Youth encounter God and reach out to others in USA, Colombia and Haiti 2018
EMT stands for Evangelism Missions Training. For the last seven years, it has operated as a two-week program, first with a training camp in the USA, followed by nine days of outreach in other nations.
Most recently, in June 2018, Rosedale Camp Ground was home to nearly 90 youth from DOVE USA churches for a weekend of Evangelistic Mission Training (EMT). The teens received teaching on being effective in reaching out to others. During times of worship and teaching, God was exalted and He transformed lives.
New friendships developed and fellowship happened during meal times and on outreaches in the Reading, PA area parks and streets. A local nursery donated a large variety of flowers for the campers to distribute to individual homes and to plant in public areas, which brought additional beauty in the neighborhood. Part of the group joined TransformChurch for a drum circle and prayer station. Some prayed for people to come to Christ and saw people being healed. Others set up a face painting area and played with children in the park. Community members expressed gratitude for these acts of God’s love and the youth learned that God can use them to bring joy to others.
Following the four-day training, Fran and Drew Holmberg (Broadlands Community Church, Ashburn, VA) led a team of 8 to work in Haiti. The team ministered to children and assisted with a home construction. The team installed a solar panel on a mission house. Drew trained local people in electrical installation. Tim Witmer (Newport Church, Elm, PA), an assistant leader, encouraged the team to step out of their comfort zones and boldly share God’s love with a local orphanage. The team taught vacation Bible school and developed a special love for the Haitian children.
A second team left the camp to serve in Medellin, Colombia with Juan Pablo and Adrianna Munoz, Colombian church leaders with DOVE as they pioneer new outreach efforts. Team leaders, Elisa Nanna and Luis Vanderhorst, reported the team of nine was stretched as they performed gospel dramas and shared their personal testimonies in another culture. Several felt their love and faith increase as they ministered to those marginalized as well as those with special needs. One commented on how prayer changed lives. They experienced that God has a plan for everyone.
We are grateful these incredible young people could experience being a missionary. We praise Him for answered prayer and for the fruit in Colombia and Haiti as well as the transformed lives of the team participants.
Plans for 2019 are presently under consideration. Details to follow.
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Read stories from teams in 2017 here