December Update: Answering the Call to Build Relationships

Reach Out.  That’s the challenge we gave Daley and Tyler when they answered the call to join the BlueSky Team.  It would be their task to move us forward into a new school.  When they met the principle of a local Hindu school, they hoped to find opportunities to reach into that school and community.  When they arrived, they knew a handful of students they had met at camp.  When they left that afternoon, they had tripled the number of students that they knew and had been invited to teach club events each week.  Beginning in January, Daley will be leading a basketball club for girls and Tyler will be teaching American Football to boys every Friday afternoon.

The Hindu school isn’t the only place that the Lord has given our team opportunities to reach out. The Lord has blessed our team with relationships with students from 7 multinational schools, opening doors into the hearts of students who will rise up to be the next generation of world leaders.  Each week 50 students are coming to our weekly BlueSky Middle and High School events, where they are hearing the Gospel.  45 students are in Covenant groups where they are going deeper and studying the Word together.

BlueSky Adventures: We love the way the challenge course offers opportunities to tear down walls and open lines of communication.  This makes it an incredible tool in relationship building, both within the team and with those facilitating.  Greg and his team have had several opportunities to enable the BlueSky Youth team to build relationships with students this semester.  Lexi and Greg spent 2 days working with the middle school student council from the International School. Lexi works in that school and knew almost all of the students.  It was an opportunity for her to develop deeper relationships with each of them.  The rest of the Youth team has also been able to work Adventures groups with students, enabling them to engage students from several Nairobi area schools.

The Climb BlueSky team has begun building the beginner climbing walls and hopes to begin the student space soon. This will enable us to begin regularly hosting and engaging the community from our new facility.  Please pray that the Lord would give Stephen, Andrew, and Jason wisdom as they continue to move forward.  Also pray that the Lord would provide the additional $100,000 needed to complete the project!

Camp BlueSky: Lexi and Jason are heading up the Camp BlueSky team and much of their off-season time is being invested in re-designing the camp program so that we do an even better job of sharing the Gospel with students through each and every aspect of camp.  One of the key components of this is putting together the 2012 camp staff, and YOU can help.

Camp BlueSky is looking for college students to answer Adventure’s call and serve as camp counselors in Kenya this summer.  Do you know any college students who love Jesus and who would make great camp counselors?  Counselors have the opportunity to share Jesus with multinational kids, serve in a couple of different villages, and take part in some of the finest adventures East Africa has to offer.  Interested?  Email camp@blueskykenya.org for more information.

In addition to thinking about anyone you may know, would you also help us spread the word by posting this to Facebook or Twitter?

BlueSky Youth:  God has been so faithful to work in the lives of students this semester.  Jackson is one student we see the Lord working in.  He’s a junior and his parents recently moved to Kenya, he’s had a hard time adjusting to his new life.  Its been evident in his behavior, he was recently suspended from school for 2 weeks.  His friends are in Jason’s covenant group and he’s started attending regularly.  Friday night, after a dramatic over-time semi-final soccer victory, Jackson and his friends went straight to “BlueSky.” That night Tyler talked about the cross and the resurrection, Jackson needed to hear the message that night.  He felt like he had just left the gift of Jesus’ sacrifice just sitting there, ignored.  The resurrected Christ meant he could have new life full of grace and love.  Jesus sacrifice was more than enough to cover all that was wrong in his life.

The next morning Jackson’s soccer team had their final match.  They won their second overtime thriller in 24-hours, becoming League Champions.  As the celebration wrapped up, Jason saw Jackson walking alone across the field.  He ran up to congratulate him and Jackson gave him a huge hug and with tears in his eyes he said “Thanks for being here.  Not just at this game, but in my life.  Thanks for being here.  I really needed this.” Jason and the rest of the BlueSky team count it such a privilege to be able to be a friend to students like Jackson.

Staff Profile: Michelle Peteet is the Director of BlueSky Youth.  She is originally from Athens, Georgia.  After graduating from Berry College, she lived in Rome, Georgia where she worked in student ministry at First Presbyterian Church for 5 years.  Michelle’s personal ministry passions are both outreach and discipleship. She loves seeing students from all nations come into a personal relationship with God and delights in walking along-side students in their journeys with Him.  Michelle asks that you pray that the Lord would continue to build unity on the Youth team, that He would continue to open doors in the new schools we are pursuing, and that students would see Jesus for who He is and follow Him.

Financial Update:

The 2011 BlueSky Annual Campaign is underway.  Our desire is to continue to grow our ministry in Nairobi and establish a ministry hub at Climb BlueSky.  Would you give a year-end gift to enable BlueSky to share the Gospel within the multinational community in Nairobi?  Your gift will push us closer to reaching the $50,000 needed to finish 2011 and the $100,000 needed to complete Climb BlueSky.

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