Ten New YWAM Books

YWAM is full of great stories of God’s work around the world. Here are 10 recent books from YWAM authors that can inspire you and your family.

We Can End Bible Poverty Now, by Loren Cunningham. In this book, YWAM founder Loren Cunningham speaks of his passion and goal to make the Word of God available to every person on earth—in this generation.

 

Taking on Giants, by Joe Portale. From spiritual forces in France to the perilous Sahara desert to war and poverty in Southeast Asia, Joe and his ministry team persevered through many challenges. Their successes and failures provide a roadmap for all who would respond to God’s call.

 

The Homes of Hope Story, by Sean Lambert. A behind-the-scenes account of how God led Sean and Janet Lambert in building homes for the poor and how thousands have joined with them in discovering the joy of giving.

 

Epic Faith, by Marty Myer. In his journey from youth pastor in Idaho to missionary trekking through Nepal and India, Marty Meyer shares his epic failures as well as his triumphs.

 

God and Political Justice, by Landa Cope. Are political justice and human flourishing possible? Landa Cope shows that the answer is yes—and it will require hard work and an unwavering commitment to God’s revealed principles.

 

Bring Your Eyes and See, by Steve and Marie Goode. Steve Goode and Marie Bentley, high-school sweethearts from Tennessee, couldn’t have imagined all they would see through multiple decades of service to the poor and oppressed.

 

Boundless, by Bryan Bishop. First-hand accounts of a startling phenomenon: hidden movements of Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists who are following Jesus outside the boundaries of traditional Western Christianity.

 

Love Notes to God, by Linda McGowen Panci. A story of adventure, faith, and healing in the French-speaking world.

 

River People, by Kent and Josephine Truehl. Kent, an American, and Josephine, an Australian, journeyed to an unfamiliar continent and set out to live on a riverboat deep in the Amazon jungle.

 

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Rescue in South Sudan

In 2016, due to fighting in South Sudan, YWAM’s workers in the country faced an urgent need to evacuate. Many of those workers are natives of South Sudan and couldn’t afford the cost of airfare. Thanks to contributions from churches and from YWAM’s emergency fund, called the Storehouse Fund, they were all able to leave safely.

YWAMers from South Sudan and Uganda leave for the South Sudan refugee camp

Now, as violence continues to make South Sudan unsafe for their return, the YWAMers from South Sudan are continuing to care for vulnerable people who live near their new home in Arua, Northern Uganda. They have begun to reach out to other refugees from South Sudan in villages nearby, helping these people find shelter, nutritious food, and healthcare.

Also, a team of eight from the YWAM Arua Discipleship Training School recently had the opportunity to fly back to a refugee camp inside South Sudan. Although many of them had recently escaped the violence, they sensed God leading them back into South Sudan to care for others.

For a month, they ran a seminar on knowing God and making God known. The 118 participants included 20 Muslims who were seeking God. Many of these people were the first believers from their tribes. Many come from the Nuba mountain area in Sudan. By the end of the program, some of the Muslim students had chosen to follow Jesus.

As the seminar ended, a Muslim leader talked to the YWAMers. He said in his tribe there are now 55 Christians. There were never any Christians before. But in the camp these believers had no place to worship. They were joining with Christian groups from other tribes that spoke other languages. He asked the YWAMers if they could build the believers from his tribe a church.

Building the church in the refugee camp

So that day the seminar participants went over to this tribe’s area of the camp and, together with the Muslim elders there, in one day they built a church.

That evening, many of those Muslim leaders joined the Christians for a service in the new church. The YWAM team showed the Jesus Film and many people gave their lives to Christ.

Team leader Vikki Wright, who together with her husband John leads YWAM Arua, is now contemplating how God will lead them next. Fifty of the tribes in the Nuba mountains have no known believers. Most of those tribes have people who have taken shelter in the refugee camp. The YWAMers have many invitations to come back.

Said Vikki, “God is looking for people to fulfill the Great Commission who will go no matter how much money is in the bank, who will have courage to face the fire, who will follow Him step by step, and possess their promised land as they extend the Kingdom of God. We don’t need to be superstar Christians, just people who will trust and obey.”

