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Below is some information for a AYC.  This is a sponsored program from our National General Youth Division.  Please don’t let the term “Youth” confuse you.  This program is for older Teenagers and Young Adults through age 35.  If you are even just interested, please check out the info below.  Also, here is a link for more info: http://apostolicyouthcorps.com/

What Is AYC? 

Mission Statement

Apostolic Youth Corps (AYC) will facilitate the pairing of ministry-minded Pentecostal youth and North American and international sites which need and desire evangelism assistance. AYC will provide evangelism opportunities within North America or international sites. AYC candidates will assist Foreign Missionaries, Home Missionaries, Campus Ministry International, Global Campus Ministries, Metro Evangelism, and/or Multi-Cultural ministry.

Age Requirements

AYC Global short term trips are open to applicants 17-35 years of age. AYC North America short term trips are open to applicants 16-35 years of age. Married applicants must travel with their spouse. Applicants with dependent children will not be considered.

Application Process

AYC 2013 will introduce a new online-only application process, which will go live on November 1st, 2012. Candidates for AYC will be required to complete an online application, compose an essay, and submit various reference recommendations prior to the application deadline of February 1st for Global trips, and March 1st for North American trips. There is an application fee of $100. The application must have the approval of the candidate’s pastor and is evaluated by the General Youth President. Our address for payments, etc. is: Apostolic Youth Corps – 8855 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042.

Budget

Each AYC participant must raise his/her own budget. Support may be acquired from relatives, friends, and the local church. However, applicants are not allowed to itinerate from church to church as done by career missionaries. All funds must be U.S. All budgets are subject to change and include international airfare (AYC North America trips do not include airfare), hotel stays, meals, medical insurance coverage, visas (if required), transportation, sightseeing, and insurance expenses. Budgets do not include passports, immunizations, luggage fees, souvenirs, or airfare to and from the North American departure city (for AYC Global trips). The departure city is determined after the application deadline.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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HYC will be here before you know!!  I know many of you have been anxious to receive these details; and you have every reason to.  Why?  Because HYC is going to be AWESOME!! This is going to be an unforgettable event that you will look forward to as the years continue.  This year is the first time that Virginia, Maryland and DC will come together for one BIG event.  New connections and friend will be made.  It great to create  Apostolic acquaintances and new friendships.

Trip Details

We will be leaving CLC at 12:00pm (noon) on Wednesday, December 28th.  We will go straight to the Hotel, get settled, go eat dinner and then head to church.  The Hotel we are staying at is unbelievable.  Hotel address: 12042 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23233.  Here is a picture:

 I have heard really good reports and reviews about this hotel.  Also, there are great restaurants and shopping close by (so you can spend your Christmas money that you just got).

We will be coming back to Gaithersburg on Saturday, December 31st.  We should be back around 1:00pm.

Registration Cost:  REGISTRATION IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST.  YOU MUST DO THAT ONLINE AT http://www.vdym.org.  Registration is $60 (+$4.29 processing fee) until December 1st.  Starting December 2nd the cost goes up to $75 (+ $5.12 processing fee).  THIS COST IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP COST.

Transportation and Hotel Cost:  This money will be due Sunday, December 11th.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE have the payment and forms turned in by this date.  If you cannot, let me know so that we can work out a payment arrangement.  We will have space, so it will be first come first serve.  The amount is $105.00.  

FOOD COST IN NOT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP COST.  

If you have any further questions let me know or you can post your question as a comment on this blog.

 

For this blog I will be taking pieces out of an article called: “Dad, Can I Go to the Homecoming Dance?” written by Jonathan McKee.  You can find more blogs and articles on his website: http://blog.thesource4ym.com/.  You will find some really good articles about today’s culture.  I don’t agree with all of his views, but he has some really relevant stuff that is very helpful dealing with today’s youth culture.

I personally feel like a school dance is not a good atmosphere for a God-fearing Christian.  There are so many things that God’s Word teaching against that goes on a School Dances or any kind of dance for that matter.  Scriptures like this come to my mind …  2 Corinthians 6:17  – Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  And also …  1 John 2:15-16  15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  Another scripture that I think of is … 1 Thessalonians 5:19, 12-22  19 Quench not the Spirit.  21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

We live in a dark age that anything is accepted.  Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Our society has got this down pretty good with media (movies, shows, games, Facebook), etc…  If society calls it good, we, as Christians, should question it.  WE MUST BE CAREFUL!!

Okay, so on the subject of School Dances … (Items in BLUE will be from Jonathan’s Blog, http://blog.thesource4ym.com/).

Jonathan has observed first hand and has asked around the country about what happens at School Dances.  Here are some of his findings:

I observed first hand that my readers across the country have assured me is true in their community:

  1. The majority of girls don’t even stand face-to-face with their dates; they just “back it up” to the guy groping them from behind. I’ve been continuing to ask people across the country what percentage of the room is face to face. The answers have been anywhere from 10% to 50%. Always the minority.
  2. The music is anything but clean. Yes, the DJ played the “clean versions,” but you’ll discover these songs to be anything but clean. This year (from my conversations with kids so far) those “clean songs” being played are songs like Sexy and I Know It, and Last Friday Night, songs void of curse words, but packing a message that will make you wish the song just said “____.” 
  3. Girls’ dresses are getting shorter and becoming more revealing overall. At the dance I chaperoned, my wife and I literally had to keep asking girls to pull the bottoms of the dresses down, because as soon as their dress would hike up an inch or two, you could see their underwear. Often, the guys’ hands were on the girls’ thighs helping hike up the dresses.
This goes against everything we believe in; Holiness, Separation, Godliness and many other principles and characteristics that we believe a Christian should live.
As parents, we are to protect our children from danger; physically and spiritually.  Sending them off to a dance is not protecting them from the very things we stand for.
         
“Well… my teenager isn’t going to be dancing.”  But they will be in the atmosphere where everyone else is.  Once those little eyes get to wondering, it becomes “…the lust of the eyes…”  It won’t take little innocent Tommy very long to understand what lust is when in that type of atmosphere.
         
“But… my daughter is going to just for the social aspect of.”  Again, like I mentioned above, the atmosphere is not healthy at all.  Being exposed to sin, is like being exposed to secondary smoke.  You are not actually partaking of it, but you are receiving the negative effects of it.  People have died because of exposure to secondary smoke.  People have also died (spiritually) because of exposure to ungodly atmospheres.
         
“My son is part of the Boosters and he has to be there.”  We have to stand up for what we believe, whether it’s uncomfortable or not.  I think it’s great that students get involved in extra clubs and activities as long as it is not going to cause them to compromise what is getting them to Heaven.  If the school wants to look down on your child for them not participating in certain activities (school dances), then the school has issues.
We can not expect the school systems to understand us.  They have different values.  Your son or daughter’s friends don’t have to understand why your teenager isn’t going to the dance.  Their values are WAY different.  What matters is; BOTTOM LINE… your kid’s salvation.  A School Dance will cause your teenager to compromise God’s Word; even is they aren’t participating in the dance or going out afterwards.  Just BEING THERE will effect them.
I want to encourage you as a parent to make the right call.  Make the right choice.  Your student’s salvation is depending on YOU!!
Just a thought to think about …
If you would like to discuss this more, please contact me or comment on the post.