2007- An Email Update from Amos:
If we could imagine all of history as a play, and God was the author, the director and the star, what would be the theme of the story? This was a question that I would ask as I toured over the past six weeks with a team from the new YWAM Louisville ministry. We visited schools, churches, and many other groups bringing a challenge to be involved with missions. One night in Pennsylvania we got out of our little green van at a youth service. As the kids started showing up it was clear that this was anything but a typical night of “youth group.” As we sat on the curb hanging with them, I listened to a boy tell of his dad’s death while drawing on a cigarette. With the smoke wafting over his head he mused that he needed to take care of things now, and the story he shared of a broken life played itself out over and over again throughout the crowd that gathered. About halfway through the night all the games stopped, and they asked me and Amy to speak about missions and our lives. So Amy told her story of how God redeemed her life, and I shared about how God called me to follow him. At first I was skeptical of how much of an impact that I made, but several hours later I found myself praying for a young man as he poured out his life story to me.
The young man dedicated his life to reaching others for Jesus that night, and that happened many times throughout the spring.
A short while later we found ourselves sitting in a Perkins restaurant in Wisconsin, talking with a group of young people about missions. One young man really stood out among the group wearing an “ARMY” shirt and a no-nonsense attitude; he didn’t really want anything to do with missions. Today Rob is both a good friend and a key leader at YWAM Louisville, getting ready with his wife to pioneer a Bible school.
Much of our time in 2007 was spent sharing the vision of a “new base” and calling people to join us. There weren’t very many of us, and we all had to be part of everything that happened.
One quick story of God’s provision for Amy and I in 2007
We had just finished hosting our first youth group outreach ever, and it had been an incredible success! We had 65 youth join us and ministry happened all over the city, in fact eight years later we are still ministering in the same areas that we began outreach to that week. We were all exhausted, and ready to start cleaning the host church after the youth group left. But as we stood in a circle ready to get our cleaning assignments one of my good friends started sharing a story. He said, “Amos and Amy have been trusting God for their honeymoon finances.” It was true, Amy and I were to be married in just two short months, and we didn’t have any money for our honeymoon. We had prayed about it, and felt like God told us to believe Him for it. My friend went on, “someone told me that they want to give Amos and Amy $3200 for their honeymoon.” We hadn’t told anyone that we were praying for that, and just like that God took care of us. We about hit the floor, we were so surprised! God took good care of us!