Monthly Archives: April 2012
by Luis & Doris Bush
March 22, 2012
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is placed in a position and posture to fuel the 4/14 Movement for such a time as this. Like the orphan Queen Esther was uniquely positioned to make a difference in her day, so YWAM in our day. The key biblical reference, Esther 4/14 matches the 4/14 Movement not only in the numbers 4/14 but also in the motif. Mentor Mordecai challenged the orphan queen with the words “for who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” There was a window of opportunity then to change the world at the time of Esther. So there is a window of opportunity today to change the world: the 4/14 Window.
God has divine purposes to accomplish in this world through people at appointed times. For Esther, the orphan who had become queen the word came from her uncle “perhaps you have come to royal position for such a time as this,” Esther 4:14. There are several reasons to believe that Youth With a Mission (YWAM) prioritize missional focus on the 4/14 Window could make a difference in our time.
As servant catalysts in the 4/14 Movement Doris and I readily responded to the invitation from our friends Jim and Judy Orred to come to Kona to bring focus on the 4/14 Window for weekly ‘Ohana Gathering’ meeting on March 15 which comprised around 600 staff and students from 47 nations, as well as family and guests from abroad and the local community. Jim chairs the YWAM Kona leadership team.
As we heard the heart of YWAM co-founders Loren and Darlene Cunningham and many others serving at YWAM base in Kona we became increasingly convinced that YWAM has a unique catalytic contribution to make to the 4/14 Global Initiative to raise up a new generation from the 4/14 Window to transform the world. In fact, we see that YWAM could have been raised up to the position it has today as the largest long-term mission agency in the world today operating from more than 600 bases with an additional 800 locations where university registered courses are taught totaling 1400 operating locations with more than 25,000 full time missionaries engaged in training, mercy ministries and evangelism.
At the ‘Ohana Gathering Luis shared from Joel 2:28 as quoted by the Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” The 4/14ers will play a major role in global mission in the end times, expounding God’s view and end-visioning the future with the help of the Holy Spirit and generational links. “As the founders of Youth with a Mission–this ever-expanding global ‘movement of ministry organizations,’ which has reached into every nation, Loren and Darlene Cunningham embody Joel 2:28 as generational links to a mighty emerging movement of the Holy Spirit in and through a younger generation. Prophesy is all about bringing God’s viewpoint to earthly matters.” Luis noted that one of those young men was a 21 year old–in fact he was 20–who saw a vision–while traveling in the Bahamas–of waves on the shorelines of the continents on a world map, growing bigger and bigger, covering the landmass which changed from waves to young people covering the continents, talking to people about their faith. That young person was Loren Cunningham. Youth with a Mission was born shortly after. As we listened to the co-founders, elders, department and project leaders and day by day decision makers there was a growing awareness in our hearts and minds that God is up to something and it is the raising up of YWAM for such a time as this to reach, rescue, root in God’s Word and raise up a new generation from the 4/14 Window to transform the world for the following reasons:
I. Call and Recall Missional Ministry to the Children Priority Focus
II. Media Ministry Highway to the Culture of the 4/14ers of our Day
III. YWAM Intercession for the 4/14 Window in the Personal Prayer Diary for 2012
IV. Justice Advocacy Attracts the 4/14ers
V. Infusion Integrating Incoming 4/14ers and Youth Increases
VI. King’s Kids Connection
- Seven Spheres Curriculum Catalyze 4/14ers to Maximize their Transformational Impact
- Future Fusion Fueled by Circles, Cycles, Circuits & Omega Zones
At the Latin American Regional 4/14 Window Conference held in Atlanta a new season of Korean-Hispanic cooperation is anticipated with the formation of the Korean 4/14 Window Alliance. “This is a historic moment. We are experiencing an uplift in the 4/14 Initiative as a
result of the synergy of the Latin Americans and Koreans evidenced by the formation of a Korean 4/14 Window Alliance,” said Pastor Nam Soo Kim, host of the first two 4/14 Window Global Summits. The Korean 4/14 Alliance was formed spontaneously at the encouragement of Pastor James Jung, who hosted more than 400 participants from 24 countries at the Latin American Regional 4/14 Window Conference April 10 to 13 held in his church in Atlanta in partnership with two other churches. The purpose of the alliance was to connect with Korean pastors and leaders throughout the United States for collaboration with the Latin Americans in their efforts to raise up a new generation from the 4/14 Window to transform the world.
