Dear Family and Friends,
As an entire month of the new year has already surged past us we have begun to plan in earnest for the next year of ministry. With so few staff we are having to think strategically and creatively about what God would have us do. It can be uncomfortable to evaluate the status quo, but often God uses these challenges to shake things up, reprioritize our activities, and move us in new directions.
We have watched our High School and Adult Basketball outreaches flourish as nearly 400 youth and adults have attended this past year and had opportunities to hear the Gospel. We were thrilled to see several of the youth and adults attend a new Bible study we started on Thursday nights. Attendance has fluctuated some but we are beginning to identify young men who truly are hungry for the Word of God. We pray that God increases their numbers and brings these individuals to faith in Him.
As a national and local ministry we feel God calling us to an even more intensive focus on the discipleship of indigenous leaders. At the end of 2010 we identified specific people that we see as potential Christian leaders in our community and are committing to pray that God would begin to open their eyes to the Gospel and/or develop in them a passion to follow Christ in their families and community. We ask that you join us in prayer for these individuals. If you would like to pray specifically for them and for other needs as they come up please email us and we will email you updated prayer lists throughout the year.
We are also praying for the advancement of The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) here in St. Louis. We will soon have a new site coordinator who will help expand our presence in the city and the number of classes we can offer. God is doing amazing things through TUMI internationally and we know that He will continue to use this incredible ministry tool to raise up Godly leaders here in North St. Louis.
Thank you for your continued prayers, faithful encouragement and support.
For His Kingdom,
Andrew and Adria Medlen