I am currently finalizing plans for a trip to Bangladesh where we will lead three Christian youth leader trainings. This will be our first time to minister in Bangladesh.
As I was researching some of the details on Bangladesh, I found out that this is a highly Muslim nation with over 80% being Muslim and only 0.66% being Christian. Obviously this is a country with huge needs for us to help them develop the young people there into a group of leaders who will multiply the outreach for Christ.
I am so grateful that you and I get to show our tangible love and care for people who have not heard of Christ. We are blessed to be a blessing to those yet to hear!
To fully understand how blessed we are here I did some comparisons using the county we live in and where our GYMN off is located with the country of Bangladesh. Here is what I found:
Richland County, Ohio has 1 church for every 237 people. Bangladesh has only one church for every 27,000 people. We have 100 times more churches and opportunities to hear of Christ than those in Bangladesh.
I am so glad that I live in a country that has the opportunities and freedoms we have. I am also so very glad that together we get to pass on that blessings to other real people around the globe.
Many young people are waiting to hear of the wonderful Christ that you and I know personally. Thank you for helping us to be a blessing to those around the globe!
I am always amazed at the great people that God allows us to work with in these developing countries. During this trip to Nepal we talked with and served leaders who traveled over 17 hours by bus each way to be trained (I am sure their buses are not like our comfortable touring buses we see here). Others are hiking 8 to 10 hours a day to reach villages that have never heard the name and Gospel of Jesus Christ. Others are leading youth groups that regularly have over 200 in attendance and could run up to 500 and beyond in potential. I was able to counsel the leader of this group about how to reach the ministries full potential.
The other thing that struck me on this trip was the real movement of God in this country of Nepal. God is clearly raising up passionate, young, committed leaders to insure the Gospel goes to the far corners of this country and beyond. The church here is very young and needs additional quality leaders for now and the future. You will see their passion from the pictures of worship and study that we did together. Our trip included training of over 110 youth ministry leaders! (Each will impact around 20 youth each year...annual proposed impact will be 2200 souls for Christ!) Part of this group was our Level 3 training to develop additional trainers in country. Nepal now has over 14 potential GYMN seminar trainers! Some time was spent with Koshil Thangsha and his wife Ruth. Koshil is starting on GYMN staff part-time. He plans to take the trainings to his home village and other regions of India later this year!
We had numerous times to pray with these leaders for personal struggles, ministry career decisions and a variety of other concerns including how to understand finances from a biblical view (through two seminars led by Wendell Anderson, “God and Money”). A special thanks to Wendell Anderson and Larry Lemaster for coming along on this trip. (Opportunities for others to travel to Nepal, the Philippines and/or Kenya are coming soon!). Your heart for Nepal and the ministry of Global Youth Ministry Network was so evident. Your teamwork made the trip a huge success and a lot of fun as well.
We also delivered two full suitcases of soccer equipment and uniforms to partner youth ministries in Nepal that they will use for evangelism. The items were provideed by the Kuenzli family who run a daughter ministry of GYMN (Soccer Kicks 4 Kids) www.soccerkicks4kids.com.
Jomesh Tamang and the GYMN Nepal staff did an incredible work with us as hosts and leaders there in Nepal! There were so many great pictures of the mission that could not all fit here. Go to www.global-youth.com to see a short video slideshow or visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSqjt37um7c.
Thank you so much for impacting thousands in Nepal for His sake! Your continued prayers and support are deeply appreciated!
Global Youth Ministry Network
We are having a great training event here in Kathmandu Nepal. We are getting ready to start our last day for the first event (Level 1 and Level 2 trainings). Leaders are worshipping with their whole hearts. They are seeking us for prayer on family matters, on ministry needs and personal issues as well. Larry Lemaster and Wendell Anderson have done an incredible job of teaching and shepherding these young leaders.
I (Chris Davis) have been busy with our team teaching 6-7 hours each day.
As I sit in Nepal for our training of over 100 youth ministry leaders, there are times where we may ask is all of this worth it?
We traveled close to 40 hours to arrive, raised thousands upon thousands of dollars. We leave our families and friend for close to 2 weeks. The temperatures are colder than we are used to throughout the day (the training sites do not have have heat for the most part and the temperatures are from about 40 to 55 degrees).
With all of that we would still say with a resounding YES! That this is well worth all we do.
You can see by these pictures that this event is not just a sit down conference with a stale notebook. We have over 100 dedicated leaders here. These young leaders are so passionate to do things for Christ. They sacrifice immensely in finances, lack of comforts and many other challenges. They face the need to help young people whose parents are against them being a Christian and going to church (most of the people here are Buddhist or Hindu, with only about 3% being Christian). They work in churches that have few resources to help them reach youth.
They have the passion and zeal to learn and are committed to make a real impact for the Kingdom! So, Yes…Yes…Yes…this is all worth it.
We get to do this ministry that has an exponential impact for this generation and the generations to come!
On Thursday, January 26th, our team of Larry Lemaster, Wendell Anderson and Chris Davis (myself) will begin our mission journey to Nepal. We have some great opportunities in front of us to impact thousands of youth for Christ through up to 100 youth ministry leaders that we will be training and pastoring during our 12 day trip.
We will do three youth leadership trainings (Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3). Part of our training team will be Jomesh Tamang and Koshil Thangsha (Nepal based staff for Global Youth Ministry Network-Nepal). By the end of these three trainings leaders will be encouraged and will have a one-yer strategic plan for their ministry. In addition, several local new trainers will be developed to assist the Nepal based training team. Developing additional trainers will enable 100′s and eventually 1000′s of youth leaders to be discipled in the years to come, not just in Nepal, but in India, Bangladesh and other regional locations.
Most of these countries have a very low percentage of Christians (1 to 3%), which means the development of local leaders is the key to the future growth of His church there!
In addition to the above, Wendell will be leading two “God on Money” seminars and we will be distributing soccer equipment for our daughter ministry, Soccer Kicks 4 Kids. The equipment will be used by youth ministries in Nepal as tools to reach youth for the sake of Christ!
Thank you for praying for us as we travel and train for the sake of Christ! (Prayers for our families remaining home would also be appreciated). We hope to be able to keep you posted once we arrive there (electricity is very erratic, so we will do our best). Follow us on FaceBook, Twitter and through our Feed (all available from our website www.global-youth.com). If you are to support, we have some additional funding needs still to be covered for this trip. (Funding cane done via online (PayPal) or contacting our office 419.756.4433).
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Chris Davis (on behalf of the training teams).
Global Youth Ministry Network
Incredible youth ministry leaders gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal to hear about how to develop their ministry in a way that follows in the footsteps of Christ. Enjoy the great people and presence of Christ that you see here!
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