The South Sudan refugee camp: many unreached tribes

To find out more about YWAM in South Sudan, go to the YWAM South Sudan Facebook page. To learn more about YWAM Arua, visit ywamarua.org.

If you would like to help YWAM care for people in times of crisis like the YWAMers in South Sudan are going through, please make a contribution to the YWAM Storehouse Fund. After helping with several needs over the last year, the fund is depleted and needs more donations. To give, go to the ywam.org donate page and pick “emergency fund” from the list.

 

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Finding God in Bali

The nation of Indonesia consists of almost as many islands as there are languages and cultures. The island of Bali is one of these distinct societies, lying in the southern portion of this large and diverse country. Known to many as the “Island of Hinduism,” Christianity has a distinctly small following in Bali. But despite comprising only two percent of the population, God is still working miracles through his Balinese Christians and University of the Nations base located on the island. Three recent testimonies gathered by University of the Nations staff make this evident.

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While sitting and chatting with a group of Balinese men in a hut, a Balinese man turned to a University of the Nations staff member and began to speak in English in hushed tones. He said to the staff member, “I am healed. I believe in Jesus.” The staff member was startled and not sure how to respond, and so asked the Balinese man to explain more.

The man told how earlier in his life he had suffered from a sickness that he kept to himself. Then one late night while watching television he came upon a Christian program. The people on the program were inviting others to believe in Jesus while praying for the sick to be healed in His name. They were also inviting the viewers to believe in Jesus and pray for themselves. The Balinese man felt compelled by their invitation, and told the staff member that “I believed and I prayed for myself and Jesus healed me!” He looked at the staff member with a grin on his face and said it again, “I believe in Jesus!”

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One late night, as a University of the Nations staff member was on the street, a Balinese woman whom he did not recognize came close and called him by name. She said to him “I believe in Jesus!” Confused, and a little shocked, he asked her to explain more.

Sometime before, this woman’s husband had betrayed her. He left her and her eight year old son on their own, and the woman struggled with the pain and anger left in her husband’s place. Soon someone gave her an Indonesian Bible. She opened it, and from 2 Corinthians Chapter 11 the words “Jesus Christ is your husband” immediately stood out. She wept, and told the staff member, “Jesus is my husband. I believe in him.”

She found comfort in Christ, even in her loneliness, shame and anger. Knowing then that Christ would always be with her, she told the staff member “Jesus is my husband. I believe in Him.” Even after her family ostracized her, she is still today finding comfort in the local church her son and her now attend with their fellow Balinese Christians.

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Like many prisons throughout the world, Bali’s infamous Kerobokan prison is an area of special ministry for YWAM and the University of the Nations. Recently, a known Balinese gangster and drug dealer in Kerobokan was converted and became a Christian. He went throughout the whole prison seeking and extending forgiveness. This radical change of heart shook the other inmates, and as he became a giving and caring person the inmates around him were deeply impacted. The reformed gangster soon died of an unknown sickness.

One inmate in particular was stunned and confused at these recent events. He realized how little we all understand the purposes of God. In a state of confusion and desperation he cried out to God, seeking truth and understanding in Heaven where Earth and his efforts had failed him. That night, Jesus appeared to him in a vision. This inmate is now a Christian and has changed just as radically as the former gangster did before him.

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Sarah’s Prayer

As Sarah prayed at a lookout in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains, she prayed for God to fulfill His desires for this needy nation.

Sarah said the experience changed her as well. She had only recently committed her life to Christ after years of partying and cocaine use.

She left the lookout with a passion for God’s purposes in Asia. After her outreach, she stayed on in the same East-Asian country in which she prayed.

 

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Typhoon Haiyan Relief

In the aftermath of the devastating typhoon Haiyan, a storm that has left more than 1,700 dead and millions homeless, YWAM teams from many nations are making their way to the Philippines to provide relief to the victims.

To donate, please click here and pick “Typhoon Haiyan Relief” from the dropdown list.

As he was leaving The Netherlands for the Philippines, Dick Brouwer, a member of the RescueNet team, said, “We don’t really know what to expect. The cyclone victims are experiencing the worst time of their lives. We trust God for His leading and we make ourselves available to help many.”

Another member of RescueNet, Michelle Thompson, left from South Africa. “A mad dash to get last supplies,” she wrote, “then on that plane.”

