Monthly Archives: May 2012
March 23rd to 27th – Curitiba – Rio de Janeiro – Sao Paulo
At the Portuguese Latin America Regional 4/14 Window Conference held in Curitiba- Brazil a new season has begun for the Brazilian church as leaders from more than 30 denominations representing more than 40 cities around Brazil came together to celebrate the national launch of 4/14 Window Movement. This was a historic moment.
This launch was a significant event. So many partnerships were established, and the Lord is using this opportunity to show to the Brazilian Church that it is a new season in mission. We need to look forward into the future and start to prepare the foundation for a transformed nation. After this conference two more 4/14 events took place; one in Rio de Janeiro and one in Sao Paulo.
After this event we expect to see more and more 4/14 events through out Brazil. “This is a start of a new thing,” said one of the leaders present at the event.
How did it all get started in Brazil?
September, 2011 – The Birth
September 2010 at the II Global Summit, Odijon Ribeiro took the challenge to facilitate the 4/14 Window movement in Brazil.
One year has passed and the movement has already come to many
denominations. There is already a Brazilian Steering Committee and a national consultation has just happened.
The Brazilian 4/14 Steering Committee is formed by different denominations and Parachurch organizations. “It is a miracle how things came together,” said Odijon Ribeiro. God must be at work, man can’t bring together different denominations to be part of the same committee! And all leaders at the Steering Committee agree with this statement.
We still have so much to do in Brazil, it is just starting. We hope the Lord will lead the leaders in Brazil to prioritize this new generation and will work hard to reach, equip, prepare and send them back to society so we will see a transformed nation.
The national consultation in Curitiba from April 23rd to 25th was a mark on the history of the movement in Brazil. The consultation was divided on the 7 spheres of influence in the lives of the 4/14ers.
Nilton de Souza facilitated the sphere of the Church. He is the national manager for evangelism at the Brazilian Baptist Convention. Pastors in this sphere discussed the role of the Church preparing the 4/14ers. They came up with a strategic plan for this sphere.
Sphere of Education
Cida Matter who is the executive director of AECEP, an associations of private schools with principles, led this sphere and discussed the situation of the education in Brazil.
Sphere of Media
Edson Buno was the facilitator for this sphere. He presented the need for the Church to use the media to reach the new generation.
Sphere of Government
Guilherme Shelb is a federal prosecutor who is involved with the cause of children in the government arena. He proposed the vision for each church to adopt a local school near by. He also suggested the implementation of a “Kingdom Office” to monitor corruption in the government.
Roberta Silva shared her experience in using the arts to bring transformation in the lives of the children.
Sphere of Business
Iverson de Lima shared the potential this sphere has to bring transformation to the community and the nations and for a new generation.
Sphere of Family
Thomas Smoak presented the situation of the Brazilian families and discussed strategies for this sphere to raise up the 4/14ers.
Thiago Torres introduced the vision of Generation Y to mentor the 4/14ers.
The Story of Jesus Christ 14 million copies in Brazil by the end of 2012
In partnership with David C. Cook the 4/14 window movement will distribute 14 million booklets entitled “The Story of Jesus.”
Part of the distribution is already under way. In São Paulo some public schools opened their doors to distribute the booklets to 4/14ers. The booklets are such an impact in the lives of many children who already received them.
Many denominations have agreed to distribute them but the majority of the booklets, ten million, are going to the Brazilian Baptist Convention. They are planning to use them as part of their 100 days of evangelism in July 2012 around Brazil.
In a particular public school, a teacher who is Christian asked permission from the principal to distribute the booklets in her classroom. The principal of the school saw the booklets and felt that they were not threatening to any religion and granted permission.
The teacher shared with her students the booklets and the reaction was immediate. The children were very exited by them and started to ask questions about the life of Jesus. The teacher felt that this was a good opportunity to show the love of God to her students and at the end asked them if they wanted to come to the Lord and amazingly many said “Yes”. This is only a little story of many on how the Lord is using this booklet to show his love to children.
The 4/14 Orchestras
In the second night the opening was with an orchestra from the First Baptist Church of Curitiba. It was the first time that a Bap- tist Church presented in a Four Square church in this city.
In Rio the Janeiro the 4/14 event was held at the Second Baptist Church of Rio. In that event we had an orchestra from the As- sembly of God church for the opening. We think that those events represented God’s will for unity toward the 4/14 vision.
