so many nationalities represented.” It inspires him to see so many people from so many different places have fun together.

A missing puzzle piece

As a teen, David first noticed the difference music makes at TS. “There was a DJ one year, and since I’m a dancer, I thought that was amazing.” But then there were a few years without a DJ, and he felt that a lot could be done to use music in new ways. A piece of the TS puzzle was missing.

David thought it was worth a try to use his gifts at TS. Having worked as a DJ before, he contacted one of his country representatives and asked if it would be possible for him to fill the gap. She forwarded the question, and, in 2017, there was a DJ on the programme team for the first time.

During the first year, his position in the team was a little hazy. “You eventually find your place, but I’m still growing into this.” He describes his position as somewhere between the dancers, the band and the technicians.

He stresses that God can use people in unexpected ways. “I think that you should dare to be used, both at TS and at home, be open to what God has in store for you,” David says. “God is very creative, so dare to be creative and use your talents! You need to have the guts to be used by God. I think that that makes a difference. Maybe being a Christian DJ is not an obvious mission, but it really makes a difference.”

A passion for people

David also has a passion for people. Being one of the top three RAG fundraisers four times, he has been able to visit several projects. The first trip was to Bosnia. “That was one of the most powerful moments in my life. I’ve seen it with my own eyes and seen God’s love for people. You can’t go on a trip like that without being changed,” he shares. As he could see what difference the money made, he was encouraged to raise twice as much money the following year: “You just get so motivated.”

After finishing college last year, David volunteered for the project Seven More, adding value to ex-convicts. There he again saw God’s heart for people: “It was so incredibly cool to se the love He has for people, even though they are not even aware of it.”

When David was going to meet some ex-convicts for the first time, he felt really small. What could he possibly add to their lives? What was he going to say to them? “But I had some good conversations, and I got to see some changes. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” he summarises.

As far as raising money for this year’s RAG project—Hope for Refugees—"everyone can contribute,” David challenges the teens. “When you leave TS, you can leave some coins in the boxes, so there are no excuses.”