Last updated: 12th January 2013
It is with great anticipation that we now advertise the next Kerygma Network Discipleship Training School to be held in Rostrevor Northern Ireland.
At Kerygma, we are passionate about the Catholic faith. We want to see young Catholics discipled & discover the love & awesome plans that Jesus has for their lives!
Our Kerygma Network DTS in partnership with YWAM Ireland will have its focus on Reconciliation and the Catholic World and will be a “pilgrimage” with both times of inspiring teaching and mission opportunities, to local, national and international locations.
It will give both students and staff an opportunity to develop their relationship with the Lord, with teaching topics like Father Heart of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Missions, Evangelisation and many other subjects to equip them to bring Christ to all people!
In addition to the regular DTS content, this DTS has a special focus on reconciliation between Catholics & Protestants and will also train participants on how to minister in Catholic settings, and to work ecumenically in the Catholic world.
KNDTS Rostrevor, 7 April to 31 August
Kerygma and YWAM Northern Ireland will run a Kerygma Network Discipleship Training School,
with a special focus on reconciliation: Catholics and Protestants alongside one another.
Potential Outreaches to Uganda and Brazil.
Email us at email@example.com for an application form
See www.ywamireland.org and www.kteams.org to find more info.
Words to describe my third visit to a Prayer Community in Germany:
high light, open heaven, connected, rest, encouraged, bonding, tears, change, zeal.
This ecumenical community close to Augsburg offers two and a half month discipleship training to young people, eighteen years and older. These young people spend an average of 3 – 4 hours daily in a prayer room, focusing on God – speaking to Him, listening to Him, meditating on His word, praying for each other, singing praises to Him.
They were hungry, this group. Eager to learn about their place in the relationship between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Understanding came. How all other relationships are to be understood from this holy one. They received Love. I received.
Saying good bye, I knew the baton could be passed on to the next generation. Because the Father knows them, they’ve been adopted and they know it.
Sometimes the Lord puts people on your path that are not just an encouragement, but way more: an inspiration. Sometimes you meet people that go way beyond the extra mile, simply because they love the Lord. Sarah Cumming, or Sarah C as she is known around here (or Monk as I would call her) is one of those people. Sarah has been going the extra mile over these last two years here at YWAM Southlands Melbourne, to serve Kerygma Australia and to serve the Catholic YWAMers on site. She has been an inspiration, because she followed her call of missions in good times and in bad times. Unfortunately Sarah C (Monk) had to move back home, as her physical condition did not allow her to continue here in Melbourne. However, Sarah will not give up and is seeking other ways she can follow the call on her life as a “Kerygmite” (term given to crazy YWAMers that are working in the Catholic world). Sarah, thank you for your time with us and we hope and pray the Lord will open many doors for you! God bless, Edwin, Emma, Chiara, Sanne, Josiah and Elijah
Emma and Edwin spoke at the annual CELEBRATE conference in The Netherlands, which is a family conference run by the Charismatic Renewal in Holland. It was amazing to see how open the young people were for the Love of the Father, but more than that, they understand we cannot keep God to ourselves; we need to give God where we can (evangelize)! As we return back to Melbourne we get to host 200 Catholic College students over the course of 8 weeks. While they do mission stuff in our beautiful city of Melbourne, we are hosting them and sharing with them about our call on life as missionaries! It is a true blessing to see the influence we are having in the Catholic world as Kerygma Australia.
Four weeks left till our next DTS starts here at YWAM Southlands Melbourne, so far two Catholic students have been accepted. Though it is not a Kerygma Network DTS, we see Catholic students come to our DTS, because of Kerygma’s presence here on base!
