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Monday, November 10, 2008

Whirlwind


  • Well it's been a while since I've written a new post, and for those who know me well, and have been following my ministry, you know that's not like me. I have a good reason (notice I didn't say excuse). The reason is that the months of October and November have been a blur.

    From the moment October hit, it's been a whirlwind of traveling and speaking and presenting the ministry of Youth Ministry International all over the place. In fact, this past year has been the kind of year that amazes you when it's done. As I'm writing this post my head is still spinning from all of the encounters and interactions I've had with people in the US and abroad. God is at work and I'm just hanging on for the ride.

    I've been doing some tallying and, for those who are wondering what I've been up to this past year...here you go...

    Since The summer of 2007 I've spoken to groups in...

    * New Hampshire - 4 Churches
    * New York - 20 Churches, Youth Groups, Networks, Conferences
    * Pennsylvania - 3 colleges, conferences
    * Kentucky - 2 colleges, classes
    * Kenya - 1 camp, 1 college, 1 church, 1 youth group
    * Ukraine - 1 college, 1 youth group
    * Malaysia - 1 college, 1 youth group, 1 regional conference

    Some of these speaking engagements have required more than one message or class or seminar so in doing a little further evaluation I found that in the above mentioned locations this past year God used me to deliver...

    * 39 Messages
    * 13 Class sessions
    * 7 seminars

    for a grand total of 59 opportunities to challenge, inspire, motivate and encourage
    God's people that the world is young (52% under the age of 25) and needs Jesus.

    My life has been forever altered for God's glory through the impact and influence of passionate and professionally trained Youth Leaders, teachers and coaches who loved God and loved young people...so why can't kids around the world have that same opportunity?

    People are responding to the message and are stepping up to the plate to provide resources, funds and prayer for our dedicated team of YMI trainers in East Africa, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, Eurasia and Latin America, and for that I am so thankful!

    I know numbers don't tell the whole story but they sure do help tell some of the story, and the bottom line is that through the ministry of YMI around the world the following has taken place...
  • Total Local churches served by YMI training - 1710

  • Total Youth Directors trained in Informal seminars - 1225

  • Total Lay youth workers trained in Informal seminars - 4260

  • Total students enrolled in a Bachelors or Masters degree - 205

  • Total Graduated with a Masters/Bachelors/degree (as of July 2008) - 42

  • Total number of trained national leaders assisting in training - 68

  • Total number of countries represented by trainees - 25

  • Total number of National Colleges/Seminaries offering YMI degrees - 10

  • Total number of youth in churches impacted by YMI training -131,500


It's been a whirlwind year for sure, but wow what an impact our ministry is making worldwide! Thanks to you and your faithful support, the movement of Training Trainers in Youth Ministry worldwide so that young people (as of right now we know of over 131,000 of them who are sitting under the training and influence of YMI trained youth leaders) are having the opportunity to hear about the life altering truths of Jesus Christ in their culture!!

Please join me and the rest of the YMI team as we trust God for continued growth in terms of formally trained Youth Leaders who in turn will be used of God to reach young people in their country for God.

We're still looking for people who would like to join our support team by investing in our ministry which is all about Training Trainers in Youth Ministry Worldwide. In a word, it's a ministry of multiplication...As we train youth leaders, they reach young people with love of Christ in their country, and on and on it goes. With 52% of the world's population under the age of 25, there's no need to fear a shortage of opportunites anytime soon!

If you'd like to invest in life change through becoming a personal supporter of my role with YMI (I'm a missionary just like the rest of our guys) then send me an e-mail to inquire about some specific ways you can jump on board.

Or, if you would like to make an investment by sending a one time gift or become a monthly, quarterly or annual giver to my support please send your donation along with a note explaining your intention and naming "Carl Ministry Account" as the recipient.

Send the donation to...

Youth Ministry International
1300 Envoy Cir. Suite 1306
Louisville, KY 40299

Upon receipt of the gift you will be sent a tax deductable receipt for your records.

Thank You, God is using you and your investments to change lives worldwide...That's what makes the Whirlwind...Worth it!



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