Our mission organization, Youth Ministry International, trains youth workers for local churches. In the past few years we have realized the potential impact of training men and women who could train others for youth ministry. This strategy has a multiplication effect where our friends around the world begin to influence more youth workers than we could have ever imagined.

The strategy proves effective as we watch national youth workers in Cuba, Mexico, Kenya, and other parts of the world take what we have taught them and teach others to apply it in their own local churches. Our own trainers have adopted this vision and begun to expand their ministries to other seminaries and Bible institutes. Ukraine is one such example.

Sam Hughes, YMI’s director for Eurasia (in the middle of the above picture), has been working hard alongside a team of Ukrainian youth workers and youth ministry trainers to begin program new programs in this strategic country. After months of hard work, translating, reworking, and negotiating, Sam signed an agreement today with the Tavriskiy Christian Institute, located in Kherson. He also met some of the new students who will begin in the program. Sam and his team now have three youth ministry programs in Ukraine…in Kiev, Rivne, and the new one in . screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-3-06-43-pm

Sam also has been working behind the scenes with his Ukrainian colleagues to help them form their own non-profit organization that will help them raise support to train youth workers on a full-time basis. Be in prayer for this new initiative as they start asking Ukrainian churches to join the effort to raise up a generation of youth pastors who will reach and disciple young people all over Ukraine and the rest of Eurasia.