Mike Knight – The Student Is Now The Teacher

The Student Is Now The Teacher
The student is now the teacher : Mike’s September Prayer Letter

The Student Is Now The Teacher

The Student Is Now The Teacher

Hey Friends at Light of the World Christian Church,
My first official youth ministry leadership role was as an intern during the summer of 1999. Moses had his 40 years as a shepherd in the desert; I had 15 years in youth ministry. Seems about even. :) So after years of experiential preparation and months of curriculum planning, on August 18th I finally stood before my first class of eleven youth ministry students. From 8am-1pm each day that week we gathered to consider “Ministry to Children & Youth.” Most of them have been or will be involved in some form of church or para-church youth ministry, so they were very engaged and had some great input. We talked about many issues including sexuality, alcohol, media discernment, spiritual development, depression, suicide, and more. Overall it was a great week with a great group of students. Now the grading of papers begins! You can read more about our intensive week on my blog site here. Thanks so much for all your prayers!

Students creating a minefield of issues that youth in Namibia are dealing with today.

The very next day after my class our whole SIM team in Namibia gathered for our annual Spiritual Life Conference. There were about 30-35 people altogether including all the kids and helpers. I was in charge of leading the worship music for our sessions and organizing the Sunday morning church service. Since our team is spread out in a few different towns and working at different ministries, it was especially nice to have everybody together in one place to get to know some of those I don’t know very well yet. There was one point where I was playing cards with a Namibian, a Swiss guy, an Australian, a Brit, and a German. I love that about our team, how international we are, but unified with a common mission and a common spiritual Father!

At Conference, leading worship for sessions and jamming around the campfire at night.

Looking Ahead

From September 10-16, I will be helping lead a mission trip of NETS students to Queen Sophia resettlement project. The Dutch Reformed church has come alongside about 50 families living on this farm to teach them about farming, agriculture, and the gospel. We’ll be helping develop a sanitation plan, lead a children’s program, and minister in the public school. Then at the end of the month I’m helping organize youth ministry seminars in the towns of Rundu and Katima far in the north. I’ll be using some of the material from my NETS course and taking it to youth workers for whom it’s not feasible to come take a residential course at the seminary in Windhoek. Please pray for the planning of these seminars and that many would be able to attend.

Thanks so much for all your prayers, support, and encouragement that make it possible for me to serve here! As always, let me know if there are ways I can be praying for you. Soli Deo gloria,

The Student Is Now The Teacher

The Student Is Now The Teacher

Praises & Prayer Points

  • Praise God for a great week of class! Pray for the students as they complete their assignments and put into practice all the things they’ve learned.
  • Praise God for a good time of relationship building at our Spiritual Life Conference. Pray for our team leadership, that they would have wisdom and guidance from God in the decisions they make.
  • Pray for our upcoming NETS mission trip from Sept 10-16, that the students would be open to learn and grow spiritually and that those at Queen Sophia would experience the love of God through us.
  • Pray for the organization of two youth ministry seminars in Rundu and Katima at the end of this month, that the plans would come together and many youth workers would be blessed through those events.

“I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. I will thank You forever, because You have done it. I will wait for Your name in the presence of the godly, for it is good.” ~Psalm 52:8-9

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