El Salvador AIM Team - Weekend Update!

We have been busy in ministry this weekend! Saturday we did two programs and one parade through the town that included stoping in the middle of the street to pray for the city. Sunday was a long day of church services. We ministered in a big church in a town called Sonsonate in their 3 services which were each 2 hours long! Pastor David, Pastor Annette, and Pastor Nathaniel each got to preach and the altar times were powerful as God did great work in many lives. We did dramas & some of the team did kids church. Monday, we had 2 more school programs and then were able to take a trip to a nearby national park with beautiful waterfalls. We also had supper in the town square and got to eat an El Salvador speciality - pupusas! We ended the day by throwing a party for a boy in the neighborhood who has MS. We broke a piñata, ate cake, brought gifts and made him feel special for the night. The team shared the love of Jesus with him and his family, and prayed for his healing. It was an awesome time to see the team come together with faith and compassion.

We are grateful as our team has clicked well together. Thank you for praying. We are tired but filled with awe and thanks at what God is doing. Please pray for health and strength to finish well Tuesday. 

El Salvador AIM Team Update - Wednesday

Our Team at the Dallas Airport On Our Travel Day

The team of 20 had a great trip down on Tuesday. We got settled at the camp in the evening and had a productive day of training and orientation today. We are also blessed to be joined by three additional team members from Nebraska. 

We are looking forward to our team's prayer time in the prayer fortress tonight and preparation to transition into ministry in the city or Jauyua tomorrow. 

Thank you for your continued prayer support. Everyone is healthy and in good spirits...ready to make Jesus famous and see the Spirit move in this beautiful country.

A STL Ironman Effort...

Michelle Golovine, a fire fighter and part-time police officer suffered from a heart condition that threatened her career.  Believing that God had healed her she began training for an Ironman Triathlon.

From getting up at 3:00 am to training 20 hours as week, this mom of two and public servant shows what true sacrifice is all about.

Get inspired to raise the bar in your own level of sacrifice so spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world.

Read the full story here.

AWD5k Results

We officially had to cancel the race because the weather dropped below 30 degrees.  Yet at 24 degrees we had 13 runners unofficially complete the course.  Each racer received a AWD5k Medallion upon completion of the race.

Over $1,300 was raised for Speed The Light through the race.

Here are the top times

1st: John Enos (Leader): 18:04
2nd: Josh Waltjer (HS): 19:24

MS Runners:
1st: Kedric Brantner: 30:54
2nd: Madisyn Waltjer: 31:47

HS Runners:
1st: Josh Waltjer: 19:24
2nd: Seth Lundeen: 19:26

1st: John Enos: 18:04
2nd: Jacob Koenes: 24:57

I was happy with my finish of 29:36 but thrilled that Christie was able to complete her first 5k since her knee surgery!

Thanks to Isaac Smith for coordinating this event the volunteers who helped to staff it and bring hot coco, the donors, and the runners for helping this be a great event to meet the needs of our missionaries!

Resources for Liberia

Liberia, a small country in West Africa, has been devastated by years of war. A tenuous peace was established in 2006, and the country is slowly recovering from decades of civil war. The Assemblies of God in Liberia has also been hard hit by this devastation. Now they are in slow process of rebuilding in every area of ministry, and the needs are too numerous to mention.

This is also the reality in the area of children’s ministries. Even churches that were doing their best to reach children before the war started have lost everything. One of the requests that missionaries Devane and Mary McGee have received is for a few basic supplies to replace what was lost during the unrest. Specifically, the churches have asked for a few puppets and flannelgraphs. You can make a huge impact in the lives of Liberian children with a donation of your new, used, or unused children’s ministries materials.

In an environment with no TV, video games, music, or even many toys, a simple puppet can captivate an audience of hundreds of African children better than the latest animated adventure from Hollywood can capture the attention of our own kids. Please give new life to your used puppets and flannels and help bring eternal life to the hurting children of Liberia.

PHOTO: Two of the thousands of children who lost limbs during the civil war.

Those resources can be sent to:
Africa’s Hope
Attn: Phil Malcolm
580 W. Central
Springfield, MO 65802

2011 Year of the Child

2011 Year of the Child

The year 2011 has been declared “Year of the Child” by Assemblies of God World Missions in an effort to implement new and enhanced efforts to reach children with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and to minister to their needs. It is fitting that the current AGWM theme is “Every Generation.” The YOTC theme, “No Child Without,” is the hallmark of this endeavor; the goal is to see no child without Christ or without the essentials of life.

Each region of the world is working with national churches, raising awareness of the child, looking together at ways to meet the needs of the whole child and working to make resources and training for children’s ministry accessible to local churches everywhere. Emphasis is placed on including the child in any planning for all aspects of national and local church life. For instance, when a new church is erected for a congregation, plans should include space for children’s ministry; Bible school curriculums should include training for children’s ministry.

AGWM seeks to coordinate children’s ministry efforts, discovering what is already being done to reach children and determining how all parties can network and take this work to the next level.

AGWM recognizes that how children’s ministry will be done in each region, in each country, will be unique to the local culture and the specific needs of children in that context.

Funding of special projects will be done through Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC), with a special “Year of the Child” offering being taken in May 2011. These projects will range from Sunday school and other discipleship materials to meeting physical and basic healthcare needs of children.

Promotional materials—a poster, and a DVD—are available for local churches via GPH: http://gospelpublishing.com/store/startitem.cfm?item=719046&cat=GPINDEX&mastercat=&path=GPINDEX

Are you looking for a great cross-cultural missions experience for your students. Please consider Kings Castle. Our students have returned for 7 years and counting and each one has been unique and impacting!

Join our team in 2011! (details coming soon - http://www.sdyce.com/aim)

BGMC On Track for a Banner Year

Hello children's leaders!

I'm over in Africa seeing first hand some of the impact that BGMC is having around the world.

Do you remember those water wells from a couple years ago? I've been able to see how those water wells are directly affecting the local communities. I know you were all raising funds diligently for those needs. Thanks for that.

I've also seen the church buildings BGMC helped to rebuild after some tribal clashes in 2008. What a great thing to be a part of!  You've provided hope to these people.

We are currently sitting at $42,424.00 for the year. I truly feel we are positioned to hit and eclipse our $65,000 goal which will make me take the Polar Plunge in January. If we keep in mind that BGMC doesn't happen by itself, but by combining 1 passionate leader, 2 well-prepared minutes each week, and 3-month goals, we can take BGMC over $75,000 or more!

Thanks for your hard work. May God bless you and your efforts.

Africa Update

Saturday afternoon I boarded a plane for a trip to Africa to minister to children and see how BGMC is helping people specifically in the country of Kenya.  I arrived Sunday evening where I joined up with David and Mary Boyd (National BGMC Directors) and Jay and Debbie Risner (Children's Missionary Evangelists).

Monday we met up with two Kenyan children's pastors and did two elementary school assemblies.  Jay and David did the presentation of story, music, illusions, and the Gospel presentations to two welcome crowds of kids.  Most were between 6 and 13 years of age. The first school had about 2,000 students, the second about 250.  Tuesday was similar but with only one school.  This school also had about 2,000 students.

You should see the looks on the faces of these kids as we interact with them.  The love, joy, and warmth of these people is amazing!

Wednesday started very early.  4:00 AM we took our van to the airport where we boarded a small plane for the city of Eldoret.  We met up with the pastoral leader for that area who took us on a tour of a few churches that had been burned in tribal fights in early 2008.

During this tour we stopped at a location where one of our AG churches used to stand.  In it's place was 38 graves and cross headstones.  Some of the local resident farmers came up to us and began to tell their stories.  Though each individual story should be told, I'll only include this short summary here.

On January 1, 2008 a neighboring tribe attacked, apparently over land disputes. Outnumbered in some places by 10-1, the people fought and fled.  Many fled to the churches hoping for refuge.  Instead, the tribe barred the doors, covered the churches in fuel, and lit it on fire killing everyone inside.

This story was repeated all across the country side.  Many churches were attacked (not just Assemblies of God), and many lost their life.  One gentleman showed me his scars on his head where he had been struck and spent a month in the hospital.  Another was riding a bike powered by his arms instead of his legs because he lost his legs in the battle.

Later we toured two other locations where churches, homes, and lives were destroyed in this warfare.  Yet in the wake of this tragedy the children and churches in America responded by sending money to help rebuild these churches.  Though the churches are rough by American standards, it is a place of worship and hope for the people in those tiny villages.

We met pastors and church people who's smiles and joy show their complete dependence on the Lord.  It was there we found the evidence that where the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy,  Jesus brings life and life abundantly (John 10:10).

We are so thankful for the help we were able to give to these people during their time of need and know this is how the body of Christ is supposed to function.

Fun & Trivial
-  Food:  I've eaten some amazing desserts and exotic foods; osterich, and crocodile
-  Running: I met a Kenyan marathon runner who ran a half marathon (13.1 miles) in 61 minutes.  It takes me about 150 minutes.  I am simply a poser!
- Golf: We took in 9 holes during a free afternoon.   The course was amazing, monkeys, scenery, caddies, the works.
- I've sunburned my head.  Did you know the sun's rays are stronger here?
- I've missed my wife and boys every single day!

- Photos will be added when a faster connection is received.

Michael's CM Report

Encourage your Campus Missionaries with this inspiring story from Michael of Clark, SD.  This was Michaels second report for September.  The first stated he was meeting with school leadership about starting a Bible club.  The following was his report after that meeting.  It has been shared with his permission.

"I really wanted to make another report for this month. We had our first Bible study club meeting yester, now known as Army of Youth. We are opening up examining the Book of Acts. On next Wednesday we will have a group discussion on everyone's thoughts and ideas of the book of Acts. And I will then ask the group of why they think I decided to open with the Book of Acts. I have made plans for the next four weeks. Like I said for the first week we are doing the Book of Acts. The second week we are going over The Book of Ephesians all the way through the Book of Philemon. For our third week we are going over Romans through 1 Corinthians. And for our fourth week we will go over 2 Corinthians through Galatians. I chose to open the group up with the Book of Acts because it is a good source to show that you shouldn't hide your faith and that "You Belong" in the group of Jesus Christ. And that if you make the decision to either have little to no faith or if you choose to hide your faith, there will be consequences. With week two through four you probably notice I chose for us to go over the letters that Deciple Paul wrote. I chose to do this because they are good representations of teen issues; family issues, leadership, Faith, relationship, and much more of the many problems in a teens life. Last night at youth group and as well as at the Bible study yesterday morning, I brought up the 1 month challenge and many people were interested in joining me in doing it. We are going to start next Tuesday and we are really excited about doing it. Also at youth group last night, an idea that I had during math class, I brought in a large jar with change that I collected from my room and the 6 dollars in cash that I had in my pocket. The idea that I had was for all of us to start throwing any change that we have that we don't need and then in a couple months or so, we will count it up and send it to the Food for the Hungry. I can't wait to see how all this plays out. I am really excited. God Bless Everyone, Michael"

I love the thought and process he put into planning his meetings.  Way to go Michael, we are proud of you!


