Get to Know Tyahni Austria

Hi, I'm Tyahni Austria. I minister in South Korea.

Ministry Description

So I'm currently serving as the Dean of English and a teacher at SYME Korea. My job includes preparing class notes and schedules, teaching the daily three classes (Bible, Writing/Reading/Pronunciation), preparing chapel schedules, meeting with students, writing out their English testimonies, preparing the MPT (Michigan Placement Test) and lastly, organizing Friend Day! These positions give me experience in administration and teaching, but more importantly, allows me to spend time with and grow close to our students.

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About Tyahni

Question, anyone ever see the movie, “Megamind”? Blue guy, evil genius, fish-gorilla henchman? Well, Megamind is really bad at being bad. The reason why he tries to be bad was because he felt like everyone, everywhere was making him out to be a bad guy. He says, “If I was going to be the bad boy, I would be the baddest boy of them all”, and that’s how I lived my life…except, I’m a girl:)
I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. My parents were 17 and 18 years old (American age) when they had me. That’s not too much older than you guys. Think of the things you guys like to do, basketball, soccer, hang out with friends, play video games; would you guys really want to spend all your time with two babies that are crying and need to be fed or changed, all the time? My parents had a hard time giving up their fun too. Where I’m from, which is Hawaii, we are very blunt and straightforward…actually, we’re really kind of just mean to each other. I felt as if people just didn’t like me, I don't know why, but they didn’t. I felt like the bad guy, and so when I moved to Germany, I decided to act like one. When I got to my new school, I would say horrible things to kids that I felt threatened by, and I beat up those who “stepped to me”. At home, I didn't listen to my parent’s, in fact, I would purposely get grounded so I could break those rules too and I would bully my younger siblings. I stopped caring whether or not I was in trouble, if I was liked, or if I was hated; in my mind, nobody was on my side, it was me fighting the world.
Suddenly, my father became a Christian, he was totally changed, he was kind, he was gentle, and that turned our family upside-down. My mom saw the change and she re-devoted her life. What I knew of God was that either He wasn’t real or He was an evil Guy in the sky who was responsible for my troubles. If He was real, when I died, I knew I had a lot to say to Him, and I wasn’t scared to go to Hell cause I felt like I was already living in it. My parents were forced me to go to church, to do a family Bible study, and the worst of all, they moved me to a Christian private school, when I’d literally just started middle school. I had to wear an ugly uniform, sit among kids who were way too happy, and I had to learn Christian stuff. I hated it. I hated it so much. I’d lost the desire to live. I just wanted to be somewhere where I couldn’t be bothered anymore, where I could just be alone forever…and that would be in a grave. One day, I was home alone, I wrote out a long letter to my parents and I poured out all my pain, all my bitterness and anger. I grabbed every bottle of medicine I could find in the house, I wasn’t too sure how much I’d need to overdose, so I decided to just take it all. I emptied the first bottle into my hand, and I stared at the pile of white pills on my palm…and I stared and stared and stared. I couldn't do it. I don’t know why, but I was terrified. I put everything back and tore up the letter, now mad at myself, I mean, I couldn’t even kill myself!
Then Christmas time came around. It was so boring to learn about the genealogy of Jesus and to learn about how wise men came to give Him gifts, but there was a chapel visit that was very different. I was going to sit in and laugh at how a virgin gave birth to the Son of God, but that’s not what the pastor talked about. He had us turn to Matthew 27, which is about Jesus’ crucifixion. I’d never heard it before. I didn’t know His back was torn to shreds, His face was beaten beyond recognition, or that His body was beaten and hung on a tree. I thought this was harsh and just plain sick. “You know why He did this?”, the pastor asked us. I couldn't come up with an answer, nobody should've ever gone through that. “He died like this because He loves you.”, pastor said. He loved me? How could anyone love me? Why would He go through that, for me? Tyahni, someone who wanted to make everyone miserable, was loved by the God of the universe. I didn’t understand why, but I could truly say that I felt loved then. That day, I gave my life to Jesus.
That was 7 years ago, and that decision has effected every single part of my life since then. That’s why I’m here, to learn about MY God, and also, to serve His people. The spent a year at WOLB Jeju and now a year here at SYME, and its been a tremendous blessing. I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing, everyday I get to teach and live life with students who are looking to better their English, and more importantly, their walk with God. Please pray for us and our ministry!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Contact Information

Skype: tyahni austria
30-22 Masan-ri, Jinwi-myun, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, 17716

(+82) 010-2187-7772

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