The members of RescueNet have been trained in disaster response. They have served in the Haiti earthquake, Indonesia tsunami, Pakistan earthquake and many other places of crisis.

They will add their services to the work of YWAM outreach teams and YWAM workers from the Philippines. Many YWAM locations in the Philippines are preparing to provide practical assistance to the typhoon survivors. Some of these Filipino YWAM staff have already been involved in caring for the victims of the October 15 earthquake in Bohol, one of the areas now damaged by the typhoon.

YWAM has several ministry centers in the area affected by typhoon Haiyan. Those centers are located in Calapan City, Calabayog City, Molo, Tagbilaran City, Dumaguete, Cebu, Naga City, Daraga, and Surigao.

One of those Filipino YWAMers, Barbie Calo, asked for prayer. Specifically, she asked believers to pray for:

–The places badly hit by the typhoon (Leyte, Samar, Albay, Sorsogon, Cebu, Bohol, Aklan, North Palawan, Iloilo, Capiz, and Roxas)

–Efficient distribution of relief (food, water, medicine, housing, clothing)

–For safe travel, health and finances for the YWAM relief workers

–Restoration of power, water and communication

–Psychological/emotional recovery from trauma

–Families to be reunited, survivors to be identified

–Access to many other areas that are still unreachable

–People will stop looting and stealing from one another

–For wisdom and protection for relief workers

 

Photo by Erik De Castro/Reuters

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Typhoon Relief Effort Expands

YWAM teams from the Philippines and from many other nations have now arrived in the typhoon Haiyan disaster zone. They are busy providing medical care, transportation of relief supplies, body recovery, and many other services. They face urgent needs for supplies and for more workers.

To donate, please click here and pick “Typhoon Haiyan Relief” from the dropdown list.

In the flattened town of Tanuan, a RescueNet team has helped run a temporary hospital that has been set up in the damaged town hall. They have treated deep wounds caused by flying debris. Twelve babies have been born in the town hall, two by C-section. The clinic needs medicine and more medical workers.

In the same town, the RescueNet team also helped recover bodies from the river. An outreach team from YWAM Manila has helped with the same grim task in another hard-hit city, Tacloban, where they helped to recover more than 300 bodies.

Michelle Thompson of RescueNet assists with relief distribution

Michelle Thompson of RescueNet assists with relief distribution

YWAM Mindanao has provided two vehicles to Eastern Leyte. These vehicles are crucially needed for distribution of relief supplies. The food and water sits at the airport waiting to get out to the people who need it.

In Tacloban, seven YWAM workers distributed an entire dump-truck load of relief supplies. They handed out thousands of packages. Said team leader Mitch Metzger, “The people asked for water, water, water. The wells are dirty and there is no city water yet.”

In Cebu, YWAM workers packed 1,000 sacks of relief goods, which contained rice, hygiene kits and water jugs.

In addition, YWAM relief teams are currently researching small islands that may have been damaged but overlooked until now.

Currently, YWAM relief teams have arrived from South Korea, the Netherlands, South Africa, the USA, Singapore, and other countries. They are coordinating with many other relief agencies in the area.

Many of these YWAM teams have been hard at work even before typhoon Haiyan struck. A Discipleship Training School outreach team from Mexico heard about the October 15 earthquake in Bohol, Philippines, came to help, and now has joined in with the relief effort from typhoon Haiyan. A YWAM Philippines relief team from Cebu has similarly worked to care for victims of the Bohol earthquake and now they continue their work as they assist victims of the typhoon. They have been working on disaster relief for four weeks.

YWAM Philippines currently has a large room to house more relief workers in Tacloban. They ask teams to please bring all their own food and to come with water purifiers. They are looking for a long-term relief and development center in the area. They are gearing up for a rebuilding effort that will take years.

YWAM needs more outreach teams to help with the distribution of food and water. To contact YWAM Cebu directly, click here.

Said a YWAM worker in Cebu, “Praise God for His grace.
 The Lord is building a church without walls. Disaster brought the people of God together. Every tongue, every tribe, every nation is bringing glory to God as 
we unite ourselves to serve people who need a lot of comfort in this time of calamity.”