KERYGMA goes to WYD
Kerygma International will be hosting YWAM teams for World Youth Day in Brazil next year. We expect a number of YWAM bases from around the world to travel to Brazil to do outreach on the lead up to the WYD and then gather as one in Rio to serve as YWAM International as volunteers. As you can imagine, this is going to be fantastic. So if you feel like bringing your YWAM team to this amazing opportunity to serve the Catholic world, or if you feel like helping us out to help organise this project, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joshua Camp aimed to bring together groups from across England and the World to create a joyful Catholic presence in the capital. This was part of a effort under the ecumenical organisation ‘More Than Gold’ that has brought Christians together under one body working together to evangelise at the Olympics.
Over 180 people representing Kerygma Teams and various Catholic Organizations and groups from 21 nations joined the “Joshua Camp”, as this 2-week outreach was called. The site of the Joshua Camp was St. Bonaventure’s school in Stratford, East London (a short walk from the Olympic stadium) where we stayed for an excellent time of training, team building, intercession, adoration and daily mass. Four English bishops were among the main celebrants of our Eucharistic services. Bishop Thomas McMahon, bishop of Brentwood Diocese to the East of London and Essex, celebrated Mass on the first day of the camp and challenged the participants to be “bearers of the light to the world,” Bishop Peter Doyle, of Northhampton diocese challenged us in his homily to be “modern day prophets”.
The main evangelistic outreach that many of us got involved in was called ‘Nightfever’ - evenings. We went to the streets around St.Patrick’s Church in Soho Square, and offered people candles so that they could light them in the church. A simple but effective method, which encouraged many people to enter the church, where there was Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, music, and opportunities for confession or even praying together with one of our workers. On the way out of the church, some were willing to get into conversations with us about God and many told of their having experiencing God’s presence.
Another focus was on the Hospitality Centres in St Francis in Stratford, and St. Catherine’s in Bow, offering tea and coffee, offering to pray for people, or to have a chat. It was surprising to the teams how culturally diverse were the local population, with many Muslims and Hindus choosing to enter into churches for the first time. Finally, we offered sporting events for young people on the grounds of St. Bonaventures every afternoon.
On the final day of outreach we held a “family festival” at the school we stayed at, and everyone was challenged to learn new skills like balloon sculpting, clowning, face painting. A total of 800 guests from what was known as one of the roughest neighborhoods in London came out to this event. One person told us that this was “better than the Olympics.” We found it relatively easy to get into conversations with the parents – some of whom were from Hindu, Muslim, and even Sikh backgrounds - as their kids were participating in the various activities. Three of our booths which was visited by a surprising amount of guests were the “prayer station (where we offered to pray for people), the “foot washing station” and the “peace garden” where people could sit and pray quietly if they so desired.
The police told us that since we started the outreach on August 5th, there was a noticeable calm in the neighborhood. We were encouraged.
This has been a positive learning experience for many of the teams: from doing things ecumenically, to evangelising to the public, from a charismatic style of worship, to contemplative reflections. We look forward to the next big sporting event. Indeed ‘More than Gold’ volunteers continue their work at the upcoming Paralympics.
Dear Kerygma people,
Today I was reading 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Faith in the Lord
We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.
It is important to know that what we do today for the kingdom of God is an investment in the future and in eternal life!
What you do today is like a deposit in your bank account!
Today the bank accounts in the world are not very secure,
But we have a great certainty about our heavenly bank account!
Take a moment to reflect what you have put on that account: a smile for someone in need, a hand for a lonely person,
a prayer for a teenager, a hug for your friend, a phone call to your parents, a teaching in a group, a talk about Jesus in the train..
In Kerygma all of those are a very high on our priority list: to be of service. To be of service to the church, to those in need, to the unreached.
Do you recognize our YWAM calling? evangelisation, mercy ministries and teaching.
It doesn’t mean we have to busy all the time. It means we are available. After we lost our daughter Eva-Lianne I asked our pastor; how can I ever be a missionary again? He said: Missions is not what you do, but who you are. That was a strong powerful statement.
So please, dear people: be with God. Let Him be your source, because ‘things that are not seen are eternal’. ‘That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.’
