12:7 Serve team: Dream becomes reality
Thursday, July 5, 2012
San Jose, Costa Rica
Four months ago, 12 youth left their diverse homes for this year's Nazarene Youth International Global Focus Project, 12:7 Serve. By the end of the project, they will have served at seven different ministry sites as a global mission team to minister and support the work of the church in each of these areas.

12:7 Serve is based on Romans 12:7, "If your gift is serving others, serve them well." The 12 youth and seven cross-cultural ministry sites also factor into the ministry name.

With two months left, the team has served at five sites: on a small Caribbean island called St. Kitts and Nevis, in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and on the North and South districts of Mexico.

In a June 12:7 Serve update, a representative said the team "feels like they are part of the Body of Christ after the overwhelming support for this project with the Global Church of the Nazarene. The church's financial and prayer support has been as important as what they are doing on the field. Without it, it would be impossible for them to serve."

Through the 2011 NYI Global Focus Project, over US$40,000 was raised for the team's six-month trip.

"Once again the global church has come together do to something significant for the Kingdom of God," said Gary Hartke, Nazarene Youth International director. "We celebrate the collective giving of youth ministries worldwide who helped make this possible. A dream is now a reality!"

Prayer support is evident in the reports received from the team as they’ve ministered throughout the Mesoamerica Region.

"When you find yourself with the living God, your life changes, and that is what this trip has been for me," said Carlos Jimenez, one of the 12:7 team members.

A recent praise report from the team said the final visa they needed was received on June 21. Not only are the team members travelling to many different countries, but they are from nine countries. In total, the trip required 20 visas.

"Thank you to each and every person who has prayed and donated so that this enormous endeavor would be a success," said Scott Armstrong, Mesoamerica Youth Mobilization coordinator. "We have seen 12 youth developed further in missions and ministry. We have seen seven sites impacted greatly by the passion of these missionaries. And we have seen globally a united effort to support and send youth from every nation to every nation. The Mesoamerica Region and NYI as a whole thank you."

To read more about the 12:7 Serve team and their efforts, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/127Serve.
--Nazarene Youth International
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