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Saturday, February 23, 2008

YMI Update


Hey Everyone,

I know it's been a little while since I've sent out an update. It's probably due to my lackadaisical schedule - ha ha.

It's hard to believe but in the last 3 months I've been all over the Northeast, New England, Kentucky, Nairobi, Kenya, Kiev, Ukraine and even a quick trip to Niagara falls Canada to stave off boredom.

All in all I've racked up over 26,000 frequent flier miles and have seen God do some pretty incredible things in the lives of the students and leaders I've had the privilege of working with, and this is just the tip of the iceberg!

God has really been working in and through our ministry and a huge part of that success is because we have such an amazing team of prayerful supporters backing us up.

I'd like to give some updates and some prayer needs so everyone can be praying specifically with us as we focus our attention on the next several months of ministry. So here we go...

1. Please continue to pray with us about our support level - We are currently at about 55% and over the next few months I have set aside some weekends to be available to preach in churches and present our ministry. If we haven't been to your church yet and you'd like to have us come and minister and present the ministry let me know some dates that will work and we'll get them scheduled (Rumor has it Bonnie might even be available to sing - that should really seal the deal!)

2. Our house has still not sold - keep praying for God's will regarding that

3. My computer is on the fritz! - It keeps crashing, and has been giving me all kinds of problems lately...As you know a laptop is a key tool in my ministry as it helps the YMI story be told as well as serves as a valuable presentation tool when I'm traveling and speaking...I talked with Randy today about getting a new one and he suggested sending out the need to my supporters to see if anyone would like to "chip in" towards the cost of a new one for the ministry. He told me that if anyone would like to give towards this tool that they could send their donation to YMI with a note that says "Brent' Laptop" and YMI would send them a tax deductible receipt and we could purchase the laptop tax free through the ministry since we are a non-profit. As I've been looking online at different options it looks like I would be able to get a good laptop and the software I'd need (MS Office) for around $1000...If you're interested in helping toward this need just let me know.

Here's the address to send any donation towards this need if God leads you...
Youth Ministry International 1300 Envoy Circle Suite 1306
Louisville, KY 40299

4. Pray for safety and effectiveness as I speak in churches, conferences and Seminaries over the next several months.

My updated travel schedule is as follows...

* 2/29 - Speaking at Rev-Hi Youth Event in Rochester, NY
* TBA - Various openings to speak in churches, camps, conferences etc.
* TBA - "Be The Change" Seminar Series - Creekside Ministries, Poughkeepsie NY
* 7/08 - Teach YM 101 Principles of Youth Ministry in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
* 7/08 - Speak at Youth Conference in Penang, Malaysia

As I pause and reflect on all that God has accomplished in the last several months, I'm overwhelmed with how awesome He is, and how amazing His plan is!

Thanks to all of you who are partnering with us in this strategic ministry of Training Trainers in Youth Ministry Worldwide!

God bless.
Brent

2 comments:

  1. Hi :)
    So nice to see you "here"!

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  2. Lena,
    Thanks for the comment! I hope things are going well for you in Ukraine..I had an amazing time teaching the class..I think and pray for you guys often...tell everyone I sad Hello and give them a big SPACEBA (I'm not sure how to spell it) From me - God bless.
    Brent

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