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Joël, Coach at TeenStreet 2017: ‘unshakeable’

From July 27th until August 3rd, around 2,100 teenagers gathered in Germany for TeenStreet. Joël (21) has now participated in the conference five times: three times as a teen, once as a volunteer, and this time as a coach.

How would you define your role as a coach?

As a coach, I was responsible for a group of six teenagers. My role was to watch over them and spend quality time with them, to lead teaching sessions and discussion groups, to get to know them and find out where they are in their faith, to pray with them about things they worry about. I was able to encourage them with God’s word and to share with them what God had done in my life. Basically, I spent the week with them as though I was an older brother.

What was most memorable for you?

Lots of things really stood out for me. The things that touched me the most were seeing how much young people can suffer in this world, and witnessing some of them committing themselves sincerely to God and asking for his help. This year’s theme was ‘Unshakeable’. Yes, God is unshakeable! TeenStreet encouraged us to develop an unshakeable faith, and to rely totally on God despite trials. It also helped me to realize that my experiences can help young people in their walk with the Lord

Would you encourage others to become a coach?

What advice would you give them? A big YES! A coach must have a heart to serve God and young people. It’s a huge privilege to be able to serve the Lord and to have the incredible experience of trying to be a good role model.

We need coaches for 2018. If you are interested, you can contact us at teenstreet.fr@om.org

We’re off for the “Mad in France” adventure!

OM France will again partner with “Mad in France,” set for December 30th 2016 to January 1st 2017 in Valence. “Mad in France” is the biennial French, Christian festival where numerous different strands come together: shows, comedies, challenges and faith! This year’s theme is “Mad vs Wild – a crossroads for new resolutions, for making a real adventure of your life.”

2,000 festival goers are expected, along with speakers, music groups and artists, as well as a programme full of variety. For more information go to www.mad-in-france.com. Christians are encouraged to bring a friend, in order to be able to reflect together on life, the Gospel and mission.

In its role as a supporting organisation, OM France will once again be inviting festival goers to sample the “experience 4D”, with 30 actors in a 300 square metre backdrop, bringing festival goers face to face with the realities of the world, whilst at the same time inviting them to consider the most effective way to present that world with the Gospel. We’re looking for 50 motivated people to help us bring this project to fruition.

Do you have a desire to experience a very different type of New Year, as well as motivate festival goers with regard to the Gospel and to mission, supported throughout by a dynamic team? Then contact us at rebecca.fevry@om.org

Ger Van Veen, TeenStreet director

Focus on Life at TeenStreet!

From July 28th to August 2nd, 280 French young people came together at Oldenburg for the TeenStreet congress. This year’s theme was “Life,” with the key text being: “In the beginning was He who is the Word of God…. All things were created by Him; in Him was life, and this life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)

Lautrice, coach for the first time at TeenStreet shared: “I had the opportunity to mentor 6 girls by helping them to establish a closer walk with Jesus. Some of them agreed to surrender their lives to Christ. Others were already Christians, and emerged strengthened in their faith. Still others lacked the courage to take the plunge. However God is faithful; He always completes what He’s begun. I encouraged all of them – Christian or not, to take part in next year’s TeenStreet…they wouldn’t be disappointed.”
Another element in Teenstreet this year was the Global Village experience. Young people lined up to apply for a visa in order to visit two totally contrasting kingdoms. “The kingdom of God does not come visibly. No one will say “Come here – it’s here” or
“it’s over there”…be assured the kingdom of God is among you.” In the light of these words of Jesus in Luke 17:20-21, the teens were able to reflect on their own life directions, and what the implications were for their daily lives.

Lots of participants were deeply moved by this experience. Here are just a few examples of the various reactions: “It helped me to grow in faith, and to make wise decisions with regard to my life’s direction.” “The Global Village demonstrated to me just what Jesus has done for us.”
Has your interest been piqued to find out more about the Global Village? Then we hope to see you at “Mad In France” this winter: www.mad-in-france.com

Anne Stouten

OM France is committed to some big events!

Are big events still relevant? The answer to the question for us is a big YES.. For most young people these highlights are stepping-stones in their walk with God and commitments to Him.  However, these events should be part of a regular lifestyle of small group gatherings, like youth groups or cell groups.

We as OM France, value some of these events in particular, by investing in Mission-Net, TeenStreet and Mad In France (MAD) : 

Mission-Net
This convention was held in the southern German city of Offenburg, from December 28, 2015 to January 2, 2016. The event welcomed more than 2000 youth from 49 different countries. The goal of Mission-Net is to give youth the opportunity to meet other European Christians, and especially to encourage them to live a « missions lifestyle », through times of sharing, worship, study and evangelism. 

TeenStreet
This congress organised in Europe by OM Europe, targets teenagers from 13-17 years old.  In 2015 more than 2500 teens and 500 small group leaders from 25 different countries spent a week together in Offenburg, Germany.  From France 377 people took part in 2015 and we will have close to 400 French people going to TeenStreet in Oldenburg, Germany in 2016.

MAD-in-France
In 2015 we partnered for the first time with this French interdenominational event here in France. This event encourages young believers to commit to invite an interested friend(s) to celebrate the New Year together, and be challenged over a 3 day period to make good choices for the year(s) to come.
OM France was responsible for coordinating the 4D experience (also known as ‘the Global Village’).
As a result we saw several people commit to short term service, oversees or in France.
We will be back at MAD for the 
2016 / 2017 New Year.

All of these events demand spiritual, human and material resources:

PRAY: are you willing to commit in prayer as we work towards, alongside and after these events?

GIVE: What about helping us in a very tangible way by making a one time or regular gift?

GO: Above all, we need people, as discipling without committed people is impossible:  why don’t you join us for one of these events, where will you be used by God in a very practical way?

Ger Van Veen