Guess what?! Did you know in December of 2015 I went to a Missions Conference called Urbana? Well it was there that I encountered an opportunity that I felt had been placed heavily on my heart, and that is why I have good news now! I am excited to announce that I will be serving as a missionary with CTI Music Ministries for six weeks this summer! It will be on June 7th– July 19th of 2017 where I can finally be able to partake in this special journey. I’m looking forward to seeing the hand of our Almighty God at work as I partner with other musicians to serve him and share the Gospel!
CTI stands for Carpenter’s Tools International; it is a community of young people who combine their common passion for music with their mutual desire to share the love of Christ. CTI is a setting where Christ-following musicians are trained, equipped and mobilized into ministry opportunities worldwide. As a participant in the Summer Program, I’ll be serving as a keyboardist in a team of 8-10 other musicians. As many of you may know, I’ve been playing piano since I was 5 and to finally blossom my abilities into a loving reciprocation back to serving God would be a great honor. We’ll be using music to share the gospel overseas in partnership with an established indigenous ministry (usually an international chapter of Youth for Christ).
At the Urbana Missions Conference I explored a couple of other organizations, but God has given me unique talents and I have chosen to express my gratitude this way. I had wanted to go on this trip last summer, 2016, but some other things came up and I feel God allowed that to happen in order to prepare my heart even more for this year. I’ve come a long way in my walk with God as well as my experiments with music and I know God calls me to something deeper in life, something beyond an average lifestyle. He calls us all to much more than that. I would like to take this summer to explore what implications my future will hold. This summer I hope I can do this through working with CTI; this ministry takes your passion to spread Christ’s love and allows you to express it through a creative outlet by combining it with your passion for music. I’m eager to work with them and see what God has in store for his children.
My ministry with CTI will begin with two weeks of training in Willmar, MN, where I’ll meet my team for the first time and train alongside other teams that CTI will be mobilizing this summer. Training will focus on helping us grow in our understanding of the gospel and prepare for opportunities to share it. On top of rehearsing a lot of music, we’ll also learn a lot about serving in a cross-cultural setting and how to use it to create an effective program that will help our partners reach the young people of their country with the gospel.
Once overseas, we’ll serve our partners by helping with their ongoing ministry programs. I won’t know what country I’m going to until about a month before I arrive for training, but CTI teams are often used in schools, shopping centers & other public places, churches, prisons, camps, or anywhere else our partner ministry is active in sharing the gospel.
I would be honored if you would consider making an investment in this opportunity that lies before me by becoming a member of my CTI Support Team. Would you consider supporting me as I take on this faith journey in response to God's calling? I cannot express how much your partnership means to me. It is a great privilege for me to receive your support as I steward my gifts in this way. Your prayer and giving are a vital part of my experience this year, and my hope is that you would be encouraged as you see God’s hand at work. I know my God is faithful and he will provide and I would love for you to be part of this adventure. Any amount is welcomed and greatly appreciated. I would like to mention that you don’t necessarily have to be Christian to give and support me. If you aren’t, thank you for reading still, and I fully encourage you to stay open to God because he plays a big role in our lives and world today. Thank you for your consideration!
How you can help:
Pray: Your prayers for me, for the team, and for the people whom God will place in our path are much appreciated.
Give: I have committed to raise $4885 to cover the cost of my travel, food, lodging, program administration and training. I am seeking supporters who will join me by making monthly or one-time contributions.
If, however, tax deductibility is an important consideration then, donations can be made through Youth for Christ (YFC), Canada, details in this following link: http://prearrival.ctimusic.org/Things_you_need_to_know#TOC-Raising-Funds-From-Canadian-Donors
Stay updated: You can learn more about CTI and follow my team’s journey here
This is a promo video that summarizes some more of CTI https://vimeo.com/10642307
P.S. if you are reading this and plan to donate please do shoot me a message and I'd love to follow-up with you and keep you updated on my trip. If you plan to support me through prayer, please still reach out to me because I would love to stay in contact with you. Or, if you are only just reading this, no matter what I would still love a chance to connect with you, even just to hear your thoughts on this or how you've been doing!
This is my story,
Michelle Yin | December 21, 2016 | 3:51pm |
I have a story. You have a story. And while these stories need to be heard, in the end..we are all more than a story but still simple wayfarers of life.
A blog cannot contain the entire person I am, it is just a colorful collection of my stories.
P.S. Please ignore all preview blog posts due to it being written by my high school self for an English class project requiring the creation of this blog. I only keep it for amusement purposes.
Thanks for bearing