Hundreds, if not thousands of teens and leaders across the nation are taking the TEN challenge.  A challenge to give $100 on 10.10.10.

I know many of the leaders and students across South Dakota are taking that challenge.  Only 5 weeks remain!  Make sure you utilize the resources to help spread the word to the students and challenge their giving.

Download the 10 Video and Promo Graphics
Register for the challenge
Take the challenge personally
Believe God will assist
Utilize STL 1:2:3 and the SD Overflow Stories

Did You Know?

One of the four pillars* of Youth Alive is the Campus Club.  These student-led groups are encouraged to meet weekly on the campus of the public school in an effort to serve their campus and make a positive impact on their classmates by spreading the love of Jesus Christ.

However, sometimes students have a hard time knowing how to lead these clubs and know what to share on a weekly basis.

Did you know that the Youth Alive website has enough resources to lead a club all the way through Jr High/Middle School and High School?

Here is just a sample of some of the topics:
- Being Different
- Crisis Care
- Dating
- Destiny
- Dream for the Future
- Friendships
- Giving
- Leadership
- and more

Check them out! Use them each week to help make your club more than just a gathering.  Make your club a positive impact for the Cause of Christ!

www.yausa.com > Resources > Campus Club Meeting Guides & Campus Club Monthly Meeting Guides

*The four pillars of Youth Alive are Prayer Zone Partners, Campus Missions, Campus Clubs, and The Seven Project

El Salvador Stats

20 Programs
1,229 People in our presentations
692 People made decisions to follow Christ
269 People prayed for problems/healing
3 Campaigns
1 Big Day

Urban Immersion Trips

If your ministry is looking for a weekend opportunity that can fit into your budget. Source Ministry's Urban Immersion Trips can provide a unique, eye opening experience of missions in the urban setting of downtown Minneapolis. Source has been reaching out to the marginalized, skeptical, and homeless youth since 1995.

"Our goal is to be a Missional Community embracing the lambs and looking for the prodigals who want to return home; existing at the crossroads of culture providing hospitality and impacting this hurting, skeptical, and diverse culture through prayer, urban outreach, the Fallout Arts Initiative (Fallout Urban Art Center & Art Co-op), transitional homes and Urban Ministry Training."

Compassion 48: Urban Immersion Trips create exposure, hands on experience and interaction that reveals the reality of the needs in Minneapolis. Processing with staff who have years of experience and currently live and work in the city. This allows uniquely impacting processing times with groups - a powerful experience that you will never forget.

Working in the most diverse neighborhood in the country:
- Poverty - homeless shelters & the cities largest homeless meal within 4 blocks
- Internationals - over 100 languages spoken within 1.5 miles
- Arts
- MCAD, Mpls Institute of Arts, & Children’s Theatre across street

Workshops, Trainings, & Outreaches:
- Shelters, food shelves, drop-ins, and free meals
- Creative presentations, testimonies, and video documentaries
- What does the Bible say about the poor?
- "How to connect with individuals"
- "What can we do, right here, right now?"
- Holistic Impact: "what can I (or my church) really do?"
- Worship, prayer, processing, "How to impact your own neighborhood”


$10 for Speed the Light...

Contribute $10 for Speed the Light and get a creative Thank You!  Find out more and contribute online at www.yourfaceonmyrace.com.

Ever wonder what would happen if a lot of people gave just a little bit?  I have.  The math works out great: 1,000 people X $10 = $10,000 for missions.  The question isn't the math.  The question is, can we get 1,000 people to respond?

Some say "Yes! Go For It."  That's because those people want to be a part of making a difference.  They want to contribute to a worthy cause.  And they do it now.

Some say "I doubt it."  They think someone else will give $10, or their contribution won't be missed or make a difference.

I hope the people in the second group are wrong.

There are only seven days remaining to get your contribution in and your profile pic on my jersey.  Seven days to prove you are a part of the "Yes! Go For It." movement. Seven Days to get Your Face On My Race.

It's fun, it's creative, and it makes a world of difference.

I've run over 200 miles in training for this event.  That's over 36 hours of my feet propelling me forward to race day. Will you take 5 minutes and $10 to help me reach this goal?

Give Now at www.YourFaceOnMyRace.com

Kool-Aide and Coffee for BGMC

I received this report from Mitchell AG about a young girl's passion to raise funds for missions.  We celebrate with them in their success.
Here is the outcome of Jessica's first BGMC fundraiser. Her sister Rebecca helped her too!! :) Jessica did her first Coffee and Kool-Aid stand at our neighborhood garage sale. 
Us and 14 other houses all advertise together every year. Along with raising money for missions we taught Jessica about this being a business as well. So we had her take money out of her piggy bank to pay for expenses (kool-aid, poster board ect.) We explained it takes money to make money!! 
We also told her she would pay herself back when she started selling her coffee and kool-aid. The morning was so busy!! The first few that came said they didn't drink coffee so I told her to go get dad and put on the hot water and get the hot cocoa. We could hardly keep up!!!! 
We were selling it for .50 a cup but most people were putting in $1.00 or more!! We had one person put in $20.00!!! I thought Jessica was going to cry!!! We even had a lady come and ask us if she could donate her toddler bed, and what ever money we got out of it we could give to BGMC. We sold it for $8.00!!! 
At the end of the day, the hot cocoa was almost gone and Adam had made SEVERAL pots of coffee. Jessica was able to raise $83.51 for BGMC!!!! She was so excited that she already has big ideas and goals set for next year!!!! It was a success and she can't wait to tell Pastor TJ!!!!
Great Job Jessica.  We are proud of you for your efforts and passion for Missions!

Your Gift + My Sweat = ???

I never liked math.  Then again, I never like running either.  That was until I started running for a purpose.  I have found that just running isn't one of the most fun things I can do.  But running with a goal in mind has ignited in me something that didn't exist before.

It has driven me to invest hours of time and miles of energy to become better, stronger, and faster.

That's kind of like giving.  Just giving $10 for no reason doesn't make sense.  But giving $10 knowing that it's making a difference is completely different.

YourFaceOnMyRace is simply an idea that set a goal for me: 13.1 miles and $10,000.

However, I cannot do it without the help of 1,000 generous people - just like you.

It's one thing to complete 13.1 miles in the Brookings Half Marathon, it's another to know that every mile I complete could be worth over $760 for missions!  Now that's motivation!

Will you take a couple moments of your time and a few dollars from your account and help motivate my run?

Find out more and give online: www.YourFaceOnMyRace.com.

You Gift of $10 + My Sweat from Running = An Equipped Missionary.  I guess math isn't so bad when it's math with a purpose. :)

Your Face On My Race

I want to raise $10,000 for an urgent missions project during my 13.1 mile race in May. To accomplish this I need to find 1,000 generous people on Facebook and Twitter who will make a $10 donation to Speed the Light.

As my thanks for your contribution, on the day your $10 check arrives I will pull your Facebook profile picture and place it on the running jersey I wear on race day. Sort of like you are running with me.

100% of the funds you contribute will be sent to an urgent need through Speed the Light.


Grand Club Honors

Today we honor churches that gave over $1,000 towards BGMC or STL in 2009.  Giving a record total of $157,338.45 (combined) 23 churches made it into "The Club"

To commemorate the hard work done by the leadership in children's and youth ministries across SD, we have compiled two downloadable resources.

1.  The South Dakota Overflow Story
2.  STL:1-2-3 Offering Sermon Archive
3.  The SD Missions Footprint Presentation

Please celebrate with us the hard work done by our leaders, youth, and children.  But let's not stop with remembering the past... let's press on for the future doing more than ever before.

Funding Short Term Missions

One of the biggest reasons people don’t respond to short-term missions opportunities is because they don’t think they will be able to raise the funds needed to pay for a trip.

I mean, let’s face it, when was the last time we went from $0 to $3k in six months. But is it possible? 


With God ALL things are Possible.

To help you accomplish this task of raising support, please consider adopting the following plan.
It works! In 13 years of youth ministry I’ve never seen this plan fail.

Remember, you are doing something that is close to God's heart. That means you are working on this as a team - you and God. That’s a pretty good start.

Develop a good plan for raising the support. This must be more than a group meeting with your youth pastor to schedule fundraisers - it should be about what you and your family are able and willing to do to make this dream become a reality.

The following elements should be included in this plan - in this order.

  • Work - get a job, mow, rake, shovel, babysit, clean, serve fries, find a service or product that meets needs and do what you can to make money.
  • Save - Give to God, support missions, take care of your essential needs, then save the rest. You’ll be surprised what you can keep hold of when you have a goal and focus on it.
  • Support - Write a support letter to family and friends. Let them know what your plan is for summer 2010 and give them an opportunity to pray and give to your endeavor. I recommend sending out between 75-150 letters for your trip.
  • Fundraiser - Most groups place this as the first priority, however it should be moved down the list to demonstrate the personal responsibility of the individual not the youth pastor/group. I recommend scheduling one or two fundraisers. Ones that bring in a large amount of money per individual with the minimal amount of work are usually the best. They are out there, hunt for them. Try to do only one fundraiser for the church, schedule any additional ones to bring in funds from the community.
  • Offering - Meet with your pastor early in the year to schedule an offering to take place about 4-8 weeks prior to the final payment due date. Be sure to lay out your personal plan so they know this offering is designed to help finish off any amount you are lacking not fund the entire trip/team.

Convoy of Hope Stats

Convoy of Hope has been around for years, but recently made headlines with their effective and efficient response to the disaster in Haiti.

Here are some of the statistics that come from Convoy (from early Feb, 2010)

5.6 Million people were helped in 2009
30 Million people total have been helped since the beginning of COH
50 Communities in the US have did outreaches in 2009
33 Countries held outreaches in 2009
1,000 water filtration units have been installed to date
48 Million dollars worth of food and supplies were distributed in 2009
COH is feeding 21,000 children every day

All this BEFORE the earthquake ever hit in Haiti.

It's great to be a part of the Body of Christ where we are taking care of the spiritual and physical needs of the most needy in our world!

Convoy of Hope
330 S. Patterson Ave
Springfield, MO  65802

2010 BGMC Goals

We just completed a tour across South Dakota where we had the opportunity to present a fantastic BGMC opportunity to our churches.  They really stepped up to the plate setting over $72,000 in goals for 2010!

