This is an overall update on my life and how God has been moving. After two years of volunteering with Youth Encounter, I took a job with them in the fall of 2013. I have been living and working in the Twin Cities, Minnesota for the last year and a half. This has been a season of growing – in faith as I found a new church, in life as I rented housing with friends, and in work as I adjusted to an office. There have been many ups and downs with these – the broken dishwasher, driving in ice/snow, free movies in the park in the summer, late night conversations with roommates, going to youth events with my job.
While I have overall enjoyed the past year and a half, recently God has been pushing me toward something different. Customer service is something I do well, but at this point in my life, I want to be more involved in people’s lives. This summer, Youth Encounter is sending out an additional team to cover Vacation Bible Schools at 4 churches – and I’m going to be part of that team! Team will give me a chance to transition back into hands-on ministry, while still having some time to help with summer projects at the office. Being able to hang out with kids and do host home ministry and have time to wrap things up at the office is such a blessing to me.
All of this is in preparation for what God has in store for me this September. I have signed a letter of call with Mission Year that will start September 4. Mission Year is “a year-long urban ministry program focused on Christian service and discipleship. Volunteers will come alongside what God is doing in the city by partnering with local churches, non-profits, leaders, activists, and neighbors who are transforming their communities.” My placement should be announced by July, and I look forward to sharing more with you about my city, my team and my “job” placement later.
With all that God is up to, would you consider coming alongside me for the journey? Having gone overseas and being in a ministry environment for the past 4 years, I know that having a community of prayer warriors is priceless to the success of the team and ministry. Additionally, there are costs associated with both of these opportunities. Youth Encounter is asking me to raise $1,000 to help offset the costs for transportation, materials, etc. If you want to financially support me, Youth Encounter and their continued ministry, check out www.youthencounter.org/kevinzimmerman
More information to come soon about Mission Year!