October 2006 M.I.A.

eTouch, by its new name (see below), is designed for the encouragement of anyone who has ever served in Youth With A Mission.

1. MIA - (Missing in Action)

2. Hearing from You

3. Profound & Pithy

4. Peter, Personally: Mothers & Others

5. The prize-winners of our New-Name Contest

6. Upcoming Renewal Gatherings (FIRST TIME - Jamaica in March!)

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1. MIA (missing in action)... Fathers

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Belo Horizonte is a city of 4 to 5 million, third largest in Brazil. This is where Jim & Pam Stier started out 30 years ago with nothing and with no Portuguese language; with lots of blood, sweat and tears they have built YWAM Brazil to the second or third largest nation in terms of serving staff and missionaries sent out. Jim's book 'Against All Odds,' tells an incredible story of perseverance in the face of insurmountable obstacles.

Though in many ways a modern city, Belo Horizonte is pocked-marked with barrios (slums). The dysfunction into which so many kids are born in these barrios, along with the rejection and abuse that is almost 'normal' for them, forces these kids to live in the streets at a very tender age. There they are easy prey for drug dealers, ripe for prostitution and more often than not, they slide into crime of all sorts. Very few fathers stick around to be part of the family equation, and those that do are lazy, abusive and take little or no responsibility.

20 years ago into this mire came Johan and Jeanette Lukasse from Holland, to start a ministry of rescue for these kids.

The street kid's ministry has nine centers, starting with 'The Lighthouse,' a ministry to slum families that teaches skills for the mothers and provides all sorts of activities for kids - especially football (soccer) for the boys; this is a 'ministry of prevention,' to keep kids off the streets to begin with. In all there are nine different centers that run the gamut of ministry, all the way from a refuge for babies to a home for unwed pregnant teens.

There are homes for boys, homes for girls, homes for abandoned babies, a refuge for HIV/AIDS kids, a drop-in center for any and all street kids that provides food and showers. One boy's home has a hockey team (using inline skates) that rose to eighth best in the nation!

It's not all a success story though. There are also the heartbreaks, as the power of the devilish pull of street life draws many kids back to their old lives of hopelessness, drugs and the downward spiral to death in too many cases.

But there are the triumphs too; several fully-redeemed kids are now serving as part of the 100-strong staff in the ministry. And one is actually a missionary working amongst Indian tribes in the Amazon.

As we toured these ministries I was struck by the cleanliness and excellence of the facilities in the midst of the surrounding depravity. They are truly 'lighthouses,' testifying to the love of God through men and women who are really 'doing it to the least of these.' (Mt 25:40)

At the Boy's Home, a poignant card from a grateful Mom was attached to a wall:
"Thanks to the staff, the volunteers, the children and the mothers."

What about the fathers? ... MIA.

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2. Hearing from You

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DTS was truly an accelerated school of the Spirit for me, and when I left, we were admonished to return to our churches with a towel - that is with an attitude to serve. At first I was asked to do things that didn't seem to fit - like being administrator of the Discretionary Fund; I have trouble balancing my own checkbook! But I said yes and continued to say yes to the opportunities that God provided.

A seed regarding the importance of Intercessory Prayer was planted in me at YWAM, so I joined a Sunday morning prayer group that prayed for the Sunday service and I was able to teach on intercession using my Joy Dawson notes. It's a challenge getting intercessory prayer going in the local church but I am seeing breakthroughs.

Marilyn

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My husband and I have been missionaries in Latin America since the late 70's, working with several ministries and we discovered that there were 'great,' 'awful' and 'in between' times no matter where we served. This is when we learn to trust God, to know Him, to obey Him no matter what, and this is also when we experience His great love toward us and see His mighty arm of power move on our behalf. In retrospect, I am grateful for even the 'awful' experiences I passed through in YWAM (and elsewhere) for they drew me closer to Jesus. As I look back to my seven years in YWAM, I have very fond memories of the leaders I served under and with. Some day we will get to one of the Renewal Gatherings.

Constance Michael

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3. Profound & Pithy

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Don't let your worries get the best of you.
Remember, Moses started out as a basket case.

As the tech goes up, the touch goes down. Winkie Pratney

Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited.
Until you try to sit in their pews.

Deep relationships are based on reality. Winkie (again)

Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.

Not everything that is faced can be changed; But nothing can be changed that is not faced. James Baldwin

It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

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4. Peter, Personally: Mothers & Others

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The other day I flew on an airliner with women as both Captain and Co-pilot. This wasn't the first time for me, so I felt quite blasé about it as I listened to some of the other passengers expressing their feelings. Just before engine start-up, one lady whispered loudly to another across the aisle, "I don't feel good about this." After an uneventful flight, and just after we touched down at our destination, a man exhaled loudly, exclaiming, "Boy! I'm glad we made it!"

Back when I was a jet-jockey, we had no place for women pilots - this was an all-male club reserved for macho hotdogs. It was OK if women learned to fly Cessnas and Piper Cubs and other little 'toy' airplanes, but fly for an airline - or horrors, the Air Force? No way.

