A lot has happened in the Global Youth Evangelism ministry since my posting last Summer. During a Global Youth Evangelism board meeting last September, it became clear to me that I must pass on the leadership of our organization to the younger generation.
After more than 53 years of serving the Lord and GYE in ministry, I could see that the vision, direction and emphasis of our organization was about to change. This "new" vision is not in keeping with a burden and vision that the Lord had planted and sustained in my own heart concerning the operation and extension of the Christian Worker Bible Study Series. Our desire and focus was to make available a simple, low-cost Bible study to every hungry soul who desired to study the word of God. By God's mercy and grace, He has enabled us to reach hundreds of thousands in six continents with these Bible study materials. They are now helping believers in seventeen different languages to grow in their relationship with their Lord Jesus.
We believe that the Lord has blessed our efforts, because we continued to follow the spiritual principle of sowing (reinvesting) the benefits and proceeds derived the Christian Worker Bible Study Series, back into the same ministry. Following this principle of scripture (Isaiah 55:10, 11) of sowing the seed rather than consuming it, has been proven effective over the past five decades. Our desire and prayer is that under new leadership this principle will continue to guide future vision and practices.
So, in closing this final posting, I ask that you pray for the new president of Global Youth Evangelism, Rev Mike Farias. Please pray for wisdom, direction and guidance by the Holy Spirit and submission to the Good Shepherd Who is always gentle and merciful to His sheep.
We give praise and thanks to the Lord for a successful 50th Year Jubilee celebration. On May 16th our GYE family and friends gathered for the celebration at the House of Prayer in Orland for a time of praise, fellowship and remembering all that our faithful Lord has done for us during the Past 50 years. Fond memories and praises to Lord sprang from our hearts during the 20 minute video presentation capturing the highlights of the past 50 years of GYE's ministry. We remembered the youth outreaches of the early sixties, the language studies at Guadalara, Mexico, the many young lives trained through the Bible schools, the trips to the Pacific Islands , Central & South America, on GYE's sailing vessel the Morning Star, The Log church at Mount Hull, WA built by Bible school students and church members! Another one of the highlights was the sharing of greetings and congratulations from Africa and Central America by those who were unable to attend.
We give glory and praise to our Father in heaven for His faithful mercy and grace! We do not know what the future holds but we do know Who holds the future!
By the way we just received this morning, an email from Thailand requesting our Bible study series on the Kingdom of God.
Later we will sharing more information about a different way to explore the Bible!
Global Youth Evangelism will celebrate 50 years of international ministry, May 16, 2015. The Jubilee celebration activities are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at 1044 Trinity Street, Orland, CA. The program will include music, a video presentation highlighting the 50 years of ministry plus the dedication of the recently reconstructed publishing building. A long-time friend of the church, pastor Gaylord Enns will be the featured speaker. Rev. Enns is the published author of "Love Revolution" and has traveled extensively in connection with his book.
Global Youth Evangelism or "GYE" as it is known to its constituents was incorporated June 1, 1965 at Chico, CA. Since those early days to the present, with the work of their missionaries and ministry friends, the mission of Evangelism through Discipleship has touched six continents as well as several Pacific Island groups.
During the past 50 years "GYE" has been involved in: planting churches and youth training centers with one year Bible schools, publishing the Christian Worker Bible Study Series, an international boat ministry with its sailing vessel the Morning Star and establishing a Spanish Language School. Through these endeavors the Lord has graciously extended the influence of His kingdom touching the lives of hundreds of thousands around the globe.
Recently in a meeting when we were discussing the impact of the Christian Worker Bible Study Series around the world, I recalled the time when our Bible studies were introduced into the nation of Cuba in the mid-nineties. At that time we had met a Cuban pastor and his wife who were involved in conducting marriage seminars throughout their nation in order to help stem the tide of a high divorce rate among Cuban families.
Our published five part Bible study series on the Christian family attracted their attention. In response to their request, we were able to partner with them and they began to produce the studies in country using these studies as follow up materials to their marriage seminars. Later on they used more of the Bible lessons and introduced them as a basic course of study for all new converts.
It was shortly after this that we were made aware of a testimony of another pastor who also was conducting marriage seminars under the mentorship of the above-mentioned pastor.
At a celebration banquet which was held at the conclusion of each marriage seminar, a grateful man approached the pastor with the following words: " I am a member of the Communist party and I don't claim to be a Christian, but I want to thank you for saving my marriage!" We don't know what eventually happened to this person; however, the Word of God is a powerful seed that has the potential of producing fruit in all kinds of soil!
We at Global Youth Evangelism give praise to God for His faithful sustaining power! 2015 is our 50th year of service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Church. In this, our year of Jubilee, the Lord continues to increase the outreach of the Christian Worker Bible Study Series. As 2014 came to a close, we received the following reports from the Southern part of the African continent. Missionaries and national leaders are using these Bible studies to help them train pastors and workers for the work of the gospel.
In South Africa proper, pastors are being trained and graduated from different Bible schools. (A few years ago we received word that the Christian Worker Bible Study Series had been translated into the Afrikaan language). In addition to South Africa, this same South African missionary has also provided our Bible study materials to help in training pastors and leaders in the countries of Malawi and Mozambique. (Mozambique uses the Portuguese language version of our Bible studies.)
Last month, we also received a report from Namibia. There, several of the Bible studies have already been translated into the Kwanyama language for the training of pastors and workers in that country. This nation is located just south of Angola in the southern part of Africa.
Finally, we also received a newsletter from Angola that reported the graduation of about 20 Bible school graduates in Sao Tomé (Saint Thomas). This small, Portuguese speaking, Island nation is located farther North just south of Nigeria.
As previously mentioned, Global youth Evangelism is celebrating its 50th year of ministry. (1965-2015) Please stay connected for details as plans are developed for our celebration!