The Latin American 4/14 Initiative regional facilitator, Ricardo Luna, who also serves as the President of CONELA, the Confraternity of Evangelical Churches of Latin America and OneHope, offered the participants perspective on generations connecting to transform nations and the nature of the challenge before us. He pointed out that, according to extensive research conducted around the world by OneHope, Latin America has become the most violent continent.
The 4/14 Window Regional Conference theme Connecting New Generation focused on the how to more than the what of reaching, rescuing, equipping and enabling the 4/14ers of Latin America by connecting around emerging models in Latin America. We explored how to:
(1) respond to the challenge of violence in Latin America, (2) develop a Strategic 4/14 Window Plan in a country,
(3) engage the spheres, especially media, education, church and family,
(4) conduct 4/14 week long intensive training sessions with Gen Y’ers and 4/14ers to prepare them to change the culture of their nations,
(5) partner together as Korean and Latin American servants of God in responding to the 4/14 Window challenge in Latin America,
(6) engage in the spiritual battle for the hearts and minds of the 4/14ers,
(7) integrate the products and services offered by the NGO’s.
(1) How to respond to the challenge of violence in Latin America.
The nature of the problem of violence and solutions offered by existing models in Latin America was explored by Luis Bush. As violence continues to increase, gangs grow and the average age recruiting has dropped to more than one half of entrants from 12 to 14 years old, for Luis proposed an intentional proactive preparation for child participation in peace processes throughout Latin America. Kids can make peace as has been well documented in the Majority World. Models of ways and means to prepare children to be peacemakers were presented from programs and projects of servant leaders from throughout Latin America that are highlighted in each of the remaining areas described in this report.
Doris Bush spoke on the 4/14 challenge and the local church.
Click here to read more about how to respond to the challenge of violence in Latin America (English)
(2) How to develop a Strategic 4/14 Window Plan for a country
A delegation from Puerto Rico presented the strategic framework for a country or state 4/14 initiative:
Vision: the primary focus of the church is raising a generation 4/14 to transform the world;
Mission: Mobilizing the body of Christ to invest to reach, equip and mobilize the 4/14 generation and maximize their transformational impact;
Networking for social change: parents and family, government, education, media and technology, and the church.
(3) How to engage the spheres of cultural influence, especially media, education, church and family.
In the sphere of government Juan Wehrli, the Minister of Religion from Chile presented a historical model of shared principles and values material based on the Protestant Reformation and in response to a survey that was conducted in Chile on the beliefs and behaviors of young people. Wehrli is also a Lutheran pastor, theologian and historian. His book, Linea de Tiempo Historico, describes the role of education in transformation in Chile as he traces the realities of Protestantism in Chile at the present from the time of Jesus through the Reformation to the present. Today there exists the potential to reach 760 cultural centers in Chile to introduce principles and values from a Christian worldview as a result of a survey of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors of ten to eighteen year old.
In the area of public education in Chile there exists an opportunity to present lessons from the biblical worldview in the 900 public schools for two hours per week. Ivan Ruz along with Larry Fredes coordinates the work of 1,000 educators who teach religion classes required by law in schools in Chile. They are convinced that there are ways to do this in the different countries of Latin America worth pursuing.
Models of schools established by churches to train a new of 4/14ers were shared by Francisco Peña in Colombia, left and Lee de Leon, USA on the right below.
