Update: beat the drum.

June 15th, 2014 Posted by Abigail Van Peursum

In the midst of this hectic season, things are going so well already this summer! We have already completed two programs and hosted 5 teams from all around the world. IMG_8211
At the start of the month we hosted nearly 50 volunteers from South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and the USA for a two week long program called Beat the Drum. This was my first experience with this program, and I was floored with the teaching we use to train individuals to implement this program in local schools. The program encourages purity in youth, and while the intent is to reach out to the Zambian yout
h, I saw tremendous impact on those who were being trained to implement this program. A group of high school girls from California taught this curriculum in schools in Zambia. Through the training they had to deal with their own heart on the topic of purity. They were strengthened, transformed and encouraged by this teaching and what God’s heart is for them. And stretched they were- not only in a new place, culture and accent, but they taught about sexual purity in a classroom with kids their own age! Talk about an experience…
At the same time, we were hosting a team from Indiana Wesleyan University as they taught and ministered to students at the Choma Academy of Music. They were able to serve at the academy by not only teaching music but by entering into the lives of these kids. We visited them and served them in their homes and planned and performed in a concert.
Late June, we received a team of 3 from Zambia, 5 from the USA, and 1 from Ghana, for EXP Prayer & Mission (below). Already I have been blessed by these students and how Jesus is becoming more real in their lives. This is something I have been planning and dreaming for a year, so it is so fun to see it become a reality:) Praise God for making dreams come true. Yebo!

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Abby Phillips is the Program Architect of Poetice International.