Four cities of Brazil will participate in the Children & Youth Praise Festival as part of the Vision 60/2020. Facilitated by Dr. Johann Kim firstname.lastname@example.org in partnership with the 4/14 Movement the vision involves holding a Praise Festi- val in sixty cities of the world by 2020. We want to be part of what God is doing around the world and be part of the body of Christ to reach out to the 4/14ers.
III. YWAM Intercession for the 4/14 Window in the Personal Prayer Diary for 2012
In December 2011, Tom Bragg, Director of YWAM Publishing wrote: “For over thirty years, YWAM Publishing has had the privilege of publishing the Personal Prayer Diary and Daily Planner. Currently, over 40,000 Christians worldwide join in God’s work in the world through vital intercession for the nations using this comprehensive resource. For 2012, we are especially excited about our focus on the 4/14 Window.” The Personal Prayer Diary and Daily Planner for 2012 incorporated “The 4/14 Window: Raising Up a New Generation” as anchor article. Likewise the Spanish and Portuguese editions by different publishers with distributions of 30,000 and 20,000, included the article and focus on the 4/14 Window.
With so many tens of thousands interceding in the worldwide family of YWAM for the 4/14 Window in 2012 it would be within the realm of possibility that the vision and the burden to focus YWAM ministries of all kinds in all places on the 4/14 Window would emerge as an answer to prayer. YWAM, you have been raised up for such a time as this. As the 2012 Prayer Guide makes clear, we should prioritize our missional focus on the 4/14 Window because it is a vast unmobilized demographic ripe for the harvest.
“Every Christ follower in every community and nation—even children and youth—are called to involvement in Christ’s transformational mission. In the Bible, 4/14ers like Samuel, David, Josiah, Esther, and Jeremiah were used by God to enact great transformation. Jesus Himself loved and used children in his ministry, such as the young boy with the five loaves and two fish (John 6:9). Jesus flipped the world’s view upside-down: He saw children as the spiritual pacesetters for adults. They modeled what His Kingdom was all about. “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Mark 10:15).
IV. Justice Advocacy Creatively Attracts the 4/14ers
Advocates for justice for children taps into the 4/14ers missional concern of today regardless of whether they are Christian or not. Human nature cares that its defenseless little ones are made slaves and forced to fight in armies over causes not their own, at the cost of their own lives. It expresses the heart of mission of Jesus as stated in Luke 4 to release the oppressed rooted in God’s revelation from the book of Isaiah as in “He will give justice to the poor,” (Is. 11:4); in which as the servant “He will bring justice to the nations,” (Is. 42:1) and “He will bring justice to all who have been wronged” (Is. 42.3 and “He will not falter or lose heart until justice prevails throughout the earth” (Is. 42:4). Jesus stated mission including setting the captives free. In today’s world an estimated twenty seven million human beings are kept as slaves, mainly in the sex trade and many of those children.
PhotogenX is one of the creative means for advocating justice that appeals to all, including children. New Zealander Paul Childers with his photographer wife Susie have published books; a prayer guide for thirty days of prayer for the voiceless speaking on behalf of those cannot really speak for themselves. Seventy thousand copies of an English edition were printed with photographs calling the body of Christ to engagement in this same concern that was the passion of Jesus. (See interview at
V. Infusion Integrating Incoming 4/14ers and Youth Increases
YWAM’s program called Infusion attracts thousands of thirteen to fourteen year olds for two weeks to tackle topics such as the Father’s heart; Jesus is Lord, who Holy Spirit is, and what living out the Kingdom looks like. Each year these 4/14ers join and integrate older teens seeking after God and His will for their lives. The older teens are those on the planet most able to positively influence the 4/14ers as they live in their culture and understand their language while being often regarded as heroes to the younger teens.
Infusion speaks beyond a program to a reality of unprecedented growth of this ever-expanding global “movement of ministry organizations,” which has reached into every nation. Entering YWAM normally involves signing up for a DTS (Discipleship Training School) or other course in the largest non-formal university in the world called the University of the Nations.
The screen on one wall in the Gateway shows the number of incoming students interested in coming to the Kona base to take a DTS course or some other course who are online (blue), pending acceptance (pink), to be interviewed (yellow) and accepted (green).