Donations to YWAM’s relief efforts go directly to the teams on the ground. Since YWAM teams do not get paid salaries and have very low overhead, almost all the funds go to the relief efforts in the Philippines. Please give generously as God leads.

For frequent updates on YWAM’s typhoon relief efforts, visit the YWAM Philippines Facebook page, or the YWAM global Facebook page.

 

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Typhoon Rebuilding Begins

YWAM teams in the Philippines disaster zone continue to distribute relief supplies and retrieve bodies, and some workers have begun to help victims rebuild. Many teams have asked for funds to provide hammers, saws, nails and corrugated roofing.

To donate, please click here and pick “Typhoon Haiyan Relief” from the dropdown list. 

Israel Garcia helps with reconstruction on Bantayan Island

Israel Garcia helps with reconstruction on Bantayan Island

YWAM’s effort to care for the victims of typhoon Haiyan now reaches many parts of the disaster area. YWAM currently has 208 people in 19 teams working on relief and reconstruction.

Teams from the Philippines have distributed clothing and relief packages. One such team has traveled to Dulag, a hard-hit and overlooked town, with a 40-foot container of supplies and building materials. One Filipino worker with a few friends went to Bantayan Island with just a hammer and a few simple tools. Thanks to the generosity of friends, this tiny team is now helping to rebuild 20 homes.

Two groups from YWAM Korea currently are working on reconstruction. They are restoring the roof on a school in Estancia, and they also have helped individual families rebuild. In Tacloban, YWAMers with a generator assist homeless people by charging cell phones in a refugee center. They have also retrieved many bodies, 15 in one day.

In Tanauan, the RescueNet team of 19 people has turned the medical clinic over to a German organization. The RescueNet workers treated hundreds of patients in a makeshift clinic in the town hall. They also retrieved bodies, repaired the roof and provided comfort to children.

As the team left, the Tanauan mayor said, “I’d like you to know the people of Tanauan are very grateful for what you have done. You came in a time of our greatest need. You cared for our patients, helped us collect the bodies, even repaired the town hall’s roofing. You are all amazing people.”

One of those RescueNet workers, Dick Brower, a YWAM leader from The Netherlands, told about his experience.

“Our team has provided medical care to literally hundreds of people. Some had very large and deep cuts from flying debris such as metal roofing sheets. In the room next door, in our town hall, a Japanese team was treating patients. Another office was turned into a delivery room where midwives helped moms give birth to their babies. Desks were turned into operating tables and ‘beds’ to deliver on. The cooperation between the various teams in the town hall went very well. On the ground floor, local medics focused on primary health care, vaccinations and screening of patients. The vice-mayor, also a doctor, took on a coordination role for all necessary medical aid. The moment most of our team left Tanauan we were able to pass on our clinic to a team of German doctors.

“After a few days, we took the initiative to engage in search and recovery activity as well. This was a felt need in the city. Local people didn’t really know what to do with the dead. In some neighborhoods the water had just subsided and the smell of the bodies indicated where they were located. At least two armed soldiers guarded us as we went out into the city to recover bodies that locals would guide us to. While carefully wearing our personal protection equipment we put the bodies in the body bags. Some bodies we needed to dig out from under the rubble. Others were floating in the water. Often military personnel helped us carry the full body bags to the road from where they were being picked up to be buried in mass graves. We recovered 21 bodies, including five children. Our attitude and actions seemed catalytic and mobilized the local communities. Often they too engaged and helped after we got started. They were very thankful for what we did.

RescueNet worker repairs town hall roof

RescueNet worker repairs town hall roof

“All practical talents of our team could be fully utilized. Almost daily the guys spent some time on the town hall’s roof, which had completely blown off. With tarps, ropes and whatever we could find we tried to cover parts of the town hall in order to keep some water out. Daily we had some big rain showers. Still too much water kept coming in and many ceilings had already come down because of that. We did all we could to keep the place as dry and as safe as possible.

“In one of my roles, as communications officer, I dealt with the media and provided daily information for our blog. Almost daily we had media come through our town.

“Children are hit hard with such disasters. Survivors are traumatized because of loss of a parent, siblings or grandparents. Some of our RescueNet team members came prepared to minister especially to kids, by creating playing moments and intentionally seeking contact with them. This touched many young lives.