I am excited to hear report of how God is helping them achieve these goals!

Find out more about our project.

A Bald Dave! YES WE CAN!!!

What a banner year for STL! It's exciting to know that we have completed the following projects with funds raised in 2009:

Boat Motor for Kiribati Islands
Boat Hull Replacement for Kiribati Islands
1000 MP3 Players for China
Vehicle for Uruguay
Video Projector for Tim Harris
Sound System for Guatemala

After completing these projects, we still have funds left over to apply to our next most urgent need - the vehicle for Rich and Deb Reid. However, these remaining funds do not complete the entire project for the Reids. We need an additional $30k to complete this project.

That's where the Winter Escape STL Offering comes in.

I would like to do everything we can the next two weeks to raise and bring $15,000 for Speed the Light. On Saturday afternoon Chet Caudill, the national STL director, will present a challenge followed with an offering and goal response. If we Reach $10k in one offering Pastor David Bauchspiess agreed to shave his head!

Here's another cool part.

Nebraska AG has agreed to match whatever we bring in that day to help us reach the $30k we need to complete this project NOW! That's a huge blessing for us and for the Reids who are making payments (plus interest) on their vehicle.

Here are the practical steps:

1. Present this challenge to your students the next few weeks.
2. Bring a check with you in the amount of the funds raised already in 2010
3. Sharpen your razors!

I believe we can receive a $15k offering. I believe we can eliminate this project NOW! I believe David Bauchspiess will look amazing as a bald guy!

Convoy of Hope and STL

A quote from Hal Donaldson.  Founder and President of Convoy of Hope:

"The partnership between Convoy of Hope and Speed the Light has resulted in 30 million people receiving help and learning that Jesus loves them. The transportation provided by Speed the Light has enabled Convoy of Hope to provide lasting hope. Haiti is no different. Trucks are desperately needed to get the food and supplies where it is needed most. If we can get more trucks, many more people will receive help and find hope."

Read more about how Convoy of Hope is helping in Haiti (story on foxnews.com).  Each semi truck Convoy uses has been purchased with STL funds raised by students across America.

Keep up the great work!

Colby's BGMC Goal

In December Colby and I along with Jeff & Ann Kuper (SF First AG), Cathijo McGee and her son Josiah were a part of a BGMC event where information was presented about a special project for 2010.  The following is some of the information about that project.

Through the ministry of KidsQuest and the PowerMark comic series (developed by Steve Benitendi) we have the opportunity to reach the children of Asia Pacific!

This ministry includes school and church programs designed to educate about drugs, rescue children from sex trafficking, and introduce them to the loving Savior, Jesus Christ.

KidsQuest ministries empowers local church ministries to reach the children in their communities. On average they are able to impact the life of a child for eternity for $2.00 each.

When we were presented with this information in Mexico in December, Colby knew he should do something to help raise money to help reach these children. When asked what his goal was - he said he wanted to reach 1,000 children in Asia Pacific. That means his financial goal is $2,000.00.

These BGMC funds will be used to produce a PowerMark video series, translate the “KidsQuest Drug Free” school program into other languages, and train local church leaders.

In order to help Colby meet his goal he is selling 2010 calendars that feature his artwork and a TaeKwonDo kick. If you would like to help him reach this goal you can purchase one of the calendars for $20.00 (includes shipping/delivery). If you would like to purchase a quantity of them to re-sell contact us for a discounted price.

NOTE: A PayPal account is not required to make your donation.

Calendars ship after January 1, 2010.

View Colby's Website Here

Hope for Haiti

Support Convoy of Hope in Haiti + Get a sweet shirt to inspire others to do the same = A great opportunity!

Youth Pastor Waylon Sears in Arizona came up with an idea to raise money for Convoy of Hope by selling shirts.  Promote this site to your friends and students to help one of the most organized and effective relief efforts located in Haiti.


Convoy of Hope in Haiti

7.0 Earthquake Rocks Haiti Convoy of Hope is Responding

A 7.0 earthquake struck the country of Haiti, leveling buildings, cutting off communications and leaving the world wondering about the state of this poor country. Witnesses said buildings were destroyed and many people injured. The lack of communications is hindering the ability to determine the full extent of damage and destruction.

Convoy of Hope is responding. You can help with a secure online donation.

Convoy of Hope is establishing an emergency command center just outside the city of Port-au-Prince where food, water and supplies will be distributed to victims of the earthquake that rocked Haiti on Tuesday.

“Our Haiti country director is on the ground and we are working closely with our partners to check on the children we feed and also to assist victims with immediate needs,” says Hal Donaldson, founder and president of Convoy of Hope. “We have a warehouse in Haiti and have food and supplies immediately available to those in need. In the next few days several more containers filled with relief supplies will be prepared and shipped immediately to Haiti.”

Initial reports indicate that many buildings, homes and walls toppled under the strain of the earthquake. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Many of its nearly 10 million residents live in abject poverty.

For several years Convoy of Hope has worked in Haiti and currently feeds 7,000 children there each day.

You can help the people of Haiti by making an online donation today. Your online gift will go to immediately help the victims of this massive earthquake.

Thank you for your love and concern for the children and victims of this devastating earthquake.

STL Contribution Deadline

Tonight is the last chance to receive an offering for STL.  Make sure you utilize the STL digisource for great inspiring message to challenge your students in setting their next 3-month goal as a part of your STL 1:2:3 strategy!

To receive 2009 giving credit, all offerings must be shipped via an overnight carrier (ie FedEx) and postmarked by midnight December 31.

STL Rocks!!!

Topic: Meet Missionaries
Title: Speed the Light Rocks
Text: Hebrews 13:20-21
Theme: Speed The Light gets the missionary fully equipped on the field much faster

Read the Text: May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen

Illustrate: How many like to go to the dentist? How many when you are at the dentist and they need to fix something love the Novocain? Can you imagine sitting in the chair with that bib on, light shining over you, four latex gloves about to descend on your mouth and you hear the sound of the drill and feel the suction on your tongue? Now imagine they are getting ready to drill your tooth but they haven’t deadened the area.

When you ask about it - they say, oh, we just didn’t have time to reorder any Novocain. We were too busy paying bills and rewinding our dental floss. Sorry about that.

Students giving to STL ensure that our missionaries are on the field fully equipped and in the quickest amount of time possible.

Challenge/Connection: My STL testimony is nothing new for those of us who work in large urban agglomerations. I live in Bangkok and have a 2003 Camry from STL. My regular ministry use of the car consists of loading it down with our equipment when we go into the slums on Saturday to run children's programs. Our vehicle is indispensable since there is just too much stuff to carry by hand into the nearby slums. On Sundays we also drive to visit our smaller churches and encourage them. We use the car to travel to meetings up country, visit pastors, etc.

STL rocks, but sometimes it is hard for some of us urban jungle workers to let students know just how important their giving is to the ministry that we are doing. STL totally speeds up the process of reaching people with the gospel by keeping missionaries out in the harvest field instead of having to spend even more time raising funds for their vehicles. That is a very powerful contribution and one for which I and my colleagues are extremely grateful.

Thank you so much for your labors for the missionary family.

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering - OPTION: Challenge the kids to give an amount that they would be willing to pay the dentist to use Novocain before fixing a cavity.

STL: Pick Up Your Socks!

Topic: Maximize Opportunity
Title: Pick Up Your Socks!
Text: Exodus 36:3-5
Theme: People continued to bring free-will offerings

Read the Text: They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning.

Illustrate: Prior to the arrival of your students get some laundry or items from the lost and found and lay it around the room. Make it difficult for the students to be in the room without having to come in contact with the items and move them out of the way. The laundry should be placed on chairs, on the stage, and other places where the students like to spend time.

In the offering sermon talk about how as a child you struggled with keeping your room clean all of the time, how a parent would REMIND you to pick up your socks, hang up your towel, and put your shoes away.

Draw the comparison to the laundry you left around the room - it just got in the way. My laziness with laundry meant I needed to be REMINDED to pick it up.

Challenge/Connection: In the verses we read, Moses instructed the people to bring an offering, which they did. But they were so moved by the work and the cause that they CONTINUED to give “freewill offerings morning after morning.”

Speed the Light should be the same way. We receive a weekly offering, but how often do you REMEMBER the other days of the week to save, budget, pray, and give?

Just like your mom would appreciate if you cleaned your room with the reminder, so to the missionaries appreciate it when we give on a regular basis.

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering

Summer Missions Opportunities

Every teenager should have an overseas missions experience before they graduate from High School.

We provide opportunities each summer for our teenagers to experience missions. Why are these trips so important? In addition to being a part of fulfilling the great commission, the will also grow in their faith, become more grateful and humble, and see God work in ways they may have never seen before.

Check out the options you have to minister along side teens from South Dakota in the following locations:

South Africa
El Salvador
Central America
SD Indian Reservations
Alaska (possibility)

Find more information and requirements.

STL: Can You Out-Give God?

Topic: Manage Resources
Title: Can You Out-Give God?
Text: Matthew 7:11
Theme: Giving

Read the Text: If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Illustrate: Think about a time you were so excited to give a gift. You may have been giddy with excitement about being able to really surprise someone, or get the gift they never thought was possible.

Remember how you were almost more excited to give it than they were to receive it? You knew what was inside the wrapping. And you knew they would be thrilled to receive it.

God is the same way with us - when we give we open our hands to receive what He has in store to give us. He knows what it is and is ready to give it. We don’t know, but we have to trust that the unknown is amazing!

Challenge/Connection: God likes to give gifts and he especially likes to give gifts to those who give gifts. We can’t out give God. He is the best present giver. When we give, whether it is out of our abundance or our need, we can rest assured that God will see the gift that have been given and will gift us. God’s gifts to us may be given here on earth or they may be stored in heaven waiting for us there
Receive Offering: Tonight as you prepare your STL offering, remember that God has something amazing in store for you as well.

Guest Contributor: Kim Pfitzer

Outreach Update

The outreach went great in Mexico.  When we showed up at the park there were about 15 kids around.  We started playing games with them and by the time Jeff Kuper and Colby did their "clown routine" we were up to about 60.  Cathijo led them through making the "salvation bracelets" (picture left) and explained what the colors meant as the crowd grew to about 120 children.

As we closed and asked for response and prayer all of the children and adults responded.  The local pastor said this was a great boost for them in their church and they are very excited to follow up on all of the new families.

It was a great outreach.  Thanks for the prayers and support.

More on the BGMC special project and some of the fun we had later.

Thats all for now... we are coming home.

BGMC and Outreach

This weekend Colby and I will be joining other pastors and children's leaders in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for a BGMC weekend.  This trip will include some deep sea fishing, making memories, amazing Mexican food, all in the name of raising funds for BGMC.