Gateway and Crown (Christ Revealed on World Networks) Ministries led by Chong Ho Won, a former IT executive, along with a team of highly qualified people who have committed themselves as IT missionaries to provide a gateway to crowning ministries, have successfully gone from a paper office four months ago to a paperless picture perfect visual presentation of each person who enters the University of the Nations and training courses at YWAM’s Kona location. The photograph, address and phone number for each of those who are accepted into one of YWAM’s many programs flashes on the screen. Chong Ho Won told us that it reminds each person at Gateway and Crown Ministries that every person counts.
Among other promptings for upgrading to this remarkable new system to track of people entry through the gateway committed to God’s mission was a vision of 200,000 people coming for training to the University of the Nations for diverse Christian organizations on God’s mission in the nations. YWAM leaders views themselves not a mission organization or mission agency but rather, as an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s kingdom, called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world.
Several of whom we talked with expressed anticipation that there is a fresh wave coming of people wanting to prepare to serve among the nations. A university based mobile DTS is being prepared to train 25,000 students beginning in January 2013.
There are a growing number of partnerships with other ministries such as the South Pacific partnership for the purpose of Bible translation and Call to All.
VI. King’s Kids Connection
The largest of YWAM’s Ministries is King’s Kids International ministry which was launched thirty six years ago by Dale Kauffman and has grown in numbers and maturity. KKI / King’s Kids International is a ministry of “Youth With A Mission” that serves in partnership with families, churches and other like-minded organizations. King’s Kids is an international movement, embracing a Kingdom lifestyle that is family-based and generationally linked.
The purpose of Kings Kids is to care for, reach, equip and mobilize children, youth and families into their destiny of knowing God, bringing Him joy, making Him and His Kingdom known. They value relationship
with God as a first priority by growing to know Him intimately and by bringing Him joy. They value discipleship training in the context of everyday life.
They value the spiritual capacity and destiny of children, preteens and teenagers. They value the family and the linking of the generations. They value team leadership, networking and partnerships. They value a lifestyle of reaching out by making Jesus and His Salvation known to all peoples, serving in ways that can extend His Kingdom into all spheres of society worldwide
VII. Seven Spheres Curriculum Catalyze 4/14ers to maximize their transformational impact
The development of a curriculum for 4/14ers to maximize their transformational impact in the seven spheres of cultural influence in society was worked by YWAM-King’s Kids International leader Yarley Nino with Lyssette Ruiz titled: Transforming Nations – Discipling the 4/14 Generation. The curriculum is designed to transform nations through well trained 4/14ers. They seek to provide educative material based on Biblical Worldview of the spheres of cultural influence in society. Designed to be taught in a seven day camp the sessions are highly participatory giving Biblical foundations for entering each of the spheres of cultural influence in society.
The training consists of topics such as: Christian character and the spiritual capacity of children and Self-Government based on the teachings of Dale Kauffman and missional goals per sphere of cultural influenced based on Landa Cope’s Deuteronomy Template. (http://www.technoheaven.com/bi/zBI-Old%20Testament%20Template.doc) They are witnessing the work of the Holy Spirit bringing revival in the lives of children, adolescents, youth and adults in Panama and transformation of a community in Colombia. They have given the course in Hong Kong.
VIII. Future Fusion Fueled by Circles, Cycles, Circuits & Omega Zones
As we met with Loren Cunningham for an hour at his home on March 17th we talked about the past for some time, then about the present including the vision for the release of children as change agents using the grasshoppers as an example.
Then he shared his heart about the future of YWAM with reference to Circles, Cycles, and Circuits and then about Omega Zones. As he talked I saw a future involving the fusion of many ministries over many years fueled by intentional missional engagement in greater breadth and depth in and through Circles, Cycles, and Circuits and then about Omega Zones. These geographical units are called Omega zones because YWAM wants Jesus – who is the alpha and omega – to be known in every part of the earth. For more information link to http://4kworldmap.com/. In our conversation he expressed a vision for a YWAM presence in every one of the Omega zones around the world.
The picture of the circles, cycles, and circuits emerged the first morning after the YWAM 50th anniversary celebrations of 2010 ended. He talked to us in some
detail the geographical layout of the circuits and need and plans for forty more naval vessels to use. In the 2011 Global Leadership Forum gathering Loren presented the vision as a way to steward the future growth of YWAM. “John Dawson explains that Loren spoke about circles of purposeful relationship, which could include existing groupings within YWAM, such as mercy ministry or frontier missions, but could also include YWAMers working within the spheres, such as in the area of education. He also talked briefly about circuits of geography, and cycles of time. He said this three-fold model could allow for tremendous expansion of YWAM’s ministry. The circles and circuits and cycles, they’re going to enable us to multiply greatly.”