In the sphere of media, Gaston Bruno, Vice President of the Association of Evangelicals of Argentina, insists that we must conquer the gadget screen in order to reach the 4/14 generation. At the Conference in Atlanta we considered a platform established in Bogota, Colombia that represents a strategic environment to support an effective and sustainable way to transform to reach the 4/14ers in their own language. The platform has three major components: the first are the antennas that identify the language used in most social networks, second an interdisciplinary team specializing in social media and third a modern infrastructure to disseminate millions of messages. Among internet users worldwide there are an estimated 800 million 4/14 year olds online which represents over 60% of the 4/14 Window worldwide. We recognized that we need to establish appropriate protocols to offer these resources to other Latin American nations.
The importance of media is underscored by the fact that children and youth in the 4/14 age bracket in Latin America listen to music twenty six hours a week on average The music video done both in English and Spanish titled Heart of the harvest by John Ray firstname.lastname@example.org not only connects with the generation but also carries the vision of the 4/14 Imitative.
In the sphere of the Church the case study of a church in the city of Yopal, in the state of Casanare in the country of Colombia, was presented by Pastor Alfredo Moreno pastor of a three thousand member church. Several years ago, when the church was much smaller, one day a group of preteens in church said to him. “Stop trying to entertain us in Sunday School. Teach out how we can have a meaningful relationship with Christ and be used by him.” Pastor Alfredo Moreno took their word seriously. He began watching out for those youngsters who demonstrated real interest in the teaching of the Bible and meeting with them to train them. Today there are fifty three preteens and early teens that are being trained. They take an active role in the ministry to children where 700 come each week to children’s church. He meets with the group of 53 week for prayer, planning and study for ministry. They also are reaching their own age group and having Bible studies with them in small groups throughout the city. Yopal has become a comparatively safe city in Colombia and the media is beginning to ask why.
(4) How to conduct camps and intensive courses? Transforming Nations-Discipling the 4/14 Generation is the name given to the curriculum used for an eight day intensive training of 4/14ers usually conducted in a camp setting. Yarley Nino and Lyssette Ruiz developed the curriculum which has already implemented this curriculum in camps in Hong Kong, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico with transformational impact. By understanding the spiritual capacity of children, our ministry completely changed the approach by prioritizing on the discipleship of children, adolescents and youth. One of the most valuable tools to achieve this has been through residential camps using the curriculum that integrates the fundamentals of Christian faith with the biblical worldview and the cultural mandate to go and serve and bring transformation to the spheres of cultural influence that shape a society: family, church, government, media, education, economy, health and science. We hope to continue multiplying in different countries of the world.. (Lyssette Ruiz email@example.com)
a. Praying for the blessing of God on their lives, ministry and the shared mission of reaching the new generation.
Eliodoro Mora, superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Venezuela asks for God’s blessing as Ben Hur Korean pastor of Promise Church in Atlanta and co-sponsor of the event receives the blessing.
b. Worshipping God together express the unity of spirit.
c. Celebrating a new generation from the 4/14 Window together
Pastor Nam Soo Kim has traveled many times to Latin America in the twelve months leading up to speak at conferences in almost all Latin American nations.
He organized six football games in six different stadiums throughout Central America and other top soccer teams, blessing tens of thousands of children. Alexis Medina reported on the significant impact ten days of intensive training of Gen Yers in Uruguay by a core team of Koreans including a master of Tae Kwan Do.
e. Praying together for the 4/14 generation
Pastor James connected with other conference participants in intercession for the generation 4/14 on 4/14 (April 14) as the global day of prayer for children and youth in the 4/14 Window joining with others in the Pacific and Asia already started their day on 4 April.
Prayers were spoke in English, Spanish and Korean.
f. Giving thanks to one another
Francisco Martinez of Colombia at the pulpit) expresses gratitude to the representatives of the Korean 4/14 Window Alliance (standing on the right) newly formed by the commitment to work with the Latin American 4/14 Window Initiative as demonstrated in the past, experienced in the present and anticipated in the future.
(6) How to engage in the spiritual battle for the lives the 4/14ers –a case study of Concordia?
