Posted by: macahajo | October 22, 2016

like a father

When I met Mark at Moody Bible Institute in 1995, he was helping out in the youth group at Midwest Church, where he became a Christian several years prior. He gave up every Friday night so that he could drive an hour through Chicago traffic and spend the evening with teens! He led worship and Bible studies. He ministered and discipled many Midwest students.

Mark loves talking to teens and spending time with them. He loves encouraging them in their walk with Jesus and teaching them Biblical Truths.

Mark served as a pastor to youth for over 10 years before we moved to Cameroon. Though his role and responsibilities in ministry have changed, his heart for teens has not.

He loves meeting with students at Hannah and Josh’s school; to mentor and disciple them. He loves developing, empowering, and releasing them to serve and live the life God has called them to. I think of 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 when I think of Mark and his ministry, not only to our children, but to other children and youth whom the Lord has put in his path.

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This year, the RainForest International School Youth Pastor and his family are on home assignment, so Mark is organizing youth group, once a month for the missionary kids and Cameroonian students. He calls it L’Abri.

Mark writes, “L’Abri is the French word for shelter or refuge. For students, I believe youth group should be a safe place for questioning, serving, and growing. Questioning subjects of faith or belief is not always looked highly upon. But I would rather have a student openly say they have trouble believing something rather than hiding their doubts and never discussing them. I believe that a student needs to feel safe to ask questions and discuss them without fear of condemnation. It opens the door to direct students to the Bible for answers and to pray with them. God gives us a ministry in each of our relationships, and we need to be taking advantage of these opportunities to point people to Jesus. L’Abri exists to be a place where questions are encouraged, and where grace will be shown to all in their journey of faith.”

Serving in Cameroon, Mark and Cathy Lynn


Responses

  1. Hi Cathy; I very much enjoy your blog posts. I thought this one in particular was very encouraging not only because Mark has a heart for the youth of the day, but because of the following. It served as a reminder to me that each day I also have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with others. lynn. > > God gives us a ministry in each of our relationships, and we need to be taking advantage of these opportunities to point people to Jesus. L’Abri exists to be a place where questions are encouraged, and where grace will be shown to all in their journey of faith.” >

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    • Thank you, Lynn! You are such an encouragement to us!


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