Great Images: Languages of the World

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The English language goes really far these days. What a blessing to have a method to connect with people all over the world. With this infographic, we get insight into the world’s mother tongues. As English is a bridge to many different people and places, there’s nothing like reaching people in their native tongue, meaning no requirement of education in foreign language for locals to hear the word.

See the full image here.

And check out what the OYC Guys have to say on reasons to learn the language.

Zoom In: China

One-in-six humans on Earth live in China. To help put this massive country into perspective, the infographic above compares the size of China’s provinces (like the US’ states) with population equivalent countries. You can see the full article here.

“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.”

― William Carey

If you’re thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, there is no bigger frontier for missions than China, and no greater number of lost souls. Consider what it would mean to go.

Check out the China OYC site page for more details on what it would mean to go.

How Big is a Billion?

Just how big is 7 billion?

This is the world we live in. That’s a lot of people. While Christianity is the largest faith in the world, we must face the reality that a large portion of that is nominal, and secondly that billions still have not heard the good news they need.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

If you’re thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, it is a great reminder and motivator to go, not only hearing Jesus words in the great commission, but to see just how many people in our world are in need of hearing the gospel.

What We’re Reading Today

“What the Church needs to-day is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.” 

― E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer

If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, check out this book. Bounds consistently points back to our need to rely on God in prayer. A Peter declares in his first letter; “Cast all your anxieties on Him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

All of the OYC sites are sending out the signal, to draw disciples, to draw people in to help on the mission. The best strategies and plans may be schemed up, but people are the key. God works through His people.

Check out the OYC guys discuss this idea in this classic episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB8fatd3i2s&t=1s

Monday Music: Songs from OYC Sites around the World

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Coming to you from Argentina! Today we share a song about God’s love by Paula Prieto. Give it a listen, and check out our OYC site in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Si conoces todo mi corazón, ¿de quién me escondo?

If you know my heart, then from who am I hiding?

It’s a beautiful thing to hear believers around the world make music to the Lord.

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.

Psalm 92:1-3

To see the other sites available check out the OYC webpage and register!

What does it Mean to Apply?

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The One Year Challenge… You’ve heard about it. You’ve reached the blog. Maybe you have had a friend go to this state or that country, had a brother in your church recently come back from an OYC over yonder. Or perhaps one brother or sister who still hasn’t come back from their “one” year challenge.

But now you’re here, and you’re wondering…

How does it all work? What happens when someone signs up?

Here’s what happens after you click the link.

  1. You see the OYC homepage. You explore the sites, read the blurbs, maybe sign up for a newsletter or two…
  2. A few sites catch your eye… “I speak Spanish! Argentina!” “I’ve met some bros from Hungary and they are awesome… Budapest!” “Oooooh I speak some Californian… San Luis Obispo!” “I’ve seen all 8 seasons of Portlandia… close enough… Eugene, OR!” You click on the site pages and read about what these sites are all about, who they are looking for to come serve, and what they offer/expect.
  3. You click on the “Register Now!” button at the top of each page, or the “I’m ready to register for an OYC” at the bottom of each site page.
  4. Fill out the short registration form ~ 3-5 min
  5. Wait to hear back from the sites you’ve matched with, and begin coordinating with the site leader(s). They contact you and you being thinking about what it really means to go. Would it be a good fit? Are you really willing?
  6. Talking about details, arrangements and the minor details can be worked out from there.

This is the OYC

If you are thinking about doing an OYC, we want to point you back to our first ever blog post, way back in 2015! (Okay, admittedly, that’s not so long ago, but a lot can happen in 4 years and a lot has happened). In this post, you will be able to see the goal and thinking that goes into the OYC program and connecting with our churches around the world.

Check out the website and the current OYC sites. You can register there.

Know the Barriers, Know the Value, Know the History

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When we study missions history, we see that God has always used imperfect people to accomplish his purpose: his glory among the nations. We are reminded that the gospel is truly worth every sacrifice we may have to make for it.

Taking a One Year Challenge may not mean crossing an ocean or border, it could mean staying where you are, but it will mean going on mission. Many people who do so face several challenges and also leave behind family, friends and the comforts of home. There are real barriers, and they can be tough to face. Knowing the history of missions and stories of missionaries who have gone, gives any disciple a window into the life of those who put God first, and what God can do through their lives.

Read the whole thing

What We’re Reading Today

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“Talking to men for God is a great thing, but talking to God for men is greater still. He will never talk well and with real success to men for God who has not learned well how to talk to God for men.”

E.M. Bounds, Power Through Prayer

If you are thinking about Taking the One Year Challenge, check out this book. Written by E.M. Bounds, published in 1910, this book will inspire any disciple to go to God more in prayer. As Jesus taught his disciples in Luke 18:1-8, we should pray and never give up.