“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. Rather, as it is written: ‘Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.’” Romans 15:20-21
TeachBeyond Informal Education has begun using camps as outreach in Central Asia. Through the work of camps, a small team of national leaders has developed in the region providing momentum for further projects such as Sports Club, English Club, and discussion groups. Young people are especially eager to learn more about Jesus-Messiah. Dreams and visions are being realized as one by one lives are being transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. Local leaders are being developed through ongoing projects, and discipleship is a natural outcome. What we are seeing in Central Asia is also happening in other parts of the world, where Great Commission fruit is an expected outcome of transformational education.
Some other highlights from in 2019
- Began a Transformational Leadership program for senior leaders within TeachBeyond
- Raised up new division leaders in Latin America and Asia
- Added new camps in South and Central Asia, Dominican Republic, and Serbia
- Started two new English Language Learning Institutes globally
- Trained camp leaders in Latin America
- Added Sports Leadership Programs in 3 International schools
- Developed new leaders in Central Asia
A story from one of our camps
Zarina (name changed) was one of the first campers I noticed on the bus. She sported short blue hair, a Metallica t-shirt, and a demeanor that was closed to meeting new people. At camp, Zarina ended up in our discussion group. Her response to any subject related to the existence of God or His character was harsh and atheistic. Throughout the camp, we never seemed to be able to break the ice with her.
Midway through our camp, we began praying intensely for the campers. On the last day of camp, we shared the gospel boldly with our group, talking about God’s love for us. As the camp ended and everyone went to the beach to click photographs, we noticed a big group gathered around Zarina, hugging her as she wept.
My wife and I walked Zarina away from the crowd and asked her what she was feeling. “I feel God,” she said in tears. Zarina allowed us to pray with her and committed her life to Christ right there on the beach. Looking up after the prayer, her face was bright and glowing with joy. A burden had been lifted from her heart.
1 People International, www.peopleintl.org.uk