Before His ascension, Christ’s final words to His disciples reminded them to “reach the world,” making “disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19, 20, NKJV)
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Dear Youth Director,
Right now, you are standing under the shadow of Jericho. The young armies of the Lord under your command are just waiting for their orders.
What will you do? Will you consult with the many excuses tempting you to abandon the cities of the world to the giants of crime, vice, poverty and godlessness or will you command God’s young people to move forward? Even now God is saying to you, as He did to Joshua “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king and the mighty men of valor” (Joshua 6:2).
Right now, you hold in your hand a simple yet effective strategy for tearing down walls and rescuing the lost Rahab’s of the world. One year in Mission when intentionally planned, promoted, and implemented by youth directors at every level of the church is a mighty catalyst for city evangelism, revival and discipleship.
I believe God through this youth and young adult initiative wants to blow the “ram’s horn”, as He did before the fall of Jericho. The ram’s horn is a beautiful symbol of the everlasting gospel. Just like it took the death of a ram to produce a horn, it took the death of our Savior to produce Salvation for the world. No wonder the Bible commands us to “…declare the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor. 11:26).
Youth directors, now is the time to take the cities in your Divisions, Unions and Conferences for Jesus! “…and it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the walls fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, AND THEY TOOK THE CITY” (Joshua 6:20).
Take the city!
GC Youth Ministries Director
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OYiM is a global youth initiative designed to give teams of young professional (18+) an opportunity to magnify Jesus in the cities of the world through the Three Angels Message!
FACT: The Apostle Paul was the first OYiM Missionary to Antioch (Acts 11:26).
Because city evangelism “is the essential work for this time” and will result in starting “a mighty movement such as we have not yet experienced” (Medical Ministry p. 304). The “everlasting gospel” is the only real antidote for the poverty, crime, vice, racism, disease and corruption found in the cities of the world (see Netflix documentaries, “Underworld Inc.” and “DOPE”).
Several examples can be found in the Bible, but for now we will use Antioch (in the book of Acts). The gospel preached specifically to the unsaved (11:20, 13:38-39, 4613:46), New churches planted (13:1), Ministry to the suffering provided (11:29), Local churches revived (11:14-15), Souls saved and discipled (13:43, 48), Entire cities and regions positively impacted. (13:44, 49), Opposition and persecution from within and without (13:45,50). New church leaders raised up and sent (13:2-4).
Since only one method works, OYiM missionaries will practice “Christ’s method alone” (Ministry of Healing, p 143). They will work together as a team to plan and implement an effective strategy that contextualizes Christ’s method (socialize, sympathize, serve, share) with their city’s unique culture
Missionaries need to be young adults ages 18-35 who have, at the very minimum, graduated from high school. They should be:
Without question the Seventh-Day Adventist church has many wonderful mission initiatives
around the world and the General Conference Youth Ministries Department (GC) supports
them all! However, OYiM is unique because it targets urban populations, and empowers teams
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of young people (15-30) to work together. OYiM also provides mission opportunities for young
adults who may not attend our schools or who have already completed their post-secondary/
higher education (college, universities, trade schools, etc).
OYiM is a global initiative certified by the 13 Divisions and the 2 attached fields, Middle East and
North Africa (MENA) and Israel.
In an effort to expand the impact of OYiM and to heed the call to reach the cities, the General Conference Youth Ministries Department, with consensus from the GC and Division Presidents are challenging every Union around the world to work with their Division to plan, recruit and conduct a One Year in Mission.
Praise the Lord that would be 122 OYiMs in 2019-2020!
Of course, the initiative should be carefully and prayerfully overseen by the Union Youth Director but the day-to-day operations and leadership should be done by two trusted, tested, and mature OYiM leaders (35+). They need to have the skills to lead a team of between 15-30 young adults. If the OYiM team consist of male and female, the leaders would be of both genders. Youthful Pastors who are able to focus on the OYiM initiative would be ideal for this role.
Step 1: (Jan-July 2018) The Division Youth Directors should promote the vision among their Union Youth Directors and Presidents. The GC Youth Ministries Department will make the resources (visual presentation, promo video and manual) available on their website, youth.adventist.org for free download. 7 EVERY UNION ONE YEAR IN MISSION | http://youth.adventist.org During this time, the Division Youth Leader should also encourage their Union Youth Directors to apply for funds quickly and if necessary appoint an OYiM Division Coordinator.
Step 3: (2019-2020) Following a Union-wide dedication service each Union should launch an OYiM in 2019. These OYiMs should ideally end before the 2020 General Conference Session. At that time, each division should send their report regarding the success of OYiM to the General Conference Youth Ministries Department. The reports should be done by video and/or live stream.
VISION: Following the 2020 General Conference Session we would like to challenge every conference to lead a OYiM! Imagine the impact that would leave.
An online 10-day (4-8 hours daily) training school will be available January 22-Feb 2, 2019. This is a tentative date, we will confirm later.
Missionaries serve and sometimes live at the “center of influence” a term coined by Ellen White. These places can be rented or purchased facilities, churches, schools or homes. If at all possible, the missionary’s living and serving locations should be at different places. “Centers of influence” are places where our OYiM missionaries can give Bible Studies, hold workshops, have church and conduct evangelistic seminars, etc.
The cost is up to the overseeing Union and Division. Some may cover all housing, food, and transportation, while travel to and from the mission, as well as basic necessities are left up to the individual missionaries. Please note that the OYiM Missionaries should carry at least some of the financial burden themselves.
We are promised that “As we do this work, we shall find that means will flow into our
treasuries…” (Evangelism p. 62). However, there are at least three potential streams of financial
Again, we must never forget that the same God who fed 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish, is the
same God who “shall supply all of your [our] needs according to His riches in glory by Christ
Jesus” (Phil 4:19).
If we pray, plan and implement God will provide!
Yes, each Division should already have a coordinator in place. Please make sure this is a reality in your Division. Also, make sure your OYiM coordinator is on high alert and knows the strategy outlined in this document. We are praying that hundreds of young people will be rallying to join OYiMs around the world and these coordinators have to be well informed, positive and helpful. To assure this each Division Coordinator should be a member of the OYiM Strategic Team.
We are fast approaching one of the most important gatherings in the history of the SDA church, the 2018 Global Youth Leadership Congress (July 31-August 4). This congress will provide the perfect setting to motivate and direct our youth and young adult leaders around the world. Now is the time TO GO BIG SO WE CAN GO HOME!
We are told the cities must be warned, the challenge is great. There are 336 cities with over 1 million people.
There are still many people who have never heard of Jesus, 84% of Muslims have never met a Christian.
Two thirds of the world lives in the 10/40 window
Only 15% of Adventist Churches are in the 10/40 window
Most Americans claim to be Christians, however 43% have not attended church in the past 6 months.
Find the cordinator for your part of the world.
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The Mission to the Cities initiative is part of "Reach the World," the 2015-2020 strategic plan voted by the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church..