The OYC Guys Episodes and Videos List

Here is a list of the videos featured on this blog categorized under four big questions people ask about the One Year Challenge.

1. What is an OYC?

What is the One Year Challenge?
Introducing the OYC Guys
The Great Commission Has a Great Promise
Where is the Frontline?
Train to Stay or Train to Go
The Church Is Where It’s At

2. How do I decide to go on an OYC?

Adam’s Commission or the Great Commission
God’s Secret Will and Revealed Will
Making God Bend Over Backwards
Are You Following God’s Desires or Your Desires?
God Can Use Your Mistakes
Were You Called To Go on a OYC?
No Call Frees Us To Obey
Responding Faithfully to Circumstances
Go Because You Can
Going is Not A Matter of Giftedness
What If We All Decided to Go?
Send a Man and Not A Plan
Navigating Mixed Motives For Going on a OYC
Brian and Dillon Share How They Ended Up on an OYC
What Are Some Fears Before You Went on a OYC?
Keeping Your Options Open?
When You’ve Been Told You’re Not Ready
The Cost of Staying
7 Reasons to Go Before You’re 30
Reasons to Go Early: Languages are Hard To Learn
Reasons to Go Early: The Early Legwork is Hard
Reasons to Go Early: It’s Easier On Your Family
Reasons to Go Early: It’s Easier To Recover From Your Mistakes
Reasons to Go Early: More Time Means More Ministry
Reasons To Go Early: Giving Your Youth Testifies To The Value of the Gospel
Scriptural Encouragements For Going on a OYC
A Question from the OYC Website

3. How do I prepare for an OYC?

What Happens After You Register
How to Prepare for an OYC
Don’t Check Out Early, Get Prepared
Get Trained!
How To Talk to Your Parents About Going on a One Year Challenge
How To Talk To Your Leaders About Going on a One Year Challenge
How Much Does a OYC Cost?–wE
Should I Fundraise for My OYC or Self-Support
Does the church support me or do I get a full-time job?
Handling Debt on a OYC

4. What can I expect on an OYC?

Long Term or Short Term Investment
Praying for the Mission
Learning a New Language on the OYC
Reasons to Learn the Language
Daniel’s Experience on a OYC
Six Sisters Share Their OYC Experience
Falling in Love on a OYC
Special Edition: We Got Married On a One Year Challenge
Stephanie Volkmar OYC Profile
Hannah Graham’s OYC Story
A Special Guest on This Week’s OYC Guys
Joe’s Story
A Missions Conference at One Of Our OYC Site
Good News From Edinburgh OYC Site
This Baptism Won’t Be Stopped
The Best Christmas Gift


God’s Will Is Not For You to Be Comfortable

Doing God’s will is not always supposed to be fun or comfortable. Sometimes obedience means sacrifice and discomfort.

We have admiration for martyrs—people who die publicly because of their faith. We know their stories from the Bible and church history. But what about the kind of martyrdom that slowly draws the life from us, not in an execution, but from a daily choice of being poured out like a drink offering?

Read the whole thing.

Monday Music: Songs from OYC sites Around the World

This week’s Monday Music comes from Hungary. We have a great OYC site in Budapest!

English Lyrics:

Your love is strong, there is no stronger ground and sky,
When embrace, the pain subsides and shame flies awat
Your gaze deep as the ocean, I am submerged in it;
Mercy is there waiting for me, even if I stumble.

Your presence in my bones,
Hot like fire, your love strong as the grave.

All I have is yours, Burn me, fill me in.
All I have is yours, My Savior, My King, Creator and God.

Your love is strong, there is no stronger ground and sky,
Your love is a hope, a dawn star in the night.

My heart is enclosed in garden, I raise all its fruit for you.

Overcoming the Pain of Church Planting

Church planting can be painful. Adam Ramsay shares three things that church planters need to know about pain:

  1. If pain is inevitable, self-pity is not an option.
  2. If Jesus is my king, pain can be my servant.
  3. If Jesus is with me, I can face anything.

Because pain in ministry is one of the unexpected tools God will use to shape you, gradually but increasingly, into the likeness of his Son.

Read the whole thing.

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Let’s not forget that its the object of our faith, Jesus Christ, that will ultimately save us and not the strength of our faith.

When we wrestle with doubts, we should remind ourselves of this precious truth: it’s not the strength of our faith that ultimately matters, but the object of our faith.

Read the whole thing.

Jesus’ Parables Reveal and Conceal

Did Jesus really preach in parables to confuse people? Steve Weaver shares why parables simultaneously reveal and conceal the truth about Christ, and why that leaves room for God’s intervention in a our salvation.

This teaching should also lead us to compassion for the lost. That we would weep for them as Jesus did and plead with them to come to Christ (as Jesus did). We should pray to God that the same God who opened our eyes would open their eyes to the gospel. This is their only hope. If we truly believed this, we would be people of prayer!

Read the whole thing.