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Sunday, May 4, 2008

WOW What a Year!

This week marks the one year anniversary of joining the Youth Ministry International team, and wow, what a year it has been.

We have seen God do some amazing things over the course of this past year, and it has been an exciting ride. I’ve blogged about most of the events that are listed below, so rather than go into detail in this post; I thought I would just list the month, and the event as a visual of what I’ve been up to and where God has taken me over the course of 1 year.

The upcoming months are starting to take shape as well, and it will be incredible to see what God has planned, as we continue to represent Him and the causes of International Youth Leader Training, and Leadership Development worldwide.

We would love to come to your church, camp, conference, retreat or whatever, so take a look at your schedule and let us know how our ministry can partner with you.

Thanks to everyone who has prayed for and contributed financially to our ministry, it’s working; God is using us for His purposes!

We are not at full support yet, so we’d appreciate your continued prayers with us regarding that. We know God is faithful, and will provide.

The “Lesson Learned” and “YMInsights” article series have both been getting some traction with people, so we’re really thankful for that, and it’s been fun interacting with readers, and discussing how God is using the articles in His own ways in people’s lives.
Well, besides, writing, consulting, counseling, providing logistics and encouraging our international trainers, here’s what I’ve been up to this past year…God is certainly good!

January 2007
· Taught YM 102 Youth Culture at Kiev Seminary, Kiev, Ukraine

February 2007
· Strategy Meetings, Louisville, KY

April 2007
· Spoke at Flower City Work Camp, Rochester, NY

July 2007
· Led Missions trip to Reynosa, Mexico
· Facilitated Personal Leadership Development Seminar with YMI missionaries, Redding, CA

August 2007
· Led Adventure Camp trip to Beckley, West Virginia
· Spoke at Fishkill Baptist Church, Fishkill, NY
· Spoke at Rev-Hi Youth Event, Rochester, NY

September 2007
· Spoke at Centerpoint Church, Concord, NH
· Spoke at Student Ministries at North Baptist Church, Rochester, NY

October 2007
· Led PLD Seminar and CTG Seminar at Word of Life Conference, Schroon Lake, NY
· Officiated Wedding and did ministry in Poughkeepsie, NY
· Spoke at Missions Conference at True Memorial Baptist Church, Rochester, NH
· Represented YMI at Missions Emphasis, Eastern University, Philadelphia PA


November 2007
· YMI Board Meeting, Louisville KY
· Spoke at Camp “Be The Change” at Ruiru Bible Church, Ruiru, Kenya

December 2007
· Spoke at Kenya Baptist Theological College, Limuru, Kenya
· Spoke at North Baptist Church, Rochester, NY

January 2008
· Taught YM 102, Youth Culture at Kiev Seminary, Kiev, Ukraine
· Spoke at KTS student ministry, Kiev, Ukraine

February 2008
· Spoke at Countryside Church. Contoocook, NH
· Spoke at ICYM Event, and Taught YM classes at Boyce College, Louisville, KY

March 2008
· Spoke at Rev-Hi Youth Event, Rochester, NY

April 2008
· Spoke at Flower City Work Camp, Rochester, NY
· Spoke at North Baptist Church, Rochester, NY
· Spoke at Tabernacle Chapel, Poughkeepsie, NY
· Spoke at The Community at Creekside, Poughkeepsie, NY
· Spoke at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Poughkeepsie, NY

Each of these places and events has a bunch of stories and situations attached to them, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to interact and engage with each person, place and ministry opportunity.
The above pictures were taken in Kenya, and the two guys are Massai Warriors that I met when I was there. I got an interesting lesson in culture as I got to know them. It was kind of funny when the guy on the left was interrupted during a conversation I was having with him…on HIS CELL PHONE! Technology even in the Massai Mara!

The next several months will include ministry trips to Virginia, Florida, Malaysia, Western NY, and the Hudson Valley, with several more possibilities in the works...One year down, and God willing many more to go…thanks for your prayerful support!

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