One Year Challenge
This week disciples at one of the OYC sites got together for a 24-hour seminar on the book of Revelation. The disciples diligently studied the book, played games to improve their knowledge and even learned new worship songs based on passages from Revelation. They even read the entire book in one sitting on a hilltop as part of the program. Encouraged by the message of perseverance and God's victory in John's prophecy, they renewed their dedication to sharing these promises with the world.
This week we are excited to welcome Ivelisse to her OYC site! Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Ivelisse Cruz decided to travel across the world to serve God in the mission for a year. We are inspired by Ivelisse's faith. Don't let the circumstances of any stage of life get in the way of making a radical decision for God!
This week we are excited to announce our latest OYC site in Manchester, England! The church in Manchester is looking for a zealous and teachable brother and sister to help in the campus and teen ministries. They will be trained by the evangelist and women's ministry leader.
Manchester is a first-class destination for university students from all over the world. The city boasts one of the largest student populations in Europe with over 99,000 students on four campuses throughout Greater Manchester (University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Salford and the University of Bolton).
新年快乐 (xīnnián kuàilè)! Happy Year of the Dog! In celebration of the Chinese New Year this week, we are featuring a special China edition of "This Week at the OYC". Read these articles to learn about the OYC and about Christianity in China:
A Brief History of Christianity in China ICOC Teacher Don Downs gives a brief history of Christianity in China. He concludes that China is at the forefront of the "worldwide search for values". In other words, China is more open to the gospel than it has ever been.
This week, listen to the OYC Guys share their stories and convictions on the latest episode of the ICOC Weekly Podcast hosted by Rich Bartoli. You can listen to this episode and many more episodes on the podcast's website at www.icocweeklypodcast.com.
This week, the Edinburgh Church welcomes its first, courageous braveheart for the One Year Challenge! Hailey Wright (second from the far left) arrived in Edinburgh last week from Nashville to begin an OYC in one of the world's most beautiful cities. Hailey instantly helps form the core of a new and re-loaded campus ministry in Edinburgh.
Two disciples, Dillon and Chelsea, volunteered several years ago for an OYC. This past Sunday, we saw God bless their faith with two more friends baptized at the OYC sites where they went to serve.
Disciples taking the One Year Challenge started both of the churches where these two baptisms took place. Dillon first met Luke (above) in one of the student cafeterias on a university campus. Chelsea, who recently returned to the U.S. to get married, met Daisy.
This week we are excited to welcome our newest OYC site: Belfast, Ireland! The site has an exciting opportunity for training with a small but growing church. The church in Belfast is looking for an eager and highly teachable sister who will be trained by the women's ministry leader to help out with the singles, teens and campus ministries. Our family in Belfast is the only church of our fellowship in Northern Ireland.