The decisions that we make almost always determine our destiny.
During the summer between my eighth and ninth grade years, I participated in a Church of God Youth Camp in the State of Oregon.
On the last night of the Camp, our evangelist, Reverend J.C. Sparks, challenged us to listen to the voice of God regarding His call upon our lives.
For some time, I had been sensing that God was calling me to prepare for full-time Christian ministry.
When an invitation was extended to respond to God’s call, I went forward, knelt at a bench, and surrendered my life to be a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, regardless of the obstacles that I might face.
That initial commitment was fifty years ago this summer.
I will never forget the scripture that my youth pastor, Stan Reiley, shared with me as we knelt together that night—the words of Psalm 37:3-4.
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Every year, Horizon sponsors a number of Youth Bible Camps for junior and senior high school orphans across Africa.
Many decisions to follow Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are made at these Camps.
For instance, each August, approximately 250 sponsored and unsponsored orphaned kids from Horizon Zambia’s Children’s Clubs gather together in the capital city of Lusaka to worship God and grow in their Christian faith.
More than one hundred kids in the last three years have chosen to follow Christ’s instructions to be baptized during these Camps, a public testimony of their surrendering their lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
In May, 2017, a young Ugandan man named Rodgers Kihumuro made an affirmative decision to become a pastor because of listening to God speak to Him during a Horizon-sponsored Young Adult Leadership Training Conference.
Rodgers received a Horizon university scholarship and in January, 2018, he enrolled at the Kima International School of Theology where he is preparing for Christian ministry.
While at KIST, Rodgers serves as the chaplain for the Bunyore Girls High School adjacent to the campus.
Recently, I learned about dozens of our kids in Uganda who are feeling called by God to prepare for Christian ministry at KIST.
The environment for these decisions has been created by the Holy Spirit through Horizon-sponsored Youth Camps.
So, on Thursday and Friday, July 11-12, Reverend Patrick Mulayo, the Principal at KIST, will join me in leading a “Call to Ministry” Retreat in western Uganda for these dozens of kids.
From this group, several will be selected to receive full Horizon scholarships so they can join Rodgers at KIST beginning January 9, 2020.
God is obviously using Horizon’s Youth Bible Camps in a powerful way. Kids are finding Christ and growing in their relationships with Him; and leaders are emerging that will impact the African Church and culture for many years to come.
We want to fan the flame of this God-inspired movement through the Youth Bible Camps.
Will you prayerfully consider making a donation to help fund the Youth Bible Camps?
Your decision to give $35, $75, $150, $300 or more will make it possible for orphans to attend Camps this summer and beyond.
To further enhance the difference that your donation will make, Horizon has been offered a matching grant of $2,500. Every dollar that you donate up to $2,500 will be matched with another dollar.
If you give $35, your donation will be worth $70. If you send us $150, it will be worth $300. If you sacrifice and give $500, the Lord will multiply it to $1,000.
The truth is, very few decisions that you make in the near future will make more of an eternal impact than this one.
Take this request to God in prayer, and seek His counsel as you prepare to respond. Then follow His direction!
Yours, for shaping the eternal destiny of African orphans,
Founder and President