Recently, Ernie and I were able to share some crosses with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) folks visiting from West Virginia and learn a little bit about their program. Simply put, YWAM is a worldwide interdenominational movement of young people with the common goal to know God and to make Him known. Some of you may already be familiar with the program and recognize YWAM’s logo to the right.
For those of you (like us) who are just discovering this wonderful program, here’s some background information I found on their website for you. In 1960, YWAM started working with young people in all parts of the world, training them to go out and help others to have a better understanding of who God is and inspiring them to further their relationship with Him (in the years to come, this program would reach out to thousands of youth, ages 9 – 90!). The training comes through Discipleship Training Schools, a 5 month program (3 months classroom, 2 months outreach) where young people focus on mission work, cultivating their personal relationship with God and developing their personal character. Additionally, they are encouraged to identify the unique individual gifts they possess and transform them into personal ministries they can share with others. Some of these ministries include promoting creativity in music; sharing passion for outdoor activities such as hunting, archery, canoeing, or hiking; and hosting mission teams.
The folks we met from WV are very dedicated to serving the community in their area. It was a joy to introduce them to Cross The World and welcome them to our family. To read more about their personal mission in the West Virginia area, please click HERE.
Aaahhh, summer in Minnesota!! Gotta love it!!!
‘Think of all the people you cross paths with each day. You might be reflecting Jesus to some who have been blind to the truth of God. Your oneness with the Lord makes you an asset to the body of Christ, too. You have no idea how many lives might be touched by yours.’ – Charles Stanley
We thank the following for touching others with the cross during the month of July:
Birchwood Church – Soldotna, AK
Crossing Home – Mpls, MN
Hilltop Chapel – Palisade, MN
North Gate Vida Nueva – Onamia, MN
St. Francis Hospital Pastoral Care – Tulsa, OK
Central MN Faith Community, St. Cloud Hospital – St. Cloud, MN
Dodie – MN
Open Door Community Church – Breezy Point, MN for mission work through YWAM in West Virginia
Don – MN
St. Peters Church – New York Mills, MN
St. Paul Lutheran Church – Grafton, WI for a mission trip to Cambodia
Carol – PA
Providence Physical Therapy – Surf City, NC
We all have gifts. They differ in keeping with the grace that God has given each of us. Do you have the gift of prophecy? Then use it in keeping with the faith you have. Is it your gift to serve? Then serve. Is it teaching? Then teach. Is it telling others how they should live? Then tell them. Is it giving to those who are in need? Then give freely. Is it being a leader. Then work hard at it. Is it showing mercy? Then do it cheerfully.
– Romans 12: 6-8