Message from Dr. Bambang Budijanto, Chairman of the Global Steering Committee of 4/14 Window Movement
Bishop David Oginde from CITAM Kenya is witnessing great things God has been doing in Kenya through 4/14 Window Movement. For upcoming Leaders Meeting (27th-28th of September in New York), he requested us to join in prayers for the leaders to hear God’s voice and directions to minister children in another level.
The children of Ivory Coast gathered every week to know stories of Jesus. They were served through games, songs, gifts, and educations. We witness how the lives of children were changed and transformed. One little boy explain that previously he was bad. As he came to the club, he accepted Jesus and he now knows what is bad and good in his characters. For example now, he knows that sharing is good.
On November 2017 we started to minister the children abandoned by their families due to financial reason. Most of them came in distress and depression. They were addicted to alcohol and drugs. By January 2018, God answered our prayers. They received Jesus and we were able to host a Youth Camp in upper north of Pakistan. Even since that day, our hearts are burning for the lost souls just like them. We started our Bible Study Group to create paths of young leaders developing holy nation for God. On the Bible Study they are taught Bible principles with daily life applications and creative learning style. My wife Sara had passion to reach them through education. It’s not always easy as Christians often viewed as second-class citizens.
The Singapore 414 Next Global Summit had confirmed our calling to minister these children and teenagers. Our vision is to create a Holy nation full of passion and compassion to enhance the kingdom of God in Karachi, Pakistan through the young people and restoration of their families.
Ps. Sharjeel Shafqat
Assemblies of God Church, Mosmiyat – Iqbal Colony
Two years ago, together with leaders and pastors of Central Asia, we accepted the revelation and vision for our continent: to reach 2% of young people between the age 5-25 in Central Asia to build christian community that impact this generation in every nation by 2022 year.
We believe in young generation who are able to do tremendous and crazy things for Jesus. We are aware that youth the revival will come, that’s why we want to invest everything we have today for the young guys.
To reach this generation we need to unite with other churches. Every year we organize the Congresses TWO22, where we invite main leaders and pastors to create the new ideas and projects. We discuss about how to effectively using different spheres (social media, films, events, personal evangelize) to reach this generation and make the presentations of the Gospel in each region. After the congress, many churches, leaders start to be so active, continuing their movement during the year. It is so amazing to see how the different churches in different regions join together for the common purpose and vision. We believe in a power of unity, and together we are able to come to this big vision 2% by 2022 year.
Our church, the Compel Church, launched 6 months ago. More than 70% of our members are below 25. We just hosted our youth conference in July. The iMAKE conference gathered 200 youth from different cities and countries. About 70 unbelievers had a chance to listen the Gospel. Today we have 13 home groups and so far we baptized 16 people.
Our mission is to impact and invest the youngest generation, sadly many churches don’t do it. Everything we do today at our church is directed to teenagers and children. We know, that the children are not our future, they are our present too. We pay attention on each child, each teenager. At the beginning of my ministry I made the disciples of the young guys and girls at age of 7-9, today they are 19-23, and we serve in the leadership team together.
We believe that as a church we will influence others by setting a life sample that showing the attention on the children. Then we will witness revival through young generation.
Pastor of Compel Church Kazakhstan
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your family”.
Daniel Suleman is a teen from Karachi. Growing up with an alcoholic dad, he realize that there will be no future if he didn’t decide to stand for what is right. He decided to share the Word of God and teach his siblings that alcohol and drugs will not bringing any good for their future. By Suleman’s perseverence life his two younger brothers and one elder sister came to the Lord and got water baptism. Now they are all serving God in the Church. He is still praying for his father.
Fawad Pervaz was alone in his family when the Holy Spirit spoke gently to love God. Eventhough his dad threatened to kill him, the love of Jesus encouraged him to repent and had water baptism. He never had the same life eversince. He stopped drinking alcohol, and start sharing the story of Jesus. The community around him started to recognize his transformation. He impacted his friend to stop from getting drunk and his mother and siblings came to the Lord. Eventhough he is still praying for his dad, He can’t stop glorifying God.
Sumbal Rehmat was a girl in searching the real love of God. She was a Christian but without knowing the truth. When Jesus came to her heart, she devoted her life to God and by her ministry, her family recognize the truth. Now she volunteers in teaching children and helping other girls studying the bible in Assemblies of God Church Mosiamyat. Thanks to Sumbal, her sister Muqddas Rehmat also knew Jesus. She is a super active Sunday school teacher with talents of creativity. She writes drama, musical skits and bringing our Sunday school elevate to a new level. She love ministering the children.
Everywhere, God touchs teens’ lives and uses them in His Kingdom, including Kazakhtan. It’s amazing and encouraging when we see this young generation standing up in faith against hurdles in life and dedicating their lives to God.
You might think that children are our future leaders BUT you are wrong. They can lead today. They are today’s leaders, if we give them the chances. Here in Christian City Church Yangon, we have witnessed how God uses children and teens leading their peers and younger children. They are pointing way to Jesus. They are contributing in sharing Gospel. And they are changing lives of adults. Let them start to lead. They are leaders for today. They can lead in a way that adult cannot. So let’s help them start to journey their impactful leadership.
