Hundreds of Muslims are meeting Jesus nightly in dreams. Syrian refugees are being loved and given hope. Bible poverty will be stricken from the world by Christmas 2020. And America is discovering the Gospel, again.
Over 500 students flooded our YWAM Kona campus this quarter to be trained as missionaries: they are families, pastors, retirees, fresh out of high school, and college grads - earnestly committed to Jesus, zealous with His desire to reach all nations. Our 30 person Discipleship Training School came from Switzerland, England, Fiji, the Philippines, Finland and all over the US to be prepared and develop Christlike character that will powerfully impact the world around them.
The world is waiting, and it is not hopeless. It's actually full of endless possibilities.
Just before Christmas we will send teams out for three months to Germany, Greece, the Middle East, New York City, and Thailand to help end Bible poverty, minister to Syrian refugees, and bring the revelation of the Messiah to Jews: they will respond as Jesus would to whomever they meet. Our family will join them on the field in the new year to provide pastoral care and connect with our long-term missionary contacts.
We are excited to travel again as a family! Finn is a great flyer, and loves people - he will do so great!
Curious about Bible Poverty? Check it out here or scroll down!
In 2014, YWAM founders Loren and Darlene Cunningham
traveled the globe meeting international, interdenominational Christian leaders including Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury to give them a copy of the Christian Magna Carta: a basic human rights document developed in 1981. Simple, it's rights found through the Gospel applied to every human. Among those rights is the desperate need to for a Bible to be in every language on the planet. You can read a great synopsis of each stop on there tour here, or look at the Christian Magna Carta here!
Major Bible and missions organizations, such as Wycliff and the Jesus Film, have partnered with YWAM to see the Bible translated into the last 1776 languages by Christmas 2020.
This is a bold endeavor and rightly so! Every person should have an opportunity to meet Jesus in the Bible of their own heart language, and we know that when the whole world is reached with the Good News of Christ He will return (Matthew 24:14). There is an urgency, friends!
The YWAM Kona base has become a hub for Bible distribution efforts in all of YWAM and for other organizations. Teams are being sent out equipped with audio Bibles that can be instantly given to any phone, anywhere, however primitive the model. They are often sent with a portable backpack containing a small projector and speaker that is able to translate the Jesus Film, which portrays the Gospel beautifully, in a myriad of languages.
We are sending a team to Thailand from our school who will be hiking into villages that have never before heard of Jesus and giving them the Gospel....Can you imagine being a part of that, being the one to deliver the Good News, first?
If you are curious about what makes the Bible so impactful for nations, we suggest reading "The Book That Transforms Nations" and "The Peace Child."
Check out more on ENDBIBLEPOVERTYNOW.COM for how you can get involved, and sign the covenant to pray!
THE CHRISTIAN MAGNA CARTA
Youth With A Mission affirms the Christian Magna Carta which describes the following basic rights as implicit in the gospel.
Everyone on earth has the right to:
• Hear and understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.
• Have a Bible available in their own language.
• Have a Christian fellowship available nearby, to be able to meet for fellowship regularly each week, and to have Biblical teaching and worship with others in the Body of Christ.
• Have a Christian education available for their children.
• Have the basic necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter and health care.
• Lead a productive life of fulfillment spiritually, mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.
We commit ourselves, by God’s grace, to fulfill this covenant and to live for His glory.
(Developed by YWAM leaders, 1981)