Six months ago, we sent four of our older boys to YWAM, a Discipleship Training School of Youth With a
Mission. I remember the day they left, with only one bag of stuff and much anticipation in their hearts. This weekend I attended their graduation. They had grown so much, even physically. The 2 months of walking through jungle, travelling in boats from island to island, doing house to house ministry in the rain or sun, seemed to have changed them. They learned how to pray for the sick and to bring broken hearts to the healing hands of Jesus.
As they were given their certificates, the staff talked about their gifting. How one was an Evangelist, one was a Responsible Servant; one was Perseverant and one was a Gentle Man. I could not believe how God had moved in their lives. They stood tall and proud. As they talked about Louie, they told how he was anointed to preach. He had preached in the biggest churches, in the prisons, in the streets with no shame and people had listened. He spoke with maturity and wisdom that could only come from God. He was the one who had memorized the most scriptures and quoted them with ease in all circumstances.
As Joed, Mark Anthony, and Jomar come back to serve at Gentle Hands, Louie will be returning to YWAM in one week. With tears in his eyes he explained to me how he felt God was calling him to the people of the southern islands, to the Muslims. They were so hungry to hear about Jesus. He said he had to obey. So at 17 years old, he will be our first missionary. He will work as support staff at another base of YWAM and be able to minister to Muslims and others as opportunity comes. He will need to have outside support of $200 every month for a commitment of one year.
Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believer. 1 Timothy 4:12