Campuses, churches, and coffeehouses are aglow this month as hundreds of returning students and street Christians recount God’s doings during their summer abroad.
The California-based Youth With A Mission (YWAM) organization sponsored 200 youths who split into teams and went into all the world proclaiming the Gospel and mobilizing local nationals. American Don Stevens and three New Zealanders mobilized hundreds of British youths into street and door-knocking evangelism campaigns. In Mexico, fourteen YWAMers recruited hundreds to witness door-to-door in Queretaro, and a Mexican-Canadian team slipped into Cuba.
Other YWAMers went to Denmark, Germany, East Africa, Tanzania, New Guinea, and Southeast Asia. One team evangelized along the “Hippie Trail” through Southern Europe, Turkey, Afghanistan, and India, with impressive results at a university in New Delhi.
Seventy-five YWAMers marched into the hippie section of Copenhagen, their arms raised in the familiar “one way” sign as they sang “He is Lord.” Then they knelt in the street and prayed, “claiming” the city for God. After opening “The Way Inn” coffeehouse they were kept busy day and night rapping about Christ with youths who jammed in from all over Europe.
More than a dozen YWAMers reported “thrilling” experiences as they preached and sang in Egyptian cities—and met thriving local contingents of turned-on-to-Jesus young people.
Continuing an upward trend of past summers, churches and Christian colleges linked up with foreign-mission boards and fielded hundreds to work side by side with missionaries all over the world. They served as office clerks, school teachers, translators, medical aides, jungle evangelists, and even carpenters.
The Oriental Missionary Society sent thirty ...1
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