Youth With A Mission is positioned to enhance and energize the 4/14 Movement for such a time as this.
Recent President of the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies, Paul McKaughan, who has served as a member of our accountability/support committee for more than twenty five years made this statement about YWAM in the mid-1990’s: “It is probably the most significant seed bed for leadership in the Christian movement today and indeed is the largest long term mission agency in the world. So many people of vision now in pastorates and other leadership positions have been impacted by and have come out of that ministry. It is this that makes YWAM one of, if not the most influential movement in our Christian world today. The question becomes can they sustain it as they mature in the 21st?” In our view not only have they sustained their momentum but they have surpassed the expectations of years gone by.
It is our conviction that prioritizing their missional focus on the 4/14 Window in the next phase of their ministry YWAM will maximize their positive transformational impact in the nations and omega zones of this world.
I. Call and Recall Missional Ministry to the Children Priority Focus
Darlene Cunningham led the YWAM family gathering on March 15 and told the story about the calling she and Loren had received from God not only to minister to the children but also to prioritize missional focus on the children. “This was the ethos at the beginning but through the years we lost this. Three years ago at the Global Leadership Forum, which took place in Fiji, after a time of prayer there was agreement as expressed by several people in the room, that the call had been forgotten and it was time to take it up again.”
That same morning Darlene had shared with us that she recalled that prayer time at the Global Leadership Forum in Fiji that God was speaking to us about conviction and correction. We need to pick up. It’s time to issue a call to the YWAM family for priority focus of the 4/14ers with intentionality in every ministry of YWAM. These words that speak to the future were spoken with heart felt passion by Darlene.
II. Media Ministry Highway to the Culture of the 4/14ers of our Day
The Kony2012: Invisible Children video was viewed more than 80 million times in only thirteen days since it was uploaded to the Internet on March 5, 2012 (www.kony2012.com/). It is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous to raise support for his arrest. The Kony 2012 campaign sank under scrutiny soon after, but not before the video went viral like no other piece has ever done because it connected with the culture of our day and especially the youth.
Media is highly influential among the 4/14ers of today. They have increasingly become the focus of media advertising firms promoting their material products as well as places to eat and gambling in Macau. Media is the primary coping mechanism for stress among youth. The Internet is easily accessed.It was shown following the YWAM family gathering on March 15. In addition, the interview of Joseph Kony by YWAMer Sam Farmer, was shown. In fact, Sam Farmer is reported to be the only person known to interview Joseph Kony. One reason for that could well be the intentionality of YWAM’s media ministry to be on the spot to tell the news. In so doing they not only influence the sphere of media but they also build a highway to the culture of our day through the media.
Directing the media ministry for YWAM David Cunningham, the son of Loren and Darlene, made many people stop and listen to a different point of view as a producer in Hollywood sometimes creating a stir in so doing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_L._Cunningham). His film To End All Wars performed well at several Film Festivals.
When we met with Loren he asked the question: “Did you hear about the grasshoppers?” Indeed we had! David had explained to us the day before that the grasshoppers was the name for children of ten years old who were being trained to tell the news. At a time when there is more influence today among the youth though the media than through their own parents YWAM’s media moves are building a communication highway to the next generation of leaders who will change the world. One of the new initiatives is the action comic on David due to go public around 4/14 (April 14) (http://www.lionofwar.com/new/motioncomic/). It will speak directly and dramatically to the truth told in the anchor verse of the 4/14 Movement, Psalm 8:2. “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and avenger.”
Why is this innovative media project so strategic to the 4/14 Initiative? When young David left the sheep following his father’s orders, to bring gifts from home for his elder brothers, David sees Goliath defying the ranks of Israel and how all the Israelites ran away in great fear, he offers himself to fight the giant when he hears about this. Tall King Saul scolds the diminutive David, “Don’t be ridiculous!” “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy.” “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are only a boy.” But, as we read in Psalm 8:2, God chose a boy from the 4/14 Window on whose lips he built a stronghold. God revealed it to David himself, the human author, in Psalm 8:2 “In the lips of a child God established strength.” Despite the fact that David was scorned by his own older brother, ridiculed by his own king, Saul of Israel, and mocked by the giant Goliath of Gad for only being a boy he won the battle against the Giant.