Philip is ten years old and is in his fifth grade. Some times ago, his church organized a children mission camp when they learned about sharing their faith. They were given an opportunity on the last day to put that into a practice. The teachers thought that they would be fearful. The adults doubted that they could actually do it. Philip led a team to Yangon’s downtown bus station. With some flyers in hand, they started to share the gospel. It was their first experience in sharing their faith to others. Some people might rejected them, but they were some others who smiled and happy to welcome them too. Since that day, Philip never stop sharing his faith with others. He keeps asking his friends, “Do you believe in Jesus Christ?” Sharing his faith becoming part of his journey.
Lynn Lynn was great woman with a broken heart. Living with a dysfunctional family had brought her sorrow and sadness. Her depressed life stole the joyful ministry of a teacher. She was ready to give up everything. Lynn’s close friend invited her to a teacher training. Unknown of the event, she agreed just to be far away from her family. She helped us preparing stuff for kids games, and watch the children play. And it was on that moment, she found her life and happiness back. The genuine vibes of children and their positive vibrance brought the long lost hope back. Being among those children had made her life felt perfect. She started to feel God’s heartbeat for the children. She was aware, the Lord had renewed her heart and reminded her of her passion. Realizing how children had impacting her life, she committed herself in serving the children. Now with a faith of a bright future, Lynn is serving as a preschool teacher in the church and fulfilling her calling.
Mega spent her childhood days feeling unworthy. Ever since she knew that her parents rejected her when she was born as a girl, she was devastated. “When I knew the truth, I lost hope in life,” she said. “I didn’t want to go to school again, I felt so valueless”. She lived in bitterness and rejected her biological mother. She started skipping school and drowned herself in useless activities such as gambling to show her rebellion.
Until one day, her pastor gave her a responsibility to be a teen leader in their village. In a program called “Unleashed” -founded by Bambang Budijanto, Chairman of the 4/14 Window Movement Global Steering Committee, Mega found her hope again. She started to see herself as how God sees her. She began to grow as she helped her friends to grow.
In six month of the program, Holy Spirit changed Mega drastically. She was still the same girl but with different spirit. Previously, she opened her house allowing children to gamble, now she opens her house to start teaching them about Jesus and school subjects. Previously, she lived in bitterness, but now transforming her biological families through forgiveness and care. Before, she felt emptiness but now she recognize her potentials and rise up to bless her village and community.
Mega successfully led the teens on her village to see each potential they possessed, and starting to use them to bless the community. Transformation began to happen starting from themselves, their families, and their village. In last 2018 Passover Event, Mega was trusted as the Committee Chair of Passover Celebration. Her pastor had taken an unusual brave decision to let teenagers led their celebration. Mega stood in public to deliver a heartbreaking and fiery speech about how adult should see children’s potential. Nobody taught her how to speech, and she didn’t bring any paper to read. Everyone in her village watched in awe, including her pastor who never knew such talent she posses.
With a grace from Holy Spirit, that night she delivered something that we as adults must learn: “Never underestimate any potentials your children may have,” Mega said. “We should be their greatest cheerleaders. We should tell them that they are capable. They are precious gifts from God with all possible capacities they can reach.”
“They let their babies die of hunger and thirst; children are begging for food that no one will give them” ( Lam. 4:4).
Imagine you were only 8 years old girl. You need to walk for two hours just to find water. Sometimes you got lucky, you found a puddle of water. Although you saw cattle near it and a dog swimming inside it, your heart jolted with joy. Water!! Your small hand scoop the muddy precious liquid into a pail. With one deep breath, you lifted that heavy full bucket up to your head. Carefully, you walked slowly. Your arms started to cramp, but you grabbed it tighter. You didn’t want any of it got spilled, because you still need to walk back for two hours. Mom with your baby brother in her arms had been waiting to use it.
This is a daily struggle of a girl living in Kamukeza Community. As one of the hardest and most remote place in Zimba District, Zambia, water is scarce and the soil is dry. Without clean water, there are huge implications on children’s health and mental state. They easily suffered from preventable water-borne illnesses. With burdens of basic survival, children are often sacrifice their primary needs of education.
Thirsty for water, starving from the Word of God. The time they spent to find water is not only robbing their opportunities to go to school. It is also stealing their time to hear the Gospel, and consuming their opportunities to serve other children.
Rural Hope Africa is partnering with OneMillionChildren Inc. to provide clean water access to schools, communities, and churches. After clean water system was installed, there were significant attendance in schools and churches. The children had even been starting to actively serve other children!
Some children started bible studies in their homes and schools. They are are taking steps to share Jesus and disciple others. This early September, they went out for an expedition to preach and teach about His Kingdom. As they are doing this, they witnessed progress of young people came to Christ before the age of twenty-one. When children are healthy, they hold great potential as active agent in missions. They are in full capacity of sharing the love of Christ to the World.