“Whenever we had the opportunity we tried to talk with the patients who visited our clinic. We heard their personal stories and saw many tears. With many we could pray. I remember talking to a lady whose deep head wound we had just tended, how she shared that she lost eight family members, including her husband, one child, two children-in-law and three grand children. How sad.

“One of the young midwives who worked in the town hall lost her four-year-old daughter. Every day she asked us if we had perhaps found her.

“It was obvious to us that, in spite of the ordeal that had come over these people, they were very kind and gentle. We were able to connect well with them since many speak English. That was great and helped us experience precious moments with them.

“This disaster deployment in fact was my first one. And yes, we train regularly and sometimes in an outreach context. But this was what we really train and prepare for. How privileged I found myself to be able to serve these people in this overwhelming crisis, together with God and our team. People were so vulnerable and yet so open and grateful for our help.

“All RescueNet members are volunteers. Some have ‘normal’ jobs while others of us work with YWAM fulltime. We are personally responsible for covering expenses for our training, airfares, uniforms, personal protection equipment, food, etc.

“On the day most of us left Tanauan, the town of 50,000 inhabitants had confirmed 1,246 dead and still 756 people missing. Thousands injured, material damage beyond imagination, 2,000 families who are being relocated since their residence area along the coast has been condemned. Still many needs for relief as well as more long term rehabilitation. Electricity, water, all infrastructure is broken or destroyed.

“We, the team, have experienced so much and have been able to share so much, motivated by God’s compassion. We pray that God will multiply our labor and have mercy on the survivors of this disaster. He is good, merciful and faithful in His love!”

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Refugee Work Expands

YWAM’s work with refugees continues to expand. In Europe as well as in the Middle East, teams continue to hand out clothing, teach children, and assist immigrants as they settle.

To donate to YWAM’s work among refugees, go to our donation page, select “For:” and pick “Refugee Crisis” from the list.

You can also join us as a volunteer. To get involved, email us about YWAM refugee ministry.

YWAM Ministry Along the Refugee Trail

Lesvos Team Madison

A YWAM team from Madison, USA volunteers in Lesvos, Greece

On the Greek island of Lesvos, YWAM’s ship the Next Wave has docked and is providing housing for outreach teams. The YWAM workers there have been asked to take two sections of a refugee processing center. They are in charge of the family and unaccompanied children sections. They continually need volunteers to come and work with newly-arrived refugees.

In the Middle East, YWAM runs an elementary school for Syrian refugee children. It’s a challenging task to run the school in a neighborhood where many local residents don’t want refugees among them. Also, most of the children have been traumatized. “Hurting people hurt others, so you can imagine how it is,” the school director said. Never-the-less, the YWAM workers press on, and many children are responding to the loving instruction they receive. One young student wrote, “From the beginning of the year I was not able to read or write but I asked God to help me to be able to read and write and he helped to be smart and I’m thankful to him for everything.”

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YWAMers host a Christmas party for refugees in Bad Blankenburg, Germany

In Germany, several YWAM ministry centers help immigrants adjust to their new surroundings. One has started a home for 30 teenage boys that had nowhere else to stay. At another center, YWAM workers teach German classes. They threw a Christmas party and invited refugees from their little town to come. They gave out presents, had a soccer competition, and even went to a midnight Christmas Eve service at a local church. The YWAMers and their guests filled up half the sanctuary.

In other places, YWAM Sicily meets the needs of Africans from places like Tunisia, Sudan, and Libya who are seeking refuge. YWAM Dalarna, Sweden, has begun discipling Afghans who have shown an interest in the gospel. YWAM also has refugee ministry in France, Belgium, Hungary, several Middle Eastern countries, and many other places.

Two Boys in Lesvos

Helena Wahl

Helena Wahl

On Lesvos, Helena Wahl was working in a clothing tent when she spotted two boys, one about 20 years old and the other 11. The younger one had a pouch hanging around his neck. In it she could see the boy’s passport and a few euros peeking out.

The two had come to the clothing tent after a large group of people had just left. Men, women and children had come into the tent wet and cold after getting off their boat. “People were pressing, pushing, panicking to get in and get dry clothing,” Helena recalled. It took a while for all the people to find what they needed, but they were all able to walk away dry and smiling.

