We are now in the midst of the holiday season – one of the busiest, but hopefully enjoyable, times of the year.
Thanksgiving is behind us with time well spent with family, food and football, but most importantly, thankfulness.
Now, we are looking ahead and preparing for Christmas. While the biggest shopping days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are also behind us, most of us still have more gifts to buy (and wrap) – possibly right up to Christmas Eve.
This is a time of year when our schedules are especially full – holiday concerts and special events; church and school Christmas programs; office parties; more shopping; family gatherings. All good elements of the holiday season, but also things which can inadvertently distract us from the true meaning of Christmas – the advent of the birth of our Savior.
This is a special time of year for YMI as we celebrate the season with our “family” – our youth leadership trainers serving so faithfully around the world, and by extension all those with whom they have the privilege of ministering.
Individuals like Andrew Maina from Kenya who recently wrote to say thank you:
“I want to thank YMI for the training I received as a student of Youth Ministry, training that equipped me to be a successful youth missionary, both in Luanshya, Zambia and here in my home nation of Kenya!”
While this thank you note was sent to me, it could just as well have come to you. Without your prayer and financial support, our ministry with leaders like Andrew would not be possible.
The holiday season is a special time of giving. First, giving thanks to our Lord for His faithfulness throughout the year and as we look ahead to the coming year.
It is a time of sharing gifts with family and friends, reflecting the ultimate Gift that God gave each of us through Christ – the gift of eternal salvation.
During this time of giving, we ask that you seriously consider providing a gift to YMI that will make an eternal difference. Every dollar you give helps us train more leaders – leaders who train others who will touch the lives of thousands of young people in youth ministries around the world. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.
Thank you in advance helping YMI fulfill the vision God has given us. This is a ministry which we share (1 Cor. 3:9). With your prayers and financial support, we look forward to 2020 – another year in which we are expecting great things from God.
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Thank you for taking the time to consider how you can make 2020 the best year ever for Youth Ministry International.
Dr. Randy Smith
Youth Ministry International