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.