Want to get a refreshing look at how some energetic teens are serving the Lord this summer? Follow the Operation Barnabas teams with daily e-mails and photos. At right one of the Northwest team members, Josh, juggles for children at Camp Clear Lake near White Pass, Washington.
The Northwest team recently ministered in churches of the Yakima valley, including Toppenish and Sunnyside. You can read reports of the Northern Callifornia ministry in Chico, Ripon, Auburn, Sacramento, and other churches.
The Southern California team, meanwhile, is currently with Pastor Mitch Cariaga at Rialto, California, where they are helping this innovative church make an impact on its young, largely Hispanic neighborhood.
The international team, after a week’s delay in Mexico City, has arrived in Belem, Brazil, and is now up-country for a few days of ministry in some more remote locations.
You can receive daily e-mails and prayer reminders from each team, if you wish, and can view daily diary and photo albums from their travels by logging onto http://www.cenational.org/obsite/obhome.asp?homePageLinkCode=pictures
Operation Barnabas teams, a ministry of CE National, are developed to give growing Christian senior high youth such a thirst for ministry, that upon their return, they will have a greater desire to serve Christ in their lives.
At the end of the summer, each “OB” member will have experience with sharing his/her faith, puppets, music, clowning, drama, public performance, testimonies and team relationships. He/she will have learned forty verses of scripture, been a part of a discipleship group, studied a book of the Bible, and done numerous manual chores.
Each young person also receives a personal evaluation from leaders while having an opportunity to learn about the joys of serving in local church ministries. He/she will know what it’s like to sleep on both a floor and a bed … eat church carry-in dinners and McDonalds … work in inner-city as well as rural settings. The ratio of adult leaders to students is 1:5 to encourage quality training.