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Reflections from Wesley & Team Colombia

COJPC39¡Buenas tardes a todos!

 

As we pass the two-week mark of our time in Colombia, it occurs to me how faithful YFC has been to use our team to our fullest capacity. As Kasey pointed out last week, despite any frustrations or perceived failures by us, God is faithful to ensure that any work we do for His Kingdom is worthwhile, whether for the benefit of those we are trying to serve or for our personal relationships with Christ. I rejoice in all discomfort we face, for I think it is indicative of God pushing us to weakness for the sake of His Gospel.

 

This past Saturday, our team left for a village on a mountain just outside of Bogotá. YFC owns a building there where kids gather weekly to learn about God and fellowship with other kids and the YFC staff. We were excited for this nonmusical opportunity to help out as part of the staff!

 

Once we arrived, we were dismayed to find that the long pathway up the hill to the building was covered in deep mud from the rain. We soon realized there was no other way but to simply walk through the mud with our nice shoes (Toms, Sperry's, and the like). Once we actively decided to disregard the state of our shoes, navigating up the hill became an adventure that required teamwork to find walkable paths, cross trenches, and prevent one another from slipping.

 

After a successful trek to the YFC building, we proceeded to have some great ministry time with the village kids. In my particular small group, we practiced English using the Bible, studied from Proverbs and Job, and spent the remaining time coming up with interactive games to play together. When the students left, we helped the staff reorganize the building and carry boxes back down the hill.

 

It was a wonderful time. Looking back, however, had we been given a choice, the temptation of turning back from ministry would have been very strong. Perhaps we could try another day, perhaps our shoes were too heavy a price to pay to spend time with random strangers, perhaps we've already been pushed so hard that we no longer deserve anymore discomfort...

 

My mind goes to Genesis 25:29-34, the story of Esau and Jacob. After an exhausting day of hunting, Esau returns home and expects comfort and rest from Jacob, in the form of some delicious lentil stew. In exchange for the stew, Jacob demands from Esau his precious birthright, which Esau hastily gives up.

 

It occurs to me that our team has been given a birthright of sorts as well - as a foreign music group, we have been given the "right" to influence others towards Christ. It is easy for us to take this birthright for granted, as Esau did. Will we continue to steward our influence well, or will we trade it for something as insignificant as keeping our shoes clean? I believe this to be a relevant challenge to every believer, regardless of where we are or how little influence we think we have.

 

Since Kasey's last update, we have been playing mostly in churches for various events. Due to a Colombian holiday, we have gone about two days now without performing. We are all eager to be playing concerts again, and we will get the chance to tomorrow (July 1) at a local prison.

 

Until next time!
-Wesley

How to: Stay Posted on Social Media

MT1[Shoutout to Kirsten and Andrew, Round 2 overseas leaders, who helped on Media Team for Round 1!]

 

From the desk[top] of the Media Director:


I first crossed paths with CTI back at Urbana '09 [CTI will be in St. Louis again this winter for Urbana '15!]. I went on my first summer team in '11 to Singapore. I saw myself grow musically, spiritually and relationally in the CTI community that I found myself back in '12 on the team to Honduras. And to cut a long story short, here I am with #ctisummer15 after being a part of the fulltime program from '13-'15.

To say my time with CTI has changed my life would be an understatement. God has been so faithful. Every team I've been a part of has challenged me in a different way. I'm thankful that God allowed me to learn more about myself and about Him in an environment I love: in community with a dash of music and traveling.

This summer I'm excited to be in charge of media for the community (it's my first time grounded in Willmar when teams are sent overseas!) to share about the experience in a new way.

Connecting with family and friends in preparation of and in debriefing tours with CTI, I know how valuable team members' support systems are and how important it is to keep them in the loop of what I'm up to. Does that mean I'm good at it all the time? Definitely not. [Confession: some tours this past year I would go a month or more without calling my mom...] But I'm happy to take this on for the CTI community this summer!

In stewarding my role in sharing the ways in which God is working in and through the CTI community - through photos, videos and writing - I wanted to also share how you can make the most of our social mediums to stay informed.

facebook.com/ctimusic
Connecting with us on Facebook is an awesome way to be notified of events/concerts and see photos/videos from the community. Unfortunately, simply "Liking" a page doesn't ensure that you'll see when we post - unless you turn on notifications, you'll have to actively navigate to our page.
If you'd like to be notified when we post, where you'd click "Like," also check "Get Notifications."

