Training Trainers in Cuba
Alex’s Story From The Field
Alex is the youth pastor of a church in a neighborhood that is very spiritually needy. This area is a spiritually dark place and Alex’s ministry is vital to reach the youth here.
Alex uses sports to draw the interest of young people in the area. Each week they meet together to play soccer, and students in his church youth group invite their unbelieving friends to play with them. This provides an opportunity to build relationships with those who do not go to church. The group usually has to borrow a soccer ball from someone in order to play and a local school allows them to use its field to play on.
Alex was recently provided with a couple soccer balls through Youth Ministry International, and the faces of his youth group lit up when they realized they finally had their own equipment. They will now have more opportunities to reach their friends for Christ using sports. Alex said that the young people of his church are the “protagonists” in this ministry, meaning they are the ones that are using this equipment to reach their friends. He is simply helping them use their interests to reach them.
Alex was previously in a youth group of another youth leader trained by YMI, and it was here that he was discipled and grew into the leader he has become. Alex is taking what he was taught and using it to minister to young people.
This is a primary part of Youth Ministry International’s strategy: to train trainers who can train others (2 Timothy 2:2).
Please pray for Alex, his group and their ministry. Pray that God will raise up many others to take what they have been taught and share it with other men and women who will be able to teach others also.
Havana Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr Randy Smith, President and Founder of Youth Ministry International recently received the following request for a leader at the Havana Baptist Theological Seminary:
As for the offer of a doctorate in Ministry of Education (with a focus on youth ministry), it is more than a wonderful idea, it is a dream that we long to see fulfilled. I have been chatting with Barbaro, Lesa and others on the subject, and everyone seems to think it is a very good idea. We all agree to suggest that you consider the possibility of starting the program in the course for 2019-2020.
Please pray with us as we discuss this exciting opportunity. The fact that it is being requested by the leadership of the seminary is refreshing and encouraging. They have caught the vision for reaching youth in Cuba. The potential for training more trainers will be greatly enhanced with the addition of this degree program.
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Effective Training of Trainers in Cuba
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Expanded Training in Mexico in 2019
Vision Trip to Nation of Cuba