The Youth Ambassadors In Mission (YAM) ministry focuses on one main goal; Making Disciples for Christ. This goal is achieve by growing young Christian leaders, developing their faith, teaching them how to love and serve God’s children everywhere in this world, and instilling in them the Wesleyan/Holiness missions spirit of evangelism and social responsibility.
The average age of YAM participants is 17 years. For most participants, this trip would be their first time traveling away from home and family to a different country to experience a different culture. The YAM experience therefore offers a critical cross-cultural encounter and fosters a sense of maturity in the faith journey of our young people. About 200 youths have participated in the YAM ministry since its inception in 2005. Among the countries that Youth Ambassadors have worked are: Antigua, Bolivia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Ghana.
Each year these dedicated teenagers who leave their comfortable homes, familiar environment, friends, and parents, with lots of anxieties, uncertainties, and fears travel to another country to accomplish specific assigned projects. The actually accomplishment is not the construction project they do, it is the sharing of God’s love with others through humanitarian services. It is the lasting relationships they develop among themselves and with the new community. It is the transformation that occurs in the life of the youth through their encounter of Christ in the Other.
Katie, a 17 years old YAM 2016 participant who worked in Cochabamba, Bolivia said in her journal: “We all wanted to stay forever. As we reflect on this experience, we realize that by connecting with these wonderful people from this culture, and God, we have all become better people and will continue this growth for the rest of our lives. The world needs more people like our new family, and I am so blessed to be able to live this love.”
Local congregations from the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church are invited to recommend a youth to participate in the next YAM 2017 journey to Ghana.
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