2014 Summer Training Report
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This Summer, youth from across the country gathered in Oklahoma City to spread the Gospel with the Synod R.S.O. Ongoing Ambassadors For Christ (O.A.F.C.). This youth evangelism organization has been equipping youth and adults for sharing the Gospel for 44 years in the Missouri Synod, and this year was no exception. As with our outreach weekends, this Summer's weeklong evangelism conference didn't just sit around talking about sharing the Gospel – we actually got out there into the communities and spoke face to face with people about the saving word and works of Jesus Christ.
During the week of July 17-23rd, O.A.F.C. youth and adults worked with 4 local Oklahoma congregations to train almost 20 new youth and adults in sharing their faith while further equipping about 50 trained Ambassadors to be better leaders and teachers in their local groups across the country. This year's conference theme was PROCLAIM! From 1 Peter 2:9. In O.A.F.C., youth learn to PROCLAIM their faith through Christ-centered Bible Studies, Puppet Shows, Dramas, Songs, a Neighborhood Survey, and Personal Witnessing, so that any Lutheran youth can find a means of expressing their faith in a way that fits their personality and abilities. In the conference Bible Study, each day youth worked through the epistle of 1 Peter, learning how God has called every Baptized Christian to PROCLAIM! the excellent work of God in Christ through the daily opportunities God gives us through our vocations – in both the good times and the bad. Youth also learned the importance of being prepared in their witness; making the effort now to consider how they'd share their faith in personal situations so that when the time comes, they're ready to proclaim and defend the hope that they have. One of the keynote workshops was on witnessing in the digital age: where both youth and adults shared and prepared ways that we can use modern and trending means of communication to be witnesses of the faith within us. Yet, even in the digital age, youth and adults learned that nothing is as powerful as face to face, personal conversation and care. In further workshops, 3 new leaders were trained to start OAFC witness training groups in their local areas and a team of 10 youth and adults was sent out in the O.A.F.C. van to travel through Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas to work on starting other local groups, there.
With the witnessing survey, O.A.F.C. youth and adults partnered with local congregation members to visit 1,790 houses and to speak with 617 people about the Gospel. They shared with all who would listen that everyone can have the assurance of eternal life by faith in Christ and not by our own works or inventions. 70% of the people they spoke to didn't know or confess Christ as their savior, and so they had the opportunity to witness to them about the certainty of salvation in Christ and to encourage them to go to their local Lutheran congregation to be fed by the spiritual food of the Word. In these canvassing efforts, 24 people were found who were interested in learning more about Christ and their local Lutheran church and 62 people who weren't going to a church were invited to visit our L.C.M.S. congregations. These youth and adults even took that saving message to local nursing homes, reaching out to everyone with the Good News that God so loved them that he gave his only Son for them. Through the efforts of great pastors, youth, and adults, the O.A.F.C. Summer Training was a success - both in spreading the Gospel and in spreading the ministry of O.A.F.C.
For more information about this evangelism training ministry of the L.C.M.S., visit the website at www.OAFC.org, and consider inviting a team to your church this year for an outreach weekend.
Please consider printing and posting this newsletter on your church's bulletin board. Thanks and God bless.