We take as example of how to engage in the spiritual battle for the lives of the 4/14ers the case study of the city of Concordia, which is a microcosm of many other places in Latin America. Located a two and one half hour drive from where my paternal grandfather, Oscar Smedberg Bush, was born on June 26, 1890 in the city of Gualeguaychú in the province of Entre Rios. Concordia’s history reveals the magnitude of the battle for the lives of the children. For years Ligia Würfel, communication’s director for the Alliance of Evangelical Churches in Argentina, has served the children with her parents. The evidence of battle over the children in the city were described one by one as Doris and I had dinner with her and her father the 29th of the November, 2011 following an official 4/14 Summit hosted by the mayor’s office in the government municipal building. Ligia had made a study of the history of the city and saw the evidences of struggle over the lives of the children including children such as child poverty, child violence, neglect and poverty, lack of education, pagan and idolatrous worship in the city. She discovered overt demonic activity related to the evidence by such things as pilgrimages to shrines of Gauchito Gil on roadsides. Ligia identified and documented a host of Afro-Brazilian religions including Umbanda, macumba, kimbanda, and voodoo, San la muerte and Gaucho Gil. “Gauchito” Gil is thought to be a folk saint for many people who visit his shrine to ask for favors. The name Concordia in Spanish means the place where agreements are made. The children are the primary victims of the misfortunes of life in Concordia.
In recent years there has been a definite reversal as God’s servants have come together in unity as we saw expressed in the gathering at the Municipality on the 29th of November. They joined together to pray over the city and for agreement that God’s Kingdom would come to Concordia and his will be done in the city as it is in heaven. They also developed an action plan focused on the children. A new agreement has been made between the pastors, generating a climate of genuine unity. Prayer with spiritual authority has been lifted up in places of authority. Children are being served, educated, and equipped through schooling, Christian workshops, Saturday afternoon concentrations of children and intentional engagement in the spheres of influence in the city. In the process Ligia has been granted the position in the municipal government to make the decision on funding projects throughout the city. The spiritual atmosphere has changed in Concordia that benefits the next generation directly.
(7) ¿How to integrate the tools and products for reaching, rescuing, and equipping the 4/14ers to become change agents?
We found over 21 NGOs that came to together to provide power and resource tools for evangelism (reaching), rescuing, discipleship (training) and service ministry. Of these NGO’s four shared a workshop including Soledad Rozas from OneHope, one of 7 partners in evangelism,
Winston Fermin de Oansa, one of 8 partners in the area of discipleship, Napoleon Ardaya of Bolivia shared leadership principles from the life of Christ and Crisitina Rodriguez, AMO, Republica Dominicana shared a model for teachers training.
Leonel Espinoza as facilitator of the sports network is also worth noting. He is a pastor and chaplain with influence among the athletes.
The New Generation Connection conference recognized the vital importance of generational transformation. The desire to share resources to reach every arena based on the principles and values taught and modeled by Jesus as it relates to the children resulted in sharing models that inform, inspire and instruct how to maximize the transformative impact of the group 4/14.
As a result of the 4-14 Window Conference in Atlanta a new sense of commitment to one another and between Koreans and Hispanics to engage in collaborative to bring about transformation through the involvement in and training of a new generation for their making a difference in the different spheres of cultural influence in society.
God’s people around the world have been called to meet the challenge of the 4/14 Window through united fervent, focused, prayer and fasting. So much is at stake. So much is on the table. Let us come to the table together from wherever we are as we join our hearts with God’s heart for the children of the world.
On the table we find the Shewbread from the Word of God
- Deut 33:26 “There is no one like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heavens to help you and on the clouds in his majesty.” The Promise of Abundance—We have the Liberty of Access–
- Joshua 21:45 Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; everyone was fulfilled.
- Ps 45:16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.
- Ez 8:23-24 “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him… So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.”
- Mat 18:5 Jesus said: “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me.” Today we receive Jesus as we receive the 1.2 billion children of the 4/14 Window as our call to prayer
On the table we find an expectation birthed in the hearts of God’s people around the world called the 4/14 Window initiative. Our prayers today for the 4/14 Window focus on these expectations becoming reality.
