Nov. 2021 Update
Nov. 15th, 2021 | Vol. 2 No. 11
FORGING THE FUTURE
Reflecting back over 2021
Looking back, it has been an incredibly fruitful year. Our whole community, staff and students alike, are deeply grateful for what God has done in our ministry as a whole. Your prayers and generosity have made a huge difference. Our property expansion is nearing completion and all of the buildings are filled with staff and young people. 2021 has been a "Crossing Jordan" experience for us. This has included major adjustments and challenges. One of the remaining challenges we are still trusting God for is the release of one million Swiss Francs to bring the construction project to a close. We have seen amazing generosity and assistance so far. We invite you to partner with us in prayer and financially for the last push towards this goal. Thank you so much in advance for your generosity. All information to donate can be found at the button down below. For any further questions regarding tax exemption, large gifts, or alternate means of contributing, please send an email to: [email protected]
SCHOOLS & TRAINING
Ministry and Leadership Development School Takes on New Format
Our ministry has been blessed with a dramatic expansion in the last year. With the increase, more space has been created for a new generation of leaders to take up the mantle in many categories. The Ministry and Leadership Development school has long been one of the best avenues we have to raise up young leaders and equip them for all that God has in store for them. We have recently overhauled the course format from a 3 month full learning week school to a 5-week intensive followed by a 19-week ministry involvement where the students are placed in a work-study role that matches their gifts and passions. This individualized approach will be much more effective at developing each student to fully maximize their strengths. The ministry involvement also opens up the door for much more practical skills training. We officially launched the first MLD of this new format at the beginning of this quarter with 10 amazing students. They have completed the intensive and have made the transition to ministry involvement. We are excited to see how each and every one of the students continues to grow and develop over the next several months. Looking to the future, we have great expectations for this newly revamped program and its vital role in the continued growth of our ministry.
Testimony from the MLD
"God has been abundantly transforming my heart. In particular, He is teaching me more and more what it means to fear Him. Through this, my thoughts and mind have dynamically changed. God has also put me in a place where he has boldly shown me my original character and used this character to relate to others in the community. I have become so much more interested in loving my neighbours. I especially enjoy discovering the strengths that God has given each of us in conversation and service. The more I learn about the heart of Jesus when He interacts with people, the more I want to be close to that heart. In this season, God gives me the joy to obey what He has told me to do, and I've become more aware of how God's eyes see even the small things. Through MLD, He has been showing me that his plan really is the best, and the best happens when God is at the center of our life and mind. I am really excited to serve our community soon through seeking God's Kingdom first!"
- Miku Ozuka, Japan
July DTS Teams Return From Successful Outreaches
We are excited to announce our July DTS teams have returned safely for their final debrief week. While one team focused more on the challenging work of pioneering in Armenia, the other team has been continuing our established ministries in North Africa.
Seminars, Bible Study Groups, & Health Seminar
For two months, we have been serving in North Africa. It's been such a privilege to live in the midst of this culture and gain God's heart for this nation. We had the privilege to serve in many different ministries, including helping with the R3 center seminars, bible study groups, and a health seminar!
The focus of our outreach has definitely been on building connections/relationships and bible studies. We are seeing that there is a great hunger for discipleship, and we took on the challenge to start teaching as much as possible. We have been part of many bible study groups, pioneering one with orthodox youth in particular. God has definitely shown us the importance and power of His word which truly is living and active!
Family visits with refugees have impacted our hearts tremendously. Many of these people have nothing and are going through great suffering, yet they have their hope and trust in the Lord. Those who don't know about Jesus are very open to discuss Him, and we have heard many stories of Muslims receiving revelations/dreams about Jesus even before they knew who He was!
Street Evangelism, Kid’s Ministry, & Home Visits
The past two months of pioneering ministry and contacts in Armenia have been such a challenging yet joy-filled time! We traveled to multiple cities during our outreach, with Agarek and Yerevan standing out. Our ministry time included street evangelism, kid’s ministry, home visits, leading services, and so much more. Our main ministry time focused on hosting the locals and walking alongside them in discipleship. We had the privilege to run the Alpha course and help many people with their questions on faith and God. There is a very strong mafia presence in the cities, and it was heart-wrenching to see the stark contrast of women dressed in designer clothes coming from homes that are falling apart in a war-torn nation.
We are continuing to pray for open doors for the missionaries who continue to pioneer the work, and we are trusting to see a great move of God and revival in the nation of Armenia!
Members of the Armenia team serve the local farmers with their Persimmon harvesting before Winter sets in.
Opportunity to Partner with Us
Just as we bring this update to a close we ask that you prayerfully consider partnering with us to help see the rest of the one million francs come in by the end of this year. Details about how to contribute can be found at the link below. For information regarding tax exemption, large gifts, and alternate means of contributing, please reach out to: [email protected]Donate