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instagram.com/ctimusic
Instagram's perfect for candid snapshots throughout the day. In searching our summer hashtag (#ctisummer15), it was cool to see postings of the team in country!
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twitter.com/ctimusic
Twitter's great for sharing tidbits of conversations. I have to admit I didn't manage this actively Round 1 but our blogs and instagram posts were pushed here. I'll try to include more quotes Round 2.

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CTI Blogs: If you're reading all this from the CTI website, maybe I'm preaching to the choir... But did you know you can subscribe to our blogs and get an email notification every day if there were new posts in the last 24 hours? [Click HERE to subscribe to the blog]
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There are definitely many streams to follow. You'll have to find the combination that works best for you.

But THANK YOU for being a part of our community!

Reflections from Kasey & Team Colombia

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Hey everyone! Team Colombia has been on the ground for over a week now. We are happy to report that we have received our last piece of missing luggage, which has made our stage setups much easier! We have been playing mostly in schools and churches so far, with opportunities to minister during and after our concerts. We are working with some wonderful translators, which makes it much easier to connect with our audience in conversation.

 

Tuesday afternoon, we traveled to a city called Girardot. Our first concert of the day was at a prison. When we arrived to set up, the congregation of inmates were already seated and waiting for us. They sang songs together as we quickly set up the stage. Once we were ready, we played a concert that was focused on how the Gospel sets us free from our shame of the past. As a team we were encouraged by how engaged the inmates were throughout the concert. We didn't get a chance talk with them afterwards, but we were grateful for the opportunity to share stories of God's redemption.

 

After we left the prison, we headed to a park for an acoustic concert. There is a small group of believers who meet there weekly, and anyone in the community is welcome to come and hear the Gospel preached.

 

At that point in the day, we were feeling pretty tired and hot. We weren't able to set up our sound system, so that meant we needed to sing out loudly and engage the crowd as much as possible. However, we were able to set up a speaker that would allow us to perform one of our dramas called "Dare You To Move."

 

After the first few songs, we started the drama music and the team began performing it. Everything was going well, when suddenly, the music stopped playing. Everyone onstage froze, unsure of what to do. After a long, painful silence, a cow mooed loudly from the field next to our stage.

 

It was a defeating moment.

 

Thankfully, Wesley was able to resume the song right from where it had stopped, and we finished the skit. Though we were discouraged, we played the rest of the acoustic concert. At the end, the pastor of the church took the microphone and started talking to the crowd. None of us felt particularly great about how the concert had progressed. It had seemed like there were a lot of factors working against us: the heat, the lack of time beforehand, and the cow that interrupted our drama, to name a few.

 

What happened next was a humbling experience for the team.

 

The pastor thanked us for coming and playing the concert. He asked if there was anyone in the audience who was moved by the message of the Gospel and wanted to put their faith in Christ for the first time. A man and a woman stood together and came up to the front. The pastor prayed with them, and we prayed for them as a congregation. It was clear that they had been impacted by the Gospel message.

 

Even though we felt that the concert went poorly, it was clear to us that God had still chosen to bear fruit with the message that we presented. It was a powerful reminder for us that God is greater than our weakness, and He so often works when we are at our weakest. We can never say that what we are doing here isn't worth it. If even one person comes to faith, it is worth it.

 

We finished up the night with a concert in the front yard of someone's house. We played for a small fellowship of believers that meet there regularly in the front yard. During the concert, there was a man who seemed to be very impacted by what we were sharing. He came up to me after the concert and handed me a plastic sack with two mangos inside. He said that the concert had been a blessing to him, and he wanted to give us something in return.

 

Thank you for praying for us and for following our journey in Colombia! Pray for us to continue giving everything we have for the sake of the Gospel, and that God would continue to work powerfully through us in our weakness. Pray for continued health as well.

 

Until next time,

Kasey & Team Colombia

Update + Shoutouts! from Team Taiwan

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Hello! We arrived in Taipei safely with all of our gear intact. We've Stayed in Danshui for a few days and received cultural and ministry orientation. Next we traveled south to Er-Shui. We've partnered with pastor Liu of  Er-Shui church. Our ministry has included leading youth groups, church congregations and playing at a girls home. We have also been teaching a group of students an English song that will be recorded by the church for ministry use.

