Christian Youth In Action (CYIA) training is being held June 8-20. Young people from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming will be coming to study and prepare for their respective summer ministries. It will be held at the facilities of Frontier School of the Bible (in LaGrange, Wyoming) for the first week and in each team’s local area for the second week.
Please pray that the youth will work hard, learn all of their Bible lessons and missionary stories for the summer, gain God’s heart for the children, build new friendships, and grow in Christ. Pray that the staff will have wisdom, be united, and teach effectively.
I am teaching two classes at the training camp: one on Bible lesson preparation and presentation, the other on urban ministry. I am really excited about the urban ministry class! (It is one that I have not taught before.)
The people of the world are moving to the cities of the world like never before. According to a 2005 report by the U.N. Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, 50% of the world’s population and 80% of the U.S. population lives in the city (http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/WUP2005/2005WUPHighlights_Final_Report.pdf, accessed April 19, 2008). In 1950, there were only two cities in the world with a population of 10 million or more: New York City and Tokyo. Today, there are twenty cities in the world with a population of 10 million or more.
According to research from CEF Headquarters, there are 372,039 children between the ages of 5-14 in the Denver-Boulder-Greeley area. This is our mission field for the summer. CYIA training will be followed by five weeks of teaching kids’ Bible clubs around the city. Pray that this ministry will be fruitful.
Thanks so much!