Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Testimony Tuesday

Here's a report from one of our Youth Leaders in the Capital Section:

Praise God - He healed my hypothyroid!

I had the symptoms for months, so I went to get my blood tested and the doctor diagnosed me with hypothyroidism.  This was unfortunate, because it was something that God had already healed me from several years earlier. The symptoms continued to get worse causing much pain and discomfort.

On a recent Sunday, I asked my pastor's wife to pray for me in church. She looked at me told me I was healed. Soon thereafter, four other church friends confirmed it to me as well, telling me that 'by His stripes I am healed' and I just needed to walk in it and have faith.

I'm pleased to report that I haven't needed to take my pills in over two weeks!  I feel so much better and my symptoms are gone.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Testimony Tuesday

Testimony Tuesday

We hosted our NE Student Summit two months ago at Hastings North Shore Church. This event combines workshops and services with the National Fine Arts program, an initiative to assist youth leaders in discipling our students in ministry gifts and skills. All are invited to join our AIM Trip to Houston this summer, with a focus both on Inner City Missions and the National Fine Arts Festival - find out all the info HERE. And here's a great report of Fine Arts from my friend Ryan Gluth, the Youth Director in Alaska:

Friday, March 23, 2018

High-Five Friday!

Welcome to a High Five Friday

Here's some recent WINS we celebrated with our Youth Pastors in various meetings throughout the last few weeks...

- One of our newer Youth Pastors in Western, NE hosted a Nerf War Battleground Day and they
           saw 70 first time visitors participate
- Another Youth Leader from the West, a veteran of the past 3 years, reported that for the first  
          time, they had to pull chairs out of the closet for the number of guests who had arrived for their
          weekly gathering
- A Youth Pastor from Central NE reported that 2 girls gave their lives to the Lord during their
          service the previous evening
- Another Youth Pastor from North Central NE told us that one of her students created an artistic
           poster detailing her faith and presented to her youth group
        - A pastor's wife reported that they are starting a Youth Band
        - A Youth Pastor in Omaha has a student who dreamt of reaching out to her unsaved family
          members. She has been strategizing how to do this during a trip to her Aunt's in MO this
        - A Youth Leader from our Capital section recently allowed 3 of her students to preach short
          sermons during their weekly service.
        - A Lead Pastor reported that his church members told of overhearing people in
          their small western community talking about their church and the exciting things that were
          taking place there.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Testimony Tuesday

I recently interacted with Megan, one of our NYM Students who is now attending a Christian college in Minnesota to become a missionary. Here's a bit of her story...

'I am studying Bible and Theology and Intercultural Communications. Part of my training is that I will be going to South Asia for 16 months as a missionary intern. I am looking to get my story out there, and I would really love to encourage young people that they too can be called to be a missionary. I first received my calling at NYM summer camp when I was twelve. I responded to an altar call and received a vision of a globe with red markers around it. The Lord told me that each spot with a red mark on it was where I was supposed to go and share about Him. After that I began searching for how I was to fulfil my calling. I believe that what I am doing now is just the stepping stone to a life-time spent on the field. I will be leaving for my internship in late August or early September. I will be spending 16 months there learning the language and the culture. I will also be working as an English tutor to some of the locals. There are several opportunities for ministry in South Asia.  We will be doing some pioneering work and will be setting up future teams by exploring what ministry opportunities are available. I am very excited about what God has in store during this internship and look forward to sharing my experiences with people back home while I am on the field.'

Megan came from a small city in northwest NE and now God is taking her to the other side of the world to work for Him. Isn't that awesome! I love that it all started at camp. Camp is a place where God often speaks to us about the plans He has for us in our future. We hope you can be with us this summer at camp - check out the details HERE

Thursday, March 8, 2018


Today is National Proof-Reading Day
It is also the birthday of Mickey Dolenz of the Monkeys from 1945.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when Johannes Kepler discovered the third law of planetary motion in 1618.

Blog Entry: Bible Commentary - Matthew 20: Notes on Leadership

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


       Happy Birthday to Jessica Kee          
         (Youth Pastor in Butte, NE)

Leaders Corner: What Does Jesus Want?

As Christians, one of the challenges we have is discovering His will for us in our lives. This starts with hearing His voice and responding accordingly. But many people have a hard time understanding exactly what God is saying to them. Maybe they feel He's pointing in one direction at a certain moment, only to find that later on they feel the exact opposite. It's a challenge we can all relate to. One of the keys to understanding God's Will and understanding what Jesus wants in general. He won't ask us to do anything that contradicts what He's already directed from us in the Bible. So what are the general areas which Jesus has already directed us in Scripture? Here's a list from Dick Brogden in his book, This Gospel:

What does Jesus want? 
All of our money,  not just the tithe of 10%
All of our time, not just holy days
Our entire minds, even subconscious dreams
All our words, not just our singing
All our love, and He won’t tolerate idols
All our obedience, and not just when it’s agreeable

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Today is Oreo Cookie Day
It is also the birthday of artist Michelangelo from 1475.
Finally, it is the anniversary of when the Oreo cookie was introduced by Nabisco in 1912.

Blog Entry: CAPTION CONTEST (Click on the pic below to submit a caption)