 

We are currently gearing up to travel and partner with another pastor to minister in a number of schools and churches that have never had foreigners come and minister. Pastor Liu explained that in small towns, when something new happens, everyone from the town comes to see. We are happy to be part of this strategic ministry and Pastor Liu is excited to use us in an effort to reach these people.

 

The team has been so humbled by the love and generosity we've recieved here. We have been encouraged by team Colombia's photos and updates of ministry. We are praying for you guys. Our God is at work all over the world and we are blessed to be a part of it. More to come soon!

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Edmund: Taiwan is super amazing! Totally in love with the people, the food, the culture, everything! I want to let my family, my friends, and my supporters know I am doing great. God has been working miracles here and it is awesome to be apart of it all! Missing home but so don't want to come back yet! Love y'all!

 

Kiana: Hi! Just letting you know we are all great, and God has blessed us way more abundantly than I could have ever imagined. We have had so many exciting adventures and I am loving it so much! Sending lots of joy and love from Taiwan!!

 

Daniella: Hello family! I am doing well and have gotten to experience a lot of cool Taiwanese things :) Can't wait to tell you about them! Miss you guys SO much...love you guys!!!!!

 

Kim: Hey guys! We've been having a blast over here meeting amazing people, playing music, and eating new foods. Taiwan is hecka awesome. God is so faithful! Miss you mom, dad and the rest of the fam!  PS. Can't wait to see you Becs!!

 

Jose: Hey all. Enjoying Taiwan. I love the food. Lots of new things to try. I can't wait to see what happens these next few weeks. God is definitely moving.

 

James: Great to be back in Taiwan, enjoying a new experience. Looking forward to seeing what God will be doing through us and through our music! Hope everyone back home is doing well!

 

Lindsey: To all my friends and family, I miss and love you all so much! I'm having a great time in Taiwan- I'm learning so much about God and about myself too! I'm so grateful to be here and grateful for all of your help and support!

 

Chris: Family, friends, and supporters, Taiwan is an amazing place. The food is great! Keep the team and I in your prayers, that our music will impact the people here. To my family, Wǒ ài nǐ (I love you). P.S. Stay out of trouble Pipsqueak XD

 

Evan: Hey everybody! I'm loving Taiwan and am so grateful to be here. I am excited about the ministry we've done and have yet to do. God has brought us here for a purpose and it is incredible to begin to see what that looks like. We are abundantly blessed by our contacts, tranlators and hosts. We have felt so loved and welcomed here. Thank you for the prayers and support. Love you all!

 

Holly: Hi family and friends! We're doing well here - have been learning a lot about the Taiwanese culture from YWAM staff, especially our amazing translators. We've been able to try a lot of new food and see the beautiful countryside, as well as connect with church members, youth, and kids that we've met at our venues. God is faithful to provide all we need. I ask for your prayers and send my love. 

 

-Love Team Taiwan

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  • CTI 14:21 2009-10 Blog


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  • Taiwan 2010


    Taiwan_1_350Lesley Denford
    Aaron Edwards
    Sarah Hau
    Rachel Hochstein
    Jeff Kent
    Tico Kim
    Lindsey Posey
    Matt Adams
    Grace Fung
    Rachel Sinkgraven
    Brandon Takeuchi
    Andy Tse
    Westley Wong

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  • Honduras 2010


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    Carrie Vanderhorst
    Grace Li
    Brianne Faris
    Irene Johnson
    Chris Wong
    Ray Low


    Steve Buhler
    Abram Dahlby
    Brooke O'Donnell
    Andrea Webb
    Jiyae Hwang
    Chad Martin
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  • Hong Kong 2010


    Hong_Kong_2_350Eric Mok
    Roman Alexeev
    Alex Dooley
    Cameron Pacheco
    Aby Treiber
    Sarah Zylstra
    Rachelle Poppema
    Virgilia Chen
    Hannah French
    Keren Swedberg
    Bayer Watson
    Heather Hlavaty
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  • Singapore 2010


    Singapore_1_350Jim Dernell
    Fiona Cheung
    Alvin Cheung
    Tom Hardesty
    Pamela Hemphill
    Kylie Yueh
    Rebecca Jacobson
    Eric Kuvakos
    Emily Zehall
    Paula Ng
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  • Guatemala 2010


