Our Network has 35+ missionary units, men and women, who have given their lives for God’s mission. We made a promise to them to provide the resources they need to get the job done. We are currently needing raise over $250,000 in STL funds for approved mission projects. We presently have 4 missionaries waiting to receive their first STL vehicle.
Our current STL Project is with Tamara Henkes, Missionary to Romania
Tamara Henkes has served in Romania for the past 13 years co-directing Kidz Romania ministry, planting next generation ministries throughout the country. God has now directed Tamara to expand ministry into the country of Montenegro, a small, former Yugoslavia nation in the Balkan region bordering Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and the Adriatic Sea . Tamara will serve alongside with the only other two AG missionaries to plant churches and train up next generation leaders. With only .05% of the population of Montenegro having a personal relationship with Jesus and less than 8 Evangelical churches existing in the entire country, the need is critical. No Assembly of God missionary has ever existed in the country of Montenegro until just a couple of years ago. Tamara will join this young couple and together they will seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to see His church expanded in this nation. The name Montenegro means “Black Mountain.” Many of the remote villages have no churches and this team’s desire is to see churches planted where none exist throughout the country. In order to do this a SLT vehicle is essential to reach these remote locations for evangelism, discipleship and church planting efforts. The harvest is ripe, and although the laborers are few, Tamara is one of the few willing to move to Montenegro, learn the language, learn the culture and build relationships in order to reach a country which has been oppressed in spiritual darkness for too long. Thank you all for partnering with Tamara to reach Montenegro
Tamara is the current Oregon Speed The Light project we are working on and together as One Oregon we can make this happen.
What can your church and youth group do to help us raise the funds for this STL project?
Will your Youth Ministries help by raising the STL dollars to fulfill this need?
Note: All STL offering checks should be made out to STL. Send your offerings to: STL 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. All offerings must be postmarked by December 31st in order to receive giving credit for that year.
Missions 1:2:3 Strategy
How do youth ministries use STL in their churches to effectively raise funds for missionaries, teach about finances, and not burden the church?
Here is how: it’s called Missions 1:2:3.
What is Missions 1:2:3?
Simply it is: 1 leader, 2 minute sermons, and 3 month goals.
This ideally is a youth pastor/worker who can empower volunteer leaders, and students. This is a leader who can make a faith-stretching goal, a leader who can model the desired behavior before their kids. This most likely will need to be a key leader.
You ask, “Why not once a month? Why each week?” Each week creates a habit that is important. Some kids may want to give but might not be present the week you receive the offering, if it’s done only once a month. Plus, receiving the offering each week keeps the need in front of them.
Take 2 minutes to present an offering sermon. This is not a typical offering appeal, but a mini-sermon. To help you with these 2 minute offering sermons, Next Generation Ministries has developed 52 offering sermons. This way all you will need to do is schedule time for the offering, present the 2 minute sermon and receive the offering each week.
Download Missions 1:2:3 2-Minute Sermons
3 Month Goals
There is nothing magical about 3 months; it’s simply easy for kids to remember shorter goals then year-long goals. 3 month goal setting is something you can repeat throughout the year. Maybe have a 3 month goal focus 3 to 4 times a year.
Now, you may be wondering, what role do church offerings and fundraisers play? If we follow the Missions 1:2:3 strategy this becomes the foundation of giving; the church offering becomes the cheering section and a couple well planned fundraisers become icing on the cake rather then the cake itself.
Let’s make sure to teach this Next Generation to be biblical givers; To give in a way that honors and pleases God.