Serving Is Life
Every summer, teams of faithful partners like you descend on the NGM ministry centers at Resurrection Life and Highway Tabernacle to make building repairs, lead Vacation Bible Schools, paint trim, weed flower beds, and invite neighbors to our outreach ministries. We welcomed over fifty volunteers this summer; thank you for coming together with us to love our community in Jesus’ name!
We extend a special thank-you to our U.S. Missionary, Otto Wegner, for coordinating both the installation of new carpet at Resurrection Life and the building of a new shed to house our outreach ministry and clothing bank supplies. We appreciate Pastor Wegner’s example of lifelong service to the next generation of leaders who come from our community and across the region to work beside us during summer ministries!
Serving is life. It’s who I am.
– U.S. Missionary, Otto Wegner
SEEDS BEARING LONG-TERM FRUIT: HAAKIM’S STORY
Have you ever wondered who will be leading Philadelphia’s ministries twenty years from now? Haakim, a Youth Leadership Intern, loves outreach and plans to become a pastor.
During several years of his childhood, Haakim attended Spring Garden Academy’s elementary school and after school programs. This summer, he has pursued his calling by building leaderships skills as a Youth Leadership Intern. Instead of spending the summer months relaxing, Haakim and his fellow interns studied God’s word and worked hard supporting NGM’s community events, including multiple Vacation Bible School events and family block parties, along with missions trips to Pittsburgh and Newark, NJ. Interns receive intensive discipleship training, set goals, discover their spiritual gifts, serve in the ministries of the church, work as a team to lead events, and are missionaries to their own community.
“I see how much God is in the neighborhoods”
Haakim and the other four high school interns will continue to minister this school year at Celebrate Hope in September, children’s ministry with NGM and the churches, and outreach. They are meeting each month for leadership development and are planning a foreign missions trip for June 2018. We are blessed to train the next generation of leaders for the Kingdom!
A CALL TO PRAYER
As a child, I spent many Sunday nights at the altar, learning to hear the voice of God as I listened to my mom and dad pray for me. I can still remember the cadences of their speech and the pressure of their bodies against mine. Several years ago, I realized that the prayers of my parents, grandparents, and many church saints of my childhood and youth had shaped not only my own prayers but my destiny, for I heard them pray God’s will and purpose over my life. I still hear their prayers echo through my mind.
This fall, we are welcoming over 175 children and youth to participate in the ministries of NGM, including Spring Garden Academy, community family nights, Junior Bible Quiz, and our Youth Leadership Center. We believe that, from this group of children and youth, God is raising up Spirit-filled pastors and missionaries who love God’s word, honest and just lawyers who seek God’s will, passionate teachers who love Jesus and the community, and many workers for the Kingdom of God.
We need the prayers of God’s people to shape the destinies of these young lives. We need people who will pray that God’s call will be distinctly heard by each young person and that He will continue to keep them safe from the enemy and bring each of their families to salvation and hope.
Will you partner with us? Will you commit to praying for at least one child or youth each day. If you are local, will you commit to spending physical time in prayer once a month so that our children can hear you pray on their behalf? If so, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We treasure your partnership in prayer.
– Candace Wegner
On September 30th (10am-4pm) Next Generation Ministries—in collaboration with its community partners—will be hosting Celebrate Hope-Tioga, a community-wide celebration for the residents of the Tioga neighborhood. We invite our neighbors not only to enjoy a FREE fun-filled day of entertainment, kids’ games/activities, giveaways, and access to resources, but also to experience God’s love for our community.
Through this event we aim to introduce our neighbors to the one who has plans to prosper them and to give them HOPE and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
If you would like to volunteer please register online using the link below!