Now, as Helena paused to catch her breath, these two boys walked in. The older boy led the younger up to Helena to ask for help. Helena greeted them with the little Arabic she knew. With the assistance of a translator, she tried to serve them. In the process, she found out they were from Iraq. They were trying to get to Sweden.

“Are you brothers?” Helena asked. “No,” they said. They had met as they were traveling.

“Do you have family with you?” Helena inquired. “No,” they said again. They were alone.

“That was where it hit me,” Helena said. She has brothers back in Canada around the same age as those boys. “They had no one, they were traveling alone, and they were the world for each other.”

As the boys picked out clothing, Helena looked down and awkwardly started reorganizing her desk. She didn’t want them to see her tears. “We–who have everything–are giving what we have. But here was a situation where a boy–who has nothing–was giving all that he had. They were helping, protecting, and caring for each other. It was so profound it broke my heart.”

Helena and many other YWAMers are encountering the real stories of real people as they help refugees in many countries.

There are many opportunities to get involved across Europe and the Middle East. Contact us about refugee ministry to find out more.

Also, to receive news updates about the refugee work done by YWAM in Europe, visit the YWAM Europe Refugee Circle website.

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Volunteer With Refugees

The YWAM team serving at the refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece has issued an appeal for more volunteers. Please consider coming. You can also support their work by going to YWAM’s donation page.

Volunteers having tea with refugees in Lesbos camp

Volunteers having tea with refugees in Lesbos camp

“Come to Lesbos, we need your help….

“The camp is bulging at the seams. Eight more boats full of hopeful and desperate people have landed in the past week only to be crammed with more than 2,000 others into an already full detention camp.

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Children in the Lesbos camp

“The food is very basic and at subsistence levels. Milk is rationed. Our volunteers continually rise to the challenge making sure everyone is fed while defusing tension and keeping an atmosphere of love. People are bored and having someone share joy and hope, listen to their story, and play games with the kids helps the time slip by. There are so many opportunities to serve these wonderful people but the workers are few.

“The Greek military expects the dam to burst and the boats to flood across the Aegean once more. The volunteer numbers have dropped and at the same time leadership has reinstated 24-hour cover to help provide the right level of support to the family compounds as well as the units for vulnerable adults and unaccompanied children. YWAMers regularly take double shifts and expend the last reserves of energy to serve these people.

Lesbos-Fence“I am appealing to you from Lesbos – please stop whatever you are doing and ask God if He would have you come. Tomorrow we are already 11 people short for the late shift and in the coming weeks we are looking at similar challenges. Would you also stand with us in prayer as we seek God for all that we need in order to serve here?”

For more information and to make the necessary arrangements to come, please email the Lesbos team.

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Rescue in South Sudan

In 2016, due to fighting in South Sudan, YWAM’s workers in the country faced an urgent need to evacuate. Many of those workers are natives of South Sudan and couldn’t afford the cost of airfare. Thanks to contributions from churches and from YWAM’s emergency fund, called the Storehouse Fund, they were all able to leave safely.

YWAMers from South Sudan and Uganda leave for the South Sudan refugee camp

Now, as violence continues to make South Sudan unsafe for their return, the YWAMers from South Sudan are continuing to care for vulnerable people who live near their new home in Arua, Northern Uganda. They have begun to reach out to other refugees from South Sudan in villages nearby, helping these people find shelter, nutritious food, and healthcare.

Also, a team of eight from the YWAM Arua Discipleship Training School recently had the opportunity to fly back to a refugee camp inside South Sudan. Although many of them had recently escaped the violence, they sensed God leading them back into South Sudan to care for others.

For a month, they ran a seminar on knowing God and making God known. The 118 participants included 20 Muslims who were seeking God. Many of these people were the first believers from their tribes. Many come from the Nuba mountain area in Sudan. By the end of the program, some of the Muslim students had chosen to follow Jesus.

As the seminar ended, a Muslim leader talked to the YWAMers. He said in his tribe there are now 55 Christians. There were never any Christians before. But in the camp these believers had no place to worship. They were joining with Christian groups from other tribes that spoke other languages. He asked the YWAMers if they could build the believers from his tribe a church.

