Shining Jesus’ Light into the Next Generation

Deedee,

In 2011, RockPointe, our family’s church in Flower Mound, Texas, began a relationship with KidzKonnect4Jesus, a missional organization in Belize. Since that time, hundreds of people from our church have served in Belize alongside KK4J. Family trips, student trips, medical and construction teams…we were even able to train local youth leaders in Jesus-Focused Youth Ministry last year because of the way that God has given that organization influence in the churches throughout the Stann Creek district of Belize. And this month, I had the blessing of leading a team of families and a group of 9th and 10th graders on mission trips there.

We have worked with the children and faculty of Holy Angels primary school since our first trip. But this year God made Himself known in a way that can only be described as supernatural! For thirteen years we have developed a relationship with Mrs. Denise Palacio, the Standard 3 teacher at Holy Angels. She loved the children, loved the Lord, and loved the fact we would come each year to provide a VBS to the entire school. She was arguably the most well-respected staff member of the school. 


Last month, Mrs. Palacio died unexpectedly. The Friday before our team’s arrival, the entire school held a memorial service for her. The following Monday was our team’s first day in the school. The atmosphere was solemn and dark. It was evident that everyone was still grieving the loss of their teacher, friend, and colleague. Our theme that week was “Shine Jesus’ Light.” The main point of the first day was “Even when things seem dark, shine Jesus’ light.” We started off the day talking about the sky and space and about God as our Creator, and that He loves us and cares for us even when times feel dark. What a powerful message for everyone, at just the right time. 


And then, God put an exclamation point on the message! I was called outside and told to look up. It was a

sun halo…an incredibly rare phenomenon that is only visible on the earth, at most, once or twice a year. And when it does occur, it is typically in a cold weather climate, in the winter. (Did you catch that we were in BELIZE in JUNE?). I believe God knew exactly what these teachers and students needed…a reminder that He sees them and cares about them in their pain.

At Reach Out, we are humbled to have the opportunity to train leaders all over the world, including Belize. These youth leaders, volunteers, pastors, church planters, and parents are speaking into the darkened lives of young people who are abandoned, anxious, depressed, hopeless, and hurting. From soccer fields in Uganda to gaming platforms in Russia, and from government schools in Kenya to summer youth camps outside of Havana, we are providing youth leaders and local churches the training and materials they are using to evangelize and disciple the next generation


Here's how you can pray specifically for some of these leaders from around the world this month: 

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Cuba

Pray for Yamira and her family.  Yamira is a Reach Out Regional Leader in Camaguey Province, Cuba. She and her family were robbed last month.  The thieves took all of their belongings, and even killed the family’s cow. Yamira and her son are continuing to train leaders and churches in their province, believing that regardless of the trials that they are facing, God has placed a calling on their lives to help young people come to know Christ.


Kenya


Pray for those impacted by the flooding in Nairobi and for our leaders who are helping those who have lost loved ones and/or property. Many are now living in IDP camps. Our Eagle Leader, Isaac Okoth, is leading teams who are ministering to the flood victims in these camps in Homa Bay County

Pastor Ishmael Sande, in Nairobi, lost his house and church due to the overflowing Nairobi River. Our team was able to help Pastor Sande get settled into a temporary house for now. What a blessing!

Pray for those churches trained in the Kuria community of western Kenya. 54 leaders were trained here last month. God is using these churches to make a difference in the lives of those in this community that is consumed by cattle rustling, female genital mutilation, and marrying off young girls to the old wealthy men of the community.


Burundi


Pray for Bishop Ciza Adrien of Rugombo, Burundi. Now that he and the young people of his church have been trained in JFYM, he is now taking teams of teenagers to evangelize in the mountains and valleys of their province.


Russia


Pray for Pasha and his team as they lead multiple evangelistic youth camps in Russia this summer.


South Asia


Pray for the youth leaders our team trained in South Asia last month. What a joy to know that all these leaders were not only provided newly printed JFYM books in their language, but that they were trained by indigenous Eagle Leaders who are now actively multiplying JFYM throughout this part of the world!


Thank you for supporting Reach Out through your prayers and financial partnerships, as we “Shine Jesus’ light” into the darkest places. 


If you would like to find out more about Reach Out Youth Solutions and how you can join us in this mission, check out our website at reach-out.org

You can also jump into our online training for free TODAY at jfymonline.org

And, if you would like to find out more about coaching options or about hosting a training event for your community at your church, contact us at jfym@reach-out.org.

Blessings!

Randy Riggins, President
Reach Out Youth Solutions
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