It's been a long journey getting here, but on April 1st – and that's no joke! – we received word that we have news about THREE potential stations for our very first Youth For Christ Military Missions post. This year YFC celebrates 75 Years of student ministry, and YFC Campus Life Military seeks to reach out to military brats that are living as Third-Culture Kids (TCKs). I encourage you to watch at least that second video above to get an idea of the work we'll be doing, but don't stop there. We'd love to tell you the details below and invite you to be a part of this wonderful news!
The Brass Tacks
April 1st, my leader Kurt told me we have three locations we could be serving at no later than October 1, 2019! Here's a little information about each location, where it's located, and a blown-up picture so you can get the lay of the land:
The next two locations are in the UK, and we have been told they're waiting until YFC has a missionary fully funded and ready to launch to put the contracts up for bid. Why, you may ask? Because the YFC Campus Life at RAF Lakenheath (NE of London) has been praised by the Pentagon's own Air Force Command Chaplain as the "shining star" for youth ministry:
Ready & Willing (!...?)
The Clinkscales family is ready and willing to reach out to these students and families, and we are SO EXCITED to be placed at one of these three mission fields! As I said above, we could be serving at the Germany/Netherlands location no later than October 1, 2019! But what I DIDN'T say about the two UK locations is this: Since those two locations are literally WAITING for a fully-funded YFC missionary to be ready to go, we could be placed at EITHER of those bases in 30-to-60 days! Think about when you want to make a purchase or pay a bill: to bring something home or keep the lights on, your options are cash, credit, or layaway. In much the same way, we cannot be placed on a base until we're fully funded and able to start the mission. As I mentioned in an earlier post, YFC cannot make a bid for the youth work contract with the military until they have a missionary who's fully funded and ready to go. The contract must be available on a military base to be bid on in the first place. Once the contract is up for a bid, only funded missionaries are considered for the work. Once the considered missionaries are made available, a process of government checks and balances begins, which further delays placement. ALL of these pieces must FIRST be in place for YFC to move forward with missionary placement.
That means that the military is actually waiting on US... us, and the U.S., those concerned individuals from the States and around the world who are thankful for what our military does for us and want to bless them in a tangible way by sending us to love their students while they serve in harm's way. Please consider chatting with us in any of these free web-based apps. You can also contact us using this page, one of the links, or a good ol' email!
Imagine how busy these base chaplains are, looking out for the spiritual health and well-being of an entire base of people. They do phenomenal work day in and day out, and we would be a support to them, strengthening our joint ability to serve and care for these military families as they serve half a world away from their families, friends, and familiar places.
We are ready and willing to serve those who serve. It would be an honor and a sacred duty under Christ!
Are you ready and willing to partner with us to see that it happens?
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