I sit in the assembly hall of the Area One Camp in Missouri. Hundreds of young people race into the doors seeking a seat. Music is blaring and videos are dancing on the screen and walls. For many decades settings like this have been the spiritual birthplace of generations.
My mind goes back to the late 60's and 70's when I first experienced such retreats. Faces of young people race across my mind who saw their spiritual birth at such events. They are no longer young people but the spiritual transformation has carried over into adulthood. What sweet memories these moments bring to the surface.
I wonder how many surprises will come in Heaven as the Holy Spirit's work will become evident. We never know what affect ministry events have in the lives of many young people.
I have sat in the role of youth leader so many times over the last forty years. I sense the concern, caution, desire and hopes of the youth leaders in this crowd. The mental wrestling can sometimes become overwhelming. You know, we struggle against powers and spiritual forces of this world.
Flying home from Africa to be present and share God's Word with these leaders has been a great joy. Cathy has remained in Africa with the Weichardt family in Amantunzi. She has relaxed in the calm surroundings of the game farm. Yesterday she and Lizzie took a three hour walk in the veldts (fields).
I visit my parents in Texas on Saturday and drive to Memphis for a quick return to Africa. It has been a whirlwind for the last two weeks. Flights back to America, a board meeting with the New Life Deaf Ministry of Honduras, and now the Area One Camp.
Pray as I return to join Cathy on the Dark Continent. The light of Christ makes the trip exciting and intriguing.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.