Global Growth – The Invitation – YWAM Global Prayer

Thank you for joining us this month as we take up “The Invitation” and join together with thousands of YWAMers from around the world as we pray for Global Growth.

On the second Thursday of every month YWAM locations, staff, students, and supporters join together in prayer for the mission and for what God is doing in the nations. This month we pray about global growth …

Join YWAMers around the globe in praying and hearing from God. He is inviting you!

500 People from 43 Countries Celebrate New University of the Nations (UofN) Campus
DNA Infusion Asia at Battambang, Cambodia in January (Dawn Gauslin)

Many of you joined us last month for The Invitation when we prayed for supernatural growth for ourselves and for our local communities. In a video last month YWAM leader Lynn Green talked about prophetic messages YWAM has received about ten-fold growth and he explained how praying for growth fits with themes in the Bible.

We asked you to provide growth plans that God has given your location so we could include those in The Invitation for this month as we pray for growth from a global perspective. We heard from many of you and we reached out to several of the ministries associated with YWAM to ask about their growth goals. These specific growth plans and prayers have been included in The Invitation for March and our prayer day on March 9.

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True Repentance – Loren Cunningham

In this episode of the Youth With A Mission Teaching Podcast we get to hear a classic teaching about True Repentance from Loren Cunningham.

Loren CunninghamLoren Cunningham is the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and the co-founder of the University of the Nations (U of N). He is also a leader at the YWAM, UofN Campus in Hawaii, and a member of the YWAM International Eldership.

Citing some stories from the Gospels, Loren explains what it means to truly repent of our sins. He gives practical steps for examining our own sins and seeking true repentance. His central message is that real repentance means death to self and selfishness.

Loren Cunningham is the author of a number of books including:

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Local Growth – The Invitation – YWAM Global Prayer

Thank you for joining us this month as we join together with thousands of YWAMers from around the world as we pray for local growth.

On the second Thursday of every month YWAM locations, staff, students, and supporters join together in prayer for the mission and for what God is doing in the nations. This month we pray about local growth …

Group of YWAM Students in Papua New Guinea

YWAM Medical Ships Expands in Papua New Guinea to build a Youth Training Campus in Alotau

YWAM began with a vision of growth. A young man, Loren Cunningham, saw a mental picture of wave after wave of young people covering the continents. A few years ago, YWAM received two more messages about growth, prophetic pictures of YWAM growing ten-fold, from 20,000 to 200,000 missionaries. YWAM’s leaders prayed about these words and sensed they were from God, and in keeping with a consistent theme throughout the Bible. Said Lynn Green, one of YWAM’s leaders, “growth is just intrinsic to the kingdom of God.”

For the next three months of 2017, we invite you to pray about growth. In February we invite you to ask God, do these messages about ten-fold growth apply to me and my community? If so, how?

To better understand what this prayer could look like, watch this video from Lynn Green, prepared specifically for The Invitation in February (for a transcript, see the bottom of this file):

Then, after you pray, if you sense God giving you a vision about growth please share it with us. You can do so by emailing prayer@ywam.org.

In March, we will pray for these faith goals as well as for other global goals in YWAM that seek supernatural increase.

Then in April The Invitation will again focus on growth, specifically on persecution that often accompanies growth and expansion.

As we begin this season of prayer for increase, consider this promise from the apostle Paul:

“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness” (1 Corinthians 9:10).

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The Invitation – Unity – Building Bridges

Join YWAMers around the globe in praying and hearing from God. He is inviting you!

The Cunninghams Meeting with (left to right) Justin Welby, Head of the Anglican Church; Pope Francis, Head of the Roman Catholic Church and Pope Twadros II, Head of the Coptic Church to End Bible Poverty

A great awareness has been taking place on a worldwide level that is bringing people from different confessions and denominations together in Christian unity. Recent events include a global gathering held in Jerusalem to link the east and the west; an event commemorating the 500th year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in which Lutherans, Catholics and many other denominations celebrated Christian unity; and the upcoming annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18 – 25th in which many YWAMers and denominations are involved.

Some have described Christian unity as the process of becoming one or oneness vs. having a focus on one denomination’s distinctions over another’s. The process of becoming one involves having a greater focus on the workings of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; affectionately loving our Christian brothers and sisters even if we do not agree completely with the doctrine of their denomination; focusing on the essentials of the Christian faith as opposed to the details of one denomination or another, and humbling ourselves like Christ. In humility, we can perceive that the Body of Christ exists within and outside different Christian expressions.  Though we might agree with the theology of a particular church or denomination, we know that does not mean everyone who attends there is a believer, but there are also Godly believers who are members of churches or confessions with whom we might disagree. We all seek to have a Biblical faith and theology but we all reach different conclusions.  Continue reading

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Understanding God’s Justice – Joy Dawson

Joy DawsonThis teaching about “Understanding God’s Justice” was shown, by Joy Dawson’s request, the 2009 University of the Nations Workshop. Despite being an older message, Joy felt that it was still very relevant to Youth With A Mission.

Joy Dawson states that we’ll only successfully navigate the roughest storms of life’s trials and testings when we’ve taken the time to study God’s Justice. It is paramount in knowing and understanding God and His ways, and an essential message for every believer.

Joy Dawson has authored or co-authored eight different books:

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Field Under Heavenly Cultivation – Corrie Ten Boom

In this episode the Youth With A Mission Teaching Podcast Corrie Ten Boom brings us a teaching entitled “Field Under Heavenly Cultivation”.