Earlier this year Colby set a goal of $762 for BGMC - by mid April he had already raised over $800.  We are looking forward to continuing the challenge in 2010 - and this is the venue to raise the bar.  Pray with us as we hear God's heart for what we can do with His help.

On Saturday (December 5), we'll be connecting with a local missionary for a children's outreach.  We've planned some games, crafts, songs, Bible stories, and more for these children.  Our goal is to bless the partner church and reach kids for Christ.  Your prayers are appreciated.

I'll do my best to post daily summaries right here for you to follow our journey.

STL: Receive Regular Feedback

Topic: Make Money
Title: Receive Regular Feedback
Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Theme: Get a Raise Pt 1

Read the Text: 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

Illustrate: In most activities someone will coach you before the “big day.” A football coach will help you know how to block a tackle before you step on the field. A band director will help you know how to play an A# before the concert. And a teacher will help you understand quadratic equations prior to a standardized test.

In the employment word these “coaching sessions” are often called “performance reviews” or “wage reviews.” These reviews usually come every six months or once a year. It’s during these reviews that you learn what you’ve done well and what you need to improve on.

Unfortunately, these are also the times that raises are given out. That means, if you wait until your official review to learn areas of improvement it’s to late. The way to maximize your reviews is to do two things:

Ask for informal reviews on a regular basis. You need to learn how you are doing in order to make adjustments before the official review begins

Don’t take them personally. These are designed to help you identify weaknesses that you can improve on. And you need to improve on if you will continue to add value to the company.

Challenge/Connection: If the only time you ask for or receive feedback on your job performance is during a wage review it might be too late. Make it a habit at least four times a year, but not more than once a month, to ask your supervisor for feedback.

Use questions along the lines of:
Next time we work together I would value a few thoughts of things I can improve on as it relates to customer service or performance.
I’ve notice that you [insert supervisor task] on a daily or weekly basis. Is that something I should be doing as well?

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering

STL in CyberEvangelism

Topic: Meet Missionaries
Title: STL in Cyber Evangelism
Text: Mark 12:41-42
Theme: STL in the digital revolution.

Read the Text: Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.

Illustrate: Ever been in line at a restaurant or grocery store and the person in front of you was just a few pennies short? Maybe they were buying milk or baby formula and you knew it was an essential for survival - not just the latest music release. You had the change in your pocket and helped them out?

Do you remember that feeling? How great it felt to offer just a little to make a big difference?
Challenge/Connection: That’s a similar feeling DYD Raymond Mizelle (Mississippi) had in 2008. He heard about a website www.topchretien.com (www.godrev.com - US version) that was launching for the purpose of evangelism.

Everything was in place - except the server to power the cyber evangelism tool. Raymond knew that a server powering an evangelism website was creative communication and pursued meeting that need through Speed the Light.

Mississippi students were able to purchase that server for $20,000 which reaches almost 11 million users every day and in early 2009 had recorded over 1 million commitments to Christ.
You never know what kind of difference the change in your pocket can make when you are willing to invest and give it away.

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering - imagine you are in line and the person in front of you just needs the change in your pocket or a couple dollars to complete their purchase. Are you willing to help?

STL: The $1Million Question

Topic: Maximize Opportunity
Title: The $1 Million Question
Text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Theme: How can poverty lead to overflowing generosity

Read the Text: And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 5 And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.

Illustrate: Ask (either grab a couple volunteers or poll the audience): “What would you do if you won a million dollars?” Allow for response - “By show of hands, how many of you would give at least 10% to the church?”

“How many would give at least 20% to a ministry or good cause?” (repeat for higher percentages)
I think it would be great if everyone of us here could be the recipient of a million dollars so we could do something significant like that.

Challenge/Connection: You know when we put those questions into the perspective of our verse - we realize that most of us are already creating patterns of what we would do if we received a large sum of money like that. If we are already giving 30% of our income, there’s a good chance we would give at least 30% of a large sum.

If we have $100 and we only give $10 because we think we NEED the other $90, what makes us think that if we have $1,000,000 that we would give more than $100k?

Paul wrote about the Macedonian church that their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity... they gave as much as they were able and even beyond their ability.

I hope that someday you all get $10 million dollars. And I hope that you are in a place where you can give 20%, 30% or more to a worthy cause like Speed the Light. But giving like that doesn’t begin when you get a lot of money - it begins now.

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering

STL: How Do You Measure?

Topic: Manage Resources
Title: How Do You Measure?
Text: Luke 6:38
Theme: Giving

Read the Text: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)

Illustrate: Can you imaging measuring a piece of wood without a measuring tape? Before there was a standard way to measure, people would either use their feet or their hands to measure. Twelve inches could be measured by using either one bare foot, or two hands lined up end to end. This type of measurement was not very accurate and measurements varied from person to person. A person with a size 7 shoe would have a shorter piece of wood than a person with a size 14 shoe, even though technically they were the same measurement.

Challenge/Connection: God’s word promises that if we give to others God will give to us. The Bible also states that with the measure we use, it will be measured back to us. When we give, if we use a small measurement, then we will receive a small amount. This verse is not necessarily saying you need to give large monetary gifts to receive gifts from God. When we give, whether it is of our time, talent or money, we need to give freely and willingly, holding nothing back from God. God is the ultimate giver and he will meet our every need.

When you receive something from God, do you want a large gift or a small one?
How you want to receive things from God is how you need to give to others.
Receive Offering: As we receive our offering I now I want you to consider - “If I were the benefactor of this offering (a missionary), how would I want the students to measure?” Then give accordingly.

Guest Contributor: Kim Pfitzer

STL: Display Care

Topic: Make Money
Title: Display Care for the Company
Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Theme: Get a Promotion Pt 4

Read the Text: 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

Illustrate: Employees that take longer than usual breaks, show up late, and leave early are not displaying concern for the well being of the company.

Additionally, employees who are more interested in goofing off, working at a slower than expected pace, or not completing jobs are not adding value to the place of business.

If these employees are often passed over for promotions it is likely because they are not seen as staff who genuinely care about what is a benefit for the company.

These are not guarantees that a promotion will be received, but if attention to care for the interests of the company is ignore promotion will be very unlikely.

Challenge/Connection: Employees are more likely to receive a job promotion if they display care for the company. This involves care for the customer, the customer experience, values of the company, and bottom line.

This can be displayed through standards used by the employee as well as communication about the company both on and off the clock.

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering

STL Goes to Jail

Topic: Meet Missionaries
Title: STL Goes to Jail
Text: Matthew 25:36
Theme: STL enables missionaries to travel to prisons and share Jesus love.

Read the Text: I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Illustrate: Can you imagine being raised in Jail? Imagine your room has no carpet, your bathroom and sink are in the same space, and you are there not because you did anything wrong, but because they accused your mom of a crime.

In many parts of the world when a mother goes to prison, she takes her children with her. They are raised behind bars.

There are people in prison all over the world who have found Christ. People in prison who need to be ministered to. When we give to Speed the Light we are enabling missionaries to go into those prisons to minister to the inmates, and in many countries, their kids as well.

Challenge/Connection: Hello (Speed the Light),
We wanted to send the picture of our STL vehicle. We took it out to the countryside two Sundays ago, a ministry trip, taking 5 of our Mongolian leaders to one of the churches, to appoint a new pastor for this congregation. It was a great meeting and day for the church.

Chrissy is taking it out to the prison today, meeting with the director and two young ladies, who have come to know Christ in the last two years. Both sentenced to life for the arrangement of a murder.
God has done great things and we are so thankful to STL for making it possible for us to go!

Bob and Chrissy Goodwin (Mongolia)1

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering - tonight as you give think about how much it’s worth to you to show the love of Jesus to those in prison.

STL: Making God Happy

Topic: Maximize Opportunity
Title: Making God Happy
Text: Hebrews 13:16
Theme: Sacrificial sharing is pleasing to God - brings an emotion.

Read the Text: And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Illustrate: Tell a story about when you were a child and how you valued a new toy or very special stuffed animal. Then a friend or sibling mistreated that item and you grew upset. Remember also how you felt when a parent helped you put a band-aid on the stuffed animal, or tried to fix the broken toy.
Remember how you felt when your parent helped you care for what was important to you?

Challenge/Connection: Did you know that when we do good and care for others we are adding value to God’s creation. In fact, this verse tells us that these kind sacrifices are pleasing to God.

When you do good it pleases God - or - brings a smile to his face. How you treat other people, how you care for what is important to the heart of God brings an emotional response.

Tonight as you give in the offering, your sacrifice will be pleasing to God

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering

STL: When Small Becomes Big

Topic: Manage Resources
Title: When Small Becomes Big
Text: John 6:8-13
Theme: Give

Read the Text: 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and the men sat down, about five thousand of them. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.
12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

Illustrate: Find an O-ring. These are small rubber “gaskets” used to create a seal. If you cannot find one, a purchase can be made at a local hardware store for a small price.

Show the O-ring to the group. Show how tiny it is. It can break and for a few pennies you can replace it. Fairly insignificant. Hard to imagine a tiny O-ring doing something great.

But a tiny failed O-ring similar to this one was the cause of the total destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger.

Just because you are young or you feel your offering is small - you need to remember that when you put it into the hands of Jesus He can make it do great things.

Challenge/Connection: It is important that before you get your paycheck or money for birthday’s and odd jobs that you plan where you money will go. You must tell your money what it will accomplish for you or you will end up wondering what your money accomplished for you. You must tell a portion of your money that it will be used in giving.

Sometimes we feel what we have to offer Jesus is insignificant. When the need is so great (5,000 people - or $35k STL vehicle) my offering is too small (5 loaves/2fish, $10 a week).

Maybe we feel that we are too young to start giving. But the fact of the matter is, we must start creating a habit of giving even as teenagers.

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering

Take the Pop Out Challenge!

Did you know that one-third of the world’s children struggle with inadequate food and drinking water—let alone having the luxury of soda pop to drink? Our Boys and Girls November Missionary Challenge is to “Pop Out for Missions.”

The national BGMC office is challenging kids to give up soda pop during the month of November. The money that would have been spent on soda pop would then be given to BGMC, which helps needy children around the world.

Learn More...
including: what is PopOut, FREE resources, and more.

Send Your Overflow Stories

I'm looking for some great Overflow stories.  I know they are out there - I've heard from nine SDAG youth groups over the course of nine days gave they gave a total of $9,000.  That's impossible to do without having some amazing stories of sacrifice!

As an incentive stories submitted between now and youth convention will be eligible to win a free iPod shuffle!  I know you didn't give in order to win - that's what makes it so beautiful!   This is a way to help share your story to inspire others.  You did amazing things, let's celebrate it together!

