About the Campaign
Dear Friends & Family!
I am thrilled to share with you this next adventure in my call to ministry! At the beginning of this year (after a Jonah 1-4 misadventure of course), I felt compelled to rekindle my call to serve God in Youth ministry. Since working with adolescents in 3 churches and a high school in my home country for over 7 years, I began considering reaching out to unchurched students/youth beyond my borders and cultural diversity. In this ever changing world however, the youth of today are constantly evolving and this demands for youth workers to continuously develop and equip their ministry abilities in order to be radical, relevant and effective. The challenges this generation faces in the 21st century are unimaginably difficult and usually life threatening. Considering that I’ve mostly worked with students in Zimbabwe, how then could I take on this task with enough knowledge, tools, and skills to serve multicultural urban youths wherever God led me? I realized that I could do with some form of cultural exchanging and upskilling, perhaps from a positive community in one of the most influential cities in the world (well, as far as the youth of today subscribe). I then came to know about a global movement called YWAM (Youth With A Mission). However at the time, amidst other prospects I was pursuing, I didn’t dive right into it, but the Holy Spirit was certainly stirring up something in me. I later looked at YWAM indepth, reached out to some friends for advice (yes! especially you Kumbirai), prayed about it, and soon found reason to embark on the adventure. Now, why do I care about present-day adolescents so much? Well, Proverbs 22:6 says, “Point your kids in the right direction — when they’re old they won’t be lost.” (MSG) My philosophy of ministry to students is to point them to Jesus Christ, the most perfect life insurance, and see His captivating gracious love anchor them throughout life. My own youth pastor, the legendary Tino Mawadza did the same and more for me. I owe it to God to pay it forward. Ergo, I applied to serve at the YWAM Los Angeles, California, USA location where they ‘Train servant leaders to disciple the nations’ and I’ve since gotten a rare opportunity to volunteer there for a few months. On June 25th 2019 all things being equal, I fly across the pond to the west on mission.
What is YWAM?
“Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures age groups and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Our mission is to know God and to make Him known.”
I’m grateful to God for everyone who’s helped me pray, pursue and apply for this ministry opportunity. How do I travel to, and stay in Los Angeles, California for a few months? God knows! This is where I am believing, in faith, for God’s provision. With Him, your prayers, and any financial help, I will be able to serve while being equipped to later effectively communicate relevant 21st century truth and diversity when proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the youth of today we all are very concerned about. I’m truly, truly appreciative of every dime contributed towards my campaign and pray for God’s faithful hand to favour your kindness and generosity. To those unaware of the scarcity of foreign currency in my home country at the moment, theoretically, I have to trade a whopping ZWL$16,500 for US$3,300 due to outrageously unreasonable currency exchange rates; hence my appeal.
“What about flying aircraft pilot Malachi?” I haven’t forsaken my flying career because Matthew 6:33 says “But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.” CEV God’s work comes before my own Wunderlist because serving Him foremost could never inconvenience me. You’re welcome to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss further. Please help me do this!
For God’s glory,
Malachi Lennon (né Taurai Zimonte)