Shamefully, I belonged to that club of intolerant glory-hounds. But that was then.

The times they've been a-changing! Now it's not uncommon to see women in every sector of society - sectors that had previously been reserved for men. Now we have women not only as airline captains, but as 18-wheeler truck drivers, presidents and chairpersons in the world of business, flagpersons at highway construction projects, many more doctors, fighter pilots in the armed services (as well as those in other combat positions in the army and navy), ice hockey players in men's leagues, carpenters, plumbers, electricians - in short, all kinds of trades. There are also some women who choose another more traditional career - but more on that later.

So do I have a problem with a woman in any occupation of her choice?

"No"... "Maybe"... and "Yes." Talk about equivocation! (That's a $100 word that simply means I‚m dodging the question.)

"No"... because with a couple of exceptions, women are capable of doing just about anything a man can do. (Exceptions? A father... or a linebacker in the Super Bowl - and I may get an argument on that one!)

"Maybe"... because sometimes I wonder about motives; is the reason that a woman chooses a certain career simply to prove she‚s equal to - or better - than men? (She may very well be better, but what's the thing that's driving her?) Is there a good reason why a married woman with young children would take a job, so that she and her husband's two incomes will allow them a better house in a better neighborhood, with a better Beamer in the driveway and membership in a better golf club? If those are the motives, I wonder. (Latchkey kids are lonely kids; and Day Cares - encouraged by governments who want to push their citizens to higher productivity - fit into the conspiracy to keep parents apart from their kids.)

And, "Yes," I do have a problem when I see women in combat - any kind of combat. Though I'm not a classic pacifist, if a war absolutely must be fought, I can find no possible reason to put women in harm's way. Perhaps as a man, it's my protective nature along with the revulsion and horror at the thought of what men in a hostile and dangerous environment - both friend and foe - are capable of. Just look at some of the things that have been happening in Iraq.

Before you stone me, I know there are challenging cases, where in order to keep body and soul together, a woman has to take a job; it's often because her man has disappeared, either before or after marriage, with children, or with children coming along; the so-called man has gone MIA (see article above); or he may have died. Far too many women are left alone, deserted by their supposed protector/provider. These heroic women do the best they can under totally unfair conditions.

I want to say, "Bravo!" to single Moms (and Dads), who have no choice but to take an outside job. May God make up to your children anything that they might miss by not having you around all the time (as well as not having both parents in the mix).

I also want to say, "Bravo!" to couples who have chosen to lay aside personal ambition for the sake of the next generation - their children. I refer to the stay-at-home Moms (and occasionally Mr Moms); you too are my heroes. You have responded to a totally honorable, unselfish and challenging calling - by investing yourself in the next generation.

I thank God for all the women in my life: my Mother, who pretty much laid down her life for us four MKs; my sister, who devoted herself to bringing up five kids; Donna my wife, who was home for our four children during their formative years (and who is now, in this season of her life, living out an international teaching ministry); my two married daughters, each having four kids, each in totally different circumstances, each devoting themselves to just 'being there' - especially when the kids get home from school; and finally my unmarried daughter who is a great 'mother' to more kids than she could ever have had in the natural.

The Proverbs 31 woman was SuperMom. Translated into today's world, she was always there for her family. Family First. Amazing woman! Total woman.

Till next time,

Peter Jordan

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5. The prize-winners of our New-Name Contest

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You may recall, in the last edition of what was known as 'eTouch,' we offered prizes (Loren Cunningham's biography and JoEllyn Wright's CD, The Journey) to the first and second best suggestions for a new name. Over 100 came in (ranging all the way from 'Youth With A Modem' to 'ywamicate'). Thank you very much for some valuable input.

After a lot of deliberation and consultation, we have decided to go with 'YWAM-eTouch' as our name. Since 'eTouch' was off-limits according to our rules for the contest, we have decided to award prizes to the four (instead of two) suggestions that we felt came the closest in concept; each one of the four used the word 'bridge'; and several others also used bridge, but the following were our favorites:

Lori Nienau plus Don & Patti Hall, for suggesting 'ywam e-bridge'

Peter Kinahan and Kim Thibault, for 'e-bridge'

We'll send out the prizes right away (though Kim, you'll have to collect yours at the NZ Renewal Gathering in January!)

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6. Upcoming Renewal Gatherings

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Kona, Hawaii, November 13-19, 2005 - regretfully cancelled

New Zealand, January 8-14
Contact: Dianne -

Sydney, Australia, January 15-21
Contact: Peter West

Speaking at both Gatherings Down Under:
 David Demian, Watchmen for the Nations
With Peter & Donna Jordan

March 12-18 
Montego Bay, Jamaica

Speaker: Dan Sneed

Contact: Laurie, info@ywamassociates.com

June 4-10Chico, California

Speaker: (watch this space)

Contact: Laurie, info@ywamassociates.com

Next summer's Gatherings in Europe, include Sweden, Norway, Switzerland & France (another NEW one!)

Contact Roy: RoyJones@tele2.ch

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