In the lectures, we learned how to put together an attractive, interactive program, one that could hold the youth's attention from the beginning of the meeting through to the spiritual challenge at the end. We learned that a well-planned program can keep the youth involved in the church throughout their at-risk teenage years. I was excited to discover that I can more effectively pass on to teenagers a passion for Christ with this new planning method.
We found out that our youth will only remember 10% of a message just three days after they've heard it, but if they can hear it, see it, and do it, they will remember 75%. We learned methods to help the youth think about what a message means to them personally, through activities, small group discussions, etc.
I look forward to trying these new ideas with my youth group. I expect to see a two-fold benefit: the teenagers will get more out of our time together, and I will have more confidence, knowing that my message is really sinking in.
On the last day, Yoel Goldberg spoke about teaching reconciliation to our youth and turning the idea into action. The world outside is supposed to know we are Christians by our love. How can we show them our love if we continue to ignore the other half of the body of the Messiah in the Land? We discussed ways to bring our youth together across checkpoints and fences. Realizing that we are in a position to inspire and mobilize our youth, all we youth leaders hope to continue with this reconciliation work ourselves long after this conference is over.
Children's Prayer (Summer) Camp, July 2-6, Baptist Village
Our annual gathering of 40 Israeli and Palestinian children, ages 9 to 12, for a week of fun games, crafts, and Bible study. This year's special theme is prayer. Please pray that the children will grow in their faith, create lasting friendships that bridge the divide, and most of all, have fun with one another!
Palestinian Children's Summer Day Camp, July 9-13, Abud
The continuation of our most successful participant-initiated outreach project yet: a week full of fun activities, nutritious food, and teaching about God for children who are accustomed to none of the above. Organized by Palestinian women and youth leader participants of Musalaha programs, the summer camp is the most exciting event of the year for 150 impoverished West Bank children, both Christian and Muslim. Please pray that the children will have a positive, enjoyable experience that will brighten their lives and plant in them a seed of love for their neighbors.
Joint Israeli-Palestinian-Dutch Youth Camp, August 17-27, Holland
We have been invited by Tabitha Ministries in Holland to send 24 youth to participate in a summer camp. Our staff will join them to conduct training in reconciliation. Please pray that we receive the EU visas for all the youth that have applied, that the transportation to and from Holland would run smoothly and that the group's time together will be blessed.
Young Adults' Desert Encounter, Sept 6-10, Jordan
Every year Musalaha conducts a Young Adults Desert Encounter in the south of Jordan. Please pray that this trip will be result in new friendships and that it will produce in the participants a willingness to deepen those friendships long after the trip ends.
We at Musalaha would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those who have covered this ministry with their prayers. Musalaha is now able to accept donations by credit card online at www.musalaha.org, or by check to any of the addresses below. In the USA and UK, please make your checks out directly to our partner ministries, with a note “For Musalaha”. All donations to Musalaha are tax-deductible.
P.O. Box 238
Medina, WA 98039-0238
The Andrew Christian Trust
c/o Mr. Roger Tootell
Rockwood, Storth Road
Sandside, Milnthorpe, Cumbria LA7 7PH
Registered Charity Number: 327845
P.O. Box 52110
Jerusalem, ISRAEL 91521
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