Project Serve is a short-term training for youths to learn to serve God – personally and as part of the church, especially in youth evangelism. In order to serve God, one must have a consistent, healthy and growing personal relationship with God. So, during this training period, participants need to build firm foundations for their walk with God, build on their relationship with God, and understand how to live as His children in this world. This involves relating to Christians and non-Christians.
Project Serve 1 is a three-to-five days training for secondary school students during every year-end school holidays. On 23-28 November 2015 and 7-9 December, 149 students joined this training at our 3 centres at Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Johor Baru. As the period of training is short, the emphasis is on getting the Christians to learn and get started on basic Christian disciplines, and to teach them and practice evangelism. Much time was spent on teaching and studying the gospel of Mark with the students. They also went out on street evangelism and conducted small evangelistic events.
Project Serve 2 is a 3 months training for students who have just sat for their SPM and STPM exams. This is normally held on the first quarter of every year at our 3 centres. The theme for this year’s training is Not I but Christ. Based on Gal. 2:20, this year’s training helps the students understand that our lives are to be lived for Christ, and not for the self. This training will include “classroom” sessions on studying the Bible and understanding our Christian heritage, while they will also be involved in actually planning and carrying out many evangelistic activities. They will pick up much skill and knowledge that hopefully help them not only to personally grow but also be equipped to contribute to their churches.
This issue of CALL, various people share about their experiences in Project Serve 1. There will also be some reflections from members of 4 mission trips in December. The first 4 weeks of the 2015 year-end school holidays was a very fruitful period of teaching and evangelism. We look forward to another fruitful year in 2016.