Building the church in the refugee camp

So that day the seminar participants went over to this tribe’s area of the camp and, together with the Muslim elders there, in one day they built a church.

That evening, many of those Muslim leaders joined the Christians for a service in the new church. The YWAM team showed the Jesus Film and many people gave their lives to Christ.

Team leader Vikki Wright, who together with her husband John leads YWAM Arua, is now contemplating how God will lead them next. Fifty of the tribes in the Nuba mountains have no known believers. Most of those tribes have people who have taken shelter in the refugee camp. The YWAMers have many invitations to come back.

Said Vikki, “God is looking for people to fulfill the Great Commission who will go no matter how much money is in the bank, who will have courage to face the fire, who will follow Him step by step, and possess their promised land as they extend the Kingdom of God. We don’t need to be superstar Christians, just people who will trust and obey.”

The South Sudan refugee camp: many unreached tribes

To find out more about YWAM in South Sudan, go to the YWAM South Sudan Facebook page. To learn more about YWAM Arua, visit ywamarua.org.

If you would like to help YWAM care for people in times of crisis like the YWAMers in South Sudan are going through, please make a contribution to the YWAM Storehouse Fund. After helping with several needs over the last year, the fund is depleted and needs more donations. To give, go to the ywam.org donate page and pick “emergency fund” from the list.

 

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Pray to End Bible Poverty

On October 8, YWAM launches The Invitation, a new global prayer opportunity. Join the YWAM family around the globe as we gather to pray and seek God. Our global prayer topic for October will focus on ending Bible poverty now.

To understand more about Bible poverty, read the letter by Darlene Cunningham, who co-founded YWAM along with her husband Loren. To pray with us, see the videos and info below.

Darlene Cunningham Explains The Goal of Ending Bible PoveLoren and Darlene Cunninghamrty

Since 1960, Loren has carried a burden to get the Bible to every person on earth who does not have access. Many have heard him tell the story of the “woman in the faded red dress” in Mexico who asked him for a Bible, because she had no access to the Word. God used that one woman to pierce his heart (he still chokes up today when He recalls her hunger and desire for the Bible) – and from the retelling of that one initial encounter, God has launched many Bible initiatives throughout YWAM to get the Word of God to whole communities and nations.

The vision of End Bible Poverty Now, is to make the Bible accessible to every home (as well as to nomads and homeless) in their mother tongue by 2033. Of course, individuals have the God-given right to refuse the Bible, but it will be available to them. Professional linguists like Wycliffe and others are hard at work translating Scripture for 2,195 language groups that do not have God’s Word. But there are an additional 1,869 languages that have no portion of the Bible – and no one is working on those languages!

There is much that we ordinary people can do to speed the process, doing oral translations, which can then be given to the professionals to edit. (For a simple, three-minute explanation of how to do an oral translation of the Bible, go to https://vimeo.com/87866960.  The video moves really fast, but watch it a few times, and you will get the simplicity of the plan – and the speed is a major point of the video. This type of oral translation can be done QUICKLY and SIMPLY by ordinary people!)

In recent months, Loren has met with hundreds of influential leaders in evangelical, charismatic and Pentecostal denominations about ending Bible poverty. And you’ve probably heard that in November of 2014, Loren and I plus a few other YWAM leaders met with the leaders of the three main streams of Christendom – Pope Francis of the Catholic Church, Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church (the oldest orthodox tradition) and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby of the Anglican Church, to engage them in this cause. Everyone he has met with has given overwhelming blessing and support for ending Bible poverty now.

This vision to end Bible poverty must include a broad foundation of prayer.  As you meet together on this first YWAM global prayer day of 2015, please pray and ask God to give you His heart for getting His Word to His world. Then as individuals, families, teams and ministries, God may give some specific steps for how you can be involved.

The job is gigantic and it will take all parts of the body of Christ to accomplish. But YWAM has people on the ground all over the world, putting us in position to make an enormous contribution. And there has never been unity and partnership between mission organizations and the Church worldwide like there is today!

Here’s the whole point: God has said that His Word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). History has clearly shown that, wherever the Bible goes, the Spirit of God brings transformation!