Email your Overflow stories to mark@sdag.org.

Overflow stories can be submitted by students or leaders on behalf of the student.  To qualify for the iPod the story must be about money given/raised on a personal level in 2009.  All stories will be brought and displayed at Youth Convention 2009 where one random story will be selected to receive a free iPod shuffle.  A submitted story must be emailed to mark@sdag.org and contain specific amounts given - not just the goal. Posting on facebook, blogs, or other web locations are not considered valid registrations for the iPod.  All submitted stories become property of SD|YCE and can be used for continued promotion of STL in printed and verbal format.

SAMPLE (thanks Annette for posting):
Emily's Overflow so far...

In Semptember of last year, my step dad got into a really bad motorcycle accident that should have killed him, but from the glory of God, his life was spared. But I am not saying that he didnt come out without a scratch. Let me tell you... he was pretty banged up. During this time my mother wasnt working so we truly had no money. I felt like I needed to give back my allowance to my parents since they needed the money more then I did. During the process of healing and my stepdad being able to do the daily things once again (ex shower, eat...etc). I was going through some pretty hard situations also. By some miracle, we got through the rough patch with money.

In March my mom started a new job. My step dad still hasnt been working since Semptember and he started getting very depressed. One Wed night, Annette threw these little white papers on the floor for us to go pick one up to help little kids across the globe with things like food, doctors, and school and so forth. I started crying, I wanted to do one but I just didn't have enough money. Then Annette and myself had a very nice and long talk about how Overflow isnt just a dollar amount - its what you do too. I noticed that even though I wasn't giving money at that time, I was giving my time to different church events. Those profits where going to go to Speed the Light.

Then the 9nine challenge came and I really wanted to do it. I knew I didnt have the money and I didnt know where the money would come from. So one day I emptied my wallet into a box and put it on my book shelf. All I had was a dollar and a lot of change. Then my birthday was coming, so all I asked for was money. I felt called to give every single cent from my birthday money to this 9nine challenge. I know if you listen to God, he will pay you more then what you could have possibly wanted. So far, for the 9ine challenge I have raised $72.99. I have had thoughts saying I can't reach it. It's impossible. But I just have to keep believeing that I will earn it. Then a couple of days later, my moms boss, Doug (he owns the Dairy Dock) asked my mom how old I was and if I was looking for work!! And she said she had to talk to me about it and I said I would do it. They're even going to pick me up from school and bring me to work! They havent garenteed the job yet, but I believe that somehow I will raise the remaining money I need. Something I have learned during all this is that God will provide and I have to put my trust in him. Doing all this has really pushed me more out of my comfort zone and to do the impossible. With God's help everything's possible!

STL Customer's Perspective

Topic: Make Money
Title: Get the Customers Perspective
Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-10
Theme: Get a Promotion Pt 3

Read the Text: 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”

Illustrate: The longer you are employed by a place of business the more difficult it becomes to remember what it’s like not to see your store with fresh eyes and be ignorant about just about everything.
By keeping the perspective of the customer you’ll be add value to the company by informing supervisors of things that could be confusing or overlooked by new or even repeat customers.
Things to observe:

  • cleanliness of the store (if it’s dirty, do something about it)
  • friendliness of the staff (if they are ignoring customers or swarming them that’s bad)
  • customer experience (is it loud, crowded, etc)
  • location of key items (if you rearrange things often it can become confusing to repeat visitors)

Challenge/Connection: If you can remember what it is like to view your place of employment from the perspective of the consumer you will be filled with ideas that will keep your company on the cutting edge.

Receive Offering: Pray and Receive Offering

STL Mongolia

STL - Mongolia from Mark on Vimeo.

Video showing how STL helps missionaries around the world. Produced by nym. Posted with permission. Download this and other STL videos in high quality at http://stl.ag.org

STL Manilla

STL - Manilla from Mark on Vimeo.
Josh Lorimer sees firsthand how STL is used in Manilla. Produced by national STL office.

You're Alive: BOH

You’re Alive with the Book of Hope:

This is a special follow-up edition of the digest Book of Hope that also contains the first lesson of the new believers book, “Alive In Christ (retail $1.99 each)”. It also contains a decision card that can be torn out which makes it an excellent “first Bible” to give to new believers.

Packed 72 per case: Case Price is $97.20, single price is $1.35.

Other editions include:
  • Middle School BOH Magazine $1.00 each
  • Elementary BOH Magazine $1.00 each
  • Teen Spanish BOH $1.00 each
  • God Man DVD $12.00 each
  • General Audiences BOH $1.35 each
  • Teen BOH Magazine $1.00 each

STL Manilla

STL - Manilla from Mark on Vimeo.
Josh Lorimer sees firsthand how STL is used in Manilla. Produced by national STL office.

9ine TwitterFountain

BGMC in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and the Tsunami—A Reversal of Compassion

Again and again the pastor was beaten. The religious oppressors commanded him to close his Assemblies of God church or he would be killed. His church, located in the poor area on the outskirts of a beachside community, had been built brick by brick by his determined efforts. It stood on a plot of higher ground he had managed to buy despite the efforts against its purchase.

But some people of the community were determined to make him leave. They spread rumors that the church was full of people who only wanted to trick, hurt, and destroy others. They slandered the church. They slandered the pastor’s name. Time and again the pastor was beaten, but every time he returned to his pulpit and endeavored to reach the people of Sri Lanka.

Then the tsunami hit.

Giant 40- and 50-foot high waves struck the beach, wiping away everything in their path. The crushing waves headed inward and upward, directly toward this pastor’s church. But by the time the waves reached the church, they had lost some of their depth. The waves moved to the right and to the left, but they could not reach the high ground on which the church was built.

Sitting on that slight rise overlooking the devastation, the church stood relatively untouched. When the waves had ended, the church was one of only three buildings in the entire community that was left standing.

The church immediately became a hospital for the wounded. It became a relief station, a water station, and a safety station. Assemblies of God churches poured missions funds and BGMC funds into this church. The church used the money to buy food and clothing for those who had lost everything. Previously this church had been portrayed as a danger to the community. Now it became the center of compassion.

Many lives were saved due to the compassion of this pastor and the generous giving of people and children in America. Today, new homes have been built for the people of the village through the continued work of this church. In the months and years to follow, this one church—through the funds of Assemblies of God churches and children across America—helped to build many, many homes across southern Sri Lanka, including this very village.

In the midst of a terrible tragedy, this church emerged as the church that cares. The church thrives today. Even many of the individuals who once persecuted the pastor have come to him admitting their wrongdoing and seeking the help of God’s people.

The Sri Lankan people are people with giant smiles. They are caught in a struggle of war, poverty, disease, and religious conflict. But God is on the throne. Thanks for giving to BGMC and making it possible for God to do a great work. Now there is a Bible college in Sri Lanka, training up the next generation of pastors. And yes, BGMC is there too, meeting the critical needs of the world. We serve a God who is on the “higher ground”.

David Boyd

Painting for BGMC

Recently, the kids at Crosswalk Church in Sioux Falls painted posters for BGMC. They were encouraged to follow this year's theme of "Pray, Give, Go!" All 24 paintings were displayed in the foyer and folks were encouraged to "vote" on their favorite by placing money in the buddy barrel in front of the painting. All in all the kids raised over $100 just from a little paint and creativity! The winning artwork was painted by 7 year old Kylee Cramer. She earned the most money in her barrel with $16.27. Way to go!

El Salvador Photos

We've had an amazing time of ministry in El Salvador. Follow the links below to view my photos of our experience.

If you feel inspired to participate in a missions experience like this one during the summer of 2010 you may be pleased to know we are planning a return trip to El Salvador as well as trips to South Africa, Europe, Winner/Mission, and one other undisclosed location.

Learn more about these trips.

Select Photos on Facebook

Top Edits (12 photos)
Gallery 1 (126 photos)
Gallery 2 (135 photos)
Panaorma (5 photos)

Complete Collection on MobileMe

Gallery 1 (261 photos - also on Facebook)
Gallery 2 (289 photos)
Panaorma (9 photos - some on facebook)
MobileMe galleries give the option to download the entire gallery at one time!

If you have some pics from El Salvador that you would like to share, please add them to the Facebook fan page for SDAG Youth Ministries.

El Salvador Summary

After six days of ministry we have the following totals:

20 Programs
1282 People heard the Gospel
370 Decisions for Christ
144 Prayed for healing
386 Prayed for needs and problems

In addition to those stats we had one youth service and one Big Day
service with the teens of the churches. There were approximately 550
people combined.

On the fun and insane side:
3 times to eat pupusas
1 stop for chocobabanos
1 stop for ice cream
13 stops at gas stations for snacks and "el bano"
0 trips to the hospital
Countless smiles and laughter during ministry and bus rides
Countless prayers for the people of El Salvador

It was a great week of ministry. We leave behind some new friends as
well as new followers of Christ.

Check back in a few days for pictures.


Today we went to the beach at Atami. We were able to swim in the ocean
take dip in the salt water pools when the ocean crashes over the side
and washes up the crabs.

Atami also has a water slide, warm pool, and sone amazing food for

Tonight we will have our going away party and preparing to fly home

It's been an amazing trip. Thanks for your prayers.

Last day of ministry

We had a great last day of ministry. The team kept up the energy level
the whole time and did their best to not let the tiredness show through.

We celebrated Kelseys 18th birthday by starting the day with a song
and giving her a card (from mom) and later in the day had ice cream
cake at supper.

Our ministry today was in Apopa which is very stron in MS13 gang. At
one point we were able to pray with some gang leaders who had watched
the program.

We were joined for supper at Tony Romas by Don and Terri Tripplet.
They shared some atoriea of how STL has made a difference for them in

Friday to the beach

Schools, Streets, Campaigns

Today featured two "firsts" for us. Our first school Programs and our first night campaign.

The pastor we worked with today had received permission to hold two Programs at a local school.

The first program was for elementary students followed by a program for the older kids. Both were well received.

After lunch we did two more
street programs before out night service. This service will feature the king of hearts drama we learned at home, some students singing and  playing, and Jerad preaching.

Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and we had to "abandon ship" because of the rain. The songs were sung the preaching started and half of the drama completed before the rain hit. We believe seed was planted and will bear fruit. 

Tomorrow will be our last day of ministry. The team has worked hard the entire trip.

We look forward to finishing our ministry strong.

Operacion Sonrisa

Todays ministry was dubbed "Operation Smile" and featured six fully
dressed clowns (Jerad, Michelle, Margaret, Jimi, Krista, and Josh).
The rest of the team had their faces painted as well - a fun treat.

