Tonight, a Slovak leader, an American missionary, a rapper from England called Faith Child, and his drummer arrive in Ukraine. Tomorrow two EVFree CA youth pastors arrive, as well. They are all added to another two Slovaks, a man from Scotland, our Josiah Venture Ukraine team of Ukrainians and Americans, and two local churches, Christ Fellowship and Hosannah, who are just about to launch a ginormous project of significant impact on Lviv schools, the church, and for Josiah Venture Ukraine, as we add one more ministry sphere to our youth ministry focus.
Being bridges between schools and churches. Meeting hundreds of teens in one day because our program “takes over the school” for the entire day. Ben and I both feel honored to be lecturers (partially because the dept. of education was promised foreign lecturers, so pray for us and our translators). We would have had to do the lecture (I’m doing personality testing and why we need one another; Ben is doing bullying; Syava is doing internet dependance) 16 times, but at least Ben and I can share our lecture with Christy and Chris, whose churches are doing the program. So we are splitting it 8 and 8!
6:50 At a public high school.
8:30 All school program/concert with Faithchild
9:20-13:25 Four rounds of lectures and games (the kids rotate)
13:25-15:00 Lunch and debrief and take down
17:00-20:00 EXIT Club (a youth group activity at a local church )
20:00 Dinner for all the foreigners/guests
Wake up at five the next morning…and repeat for Monday through Thursday.
Friday 12pm prep for the 18:00 concert where all the teens from all 4 schools are invited to hear Faithchild rap. And yes, they will also hear what a life with Jesus looks like and why we believe it is worth it.
Then a bunch of follow-up parties, meetings, and REPEAT in April and October, and hopefully more and more.
This program has unbelievable potential in so many avenues. If it goes well, we can have access to 86 secondary schools in our city. This is a huge open door. I’ve dreamed about this. Also, I am thrilled that I get to lecture on something rather than teach English. I like teaching English, but this is a new experience for us. Also on a personal note, I believe that they key to my doctoral research and dissertation is found somewhere in the midst of this program. We are fasting, praying, and relying fully on God because this project is larger than life. We are super excited for this launch, and super grateful for Josiah Venture to have launched EXIT so many years ago and to equip and outfit so many countries for this amazing possibility.
To be continued…