Heddy de Visser
Kerygma Leadership Team
Kerygma Uganda’s vision is to mobilise Catholics to come to the Lord, and into missions.
Here in Uganda, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has had a great influence reviving people’s faith so that Catholics may have a renewed relationship with the Lord.
Many people have a strong Roman Catholic identity, and value further training in their Christian lives. Thro evangelism, Kerygma teams are welcomed to share their message, both in peoples home, as well as on programmes like youth camps, conferences and training events.
There are many open doors in Uganda and East Africa. Catholic Leaders desire workers to facilitate their evangelistic efforts, and to provide training. Kerygma Uganda promotes Evangelisation through running many local opportunities for training and outreach.
Here are some of the programmes that we run in Uganda and further afield.
Jumpstart – giftings seminar - Learn about your particular spiritual emotional physical gifts, combining them with your dreams so that you understand the unique vision that God gives you, and roles to which you are called to, in this weekend program which can be taken to any group.
GXP Youth Camp - A weekend program that brings together exciting talks, creative small groups, skits, games, worship times, games, and the essential Catholic elements of confession and Mass. Youth have the opportunity to express themselves, as they are challenged to come step by step closer to Christ.
Alpha course - Participants come one evening a week for ten weeks, and are given the opportunity to discover their faith. The evening involves fellowship, a teaching, and small groups. Christian Friendships are formed. People around the world testify to finding God thanks to course.
Walk thro the Bible – 77 steps using your hand and body actions to walk thro the Old Testament, and the Catholic books. Have fun, getting a good grasp of each book, and characters, chronologically and geographically while being personally challenged by the message. (one day seminar)
Inductive Bible Study – We learn to Observe, Interpret and Apply the Word of God with this study. Understand the need for Historical Background, reading in context, and how to bring the message to others, using this tool. We will study one whole book, along with the daily readings of the Church. Learn to enjoy reading the bible. (one day seminar)
Course James - Learn what the Catholic church says about Christian unity. Be challenged in how we see Christian brothers and sisters. The course makes use of Church teachings and encyclicals on ecumenism and teaches us how to better relate to one another in the Body of Christ. Booklets on Church teachings can be made available for sale.
Discipleship Training School
We aim to make a Catholic ethos on our DTS’s. In Soroti, we have been working to encourage this ethos. And we look to make Kerygma Representatives through all YWAM bases in the region
We will take a team from Uganda to London, for the Olympics outreach this year, working with YWAM, the Catholic church, and under the umbrella of ‘More than Gold’
Kerygma Uganda networks with other Christian organisations with similar goals, assists in parish and diocesan efforts, and partners with other groups to create new evangelistic initiatives. There are many such groups in Uganda that are Catholic and renewal-oriented, especially that of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
We’ve had a busy start to the year with our annual 14 day Mission Adventures programme:
In short God was ever faithful and it was amazing! Little longer, in the first few days we had Katie Lind a YWAMer from Hobart, Tasmania share on God, including a time where we do a play of jesus crucifixion and share on why he died and rose again -during these 3 days 3 of the “crew” (teenagers) committed their lives to God that hadn’t ever previously done it. One mother we spoke to personally was said it was an answer to her prayers. After that we then started outreach phase, where the crew were in 4 teams - one went to Border Town, South Australia and the other 3 remaining teams ministered in and around Melbourne - running kids holiday programs and sharing the gospel to feeding the homeless in St. Kilda, to running prayer stations in the city centre. One day one of the guys asked God for a word of wisdom and he got a picture of a man, anyway, later he was talking to a shop cleaner and she asked if he could pray for her son and the guy felt God say that picture he’d seen earlier was her son. After asking her if her son looked like the picture she was in shock and amazed that God knew and cared about her son, she really experienced God’s love and hope for her son!
