YWEA 2018: European Renaissance
YWEA began 58 years ago as a cooperative effort between Youth & Discipleship and World Missions. Over 57 projects have been completed. Over 36 million has been raised by Church of God young people. It is the youth missions arm of the Youth & Discipleship department which includes:
Each year projects take on persona and meaning. We believe that the European Renaissance 2018 will be no different. The light of Christ that once shone brightly across Europe is a dimly lit candle today. If there has ever been a time for the light to shine brightly, it’s now. With terrorism on the rise and millions of refugees seeking safety, the need for church planters is at an all-time high. YWEA will join forces with World Missions and ignite the light across this region of the world. We are asking God to bring revival, renewal, and spiritual awakening to the people of Europe.
In keeping with the YWEA mission and vision, the 2018 YWEA European Renaissance Project will be sending the light across Europe. Joining forces with the Girls Ministry Department, YWEA will make a lasting impact in the lives of girls and boys across Europe.
SENDING THE LIGHT ACROSS EUROPE Background:
Over the past 30 years, Europe has faced spiritual decline creating far-reaching darkness. As a result, Christianity is significantly declining (to < 5% in some countries). Contrastingly, the numbers of atheists and Islamics has greatly increased. In the five years between 2008 and 2013, approximately 1,552 of protestant and mainline churches closed in Europe. The need for a new wave of church planters is crucial, so we can send the light of Jesus across Europe. Possibly the hardest hit group during this drastic spiritual decline has been the children of Europe.
Many times, culture that lacks hope turns to alcohol or drugs to cope with the voids and pains of life. One example is Ukraine. The affects have been catastrophic. Forty percent of deaths among men are due to alcohol. Likewise, female deaths due to drinking is still a staggering 22%. As drug and alcohol addiction increases, the mistreatment, neglect, and exploitation of the country’s young children increases. In Ukraine, there are thousands of orphaned and abandoned children living on the streets, seeking refuge in the underground sewage tunnels. Spiritual darkness looming over Europe and its massive cities, bids us. We must act NOW by SENDING THE LIGHT ACROSS EUROPE. YWEA 2018 is motived by a desire to create a Spiritual European Renaissance impacting Europe in the following four ways:
The Church of God currently has less than 20 churches in the country of France. The population of the metropolitan area Pairs, France’s largest city, is home to over 10 million people. There is a desperate need of vibrant church plants to share the light of Jesus. Another mega-city in darkness is Amsterdam. This city is known globally as “Sin City” where drugs and prostitution are legal. This misguided culture is full of dark strongholds. Currently, Amsterdam has no Church of God congregation in the city. Our goal is to plant training centers in both Paris and Amsterdam to birth churches that will send the light across these cities and Europe.
Ukraine is on the verge of financial and spiritual bankruptcy. Alcohol is the leading cause of death. Likewise, the HIV / AIDS epidemic has decimated Ukraine more than any other country in Europe. These conditions have ravaged the lives of innocent children and left them vulnerable and at risk. Many of these children are left to fend for themselves in unimaginable ways. In this dark and cruel reality, the Church of God has three orphanages providing for over 130 boys and girls. At our orphanages, they experience love; are provided a safe place to live; and find an environment where they can encounter their Heavenly Father. Our goal is to help meet the physical needs of the children by providing food, clothing, shelter, education, and most importantly, the knowledge of Jesus their Savior.
As we help Roma children attend Youth Camp, they encounter Jesus’ love. In addition, we will help provide training for children and youth leaders across Europe.
We will train church planters and leaders from multiple European countries. Properly equipped, they will return to their countries to spread the light of Jesus.
We need your help with these crucial ministry projects. You can make a difference by joining YWEA as together we Send the Light Across Europe! Spiritual darkness responds to the light of truth. Sending the Light Across Europe is only possible through the prayers and financial assistance of local churches and individuals across America.
We encourage pastors and leaders to support this vital initiative by praying for Europe, and making a commitment to YWEA 2018. Your financial backing and support will make this dream a reality. To learn more about the YWEA initiative, please visit myywea.com.
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YWEA 2017: Planting a Future of Hope - Amount Raised by ENCCOG $43,084.17
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