Kyle Goings
Friday, 11 June 2021 / Published in ASCENT

Every year we take an offering as part of our worship experience at camp and this year at ASCENT is no different.  It’s not about the total amount it is about giving an opportunity for students to step up and give and allow them to be part of something bigger than themselves.

(We will be taking an offering during Saturday Night of Worship)

Starting a Youth and Music Ministry Fund In Niger

Niger is a nation full of youth – 75% are under 25 years old. Hosanna Church demographics reflects this with youth from 5 or more different ethnic groups gathering on Sundays to worship God together. The Hosanna choir is the only multi-ethnic choir in the country and together with the band, they have a great platform to promote peace and unity through producing albums and performing concerts.

Project Detail
Hosanna church started a music class in November 2020 that is training 15 young men and children in voice, guitar, piano, and drums, and disciplining them in what it means to worship God. They are taught by a skilled musician and brother in Christ named Serge. With the presence of a TREK team from Multiply in March, April, and May, 6 more Wodaabe young men joined the class and are progressing well under their teaching. Hosanna has the vision to form a youth ministry program that raises up a youth choir and band, uses music to involve Christian youth in discipleship, and draws non-Christians to hear the Word of God through cultural concerts.

The fund will help pay Serge, the music teacher, a small salary to continue music lessons, repair and purchase practice instruments, help the choir/band put on outreach concerts, and produce albums and music videos that promote peace and unity.

Gospel Impact
Activities in the church directed at youth are very important for their discipleship and spiritual growth. It will give them community and a holy purpose, keeping them from the traps of the world. They will be encouraged to use their skills and gifts for the glory of God. Concerts are a very effective evangelization tool here. Nigeriens love music and parties, especially music in their language and cultural style. When non-believers hear their music, they are very open to hear about Jesus and his love. The 6 Wodaabe young men are learning to play instruments with the goal of forming a band and putting on cultural concerts/music festivals in their home villages and sharing the love of God. So many have yet to hear the Gospel in their region.

Music is powerful. It gathers people and can promote war or peace. The choir has a big opportunity to spread peace and unity and offer healing. In a region with so much trauma from violence, they can write and produce music that offers the hope, love, joy and unity of Jesus. They have written songs in local languages that talk about how God wants us to love one another, to be one, to live in peace.

Program Oversight
Rabe Ibrahim, Hosanna Church Choir Director. Danae Schmidt, Multiply/Hosanna Missionary.

Kyle Goings
Wednesday, 26 May 2021 / Published in ASCENT, Senior High

ASCENT’s late nights will be sponsored by Fresno Pacific and Tabor College and each night we got something pretty amazing planned.  Each night we always end with something fun and surprising.  Feel free to check out all the options below:


Moonlight Madness | Wednesday, June 16 | 9:30pm

This will be one crazy night full outside on the field with field games, glow-in-the-dark activities, and a few more surprises.  (Feel free to come dressed in your best glow-in-the-dark outfit, if you got one)

 

 

Counselors Hunt! | Thursday, June 17 | 9:00pm

Kickin-it-old-school-middle-school-camp-style is the Counselors Hunt, with an ASCENT twist!  The leaders who go and hide around Glorieta.  Then each team of 2-3 will have to find them.  Once a leader is caught they will give up a glow-in-the-dark bracelet.  But watch out because we will have guards who will be running around chasing any unsuspecting students! The team member with the most points wins a gift card $25 gift card to Amazon!
50 points for each leader found | -10 points for being caught  

 Illusionist Zak Mirz | Friday, June 18 | 9:00pm

Zak Mirz has toured for nearly a decade entertaining audiences all over the world.  Zak’s latest projects include being a magic advisor for David Blaine’s latest special “The Magic Way”, an appearance on Travel Channel’s “Magic Caught on Camera” and creating a deck of cards that help raise awareness and money to end human trafficking.  Find more info. on mirzshow.com

 

Talent Show| Saturday, June 19 | 7:30pm

We’ll be ending ASCENT with our annual tradition of a talent show.  Anyone can sign up (at ASCENT) to show off their skills of being funny, talented, or both.  This is a night of good awkward fun!  

Kyle Goings
Wednesday, 26 May 2021 / Published in ASCENT

The packing list seems like a simple thing but forgets one little item and now you have a big problem.  So here is our list.  Each church/group might add or change some of these items.  But it is our recommendation that these items be considered when packing for ASCENT.  The temperature most likely will be 80/90’s during the day and 60’s at night.  IMPORTANT: The camp DO NOT provide bedding, only a mattress.  So plan on bringing a pillow plus a sheet/blanket or sleeping bag. 

There are tons of water activities so make sure you bring a swimsuit and towel!

Attire:

  • Clothes for 4 days (temp will be upper 80’s)
  • Mask (currently masks are required in close quarters)
  • One pair of “hiking” clothes if you pan on hiking
  • Pair of gym shoes (for various games or hiking)
  • Jacket/Hoodie (it gets cold at night)
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimsuit (must be appropriate)

Bedding: (Camp only provides a mattress)

  • Pillow
  • Sheet & blanket OR sleeping bag
  • Mattress cover (optional)
  • Fan (optional)

Toiletries:

  • Towel
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Soap/Body Wash
  • Deodorant (for sure!)
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen

Other Supplies:

  • Pen/pencil
  • Bible or Bible app (duh)
  • Water bottle
  • Medication you need to take
  • Snacks for the road (optional)
  • Any specific items for white water rafting (optional)
  • Extra spending money (they have snacks and souvenirs at the camp)

DO NOT BRING:

  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Drugs, vape material, or any alcohol
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Inappropriate t-shirts (anything referencing sex, drugs, alcohol, etc.)
  • Negative attitude

*USMB Youth is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or broken items.  

 

Kyle Goings
Thursday, 06 May 2021 / Published in Free Download, Games, Ideas, Resources

Every month we will make available a free download from USMB Youth.  The goal is so you don’t have to spend extra time or resources finding things for your youth ministry.  Feel free to contact us if you have a resource you would like to share at info@usmbyouth.com.  

Free Real-Life Fornite Nerf Night

Fortnite has been one of the most popular video games in the past 3 years with millions of people playing the game at any time over the world.  It is played on video game systems, phones, and computers.  What Real-Life Fortnite Nerf Night is taking that game and playing it with nerf guns in a big space.  The perfect event for middle school students but any age loves these kinds of nerf nights!

What is Fortnite?

Fortnite is a world of many experiences.  Drop onto the Island and compete to be the last player – or team – standing.   It is a 3rd person shooter elimination-style game.  Where you have the ability to collect resources to build structures and search and use found weapons and shields all over the map.  Every few minutes the map shrinks until there is ultimately only one winner.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the game itself.

Download the directions for the entire night

 

BONUS:

Looking for supplemental games with the same Fortnite theme, maybe for a lock-in or series?  Check out downloadyouthministry.com for a bunch of fornite games and activities, just CLICK HERE.

 

Example Invite:

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