Tuesday, October 19, 2010
DYM National Convention 2010
The National Convention hosted by Deaf Youth Ministries was a huge blessing and encouragement to all who attended. There were sound and challenging teachings, candid and vulnerable conversations, friendships formed, relationships strengthened and seeds planted. We pray and trust the Lord of the harvest to add the increase!
With Demetric, LaQuita, Tyler, Anthony and Michai, five teens who came to Jamaica in June.
Matt Belwood gave us the introduction to the theme "Reach"
Stacy Wildes and Rick McClain perform a memorable skit. Stacy is loaded down with baggage as she strives to serve the Lord and reach the lost. Rick approaches her and helps her understand that with so many "good works" (the bags) she was unable to "reach" up to the source (God), from whom all fruit in our ministries will come. We were challenged to abide in the Word, as Jesus (the Vine) is the source of all our strength.
Chad Entinger, director of Deaf Missions, provided a challenging message, teaching us that ministry to lost, deaf teens must be focused on the model Jesus taught, not on developing fancy and attractive church-based programs to draw teens in. Rather, just as Jesus was "on the move" to reach his disciples and lost sinners, we too need to be "on the move" and seeking, finding and mentoring lost teens through Christ-honoring relationships. If the bottom-line in our ministry is more numbers, then offer free pizza. If the bottom-line is cultivating souls and to see them develop into Christian leaders, then we must build relationships.
As it turned out, Alabama was whoopin' Florida so I found a Crimson Tide shirt and jumped bandwagons :)