    Guat3_350Ken Simerly
    Gloria Choi
    Christina Tamai
    Nicole Hostetler
    Natalie Andino
    Andre Vanderstoep
    Laura Schuh
    Elizabeth Lawrensen
    Danielle Goeders
    Jeremy Yang
    Ankie Lin
    Daniel Crespo
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  • Mozambique 2010


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    Jeff Hau
    Cody Hultgren
    James Peil
    Mark Lindgren
    Mandy Woo
    Eva Cheng
    Nicola Losik
    Karen Brubaker
    Rachel Jeong
    Aaron Sweely
    Yale Cho

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  • CTI 14:21 2010-11 Blog

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  • CTI 14:22 2010-11 Blog

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  • Taiwan 2011

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    Team Taiwan is led by
    Gretchen Otness
    (vocals) and
    Matt Midthun (sound tech) and features:

     

    Michelle Chiu (vocals)

    Ashley Linderer (vocals)

    Matt Tam (vocals)

    Kristen Tam (keyboard)

    David Chan (guitar)

    Boomer Conchu (guitar)

    Ming Lam (drums)

    Mike Wilkins (bass)


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  • Singapore 2011

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    Team Singapore is led by
    Rachel Marsh
    (vocals) and
    Aaron Briggs
    (sound tech) and features:

     

    Bree Ainley (vocals)

    Emily Ames (vocals)

    Nick Wong (vocals)

    Patty Lin (keyboard)

    Chad Martin (guitar)

    Nick Orton (guitar)

    Daniel Crespo (drums)

    Aaron Wong (guitar/bass)


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  • Hong Kong 2011

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    Team Hong Kong is led by
    Jenn Smock
    (guitar) and
    Tim LaBerge
    and features:

     

    Grace Liao (vocals)

    Jen Bailey (vocals)

    Abby McElhenny (vocals)

    Sam Heibel (vocals)

    Daniel Tillotson (vocals)

    Justin Mier (sound tech)

    Lily Maxwell (keyboard)

    Hannah Olson (guitar)

    Aaron Price (drums)

    Corban Wichtendahl (bass)


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    19
  • Honduras 2011

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    Team Honduras is led by
    Micaela Tucker
    (sound tech) and
    Wyatt Girton
    (bass), and features:

     

    Becca Cupp (vocals)

    Bethany Wichman (vocals)

    Kelsey Farrell (vocals)

    Frances Coontz (vocals)

    Lawrence Park (vocals)

    Jon Beirma (guitar)

    David Leong (guitar)

    Lenny See (guitar)

    Ellie Brunner (keys)

    Caleb Morris (drums)


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  • Guatemala 2011

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    Team Guatemala is led by 
    Nolan Nordlund
    (sound tech) and
    Kara Fortney, and features:

     

    David Martinez (vocals)

    Emily Leung (vocals)

    Janelle VanderWier (vocals)

    Megan Breyer (vocals)

    Amanda Lee (vocals)

    Simon Ng (guitar)

    Jake Hecox (guitar)

    Sam Lin (guitar)

    Chris Ngan (bass)

    Lisa Burhanna (keys)

    Rebecca Jacobson (drums)


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  • CTI 14:21 2011-12 Blog
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  • CTI 14:22 2011-12 Blog
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  • Taiwan 2012

    YWAM Taiwan

    Partner: YWAM Taiwan


    While in country, they will be working with YWAM Taiwan. Reaching youth with the gospel can take many years in Taiwanese culture. YWAM builds long-term relationships with students here through a coffee shop ministry known as “The Rock.” CTI teams connect kids with YWAM through evening coffeehouse concerts and conversational evangelism with students who are eager to practice their English on Americans. During the days, teams minister in hospitals, schools, and through open-air concerts on the bustling streets and wharfs of Taipei.

    Team Taiwan is led by James Peil (guitar) and Brooke O'Donnell and features:

    • Aaron Wong - Bass
    • Brandon Apol - Guitar
    • Grace Wan - Vocals
    • Catherine Wong - Vocals
    • Jill Palmquist - Tech
    • Matt Dooley - Drums
    • Shulammite Chow - Vocals
    • Kat Freeman - Vocals
    • Nathan Lindgren - Vocals
    • Rachel Tong - Keys
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  • Singapore 2012

    Singapore


    Partner: Local Ministries


    Local ministries use CTI teams to connect with the young people of their country through music that is exciting and recognizable to Singaporean youth. They have been established as a band "that sings meaningful songs,” and carefully crafts programs using specific themes that are relevant to their students. This approach has created a large fan base that attracts many young people to CTI concerts in Singapore. As a result, our partners have significant opportunities for evangelism and discipleship.