Here is an excerpt from an email we received from a pastor whose church we visited:
“It was wonderful having the YWAM team at our church on Sunday – their sharing of testimonies was really deeply appreciated. The garden at 111 (the place where we house people with mild intellectual disability) is looking great. I’m really glad we’ve been able to share with you in this”
Here is an email we received from a past participant during MA:
“Mission Adventures has changed my life forever. My walk with God has strengthened so much since coming to MA. I want to say thank you to all the team and staff at YWAM Melbourne. All of you have made me feel so loved and welcomed into the YWAM family. You have taught me so many things over the past few years and I have loved every single minute of being at MA. Some of the greatest moments of my Christian walk have been at YWAM Melbourne. Like Worship time with me and Peter K all by ourselves in the chapel, Worship, lead by the amazing Kate and Bob at sky high over all of Victoria, Going to old ladies houses and renovating their gardens, doing treasure hunts over the city and finding people who are so thankful for our help.
I cannot say enough just how much MA has touched my life. As much as it pains me to not be there this week, I’m excited because MA has equipped me for the next stage of Christian walk. I have only recently become a youth leader at my youth group and am now running a Year 8/9 boys devotion group. I can now input the things that you have taught me into my own boys at youth group.”
This is why we do what we do to help people to know God and make Him known in many different ways, Praise God and we want to thank you for being part of the team that makes this possible.
World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil : We are already in talks with several YWAM Australia bases about outreach opportunities to Brazil throughout this time.
Kerygma Australia Gathering: We are hoping to fix a date in the next year where past and present Kerygma staff and students can get together to pray, reminisce and dream ahead.
2 week intensive YWAM Catholic World Equipping:
We are wanting to engage and equip YWAM Bases around Australia that are interested in learning more about the Catholic Church and how to serve the Catholic World as YWAMers.
I would like to let you, our readers know about an exciting new development in Kerygma Teams. As you can see from the masthead, we have now officially changed our name from “Kerygma Teams” to “Kerygma.” The change to the name is small, but the changes to our ministry are significant. “Kerygma” is now the name of our umbrella organisation over what has hitherto been referred to as “Kerygma Teams.” However, it also encompasses a new aspect of our ministry: the “Kerygma Network”. Allow me to explain.
Over the years we have had contact with quite a number of people who, although not “officially” part of KT, nevertheless strongly identify with our vision and values. Some of these people support KT through their prayer and finances, through opening doors of ministry for us, through housing KT participants, through partnering with us on various projects, and even through helping run some KT programs. Some of these folks belong to our parent organization, Youth With A Mission. Others might be former KT staff or participants. Still others work for their diocese or for some other Christian organization. What they have in common is a passion to see Catholic lay people trained and mobilized for effective Christian service, to see those who have never heard the Gospel reached with the Good News of Jesus, and to see Christians from all church backgrounds work together to build the Kingdom of God. These folks have been some of our most precious assets and we would now like to invite them. If you fit into one of these categories, we would like to invite you to become a part of this new network. What does this mean?
Members of the Kerygma Network are firstly - and most importantly - now “officially” part of our broader Kerygma family. You will be invited to attend all of our Kerygma gatherings and staff formation programs and will have access to our Kerygma resources and training materials. We will make every effort to be in contact with you. In some parts of the world you will actually be our Kerygma representative and will be our “eyes and ears” in that area. Kerygma Network members who have received the necessary training will be able to staff – and in some cases run – some of our Kerygma programs. And if a program you are running fits under Kerygma’s values and at least one part of our vision, we will advertise it for you on our website – even if it isn’t a Kerygma program per se.
Interested? Feel free to drop me an email at BDC@KTeams.org and I will tell you more about it.
In His Service,
Kerygma Teams is a branch of the interconfessional lay - missionary organisation YWAM Youth With A Mission. Kerygma Teams supports Catholic parishes, renewal movements, and groups active in evangelisation, mercy ministries, and training in the Catholic Church. In addition, Kerygma Teams offers opportunities for Christians to become involved in short and long-term cross-cultural missions projects. Ke-ryg-ma, a Greek word meaning the proclamation of salvation through Christ.