IMAGE Update from Team Singapore
Thursday, 24 July 2014 - Media Team

We've been in Singapore almost a week now.  We've begun our promotional ministry in the poly tech schools for larger concerts later.  We have been split into two groups, each with a team leader and at least one SYFC worker.   These groups split up and go to different schools to meet with different small groups that SYFC works with.  Often it is a mix of Christian and non-christian people involved so we get the joy of sharing...

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IMAGE Update from Guatemala
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - Media Team

Hey everyone!   Our first unofficial acoustic concert happened at the retreat center we are staying at. On Saturday morning there was VBS going on and a few of our team members asked to join and they ended up putting on a concert outside for the kids. They loved singing along and some even got to drum together with Nick on the guitar case.   The first actual concert was at Barcenas Parque in a neighbourhood where Elvin, a YFC...

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IMAGE Singapore Continues
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - Christian McArthur

Before the team left for SIngapore, they spent 2 weeks training in Willmar, MN.  During that time we continually came back to the truth that we cannot ​help someone else understand their need for Jesus unless we understand our own need for Jesus.   Each training day has had a theme that connects to the Gospel of Christ.  Examples include courage, love, identity, and authority:   We can...

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IMAGE 2014 Air Guitar Championship
Monday, 21 July 2014 - Christian McArthur

On occasion, we like to break from the serious nature of music ministry (because we are always so serious) to report on a lighter topic: The 2014 CTI Air Guitar Championship.   Each summer the small town of Willmar, MN doubles in size for a weekend to host Sonshine Music Festival.  CTI has been privileged to partner with the organizers of Sonshine by having a booth in the exhibit hall.  It is a great...

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IMAGE Hello from Guatemala City
Saturday, 19 July 2014 - Media Team

The following email was sent from Eva, Team Guatemala's Team Leader, this morning:   I started writing this email half a day ago and was distracted by a conversation with someone who was staying at the same retreat center as we and is involved in translating the Bible into a local Mayan language. It think its fascinating. I can already sense how taking time to stop and talk to people is valuable here and pray that we stay mindful of that....

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Team Singapore reports safe arrival...
Saturday, 19 July 2014 - Media Team

Paul, the team leader, sent us a message this morning confirming the team's safe arrival in Singapore: "We are here with all gear intact.  Just one delay due to weather between Hong Kong and Singapore." Check back for updates on the team as they partner with YFC Singapore. 

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Team Guatemala Reports Safe Arrival In Country
Friday, 18 July 2014 - Media Team

Team Leader Eva called this evening to report the team's safe arrival in Guatemala City. They have connected with the national director of Youth for Christ (David) and have gotten settled into their accommodations. They had a safe and smooth travel day and are looking forward to getting started on their ministry with YFC Guatemala.Check back over the coming days and weeks for updates on their ministry. 

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IMAGE Team Guat is on the way!
Thursday, 17 July 2014 - Media Team

After a smooth check in process, team Guatemala is on their way! Be sure to check back in a day or so for further updates from the team.

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IMAGE Team Singapore is Safely on Their Way!
Thursday, 17 July 2014 - Media Team

After an early (3am!) arrival at the airport, Team Singapore had a smooth check in and are now safely on their way. Stay tuned to their blog for more updates from their time of ministry with YFC Singapore!

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IMAGE Final Preparations
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 -

  Yesterday evening the teams had their last chance to play their instruments before flying out of country. Team Guatemala started off the night followed by Singapore. If you didn’t get a chance to see the concert you can find the recording on our live stream at www.ustream.tv/search?q=ctimusic.  Today is our final day with the teams before sending them to the airport. The day consists of mostly flight packing and eating but also a...

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IMAGE Round Two Send Off Concert
Monday, 14 July 2014 -

Training is coming to an end as teams are getting geared up to go overseas. Teams only have one more day of rehearsal before setting up for their send off concert Tuesday, July 15th (6:30CST). The teams only have one more day here on the training site, which consists mostly of flight packing and then it’s to the airport! Don’t forget to tune and join us for there send off concert at Willmar CRC...

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IMAGE Round 1 Final Concert
Saturday, 12 July 2014 -

Round One had their final concerts together last night. The event was not only a culminating program for themselves but also to pass the CTI "torch" on to Round Two team members as they prepare to go overseas soon.   The messages that the teams sought to communicate to the Round Two community were that of joyful servanthood in light of the Gospel and focusing on the ministries of today as opposed to what happens tomorrow.    ...

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IMAGE Safe Arrival
Thursday, 10 July 2014 -

Team Hong Kong and Taiwan have arrived safe here in Minnesota after a long day of travelling. Tomorrow teams will begin there time here at FBC with worship then it is on to debriefing there time spent overseas. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for the Q&A time starting at 4:00PM CST and final concert at 7:00PM CST. 

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Culture Training
Thursday, 10 July 2014 -

Yesterday was the start of the teams cultural training activities and seminars. The goal of these activities is to develop an understanding that common things in our culture may not be perceived the same when you are in another country, develop a appreciation for other cultures, and understand why it is important to have an understanding and appreciation for the cultural differences. These various activities and seminars that the team members...

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IMAGE Round One Final Concerts
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 -

This Evening our overseas teams will start their long travel back home after spending more than three weeks overseas. Following arrival, teams Taiwan and Hong Kong will begin debriefing their time spent overseas and have their final concerts. The Final concerts will be at First Baptist Church this Friday, July 11th.  The night will start off with a question and answer time starting at 4:00PM CST followed by the concert, which begins at...

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