2015 ICYFM: Cities for Experience One
The 2015 International Conference of Youth & Family Ministry is unlike any previous ICYFM. The conference is designed around two experiences for leaders and families. The goal is to help families grow in their ability to CONNECT with God, CONNECT with family, and CONNECT with the poor. Registration will begin on June 1, 2015. See Registration Update.
The journey begins as you CONNECT with families from the Indian churches, CONNECT with the poor on Christmas, and participate in a Family Workshop in one of four cities: Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai.
Here is some more information about these four cities:
New Delhi is all at once chaotic and calm, a complicated city where cows often wander the shanty-lined streets. The 17th century Red Fort is a mass of domes and turrets, while Chandni Chowk is an exercise in friendly haggling. Jantar Mantar features larger-than-life sundials and astronomical instruments that are still used to predict the weather. Travelers and locals flock to the India Gate, the national monument of India that honors the soldiers who died in World War I and the Third Afghan War. Take a train to see the famous Taj Mahal. The highlight is meeting the Delhi church with over 550 disciples. Christmas Service and meals with the Indian families. Serving the poor will be an unforgettable experience.
Known as both the "Garden City" and "The Silicon Valley of India," Bangalore (officially "Bengaluru") is a techie’s paradise, boasting the highest concentration of IT companies in the country. When you’re done geeking out, there are plenty of gardens, museums, natural features, palaces and temples to fill your dance card. Visit Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park and the Ulsoor Lake of Bangalore, well known for its beautiful locales and boating facilities. Bangalore is also a major center of Indian classical music and dance. The highlight of your trip is to experience the Christmas Service with over 1000 members of the Bangalore Church, serving the poor in the slum, participate in family workshops and enjoy a family outing at the Natural Park.
Chennai (formerly Madras)
The diverse population of Chennai (Madras) is reflected in its rich cultural scene. You’ll find serious theatre as well as the glitz and glamour of Kollywood. Chennai is also an important center for the Bharatanatyam, a local form of classical dance. Join Christmas Service with over 750 members of the Chennai Church and lunch with Indian Families. Experience the Family Workshops, serve the poor, and let the local disciples take your family site seeing.
Mumbai (formerly Bombay)
Though Mumbai can feel chaotic and crowded, there are peaceful moments to be found here. Nibble a paper cone of bhelpuri while you stroll the sands of Chowpatty Beach. Then, take a short walk to Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi once lived, strategized, and was ultimately arrested. The markets are spirited places to bargain for spices or souvenirs. Take a guided tour of Dharavi – made famous by "Slumdog Millionaire" – for an eye-opening glimpse into what Mumbai life is like for nearly a million people. The highlight is meeting over 400 disciples from the church during the Christmas Service, family workshop, and serving the poor. Because of the adventurous vibe to this city and more direct exposure to poverty we recommend families with teens or older to join this experience.