CALLED TO BE A MISSIONARY
The Journey Continues
“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it but I found none.” Ezekiel 22:30.
Yahweh is always looking for someone to “stand in the gap” on behalf of the land. It’s not His heart to destroy. Can He count on us? Will we be that “man”?
LIFE AFER DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
After leaving Discipleship Training School, I returned to my community. Whilst there, I started meeting with a few persons who were unemployed. With the exception of one, they also attended my church. We met every day in the week to discuss the word and pray, and I also shared some of what I had learnt in DTS. The group started growing as persons who were young in the faith joined to be discipled. As a group, we also ventured into missions such as assisting needy persons in the community through various acts, ranging from doing laundry to repairing items. From that initiative, the group became the official Missions Department of the church I was attending.
I also started a Good News Club, which facilitated children from different denominations. They were taught the Word, Performing Arts and Skills. Children workers were trained and raised up to assist with the many children who showed up at Good News Club.
As you are aware, I was privileged to attend King’s Kids International Leaders Assemblies in Egypt, along with another person from Jamaica during July 2021. I felt honoured, as it was my first time attending one of these King’s Kids gathering. Thank you to all who contributed towards making this possible. We were the only ones from the English-speaking Caribbean region. There were representatives from Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Columbia, Africa, and Europe.
The focus was on restructuring and forming International and Regional teams. I presently sit on the NIKO International Team. You are quite likely wondering what “King’s Kids” is. King’s Kids is a ministry of Youth With A Mission which serves in partnership with families, schools, churches and other like-minded organizations. It’s an international movement, embracing a kingdom lifestyle that is family-based and generationally linked. Its purpose is to mobilize, equip, reach out and care for children, youth and families, bringing God joy and making His Kingdom known.
NIKO is a King’s Kids Ministry program. It is a character-building outdoor camp for teenagers and above, during which participants learn through different practical experiences such as relinquishing rights, team work, service and party. NIKO comes from ‘nike’ which is a Greek word that means, “to overcome”.
Kayanna, my 18-year-old niece, who was involved in an accident in June 2021, succumbed to her injuries and died on January 16, 2022. Her funeral service was held on Friday, February 25, 2022. She left a void in our hearts. I wish she was still with us. She is gone, but not forgotten.
Thanks to those who prayed, reached out, and gave; it has not gone unnoticed.
I make myself available to serve my local churches whether by conducting Bible Studies, preaching on a Sunday morning, hosting prayer meetings, sharing the word in fasting service, or teaching Sunday school. I am also still doing continuing equipping with Christian Leaders Institute. I am currently doing a course in Ethics.
YWAM Montego Bay
Dig-in still continues virtually. We have concluded the book of Amos, which was very profound. I learnt so much, especially about God’s heart. We are back to Matthew. I can be contacted for the link, if anyone wants to join us.
This continues on Tuesdays. Where the Lord leads, we follow.
We were blessed with a volunteer who is gifted, in music. He was able to use this gifting to bless the music department of four churches by conducting training workshops in both theory and practical. It was a blessing to these churches, for one in particular that had instruments but no musicians. Two staff members (including me) also learnt to play the keyboard.
This still happens on every third Saturday with the assistance of two churches and other volunteers.
The word of the Lord has instructed us to ”mourn with those who mourn.” In keeping with that, we mourn with two members of staff, who had deaths in their families. One grandfather and grandfather’s wife (who died one week apart) and the other, whose grandmother also died.
The Deaf DTS is currently in progress with three students. Outreach is scheduled for April to May. The Deaf Ministry – which currently functions outside of the YWAM property – will be moving to YWAM Montego Bay in April.
NIKO Zoom Link-Up and training
We continue to meet on Fridays and are currently reviewing the King’s Kids value. We were also privileged to have Yohann, our NIKO international Leader, here in Jamaica, during September 2021. He conducted training with our Jamaican NIKO staff both virtually and face-to-face. Thanks, Yohann!
We had our first Family NIKO during the Ash Wednesday school holidays March 1 to 5, 2022. It was a special camp, as participants of the camp were also there to learn. There were also staff members from other nations, who were present so that they could reproduce it in their respective countries. The staff group’s nationalities included Columbian, American, European, and Jamaican. Despite the fact that English was not the mother language of most of the participants, we were still able to work as a team.
Regardless of the fact that the anticipated number of families was unrealized, it was still a worthwhile event. The impact on the participants is still being talked about. In the words of one participants, “It’s like doing one year counselling in one month”.
UP-COMING PROGRAMS/ EVENTS
There are plans afoot to run two Family NIKOs July 2022, dates to be finalized.
ISCF Summer Camp/Conference
One week Virtual Camp for sixth-form and university students, focused on studying a book of the Bible and training in the inductive method and scripture. Projected date: June 17 – 22, 2022
A NIKO 1 will be pioneered in Nigeria during August 17 -21, with preparation time from August 1. We plan to take a Jamaican contingent to assist with establishing NIKO Nigeria.
Even though it was a sad occasion for our family, I can say with confidence that God has been good to us. The major necessities were provided during the months that Kayanna had been hospitalized. The funeral expenses were also covered, and breaches were restored.
- All expenses to be covered for Team Nigeria Outreach
- Increase Monthly Financial Support
- Healing and Salvation for my Family
How can I pray for you?
All YWAM staff is responsible to raise their own support through financial gifts from friends, family and churches. Will you prayerfully consider joining my support team for the next two years by giving a monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or one-time donation?
May God bless and keep you and your family, that you may prosper in all your endeavours.