Men on a mission
Barbadian award-winning urban/pop gospel group A Few Good Men is scheduled to return home on March 9 with great stories to tell from its six-month trip to Thailand, India and Nepal.
The three-man vocal entity of brothers Reeco and Reemon and friend Kyle was quite busy on a quest for God with Youth With A Mission. Reeco and Kyle spent their time in Thailand, while Reemon was in India.
No doubt, AFGM will have the stories of their lives, and High Note plans to bring them to you. So stay tuned.
Youth With A Mission, which was conceived by Loren Cunninghan in 1956, while he was a 20-year-old student in the Assemblies of God College, envisioned a movement that would send young people out after high school to gain a sense of purpose when going to college, and would welcome Christians of all denominations.
In late 1960, the name Youth With A Mission was chosen and the small group embarked on their first project, a vocational mission trip. The result was that YWAM sent two men in their early 20s to Liberia to build a road through the jungle to a leper colony. This was the organization’s first official mission trip.
In 1967, Cunningham began to work on his vision for the first school. It was to be the School of Evangelism in Lausanne, Switzerland, which was held from December 1969 to the middle of 1970 with 36 students. The School of Evangelism was formed in 1974 in New Jersey as well as Lausanne. With a focus on biblical foundations and character development, as well as missions, much of the material from this course is now taught in the present-day Discipleship Training School (DTS).
A format of three months of lectures followed by two or three months of outreach is still used in most Discipleship Training Schools today.
By 2006, YWAM had joined the International Orality Network (ION), a multi-agency outreach effort to “the world’s non-literate masses”, employing verbal and dramatic means to introduce the Gospel to populations which do not read. In 2008, a number of mission organizations and church mission departments, including YWAM, started the Call To All movement, dedicated to completing the Great Commission in our time.
YWAM sources cite the following characteristics as common to all operating locations: (a) the prerequisite of the Discipleship Training School (DTS); (b) the mandate to “know God and make Him known”; (c) a threefold ministry of evangelism, mercy ministry and training/discipleship; (d) a shared statement of faith, vision and values.
Accountability is maintained through an eldership network and relationships based on common core values. The Global Leadership Forum (GLF), which consists of approximately 45 leaders from around the world, is considered the eldership body for YWAM International.
According to its statement of faith, Youth With A Mission “affirms The Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry”. YWAM teachers and leaders emphasize the following conduct in response to what they understand to be God’s initiative of salvation towards humanity:
(a) Worship: a calling to praise and worship God alone.
(b) Holiness: a calling to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God.
(c) Witness: a calling to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him.
(d) Prayer: a calling to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God’s heart, including standing against evil in every form.
(e) Fellowship: A calling to commit to the church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.
So, after being exposed to the work of YWAM, A Few Good Men would undoubtedly return as a spiritually stronger, more enlightened and purposeful group of Christian individuals – and artists.
In other breaking news . . . one of the artistes out of the internationally renowned Barbadian band Cover Drive has been producing songs for at least two local gospel acts. Barry Hill has produced two songs, which have been recorded for up-and-coming R&B act Pasquin and for John Yarde.
Yarde, a worship ministry musician, now in his final year of study in Trinidad at the Nazarene Bible College, is expected to release his new single Restore My Soul in mid-March. That composition was produced by Barbadian Toby Armstrong.
Blessings on you.