"Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heaven!
Aaron and Annie were both met by someone on a One Year Challenge, or by someone met by someone on a One Year Challenge. Both were reached out to 6-7 ago years while still in their campus years. Now, there's a new Christian family at one of our OYC sites, in large part because God worked through the lives of a brother and sister who took the challenge and devoted a part of their lives to helping people on the frontiers of the Christian mission!
Ben and Jessica (above) went on an OYC over eight years ago. Even after returning home, their OYC sacrifice is still bearing fruit. Jessica studied the Bible with the bride, Annie, when she was a college freshman!
Now it's June's turn! With OYC guys Rocky and Kevin away at a Bible training school this week, June takes the interview chair in this week's OYC Guys video to ask Brian and Dillon their stories. Brian's first OYC call happened so fast he was still in his pajamas!
New Content This Week on the One Year Challenge Blog:
What We're Reading Today This week's featured excerpt for disciples considering the OYC is taken from Sam Laing’s Be Still, My Soul: "I imagined what it would have been like to be Timothy and to receive a letter from the great apostle….The teachings of those letters inspired me and called me to a level of commitment, sacrifice, courage and humility that I had never realized was possible."
Monday Music: Songs from OYC Sites around the World Every week we'll share some music from places where we have OYC sites. This week’s Monday Music is from Norway!
The San Diego Church of Christ has openings for two experienced ministry couples: One to oversee the Mission Region of 350 members located in the central part of the city and the other to lead the South Point Region of 310 members in the southern part of the county.
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
– William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 2, scene 2
Tertullian said, "The blood of the martyrs watered the seed of the early church." The persecution of the early church, instead of stopping the growth of the church, fanned the flame of evangelism and growth.
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This week, we added a new campus One Year Challenge site – Boone, North Carolina!
Boone is a typical college town: it's top employer is Appalacian State University, and the student population exceeds the local population. The new church planting is led by Tim and Brooke Kidwell and is focussed on reaching students. Already there have been two baptisms! You can learn more about this OYC site here.
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In my quest to worship and praise God, I came across some scriptures that revealed another way we can praise him. This involves remembering and proclaiming the deeds of God. The scriptures below reveal the connection between praising God and remembering and proclaiming his great deeds:
I am amazed by the perseverance of women in my life who allow tough times to strengthen them. I know a young woman who lived through the midst of the Civil War in Liberia. Rape and molestation were rampant. She became pregnant when she was 14 years old and her parents abandoned her.
We are convinced that there are many new and fresh ideas that would increase Christian outreach and ministry effectiveness, but may never be fleshed out because they are "not the way we have always done things." We want to create an environment to share ideas – an experimental breeding ground if you will – to bring those great ideas out in the open. Our conviction is that while Jesus is perfect, we have not perfected the ways to do "ministry" – nor will we ever – but we ought to continue to grow in our abilities, and learn to accomplish Jesus' purposes in every way that we can.