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 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!
In a previous blog entry I mentioned that over 55,000 Cubans have been blessed and trained in the Bible using the Christian Worker Bible Study Series. We have felt led to share a little of the background so that you might get more insight into: "The rest of the story" as Paul Harvey used to say. These studies were first introduced in the Island nation of Cuba in the mid nineties by a pastor and his wife who were conducting marriage seminars in order to stem the tide of the high divorce rate in their nation. They were attracted to our five part series on the Christian family. This scriptural based approach in a simple, systematic workbook format, proved to be a valuable addition to the curricula they had been using.
They requested and received permission to duplicate the Bible studies in country since shipment and importation of Bible studies into a Communist nation would be difficult if not impossible. Soon after they began to reproduce additional titles of the Bible studies and quickly developed for their church, the curricula they titled "The Basic Course". Each new convert who desired to become a member was enrolled in the Bible studies. This mode of discipleship training has produced a tremendous harvest in numbers and spiritual maturity.
The following are a few testimonies we received a few days ago from Cuba expressing their gratitude for The Christian Worker Bible Study Series, which have increased their knowledge of the Lord and strengthened them in order to be able to face the challenges while living under a Marxist government and socialist culture.
"This Bible study series has given me strength and encouragement to dig deeper into the word of God. It has helped me to grow spiritually and become a better Christian; I'm now not just a hearer of His word, but now I'm also a doer."
" I thank God for the other brothers and sisters of our group, who patiently shared their biblical knowledge with me. I felt joy all the time as we studied the Bible. I will never forget how our relationship with each other was so close as we studied together!
"As a pastor, I can say that these studies have been a great blessing for our church. They provide a systematic and organized structure for Bible study. It is amazing to see the brethren keeping faith with increased interest in learning the truths of the kingdom of God. I'm sincerely grateful for the opportunity to use these studies. Thank God, and may He bless your ministry."
"I thank God for all the people who have helped to bring these studies into my life. Using them to study the Bible has improved my relationship with the Lord and enabled me to know Him more deeply. The clear and systematic format have helped me grow as a cell group leader. I mean; I have had such great inspiration and experiences in my study of the word of God, I don't have enough words to describe it! Thank you so very much!"
The leadership of Global Youth Evangelism have realized the tremendous financial challenges facing our Cuban brethren in this project and began to partner with them to ease their burden. Since that time those blessed and trained in the Bible and Christian faith has risen even above the 55,000 number mentioned above.
If you or your ministry would like to join with us in our partnership with our Cuban brethren and other missionary endeavors around the globe, you may do so by clicking on the "DONATION' button in the menu bar on our home page.
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One of the many blessings we receive while being in contact with various ministries and individuals around the globe, is to receive their testimonies and comments about the Christian Worker Bible Study Series.
The following are some of these testimonies our office has received:
Missionary in Chile:
"Thank you for the new studies in Spanish... I teach a course on Christian Education in our national Bible college...I have included this good material, (the Christian Worker Bible Study Series) for use in our churches...I trust that more [people] will take advantage of it."
Missionary in Colombia:
"On behalf of Colombian pastors and believers I want to express our gratitude to you for the excellent materials that your organization has made available... We have started a program of local Mini-Bible Schools in our churches. We are planning to make a special effort to train our lay workers. Since we are facing increasing guerrilla activities.there are many places where we can no longer send full-time pastors, but only work through our lay people."
"Thanks for all you have done for Portugal, Angola and Sad Tomí! We have about 5,000 students studying your courses in Angola. PTL!! Thanks for all you're doing."
A Midwestern Pastor in the USA:
"We have just learned about the Christian Worker Bible Study Series, and we are excited and anxious to get started. We are a well-established church, but we have been negligent in our obedience to the Great Commission. The Lord has been speaking to us that we need "to get" to the people with whom we are in contact every day! We have been an established church for ten years and have failed to make a significant impact on our community. We believe this is going to change."
Local church lay workers in the USA:
"Just a note in with this order to tell you how much help these workbooks are to our new converts. My husband and I teach the New Life Class here at our church. We start a new class about every eight weeks and so many tell us how much they enjoy working in the books and how much they have learned."
NOTE TO MINISTRY LEADERS: You may download a free "Pastors/Leaders Packet" with ideas/instructions on how to start your own Mini-Bible School in your group or ministry. From the menu bar on our homepage, select "RESOURCES" then PASTORS/LEADERS and choose either Spanish or English packets.