- The 4/14 Window initiative represents is an urgent appeal to consider the potential and strategic importance of those 1.2 billion children and youth in the 4/14 Window. Pray God’s people to hear!
- The vision of the 4/14 Window Movement is for the church to make the children the priority focus in their churches. Pray that pastors, elders, bishops and church leaders will wake up to the need to make the children the priority focus in their churches.
- The 4/14 Window initiative seeks to reach this most receptive generation to transform the world. Pray that the gospel be presented to every one of the 1.2 billion 4/14ers through parents, siblings, other 4/14ers, the churches – the story of Jesus booklet, the Jesus Film for children and through the Internet, the Wordless book and every way
- The 4/14 Window initiative represents a global effort to rescue the 4/14 Window children. Pray for wholistic child development in the contexts of need in the nations through every church and NGO including Compassion International and World Vision
- The 4/14 Window initiative involves mobilizing the 4/14ers as agents for transformation throughout the world. Pray for children to be mobilized as intercessors including the final remaining group of the 20,000 children intercessors that are been trained to interceded who are scheduled to come together on May 17th in the stadium in Jakarta as part of the World Prayer Assembly
- The vision of the 4/14 Window Movement seeks to maximize their transformational impact while they are young, and mobilize them for continuing impact for the rest of their lives. Pray for wisdom by God’s people in every nation on the need for and the how to maximize their transformational impact while they are young, and mobilize them for continuing impact for the rest of their lives.
- The vision of the 4/14 Window Movement seeks to raise them up with a Christian worldview. Pray for the impartation and reception of a biblical Christian world view for the 4/14ers that will result in them seeking s first the Kingdom of God and becoming Kingdom minded and develop a Kingdom mindset.
- The 4/14 Window initiative seeks to raise up a new generation from this most receptive generation to transform the world. Pray for Change agents God’s way from the 4/14 generation to be raised up
On the table we find a battle raging for the children and youth of the 4/14 Window from our World today
The greatest battle going on in our day is the battle for the hearts and minds of men and women. The frontline of that battle is the age group (4-14)
Jesus said the thief comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. A priority focus for Jesus and Satan are the children.
It is a Bloody Battlefield today. The 4/14ers of the world are being trafficked as sex slaves, made to fight the wars started by the adults, abandoned to fend for themselves on the streets of the cities, struggling in the midst of extreme poverty, ignored by their own fathers, suffering due to divorce of the parents. In Honduras 70% are raised by single mothers.
Lives are being cut off my our own human hands even before they make it out of their mothers’ wombs through abortion — approximately 42 Million around the world every single year. 83% of all abortions are obtained in developing countries and 17% occur in developed countries. We excuse ourselves by calling it therapeutic abortion and then define it to include the loss of
On the table we find seven basic challenges to maximize their transformational impact
1. The Spiritual Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2. The Mental / Cognitive Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3. The Physical / Health Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4. The Economic Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5. The Relational Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6. The Social Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7. The Ministry Challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
On the table we find the future of Christianity
- 4/14ers are the heart of the harvest, Wess Stafford
- During this decade or ‘window’ most children in this demographic group develop their moral foundations and values
- It is crucial that we re-prioritize and re-direct mission efforts toward those in the 4/14 Window.
- We are engaging the next generation of 4/14ers with a view of their transforming the world.
- The ultimate goal — To equip them to become partners with God on His transformational mission of bringing together all things under the headship of Christ (Eph. 1:9-10) with the result that all things on earth are reconciled and aligned to Him (Col. 1:20).
Chuck Colson wrote: The great need of our day is to fuel a movement to equip believers to nurture Christian transformation in minds, lives, relationships, ministries, and spheres of influence around the world. And who should be at the forefront of that movement? The leaders of tomorrow — orthodox believers ages 4-14 firmly rooted in a faith that propels them to be the hands and feet of Christ. … it’s more critical than ever to focus our efforts on reaching this generation.