Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Malaysia in the Morning

Tomorrow morning bright and early I'll be boarding a plane in Rochester, NY and heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for a whirlwind tour of teaching, preaching and training.

I'll be updating the blog as often as I can so keep checking back to see what's going on.One of the things that I really enjoy about my ministry with YMI is when I get to travel to one of our CYM's and teach college students who are passionate about reaching young people in their culture, and are enrolled in the bachelors or Masters degree programs that we offer in 6 different countries.

I also love to connect with some of the students who are utilizing their training in their local church youth ministry by speaking in their churches, in their youth groups and various camps and conferences while I'm there.

This trip to Malaysia will involve a lot of's the basic schedule of what I'll be doing...

7/11 - Arrive in Kuala Lumpur

7/12 - Rest up and connect with staff

7/13 - Attend church in Kuala Lumpur
* Drive up the coast to Penang

* Meet Penang Youth Pastors and discuss Fish Hooks Youth Conference
7/14-18 - Teach YM 101 class at Malaysia Baptist Seminary - 8am-3pm each day

7/19 - Speak 2 main sessions and a closing session at Fish Hooks Youth Conference in Penang - 1:30-6:30pm

7/20 - Speak at Georgetown Baptist Church - 9am & 11am

* Fly back fromPenang to Kuala Lumpur and see some sights

7/21 - Fly from Kuala Lumpur to Rochester, NY arriving around 3pm

I'd really appreciate your prayers as I embark on this adventure of training trainers in Youth Ministry and ministering to the young people that these Youth Pastor Majors are passionately reaching for Christ.

Your prayers, funds, networks and on-going support of YMI has made this movement continue to grow and expand, with no end in sight! God is at work in our home team, our international team, our students and the young people that our students are being trained to reach.

We’re in the process of updating our ministry effectiveness report that gives a glimpse of the numbers of lives that are being impacted by YMI around the globe, as professionally trained and developed Youth Leaders work through the specifically designed curriculum delivered by our YMI Youth Ministry Professors in East Africa, South East Asia, Latin America, Eurasia and Western Europe.

The 2007 quantitative report covering the numbers of students in the program and the young people that the ministries they oversee touch on a weekly basis is staggering, and yet is only the tip of the iceberg!

From 2000-2007 YMI has accomplished the following…

- Churches Served by YMI informal and formal training – 1318

- Informal (Seminars) Youth Leaders Trained – 1281

- Formal (College, Seminary) Youth Leaders in the program – 183

- Institutions teaching YMI Program – 8

- Nationals assisting in training – 40

- Total countries represented by students in training – 20

- Young People (ages 12-24) directly impacted by YMI trained Youth Leaders – 122,365

Talk about exciting! God is using the movement of YMI to impact lives of young people for His Kingdom, and you are a key part in that progress, and these numbers aren’t even the latest figures.

So as I go to Malaysia for the next several days, please commit to keep me, the students, the young people they serve, the staff, the school and the churches in prayer as we seek to assist in the training of trainers in youth ministry world wide...It's a MOVEMENT!


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  3. Hey Brent!

    I'm from malaysia. Was going thru my RSS reader and saw your blog post and got excited! haha

    Don't think i'll bump into you (coz KL is not that small) but just wanna wish you all the best at the conference and hope you'll enjoy your trip!

    Take care, and God bless!

    Also, which church would you be going to in KL? Maybe i will bump into you this sunday.