Today again, we didn't focus on a large number of programs, but
instead took time to play with the kids and create a stronger

These programs used the songs and dramas, but also included jumping
rope, frisbee, "football" (world style), and conversation.

We've had a great response at all of the programs and the team has
done great and health us good.

For lunch the team was surprised with pupusas for lunch in addition to
their sandwiches. Chivo!

It's hard to believe there are only two more day left of ministry. The
trip is going fast.

Thanks for your prayers, the injured ankles have not been a problem

Monday Highlights

What a great day of ministry!

We were able to do four longer programs today. By longer I mean we
spent more time playing with the children than usual. This was done
intentionally to build a more solid relationship and connection with
the local church.

One of our returning AIMers was able to see a child from last years
trip. That was a very cool moment.

We've been blessed with a bus that has worked very well for us. Other
than a ticket for cutting off a policeman we've had no issues with

All are in good health, but please pray for Jerad and I as we both
rolled our ankles this morning. The pain us manageable and ministry
continues, but we would love to be pain free :)

Thanks for your prayers.

Curch, Pizza, Shopping

We were able to participate in the "big day" where all of the churches
from the city cone together on one location for a special service.

We estimate about 450 people in attendance as the ES youth shared in
drama and video. The challenge for the day was to have your love for
God consume you resulting in victory in Christ

There was an amazing altar service and one individual said it was the
best Sunday service they had been a part of.

We were treated to Pizza Hut for lunch. A nice break from the ham or
peanut butter sandwiches we normally have.

Since they don't usually do Programs on Sunday we took the afternoon
for some shopping and a stop at an ice cream parlor.

Tomorrow (Monday) will be filled with street programs in Zone 1 which
is the zone for Pastor David, our interpretor.

We are looking forward to reaching kids all day.

First day of ministry

Today (Saturday) is our first day of ministry and the team is very excited.

We had a great prayer time last night starting with worship, praying for concerns that might distract us from our mission, then finally for God's anointing as we proclaim the Gospel to the children of El Salvador.

Today we are out for Programs in the morning and a youth service this afternoon.

Our clowns today are Kaitlyn and Kym. Tomorrow will be Victoria and Whitney.

We are all in good health other than a few minor upset stomachs... Just waiting for the digestive system to catch up - possibly some jet lag. :)


Ministry was great today. We did two programs in some housing projects. At the first there were several kids who were high from sniffing glue but still heard the presentation and responded to the message. 

The youth service featured our team singing some songs a message abot our identity in Christ and the King of Hearts drama. 

We are looking forward to Pupusas for supper and our day of ministry tomorrow. 

Thanks for your prayers. 

We've Arrived

Other than a brief flight delay our travels to El Salvador were
perfect. We pulled in to the Castle property around 11 at night.

After a good nights rest and scrambled eggs for breakfast we spent the
rest ofthe morning in training.

We've learned one ministry song, two fun dramas, and about six upbeat

Everyone is in great health and looking forward to swimming thus

Ministry starts tomorrow.

Travel Day to El Salvador

Amazingly we left the church early. No travel issues - vans ran fine
and the check in process has never been this smooth.

Our flight out of Omaha has been delayed about 30 minutes but we
should still have enough time to make our connection in Houston.

AIMers are relaxing around the "campfire" (red blanket) and singing
worship songs. It great to have a guitar and some musicians.

Thanks for the prayers.

Follow the trip updates at http:twitter.com/markentzminger

Mission:Winner 09

Need a cost effective outreach opportunity for your students?  Consider joining Tyler Tufte and Jared Dupert for Mission:Winner 09

DATE: July 17-22
COST: $200
MIDDLE SCHOOL: Mega Sports Camp (Basketball/Cheerleading)
HIGH SCHOOL: Sketch - Graffiti Discipleship Camp
EVENINGS: City-Wide Youth Services

Friday Night we will meet in Sioux Falls for a farewell service, training, team building, and spiritual preperation then be leaving for Winner on Saturday. We will return to Sioux Falls Wednesday night for a Welcome home service showcasing what we did on our trip, student testimonies, trip video/pictures, and a challenge to others to get involved in missions.

For more information please contact Tyler for the Middle School Outreach, or Jared for the High School Outreach

Trip fee includes round-trip transportation from Sioux Falls, meals, ministry resources, and lodging.  Some spending money is recommended for the purchase of personal snack items.

I Will Walk

It's great hearing stories of incredible personal sacrifice.  Let the following story of Mike Durbin inspire you to continue trusting God to help you write your own overflow story.

I Will Walk.org
News Coverage

I'm Too Poor

In these economic times many are feeling the financial squeeze.  It's easy to begin feeling poor, or feeling like you don't have enough money to continue to give to BGMC or STL.

I received the following test from David Boyd the national director of BGMC.  Use this to see if  you are really poor.

"Millions of people around the world are really poor. Are you one of them? You would be if these statements are true about you.

1)    You’ve never owned a toy.

2)    You don’t own a pair of shoes.

3)    You’ve never owned a pillow.

4)    There isn’t enough food in the house for two days.

5)    Having a glass of fresh clean water each day isn’t possible.

How did you do? Chances are, you’ve never had to experience this kind of poverty. You probably own many toys and shoes, you have a pillow and also a bed, and you can always find food and fresh water. 

But millions of children around the world aren’t as lucky. They’ve never owned even one toy. It’s not that their parents don’t care for them. Every spare coin has to go for basic needs like food.

Shoes are a luxury. Many children have never owned a pair of shoes. Many have had a pair a few times in their lives, but soon they outgrow them or the shoes wear out.

A pillow is a rarity in most homes around the world. A child may have a mat and sometimes a blanket, but pillows are just too much of a luxury. Many children don’t have their own bed—just a corner in a hut or a makeshift lean-to built out of garbage. 

Food is plentiful in the United States. Even poor children usually eat more than once a day. They can get government support—free school breakfasts and lunches as well as food stamps to buy dinner food. Around the world, thousands of children die every month from lack of food. Sometimes this is due to famine. At other times it’s because they lost their parents and are on their own. 

Water is something we take for granted. In parts of the world there isn’t enough water. In other areas the water is polluted and people have to drink filthy water. People are lacking in clean, fresh, daily water. They also lack the living water of the truth of Jesus Christ. 

So how did you score? Are you poor? Or are you rich compared to these millions of children around the world?"

Times are tough.  But sometimes we simply need a new perspective on our current state to make us appreciate what we have and what we CAN do.

AWD Marathon: Post Race Summary

This marathon has been a great journey.

My marathon started last night with a pasta meal at Bravo's in Brookings.  While we waited 60 minutes for our food we discussed the marathon and whether or not "Veal" was baby cow, lamb, or as the hostess suggested, "raw deer meat."

Saturday morning we were up at 5:00 AM to get ready and go.  It was about 35 degrees with a light breeze.  I like a brisk run - but this was down right cold.  It warmed up to 41 degrees by the end of my run, but the wind had picked up as well.

I was joined by a crew of other Speed the Light fanatics as we started the run at 7:00 AM.  Though several had complained of physical issues during training, no one had any major medical issues that kept them from participating or finishing!  [Pictures]

Check out the comments, my story and giving goal, and the race and the results (below).

In all we raised over $10,800,* covered 176.6 miles, between 15 runners we raised $4.08 per mile for every mile run! (*Not all runners reported totals raised)


Runners: Dale Bragg, Celina Bragg, Jason Linton, Arturo Bragg, Patience Linton, Scott Holzemer*
Finish Time: 5:09:11  -  Pace 11:48/mile
*Scott also ran an additional 7+ miles to ensure a complete half marathon distance.

Half Marathon

Jerad Thomsen - 2:05:01  -  Pace 9:34
Devin Thomsen - 2:27:02  -  Pace 11:13
Mark Entzminger - 2:32:07  -  Pace 11:37
Natalie Patton - 2:55:18  -  Pace 13:23
Tyler Tufte - 2:55:18  -  Pace 13:23
Shawn Roberts - 3:18:32  -  Pace 15:09
Krissa Randall - 3:18:32  -  Pace 15:09

Full Marathon

Tom Brantner - 4:07:45  -  Pace 9:27 (Fastest pace for the day)
David Bauchspiess - 4:32:25  -  Pace 10:22

I am so proud of all of the runners and would like to thank all who supported financially and in a variety of other ways.  We run so that All Will Drive!

Race Results

Half Marathon, Men Age 30-34

My Race Stats

Weather Detail

Weather Underground

Follow Our Marathon Journey

AllWillDrive Official Site
Speed the Light Official Site
Twitter #allwilldrive feed

Use the Marathon Tracker to have results sent to your mobile phone ($1.00 charge) - select the half marathon and search for my name during the sign up process.

Send prayers and cheers to 605-321-0222 and Christie will forward them to me during the race!  All prayers and encouragement appreciated!

Shattering a Record

We are on the road to shattering our all time giving record in BGMC.  As of April 17th, 2009, over $18,000 has been given to our special project supporting ministries in the Middle East.

In 2005 we had a record of $38,449.87 for the year.  If we are able to continue challenging our kids at this pace we will break that record by giving over $40,000!  In fact, we might break the $60,000 mark and force our YCE Director to take the Polar Plunge into Table Rock Lake.

Want to know how to build a great foundation for your BGMC Giving?  Try BGMC 1:2:3

You need ONE committed leader who will give sacrificially on a weekly basis and lead by example.  This person should be the champion and actively involved each week in receiving an offering or teaching about missions.

Save TWO minutes each week to teach about missions and compassion and talk about BGMC.  You might want to reserve one entire service for BGMC each month - but make sure you allow kids to give their offerings each week and teach about it during your services.

Why each week?  Some kids will not be present during a monthly BGMC service, but will have saved their money and want to give when they are there.  By taking two minutes each week and allowing them the time to give each week you ensure that every kid, every week, is able to give.  This also creates a great habit of giving and keeps it in front of them.

Once every THREE months challenge your kids to set a new three month goal.  It's much easier for your kids to see how God has helped them to reach a three month goal than a 12 months goal.  You may consider.  BGMC has some great resources to help you with these services.

World Cup Outreach

In July, 2010, a team of students and leaders will be traveling to South Africa for a children's outreach in partnership with OneHope (formerly Book of Hope).

This outreach will include approximately 8 days of ministry to the children in communities surrounding the World Cup venues.

Ministry will include Soccer clinics for children, distributing literature, and showing the GodMan videos.

Plan now to be a part of this incredible outreach opportunity.  Participants must be older than 15 years of age by the time of departure.  Trip cost is $1,250 plus airfare.

We will need students and leaders to participate.

Two CM's Leading on the Court

The State B teams gathered for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast on Thursday morning at Jerde Hall in Aberdeen.

