New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 8A — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, June 14, 2003Religion
Contact Features Editor Brian Grant, 625-9144 ext. 222Youths raising funds for 40-day mission trip to London
By Brand* Grissom
Six young members of the River City Vineyard Church will go “into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) this summer when they participate in the Youth With A Mission program called 40 Days.
The training facility they will attend is located near London. Meghan Tjemagel, Adam Tjemagel, Laura Bout well, Jacob Dunagun, Brian Calcote and I^eslie Sadler are working diligently to raise funds for the trip before they depart June 22.
Church member George Bokomey said each needs to raise about $1,500 to pay for the trip and the 40 Days training program.
At a multifamily garage sale the group held June 7, they were able to collect more than $1,000.
“Donations came from church members and a wide range of family and friends,” Bokorney said. "We had everything from appliances to clothes, just a little bit of everything.”
The group will host another garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon today and will wash cars in the Wal-Mart parking lot beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Wal-Mart will match up to $1,000 of funds the group raises during the car wash.
In addition to the garage sales and the car wash, the individuals, most of whom are college students, also have been raising financial support by working odd jobs, Bokomey said.
over the world staying at the YWAM facility; which is a remodeled orphanage, personal space is limited. But, Meghan Tjemagel said that’s just one of the benefits of the “awesome experience.” ‘I love New Braunfels, but it is so great to experience the diversity and fall in love with people from so many different places and embrace the different cultures,” Tjemagel said. “Its an opportunity to sit down and talk with people from everywhere you could think of. It’s a great opportunity.”
From talking to others who had the opportunity to join the 40 Days program, Tjemagel said she expects to be spent and exhausted by the time it’s all over.
“There are different sorts of outreach programs,” she
said. ‘We’ll go and help in the local church and the local school, and there will be a lot of worship time. Our days will be fully booked with events. ”
Cathy Nobles, who has worked with YWAM since 1991, participated in the 40 Days program several years ago in Switzerland. She said the most beneficial aspect of the program is that it allows Christians of many cultural backgrounds to come together and share their differing world perspectives.
“One of the experiences we want people to have is to live in a multicultural Christian settling,” Nobles said. “These people come from all over the world to learn about God together. When you bring those dif
ferent perspectives together, you really get to see what the universal church is like.”
Meeting Christians from different church backgrounds also provides insight, Nobles said.
“It’s exciting because you get to see things about yourself as an American Christian that are different from Christians in places like Bosnia and Africa,” Nobles said.
The outreach project Noble participated in while in Switzerland provided food for refugees from Boznia and Serbia. She said the experience deepened her relation ship with God, as well as with other humans.
“Through the teaching and the relationships my whole world view was just enlarged,” Noble said.
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Meghan Tjemagel and her brother, Adam, stop by the River City Vineyard Church Friday to help their mom move garage sale items. The profits from today’s sale, “40 days! Got stuff?” go to the youth group’s mission trip to England.
The fund-raising efforts will go toward a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of the local youths.
“It’s part retreat, part training, part fellowship, all to help them be equipped to go out and share their faith with others, whether they do it as missionaries or in the dorm rooms,” Bokomey said.
During the 40 days, 200-300 Christians from countries across the globe will participate in personal ministry, Bible study and evangelism training.
“Part of it will be Bible study,” Bokomey said.
“There will be some class
room-type lecturing and hands-on street ministry in the London area. There will also be practical application projects that put their faith to work.”
Bokorney said the program is designed to help youths learn how to more effectively share their faith with others.
“These kids are all Evangelical Christians,” Bokomey said. “As part of that belief system, they believe they’ve got some pretty good news to share.” The not-so-good news is that because there will be hundreds of people from all
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Recipe without God yields fatherly failure
Alas, the third weekend in June is upon us yet again. This is the weekend that gives me a platform to speak about something for which I have accumulated several years of experience.
I’m referring to Father’s Day — not golf and the U.S. Open, in case you were understandably confused by the annual convergence of the two events. Raising three adult children qualifies me to identify with the ups and downs of fathering.
I am a father who is relatively familiar with the room known as the “kitchen.” I would like to draw upon my very limited cooking experiences to address the issue of godly fathering. Since recipes abound for cooking up fatherly success, I would like to offer a recipe that conjures up fatherly failure.
Start with large quantities of indulgence. Provide varieties of this ingredient so that your kids will think they are entitled to things now that it took years for you to obtain. Leaving this ingredient out risks the result of temporary unpopularity.
Add healthy portions of neglect. This enhances the indulgence by drawing out the inherent attitude of rebellion within the mixture. It is easier to include this ingredient than to put out the effort to exclude it.
Sprinkle subtle hints of selfishness throughout the mixture ensuring that your time will always remain your own. The recipe will be contaminated if you choose to include healthy doses of time with
your kids. Add a pinch of “I’m tired” or “I deserve to take a break” to ensure worst results.
As the recipe cooks, flavor it with personal leftovers. Add whatever you liked to do when you were growing up, so that the result will look the way you want it to look. This is risky because, often, the mixture rejects personal leftovers. This can alter the recipe, producing something different than what you hoped for.
Once the ingredients are put in the bowl, let it stir itself. Forget that you are the cook, and let the concoction have its own way. Accept the fact that the ingredients are smarter than the cook, and if left alone, it will figure out how to be the recipe. Stirring it runs the risk of producing something healthy.
Whatever you do, leave the ingredient called “God” on the shelf. Adding God to the recipe will alter the taste completely and influence it in the opposite direction. It is the antidote to a failed recipe.
Thankfully, cooking has more to do with the ingredients than the competency of the cook.
(The Rev. lim Judkins is the teaching minister at First Protestant Church, where he speaks each week at the contemporary worship service.)
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