"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being ROOTED and grounded in LOVE, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the LOVE of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen."

~Ephesians 3:14-21

Thursday, March 22, 2012

First Friday Night Youth Fellowship

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." 
- John 3:16

This past Friday night, we had our first youth fellowship at our home. After many days of prayer and preparation, thirty youth arrived at our gate, to join us in playing sports and to participate in a small group study looking into God's Word. PLEASE pray that God will use our house weekly, as we hope to open our doors every Friday night to youth in the area. We hope and pray that we can provide a safe place for them to fellowship with their friends and peers and to most importantly, to help them learn about God's amazing love and grace that he gave us all when he sent His only Son to die on the cross. Lord, we do not know where any of these young children and teenagers are spiritually, but we pray for your guidance and for the Holy Spirit to help give us the words and strength to mentor and love them. We pray that each young person will continue to invite their friends to join them each week and that You will continue to open doors to share your love to so many here in Peru who do not know Your name. Thank you Lord, for providing all the soccer, volley ball, and ministry supplies we needed to start this outreach ministry. Thank you for the hearts of the individuals that you led to faithfully give and for the prayers that they are lifting up daily to support us in the Cajamarca area. 

First Youth Friday Night Fellowship at our home...inviting teenagers to join us for 2 hours of fun playing soccer (futbol), volleyball, and to learn about Jesus Christ during a Bible Study!

At 4pm, youth were lined up at our gate...thank you God for bringing 30 youth in the area to come fellowship and learn more about your love and grace!

Thank you Nancy Sheets and Sharon Karriker for teaching us to love "our neighbors" without judgement or prejudices, but to strive to minister to youth and love them just as Jesus loves them. Thank you for mentoring us and encouraging us to follow Christ during the many nights you opened the door for us to help you minister at the Upper Room Ministry, located in Statesville, NC. 

Members of the local church joining us to reach out to many who are lost and have never heard the name of Jesus!

Enjoying their favorite sport of FUTBOL!

Younger children playing with older youth!

Pray for Janneth, each week as she helps us translate the Bible Study. Janneth spends most of her weekends, as a young woman desiring to walk as Christ walked, sharing God's love to others and ministering to young children and older youth!

Pray for strength each weeks as Janneth prepares and shares biblical truths to her peers!

During the bible study, kids ran around for a scrimmage hunt to find pieces of God's Word...that when they all got together, the pieces fit together and made verses in the Bible!

During the lesson, Janneth taught them about the "light and darkness"...challenging them to put their trust in God!

Lots of singing and praise coming from the youth at Monte Sion Church!

Precious children all needing God's love!

Our children challenging the girls in Volley Ball! 

Youth playing the exciting FROG game!

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