July 9, 2015

God at work through 2014-2015 YES teams

Written by  EMM staff
Gabi Acker, leader of the 2014-2015 Chile YES team, teaches at the Tenglo Island Kid's Club. Gabi Acker, leader of the 2014-2015 Chile YES team, teaches at the Tenglo Island Kid's Club. Photo by Hadassah Stoltzfus.

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One rainy evening in Achao, the members of EMM’s Chile YES team found themselves grumpy and just wanting to go to bed. But Anna, Eliot, Gabi, Gretchen, and Hadassah had to prepare for guests instead. A new friend and a friend of hers were coming to visit.

Although many on the isolated islands in the southern third of Chile find it hard to share freely about personal matters, the team and the friend of their friend got into a very deep talk. And this young woman that they hardly knew ended up confiding that she had been abused by her father and was now in an abusive relationship with a boyfriend.

“We were still early in our language learning,” explained Gabi. “But we were able to listen and express loving care. Our mentor was also there and able to respond and pray for the young woman in Spanish.”

“Afterward we felt convicted about our complaining,” said Anna. “We were humbled by God’s graciousness in giving us an opportunity to engage in a significant way despite our bad attitudes!”

Other YES teams also experienced God at work. The Baltimore YES team led a youth retreat where nothing went as planned. Yet two of the youth rededicated their lives to Christ. The Kenya YES team was surprised but delighted to learn that Scriptural insights they offered in house church gatherings, only three minutes after being asked to speak, were helpful to those listening. And the Southeast Asia YES team saw a positive change in the spiritual atmosphere at a boarding school where they served.

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