Click here to download the pdf of Ian's report on his trip to Zimbabwe
|What a difference 2 years
makes. Empty supermarkets and restaurants now stocked. New
buses on the roads. The general
functions of the country seem to be back on their feet. Is it surface or
does it run deep? I guess only time will tell.
The training took place in the Baptist Conference Center which is pretty
much in the middle of the country and about 4
hours from Harare. The youth workers were drawn from churches around the
regions and although a smallish group, they were very key. I was
also struck with how well informed and
passionate they were about youth. A very worthwhile group to train.
I started with some background work about understanding discipleship and
my philosophy on youth ministry, emphasizing
the need to walk alongside young people, to be non judgmental and to
never give up on them.
Then through the main workshop sessions we looked at issues that are a
challenge in 21st century youth ministry:
Traditional Church Youth Culture, bridging the generation gap, Sexual
Purity, Relationships, HIV Aids, Addictions,
Family breakdown and finally internet/social networking.
As you can see we covered all the fun topics, using discussion, case
All in all it went well. I felt the
teaching was well received and understood. Hopefully I was culturally
relevant in a country I have spent little time in, and where I
may have been adrift God was able to speak
I was also able to spend time
with Brett and Odette, Rebecca and Daniel down in Masvingo. They are
much more settled in than last time I was there and Odette has
now started to run a small school at the
church. It was great to see them again and we
managed to get out to Lake Kyle park for a picnic. And
saw 3 Rhinos’.
In Harare I met youth workers from a variety of city
churches at a BBQ that Paz arranged and got to catch up
with friends at Central Baptist Church. Paz and family
hosted me wonderfully.
Before heading back to Uganda we managed to get out
to Lake Chivero (40km from Harare) for a quick retreat
for a night. Very relaxing but it poured with rain almost
all the time. The place we stayed had an excellent bird
sanctuary, 2 pet zebras and friendly, eccentric owners.
So what about the future? Zimbabwe is far
from Uganda but certainly has a great need
and hunger for our work. I feel it is fertile
ground for YEA. The way forward should
ideally be to identify local trainers who we
can resource with the methodology of youth
ministry and pass on the training manual when it is completed. Then we
can make occasional visits and keep in touch
and offer support by email. It is also a potential place for a YEA
volunteer to be placed for a period, so if you
read this report and feel challenged then let us know.
A great trip. I came back a little exhausted thanks to the weird timing
of the flights. Midnight check in for a 2am
flight of 3 hours to Nairobi. Sit around in the early hours of the
morning for 2.5 hours before the 45 minute
shuttle home to Entebbe!!
Ian at a World Heritage Site
Click here to
download pdf of Prosper's report on the donation of Bibles March 2012
In the Beginning was the Word...
By Prosper K.
Hebrew 4:12 says; “For the word of God is living and
active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates
even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges
the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. “
“...So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me
empty, but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11
Statistics show that only 5% of people effectively retain and implement
what they have learned through traditional
training. This goes up to 85% implementation if they receive ongoing
coaching/discipleship. Success is usually
evaluated by the quality of material or how well it is presented. In
contrast, the effectiveness of discipleship is
determined by the increasing success of the disciple. Effective
discipleship requires a transformation process
while developing a relationship. The process teaches skills, as well as
new insights and attitudes. It’s a process of;
“knowledge > practice > skills > attitudes > habits” circle? As you have
noticed, the start point of this circular
process is at the knowledge stage and where best to acquire Christian
knowledge than in the Bible. Basically saying,
without the availability of Bibles in the societies we work, none of the
other process we are trying to start can run
You may have heard or read of the popular adage:
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a
man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Teaching him to fish is not enough. We take this a
step further in the Christian realms using coaching/discipleship.
We must also coach this new fishermanto identify and develop fishing
strategies; to discover where to fish; how to
start a fishing business. He may learn how to
fish but he also needs to know how to find
fish and also markets to sell his catch.
Strategic discipleship helps minimize unproductive,
unemployed fishermen and adds productive
contributors to the future growth and development of
With the help and support of many kind individuals, YEA
has managed to start this cycle by the donation and hand
out of Bibles to specific and strategic youths in the areas we
work. We offer Bibles, Bible reading skills, materials
and Bible study techniques to the youths. With this small mustard
seed sown, we can comfortably trust that the
Lord will continue to grow and multiply the seed into fully grown
gardens across the lands.
I guess the question you need to ask yourself is how have you helped
improve / transform any ones life lately? You
can still do this by donating towards the YEA’s Bibles 4 All (B4A)