Her teachings are coloured with stories and poems inspiring us to live radically, daily aware of the ways the spiritual realms intersect with our earthly lives. If you want to bear fruit in your life this teaching will help to provide you with tools to ensure “the wilderness of your heart is transformed into a garden”.

Corrie Ten Boom was an inspiration to many, including YWAM Staff and Students. She stood up against the Nazis during The Second World War in Holland. Her and her family hid many people from the Nazi regime, but they were eventually betrayed and put in Nazi concentration camps. Corrie was the only one in her family to survive the war.

During her time in one of the concentration camps, after spending four months alone in a cell, Corrie came to the understanding that she was a field being plowed and weeded by God. This realisation lead to this teaching that we will share with you now about how we are fields under heavenly cultivation.  Continue reading

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Challenges of the Impossible – Brother Andrew

Brother Andrew - YWAMIn this Youth With A Mission Teaching Podcast we will hear from Brother Andrew as he shares about “Challenges of the Impossible”.

Based on the story of Gideon in Judges 6, Brother Andrew emphasises that God has faith in people, and man has faith in God. Throughout the teaching that was recorded in 1976, Brother Andrew uses life illustrations which are still relevant today.

Gods Smuggler Brother AndrewWhen Brother Andrew was only 12-years old he was passing secret messages during World War II to help his home country of Holland to come out from the Nazi occupation. After the war he fought for his country in the Dutch East Indies and then after returning to Holland he discovered a new life following God.

After dedicating himself to God and his call, Brother Andrew became a messenger of hope, smuggling Scripture through closed borders and equipping persecuted Christians behind the Iron Curtain. The ministry that he began, Open Doors, continues to shine the light of Christ in the world’s darkest places.

You can read more about Brother Andrew, and the ministry to persecuted Christians around the globe, in his book “God’s Smuggler“.

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The Reconciliation Walk – God Stories with Lynn Green

Lynn Green - Speaker ImageIn 1999, on the 900 year anniversary of the sacking of Jerusalem by Christian Crusaders, The Reconciliation Walk finished at an event in Jerusalem. Unlike the destruction brought to the city by the Crusaders in 1099, the Christians that came to Jerusalem with The Reconciliation Walk came with a message that says the Crusaders:

… betrayed the name of Christ by conducting themselves in a manner contrary to His wishes and character. …(By lifting up the Cross) they corrupted its true meaning of reconciliation, forgiveness, and selfless love.

The message that the walkers brought continued to state:

deeply regret the atrocities committed in the name of Christ by our predecessors. We are simply followers of Jesus Christ who have found forgiveness from sin and life in Him… We renounce greed, hatred and fear, and condemn all violence done in the name of Jesus Christ.

The walkers refer to Jesus’ biblical affirmation that He came to:

proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed.

The Reconciliation Walk was directed by Lynn Green.

Lynn Green and his wife Marti first came to England and began the work of Youth With A Mission there in 1971. From 2004-2011 Lynn was YWAM’s International Chairman. He continues to convene YWAM’s global leadership meetings, and focuses much of his energy on international leadership development. Lynn Green also blogs at lynngreen.net, where you can find more of his thoughts and teachings.

In past years Lynn has been much involved in serving other movements and organisations, including Challenge 2000 (the DAWN movement in England), and “March for Jesus”, of which he was a founder. He is currently a trustee of CARE Trust. Lynn also directed the “Reconciliation Walk”, when thousands of Christians prayerfully retraced the route of the First Crusade, thereby helping to defuse 900 years of bitterness between Muslims, Christians and Jews.

In this talk from Lynn Green he shares with us his personal story from “The Reconciliation Walk”…

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Opium, Emperors, and Missionaries – Storytime with Lynn Green

Lynn Green - Speaker ImageStorytime sessions is a series that highlights some of Youth With A Mission’s values.  In the first session that we offer you on the YWAM Teaching Podcast, Lynn Green shares about Opium, Emperors, and Missionaries.

Lynn Green is a Global Elder in Youth With A Mission and is currently living in the United Kingdom where his desire is to take the good news of Jesus to everyone, with a currently focus on China and the Middle East. About this specific Storytime session Lynn says  …

We usually underestimate the role that history plays in shaping nations and relations between them.  So it is with China and its view of the West.  Every Chinese person I have spoken to has a detailed knowledge of events that stretched from the 1830s to the 1930s, in which “the Western nations oppressed us and kept us poor”.  To understand is to empathise and empathy is a powerful factor even in international relations.

Lynn Green blogs at lynngreen.net, where you can read some very interesting articles, including a fascinating reflection entitled “Is it too late for Hagar and Ishmael to Return to the Table?“.  Continue reading

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Priesthood – Trent Sheppard

trent-sheppardTrent Sheppard speaks to us about Priesthood in this episode of the Youth With A Mission Teaching Podcast.

Trent Sheppard is currently a collegiate minister and teaching pastor in Boston Massachusetts. Trent worked with Youth With A Mission in the United Kingdom for eight years running “The Factory” ministry in Harpenden.

God on Campus - Trent SheppardTrent Sheppard has also written a book called God on Campus: Sacred Causes & Global Effects (Campus America Books) that talks about the legacy of spiritual awakening that stretches from the founding of the earliest colleges in the United States to a global movement of nonstop student prayer.

You can find more Youth With A Mission foundational teachings at the YWAM Podcast Network web-site, ywampodcast.net. While there you can comment on the teaching, let me know what other teaching you would like to hear, and subscribe to receive future episodes.

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