Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Prayer & Praise (June 21-27)

- We finished up our two-week Christian Youth In Action (CYIA) training this past Friday! June 7-14 we went to Highlands Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center in Allenspark, CO, where students gathered from all over the state to receive the training they need to teach kids this summer. It was gorgeous! The students worked hard and had a great time.

They learned all about how to teach kids, share the gospel, manage a group of kids, and work as a team. Pray that they would remember these things as we progress throughout the summer.

- June 15-19 we continued the training for the Denver chapter students here at our local office in Lakewood. The students got to put into practice what they had learned the week before by teaching one kids’ club each day and then evaluating it afterwards with their team.

I love getting to see the students grow at CYIA training. So much happens in just two weeks! They grow in their relationship with Christ, they grow in their confidence as teachers, and they grow together as friends and teammates.

Please pray that the growth they experience this summer would prove by God’s grace to be enduring change and transformation in their lives.

- Our budget for CYIA this year is $7,650 for the general operating expenses (i.e. separate from the summer missionaries’ individual expenses). To date we have received $3,430 (or 45%) of these funds, with $4,220 (or 55%) left to be raised. Praise God for the many supporters who have contributed already, and pray for many more to join in!

- Here in Colorado, we are blessed with a wonderful State Director for CEF: Bill Raymer who lives down in Canon City. CEF’s nationwide goal is to have a State Director in all 50 states. Praise God for four new state directors who were installed by the Board of Trustees during the month of May! They will be serving in Kentucky, Utah, Missouri, and Louisiana.

Thanks so much for praying!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Prayer & Praise (May 31 - June 6)

- Christian Youth In Action (CYIA) training camp begins this Sunday, June 7, at Highlands Presbyterian Camp & Retreat Center! It is located right on the southeast edge of beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. We will be there June 7-14 and then continue training locally at our office in Lakewood from June 15-19.

Please pray for this to be an effective time of equipping young people to minister the gospel! I look forward to everyone working hard, having a lot of fun, and growing together as friends and teammates during our week at camp.

- Our 14 summer missionaries mailed out their support letters about two weeks ago. Please pray for recipients to respond with generosity and enthusiasm for the ministry! I think we have a great team this year, and I look forward to seeing many people rise up to support them.

- Praise God for Hannah & Sarah, and all their help this week in getting ready for CYIA training! Hannah is finishing up a one-year internship with CEF here in Denver, and Sarah is a long-time summer missionary who goes to school at Metro State. Their hard work has been invaluable.

Thanks so much for your prayers and support!