As fall of 2013 approaches, I will be packing my bags.
Stuffing as much of my worldly belongings as I can into two suitcases and a carry-on.
I'm moving to England to help staff a Discipleship Training School as a YWAM missionary.
What will I be doing?
Primarily helping to organize, and keep a smoothly running Training School that is meant to provide young people the opportunity to grow in their relationship with Christ, discover their giftings and encourage them to step out beyond their comfort zone in loving the lost through a variety of ways; preparing them to either enter into a life of full time mission work or better equip them to live out an authentic Christ-like walk in their everyday life "back home"...
Why in England? Aren't the people reached already?
A few mind-boggling fast facts:
Europe, once the foundation of the Christian world...
Christian growth over the past 50-100 years - the lowest in the world.
Greater Europe Mission concludes statistically that over 400 Million people across this continent have never opened a Bible.
Just to put it in perspective:
America...1 out of 5 people profess to be bible-believing Christians
Latin America..........1 out of 10
Africa......................... 3 out of 20
Middle East.............. 1 out of 25
Europe...................... 1 out of 40
England...is the most densely crowded nation in Europe...and dubbed a secularized, “post-Christian” society.
It may have a lot of beautiful cathedrals and cute country churches, but many buildings now either stand empty or face dwindling congregations as the older generations die off. The young people, they are looking elsewhere for meaning and truth.
I am excited to make myself available for God to use in this nation. I absolutely fell in love with England when I was there with YWAM the first time.
It's a beautiful country and they have such a diverse culture.
I also believe YWAM is a fantastic vessel to allow for the Message of Christ to be released in such a variety of awesome ways...And I know training up other young people to go after knowing God with all their hearts and helping them release that passion to a world hurting around them is something I feel so honored and excited to be a part of.