Speakers were Aberdeen coaches Dan Grewe of the Family Y and Derik Budig of Northern State and players Casey Becker of NSU and Aberdeen Christian senior twin brothers David and Michael Rohrbach. The Rohrbachs talked about their love of basketball, playing the game since sixth grade, and their dream of playing high school varsity basketball.

That dream would not have come true had Aberdeen Christian not started its varsity program this past season. In their first and last varsity season, the all-conference Rohrbachs scored almost a combined 600 points to lead their team to an 8-12 season. “It was very cool, a lot of fun and great to be able to play with my brother,” said Michael. David added, “But our lives would be pretty empty if basketball was the only thing in it. Everyone has a void in their lives that needs to be filled by Jesus Christ.”

The Rohrbachs will attend Trinity Bible College in nearby Ellendale, N.D., this fall. David will play basketball for the Lions; Michael is undecided on whether he will continue his basketball career.

Sports Editor John Papendick - reprinted with permission - full story

TBC and Flood Control Efforts

Trinity Bible College Students Unite in Flooding Control Efforts

As the Red River rises, the people of Fargo have been preparing for the worst.  In 1997 Fargo experienced its worst flooding since the 1890s, but 2009 could even top the records that were set over 100 years ago, which is not good news for anyone near the floodplain.  So they needed sandbags...perhaps more than 2 million sandbags, in order to protect homes and businesses.

One Trinity Bible College student in Ellendale, ND, heard the cry for help and decided he wanted to do something about it.  Michael Knipe, in his first year at TBC, said to one of the school administrators, "I want to get a team of students to go to Fargo and help sandbag.  What do I need to do?"  On short notice, with many students gone for the weekend, he was only able to get a couple more students to go with him.  But the experience really affected them.  They drove to Fargo on Saturday, March 21st, and spent the next several hours filling and throwing 50 lb. sandbags.  They came back late that night and immediately began rallying the troops for a return trip.  

With 18 students ready to go to Fargo on Monday, the TBC community woke up to cries for help in our part of the state.  Nearby Pheasant Lake had risen in the night and was forcing residents from their homes.  Additionally, the town of Forbes had many of their residents evacuated by emergency personnel, and a whole new objective was taking hold on the TBC campus.

As the facts came in, the trip to Fargo was canceled and students were asked to leave their classrooms and load into vans to help sandbag at Pheasant Lake.  Over 20 students left their classes and many even skipped lunch in response to the need.  Others on campus prepared facilities to house residents that were forced to leave their homes, and Trinity took on a whole new feel.

As the water continues to rise, students are on alert.  Eight of them went out late Monday night in another sandbagging effort not far from Ellendale. The students at Trinity are ready to help however they can, and are willing to respond on very short notice.

Youth Alive Interview

Radio Interview done at KNOF (radio station for North Central University) in March 2009. Featuring Nate Ruch, Richard Baker, Joe Kessler, Bobbi Luken, and Kent Hulbert. Listen as they talk about making an impact on the school campus. http://yausa.com for more information.

STL Project - Kiribati Boat

The following information is in regards to a Speed the Light project we have for a missionary on the island nation of Kiribati.

Imagine not being able to get to the next neighborhood or community because of a lack of transportation.   Imagine still that you were told a pair of roller skates would do the trick, but you really needed a four-wheeler.

That's similar to the story of Diane Laws- Missionary to the Islands of Kiribati.

Here is what she says about their ministry and need:

Kiribati is a very poor country. And a very unique kind of place. I live on Tarawa, one of 32 coral atolls that make up Kiribati along with one regular island.

The church here has been working to reach more and more villages with the Gospel message, especially here on Tarawa, and our problem is reaching these places. South Tarawa is totally connected, but North Tarawa, where we currently have three churches and would like to increase to more, is another story. We need to go by boat.

In 2001 we built a 38 ft STL outrigger canoe to travel between the islands (pictured above).  We followed the recommended instructions and built the canoe from wood.  Only now to find fibreglass would have prevented the rot from rendering the vessel useless.  It has gone unused for two years.

When the outrigger was built we purchased a "Quality" motor.  "Quality" in a standard North American climate that is.  This engine does not hold up to the pacific climate well and was always in need of repair. And now after two years is completely worthless.

Our job through Speed the Light is to raise the funds to repair the canoe by replacing the wood hull with fiberglass ($3,000), and purchasing a new motor ($4,000).

Can you help eradicate this urgent need?

Contact me for higher quality images to make a live presentation and/or make a donation.

Missions Opportunities

Are you looking for an opportunity to take your students to another culture?  Possibly for evangelism, relief efforts, or construction?  Please consider the following ministry partners in your plans:

Official District/National Trips:
2009: El Salvador (Kings Castle), Middle School Outreach, Orland09 AIM
2010:* El Salvador (Kings Castle), Europe (Convoy of Hope), Middle School Outreach

Ministry Partners:
Native American Outreach: South Dakota team placement on reservations
Convoy of Hope: global, relief, evangelism, healthcare (HopeWalk)
OneHope Impact Teams (formerly Book of Hope): global, evangelism
Alaska Youth Ministries: Bush Outreach (contact DYD Mark Zweifel)

There may be some students and/or young adults who would like to invest longer than a few weeks in an  overseas missions experience.  For those individuals I recommend the following organizations.

Longer Opportunities (6 months - 2 years)
Convoy of Hope Internship
OneHope Internship - Nomad
AG Missionary Associates


Buddy Buckets

In 2009 we are celebrating Buddy Barrel's 60th Birthday in a Big Way!  Here's how you can be involved and help us make Buddy's Birthday Super Special.

  1. Make a Goal - It' a great idea for kids AND churches to make goals.
  2. Bring an Offering to District Council - the national BGMC director will be our featured guest and we would love to present him with an offering of what has been given so far.  I recommend using the funds given during the March Missions Madness.
  3. Get Buddy Buckets - At district council we'll have two "Buddy Buckets" available for each church. These yellow buckets have a Buddy smiley face, yellow lid, and will hold about $800.00 in average change.
  4. Buddy's Birthday Party - At Kids Camp this year we will be having celebrating Buddy's Birthday Camp Style.  Come see what that is all about
Here's another thought about having a successful BGMC year:  We'll call it BGMC 1-2-3

1 Committed Leader who will give sacrificially each week.
2 Minutes each week for teaching about missions, giving, and stewardship
3-Month goals.  Take one service every three months to have your students make goals

Calibrate Conference: Matt Wilkie

Flourish Conference: Matt Wilkie from Mark on Vimeo.

Matt works with Convoy of Hope in Springfield. During this interview you'll be introduced to Matt and hear how churches of any size can benefit from an aggressive missions focus.

Be a part of the impacting sessions with Matt Wilkie during Calibrate Conference in Rapid City.

Connect with Matt Today:
Blog - www.aroundtheworldwithjesus.com
Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope Internships


Maybe you have decided that 2009 will be the year that you do something significant with the resources (time, talent, money) that God has given you.  If so, I would recommend getting a copy of Scotty Gibbons book "Overflow: A Student's Guide to Giving."

At just under 100 pages, this book can be completed without much effort, but the inspiration and foundation that it brings will help you (students and leaders) give like you never have before - even in these economic times.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • "One well equipped missionary can do the job of 10 under-equipped missionaries." - Ralph Harris (founder of STL)(p12)
  • Student stories of sacrifice and creativitiy: giving plasma, making duct tape wallets and selling them, giving up Christmas gifts, raffeling an iPod, Bible Quizzers did a "quote-a-thon," and more. (p13ff)
  • Teen's discretionary income increases from nearl $1,500 at age 12 and 13 to nearly $4,500 by age 16 and 17 (p23)

Overflow is a book filled with practical ideas as well as a solid foundation that will build the faith of any reader.

CAMP BONUS:  Every Middle and High School camper will receive a free copy of Overflow during camp.

MyOverflow - Krista

In a recent challenge to both me and the students in South Dakota - I asked teens to share their stories about how God was helping them to give to support missionaries overseas.  These funds are given to Speed the Light which purchases essential transportation and creative communication.  Here's a summary of the story from Krista.

Hey Pastor Mark!  Well, I've done it!  I completed my goal this morning (I gave the remaining $20-some to my Church and marked it as 'Speed The Light'). 

In January 2008 I set a goal of $200.  At the time I was considering buying an MP3 player for about that price.  At 'The Fuze' I really felt like God was asking me to use that money for Him instead of myself, so I pledged that money to STL.  I wasn't totally sure how I'd raise the money, but I was sure of one thing - that I was going to complete my goal no matter what, I was determined. 

I have a job, but it is minimum wage, only during the school year, and 2 or 3 times a week, so I knew it would take a while to save up.  The funds came in through my job paycheck and also other times when I'd go to an event and have money left over that I'd put in my STL can instead of spending on myself. 

Over time, the dollars added up, but I was still under halfway to my goal and the year was almost over. 

In December, I applied and was accepted for a health-care job and through working many hours at that I was able to earn the rest of my $200 for STL. 

Although I wasn't sure how the money would come in, I was committed to completing the goal and keeping my word.  I saw how God was faithful to bless me with money and how He helped me to choose to give it back to Him.


What is your story - Email me or try OverflowExperience.com

Church Multiplcation

The Church Multiplication Network is a simple idea… let's all work together to plant as many churches as possible until the coming of the Lord! (Watch Videos by CMN)

Our first goal is MX9: 1000 church planted or committed to be planted by 2009. Where did that goal come from? God “interrupted” a session of the Executive Presbytery in January 2007. Nam Soo Kim, Pastor of Full Gospel Assembly of God in Flushing, New York suggested that the Assemblies of God was capable of planting significantly more churches at a much greater pace. He suggested that we challenge our “top 1000” churches to each plant a church in the next year. The conversation became energized by the thought of thousands of people coming to know the Lord through these anointed new churches. The seed of the Network was born.

Over the next several months, the structure of the Network began to emerge. One driving value that has guided the process of forming the Network is to work hard to add value to what is already in place. This is not a new program that calls for you to drop what you are doing and do something different. We want to add value to what you are already doing as well as help you attain new dreams that you aspire to.

In reality, every Assemblies of God church is already part of the Church Multiplication Network. All we ask is that you consider what you have that can be a blessing to others in their effort to plant new churches and make your provision available to others as you are able. We are convinced that we can do more together than we can ever do by ourselves! Here are some ways you might participate in the Network. (read more)

What is Youth Alive?

