YWEA began 54 years ago as a cooperative effort between Youth & Discipleship and World Missions. Over 57 projects have been completed and over $36,000,000.00 raised by Church of God young people.
Cota is located in the Central Savanna Province of Colombia. This country has a population on of 48 million people. 37% of the population is under 19 years old and over 15 million are children. Because of war, many children are abused, displaced by violence, orphaned and at high risk. Drug cartels and violence means some 60,000 street children are at risk of starvation, abuse, neglect, exploitation through sex trafficking and child labor. Three million children between the ages of 5-17 do not a end school due to the extreme poverty, abuse and violence.
YWEA will expand the ministry vision of Rosalba through the COTA Project that will:
- Purchase a safe house for boys
- Finish Construction on the New Christian School
- Renovate the Safe House for Girls with the Help of Church of God Girls Ministries
- Building a Safe House for Women with the Help of Church of God Women’s Discipleship
For Youth Pastors
I want to introduce to you what I like to call the ENVELOPE CHALLENGE!
There are two challenges available for your church, kids and youth ministries to be involved with.
This year we have a goal of $66,000 for our YWEA project in Cota, Columbia. The 50 Envelope Challenge is an easy and effective way to raise $1,275.00 for the project.
The process is simple. The envelopes are labeled with a monetary denominations starting at $1.00 and proceed up to $50.00. I simply ask that you challenge your congregation during a youth/kids or special missions/YWEA service to distribute the envelopes for individuals to place the amount written on the envelope, in the envelope and turn into the offering plate.
(NOTE: the individual envelopes do NOT need to be mailed to International in Cleveland, TN or the Ohio State Office. The church will collect the envelope funds and send one check into the Ohio State Office.)
Once monies raised are recorded at the State Office, all funds will be sent directly to the YWEA project at the International Offices.
Not only do I want to reach the mission field across the world, I want to partner with your church to help you reach the local missions and support your local ministries. That is why the 100 Envelope Challenge is available, but with a twist.
The 100 envelope challenge will raise $5,050.00. Here is the twist: I want you to send half of the money, $2,525.00, to the State Office for YWEA, and then whatever ministry you designate in your local church will keep the remaining half of $2,525 (Youth Camp, Winterfest, Kidsfest, other missions or back to school backpacks, etc.).
With a little work, we can set a new State record of $66,000 for YWEA. Helen Keller once said that "Together we can accomplish more than we ever could alone."
Let’s work together and further the Kingdom!
Bishop Scott Weaver