Kel Steiner Commits to End Bible Poverty

Kel Steiner, leader of YWAM Myrtle Beach, is committed to ending Bible poverty now

Loren’s personal goal is to get at least an oral translation of Scripture available to the 1,869 totally Bible-less languages by 2020. He is actively recruiting more prayer supporters and oral translators. And YWAM is partnering with professional translation ministries like Wycliffe and many others to get Bible translations into digital, Internet, audio and written formats as quickly as possible.

WILL YOU PARTNER WITH US?

During this, Loren’s 80th birthday year, he is asking for his birthday gift that everyone go to www.endbiblepovertynow.org and make a commitment by signing the Ending Bible Poverty Now Covenant and getting others to sign. There are also ideas and resources shared on that site (more to be added) to help end Bible poverty now.

Will you, our co-workers and friends, pray and make this covenant with us? You have shared in the vision of the waves of young people, taking the Gospel to all the continents. Now the Lord is asking all of us to commit to this vision to End Bible Poverty worldwide.

Love and blessings,

Darlene

How to Join YWAM in Praying about Bible Poverty

To begin, watch this video.

And this one about YWAM Costa Rica’s work to give a Bible to every home in the country.

Points for prayer:

YWAM Bangkok Prays for Bible Distribution

YWAM Bangkok prays for YWAM’s Bible distribution efforts in Thailand

Translation.  Pray that God would raise up workers for the remaining languages as a result of YWAM praying and hearing God’s voice.  Pray for current translation efforts to complete successfully.  According to endbiblepovertynow.com there are 1,800 languages with no portion of scripture translated (almost half of these in Africa).  It is estimated that over 2,000 languages have translation efforts underway.  Leaders in this field have a goal of having oral translations for every language by 2020 and written translations by 2033.

Production.  Pray that God would provide the resources for production into media that is best for each people group, whether that be print, audio, video, online, etc.

Distribution.  Pray for those God has called to be the people on the ground and that everyone would have a Bible in their home, in their native language.

Education.  Pray for people, as they read the Word of God in their native language, to become educated about God’s truth.

Engagement.  Pray for those that are receiving and reading the Bible for the first time to become engaged with the Word of God and to take action accordingly.  Pray that lives and communities would be changed for the good as a result.

Tell others what you sensed in prayer

Go to YWAM’s Facebook page, find the post for October 8, and add a comment about how you prayed.

To take further action:

Do something locally today to help someone engage in the Word of God.

Watch this video (only 3:26 minutes) to understand how Bible translation works and how someone like you can get involved without even knowing another language!

Watch this video, sign the commitment form at www.endbiblepovertynow.com, and take the action of providing information about ending Bible poverty to at least three local people, then three people outside of your local reach, then three people in other countries . . . asking them all to do the same. Here is Loren Cunningham explaining how to do it.

Conduct a training session regarding ending Bible poverty and encourage participants to sign the covenant at http://endbiblepovertynow.com/ to pray to end Bible poverty.  Here is a one-hour video showing how others are doing this within YWAM:

For more information:

Upcoming topics for The Invitation:

The Invitation LogoOctober 8, 2015 (second Thursday of the month)
First Global Topic:  Ending Bible Poverty Now

Followed by . . .

November 12, 2015 – Praying for Local Concerns (Location and Community)

December 10, 2015 – Praying for Areas, and Where YWAM Is Not

And then repeat . . .

January 14, 2016 – Global Topic:  A Picture of a Breakthrough in the Muslim World

February 11, 2016 – Praying for Local Concerns (Location and Community)

March 10, 2016 – Praying for Areas, and Where YWAM Is Not

The second Thursday is just a suggestion. Feel free to pray close to that date at a time that works well for your location’s schedule.

Don’t miss The Invitation:

  • Sign up for prayer updates. Go to ywam.org, find the “Stay Connected” box on the home page, put in your email address and click “Sign Up.”
  • Download prayer updates in a specific language. Go to ywam.org/theinvitation.  (Currently available in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Indonesian, or request other languages.)
  • Join the conversation about how God is leading in these prayer times. Comment on the Facebook post on the second Thursday at facebook.com/youthwithamission or on Twitter @ywam, hash tag #praywithywam.
  • If you sense God giving you a word or a direction for YWAM’s prayer, please contact us.

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