What is Youth Alive?
Youth Alive is Taking Youth Ministry to the School
Accomplished through:
- Prayer Zone Partners
- Campus Missionaries
- Campus Clubs
- The Seven Project

What is a Youth Alive Missionary?
Taking students and leaders to the school
- Every Student Every School
- Student Reaching Students
- At some point the youth pastor/leader must have a presence on the local school campus (Get ideas from "Helping Public School")

What is A Campus Missionary
- A student who follows Jesus at School
- How?  Living the Five Commitments - Pray, Live, Tell, Serve, Give

Why would any youth leader or pastor want a student serving in their church if they are not following Jesus at their school? 

YA has a measurable presence on 15% of middle and high schools in the US
Add in our partners in the Campus Alliance and we ahve a presence on 50% of 76,000 schools

Adapted from a session in Branson, MO - Feb, 2009

BGMC Polar Bear Plunge

Recently I was at an event where leaders from across the nation were challenged to set a fundraising goal for missions.  Our fearless leader, David Boyd, announced that if the entire nation raised $6,000,000, he would take the Polar Bear Plunge into Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO during a national conference in February.

He then asked all of the leaders representing different geographical districts to make a goal for their district and also to agree to take the plunge if our goal is met as well.

Hesitantly I agreed to the plunge (I'm cold-a-phobic) and set a reasonable, but faith building goal of $60,000!

So in 2009, you can know that your BGMC fundraising efforts are going toward essential needs around the world, but also toward making me jump into Table Rock Lake in February 2010!

Register your church goal, learn more about BGMC.

Give, Give, Give!

Simple Missions Fundraiser

Here's an idea you can use to raise money for Speed the Light or BGMC: Door hangers.

Approach a local business or a business owner in your church and offer to help them advertise with door hangers. Simply decide how many you will do and how much they will pay for each house that is reached. Enlist the help of your students and make an afternoon out of it.

A member of our church is starting a home security business and is looking for help to get known in the community. We're getting $1 per house and plan to start with 300 the first time. If it goes well there are plans for another 300. He is supplying the door hangers but you could enlist some graphic design help from a student and design the hanger for a business owner if necessary.

In these tight economic times, companies are looking to get the biggest bang for their advertising dollars. Door hangers can provide a quick and easy way to help a local business reach customers while helping you reach your missions giving goals.

Reward Kid Givers

Here's a great way to reward kids in your church who are giving to missions through BGMC. Why not celebrate everyone who participates by giving out these printable BGMC Certificates.

What a great way to say thanks for filling your Buddy Barrel during March Madness and helping to plant churches in the Middle East!

Need more info on the South Dakota project for 2009?

BGMC March Madness

Here's a great way to give a jump-start to your BGMC plan for 2009.

Step 1: Adopt our District BGMC Project - Equipping a Children's Sunday School in the Middle East*
Would you and your church be willing to equip a classroom in the Middle East for $762.00?  I would challenge you and the kids in your church to set a goal to see how many classrooms you can equip in the next two months.  These funds will purchase teacher training materials and classroom resources.  Could you raise the money for one?  Possibly two?  Maybe ten?  Set a faith goal and work hard to reach it. 

Step 2: Plan and Promote March Missions Madness
Every year during the month of March, BGMC runs its "March Missions Madness-Lost Change for Lost Souls" campaign.  This campaign takes place during college basketball's March Madness playoffs.  The month of March also holds the National BGMC Sunday (March 8, 2009).

The purpose of this four-week campaign is to bring special attention to BGMC and what it does.  The object of the campaign is to get every person in the church involved by looking for lost change (money) for one month in order to reach lost souls around the world.  Lost souls are reached by supplying our missionaries with the supplies they need to spread the Gospel.

March Missions Madness Resources can be found here.

Step 3: Bring your BGMC Check to District Council
We are honored to have the national BGMC director with us in Aberdeen for district council this spring.  I can think of no better way to show our support of this BGMC project than to be able to pay for at least 30 of these classroom resources.

With your help and passion, I believe we can do it!

*Due to sensitivity issues I cannot post the details of this project online.  However, if you would like a live presentation during the month of March, please contact my office.

Throwback Buddy Barrels!


You have the opportunity to own a piece of BGMC history by ordering one of the new commemorative wooden barrel banks. They are now in stock.

When BGMC started in 1949, small wooden barrel banks were created for the kids to save their missions money in. Barrels were used because in those day supplies were shipped to missionaries in barrels and placed on boats.

Over the years, the barrels were changed to plastic (due to cost). The plastic barrels have also changed into what is being currently used.

We were able to secure a limited supply of the wooden barrel banks. The banks are an exact replica as far as shape and size goes. We updated the label that goes around the center of the barrel.

The kids in your ministry will enjoy seeing what the original barrels looked like. For years to come, you’ll want to have that barrel in your collection. I can’t tell you how many people have wanted one of the original wooden barrels, but we only have five of them in our archives.

These barrels are also great to give as a special BGMC prize for the kids. It would also make a nice thank you gift to your top givers, your pastor, or your workers.

You can order the bank by calling GPH at 1-800-641-4310 or clicking on the link below. The cost is $6.99. Each comes individually boxed.

All Will Drive


Join me this spring as I practice what I preach.

For over 12 years I have been challenging students in South Dakota to make sacrifices in order to meet the need of missionaries around the world.  On Saturday, May 16th I will join youth leaders from across the state for a the Brookings Marathon.

Some will be running the full 26.2 miles, some will be doing a relay totaling 26.2 miles, I will be running the half marathon at around 13 miles and raising a minimum of $1,000.00.

If you would like to join the run you can find out about the officials All Will Drive campaign, and register for the Brookings Marathon.  To contribute to the missions cause (STL), please contact me for donation instructions.

We have a goal of $100k to be given in South Dakota for 2009.  This is my way to help lead the way to make that happen.

Thanks for Shoveling

On Saturday of our 2008 Youth Convention (AKA SnowIn) we sent out a team of students to shovel driveways for people who could not do it on their own.  We didn't accept money, and really was done not only to help people, but to give our teens a chance to do something good and expect nothing in return.  It was a success.

A couple weeks went by and I received a copy of two Thank You letters sent by the homeowners.  One lady called several churches in town just to know who to address the cards to.

The image on the left contains their words of thanks.

What we might consider is just an ordinary task - others fully understand as an answer to prayer.  Keep meeting needs.

I gLove to Help.

Former SD DYD Dave Tims came by my office today.  We were visiting about an outreach he is heading up for us during our Spring Convention/Fine Arts Festival when he shared with me how many people he has a chance to minister to on a weekly basis.

One story caught my ear... He often comes in contact with people who are working "day-labor" and do not have proper winter hand protection.  He also commented that this need is not uncommon.

I just happened to have a case of about 100 pairs of work gloves in my closet that went unused at our recent youth convention.  I had been prayerfully considering what should be done with them as I have no need for around 200 gloves.

Need meets solution!

I think you can fill in the rest of the blanks on what happened.  The point is this: we often feel like we have missed an opportunity, or made mistakes.  But God has an amazing way of turning those "failures" into blessings and opportunities.

The gloves had been purchased for teens to rake the leaves of shut ins.  Snow forced us to change plans to shoveling.  Ice and cheap shovels forced us to change plans again and leave the gloves unused.  God ordained it that the gloves we purchased went to good use and were not purchased in vain.

BGMC Helps a SD Pastor

On Wednesday November 19th, Dan Kuno walked into the computer store in Sioux Falls to look at computers.  When he walked out he carried in his hand a new notebook computer.

Pastor Dan has been using a borrowed computer for some time and was in desperate need of a new machine.  One that would work for writing sermons as well as handeling multimedia projects.

Just a few days earlier after the close of the service Pastor Dan and I were talking about ministry and what God had done during the service that morning.  It was in that conversation that Dan mentioned a need he had been praying for - a new computer.

Monday I sent out an email to BGMC and communicated the need wondering if BGMC could help out.  Within minutes I had the reply and permission to meet the need.  The response was;  "This is what BGMC is for. Helping those who need help." says BGMC Director David Boyd, "We can’t do most small churches, but we can help some of them!"

By Wednesday afternoon Dan had the new computer in hand and was shocked at the provision that was made through the generosity of kids all over the United States! "I was totally blown away.  It was a complete ambush." Said Pastor Dan.

Sunday the 23rd we made the official presentation and shared how sometimes we become the answer to a prayer.  Our children who have been giving to BGMC just became the answer to the prayer of one of our pastors.

Thanks BGMC!  Thanks kids of South Dakota!

Learn more about how BGMC helps around the world and right here at home.

Just Give Up

Pop Out for Missions

Did you know that one-third of the world’s children struggle with inadequate food and drinking water—let alone having the luxury of soda pop to drink? Our Boys and Girls November Missionary Challenge is to “Pop Out for Missions.”
The national BGMC office is challenging kids to give up soda pop during the month of November. The money that would have been spent on soda pop would then be given to BGMC, which helps needy children around the world.

Here’s how it works
Kids across the nation are to make a pledge to give up soda pop for one, two, or three weeks, ending on Thanksgiving Day. On that day, kids may once again drink soda pop—remembering not only to be thankful for their own blessings, but remembering the children around the world who don’t get to celebrate the many material blessings that we are thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. Kids begin this challenge by taking pledges from their parents. Parents are encouraged not to purchase soda pop for their kids at restaurants or at the grocery store. Parents then calculate the savings from their household budgets and pledge this amount towards their kids’ Pop Out Challenge. Pledge forms can be downloaded below.
Kids can also get pledges from Grandma and Grandpa, aunts, uncles, friends, teachers, and church-goers in an attempt to raise as many funds as possible by “Popping Out For Missions!” We challenge you to not only have your kids take the “Pop Out!” challenge, but to take the challenge yourself as well. See if you can raise more pledges than the highest child. Kids love challenges like that. Perhaps the girls can compete against the boys, or the kids against the adults. Have fun as you “Pop Out for Missions!”

Resources to help you
BGMC is providing FREE resources for this fund-raising campaign. You can get 11 x 17-inch Pop Out posters to display in classrooms and around the church , Pop Out fliers to send home with the kids and Pop Out can labels to put on soft drink cans. On the Sunday you launch the campaign, give each child a can of soda with the Pop Out label on the can. Tell them that this is their last soda until the campaign is over at the end of the month.
The empty soft drink can could also serve as an offering bank if the children would like to go door to door or person to person gathering change for BGMC. (The opening would have to be widened.)
You can order all of these free resources online at the bottom of this page by contacting GPH at 1-800-641-4310. Since these resources are free, we just ask that you be good stewards and only order what you will need and what you will use.
Remember, BGMC funds help our missionaries to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world by supplying them with whatever they need to spread the gospel message. Thanks for participating in this event to help reach the people of the world!
If you have any questions, contact the BGMC office at 417-862-2781 or by email at BGMC@ag.org.

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