    Team Singapore is led by Christina Tamai and Abe Dahlby (guitar) and features:

    • Jonny Menges - Drums
    • Logan Klein - Bass
    • Max Cheung - Keys
    • Nina Downer - Vocals
    • Jenna Rylaarsdam - Vocals
    • Katie Nafziger - Vocals
    • Luke Dorman - Vocals
    • Amos Lee - Guitar
    • Scott Mende - Tech
    • Sophia Calhoun - Vocals
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  • Hong Kong 2012

    YFC Hong Kong

    Partner: YFC Hong Kong


    In addition to a packed appearance schedule in the malls, streets, parks and churches of Hong Kong, our teams also minister in the public schools here, giving YFC opportunities to present the gospel that wouldn’t be possible without our team’s presence. CTI also plays a crucial role in YFC’s unique outreach to the elderly; a people group that is tragically neglected by this busy society. YFC provides basic needs and opportunities for significance by involving them in our team’s events. The gospel isn’t just heard here – it is experienced.


    Team Taiwan is led by Kelly Ervin (vocals) and Calvin DeVries (tech) and features:

    • Amanda Lothe - Vocals
    • Josh Stecker - Drums
    • David Leong - Guitar
    • Ross Flynn - Bass
    • Zachary Belton - Keys
    • Eva Viss - Guitar
    • Nolan Welliver - Vocals
    • Kendra Thompson - Vocals
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  • Guatemala 2012

    YFC Guatemala

    Partner: YFC Guatemala


    YFC Guatemala seeks to reach 10,000 young people with the gospel every year through the G-21 initiative; a network of churches and ministries that disciple youth who respond to gospel. CTI plays a central role in this initiative by bringing exposure to YFC through a nationwide appearance schedule in schools, churches and public places. The National Day of Prayer is an annual event coordinated by YFC here, and it serves as a rallying point for their ministry. CTI plays a role in this event each year, building on a partnership with YFC in Guatemala dating back to 1996.


    Team Taiwan is led by Chris Wong (lead guitar) and Hannah Olson and features:

    • Marta Vandertop - Vocals
    • Michelle Chiu - Vocals
    • Everitt Smith - Tech
    • Elijah Schiarelli - Guitar
    • Derek Wagter - Vocals
    • Megan Shirk - Vocals
    • Marissa Wilhite - Keys
    • Samuel Iun - Bass
    • Matthew Chan - Guitar
    • Audrey Chao - Drums
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  • Honduras 2012

    YFC Honduras

    Partner: YFC Honduras


    YFC Honduras provides training to public school teachers through an arrangement with the national government. This gives them unprecedented access to the public schools where they are able to share the gospel with students and teachers alike. CTI teams perform in schools all over the country, connecting students with YFC and the local church. In the remote town of La Entrada, our team supports youth outreach activities at a camp and retreat center run by YFC.


    Team Taiwan is led by Gretchen Otness and Erik Wilkins (tech) and features:

    • Ryan Choy - Drums
    • Stephanie Fong - Vocals
    • Patty Lin - Vocals
    • Reina Almendarez - Vocals
    • Adam Wong - Guitar
    • Caleb Yee - Vocals
    • Christine Wu - Vocals
    • Jimi Oke - Bass
    • Christopher Cleland - Guitar

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  • CTI 14:21 2012-13 Blog
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    70
  • CTI 14:22 2012-13 Blog
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  • Zimbabwe 2013

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    Team Zimbabwe is led by
    Jeff Hau  
    (bass) and
    Melody Nash (sound tech) and features:

     

    Patrick Tseng (vocals)

    Jessica Ng (vocals)

    Keilah Quimby (vocals)

    Josh Kavanagh (keyboard)

    Sam Eaton (vocals & guitar)

    Patrick Haughey (guitar)

    Aaron Price (drums)

     


    CTI is very excited about the opportunity to return to YFC Zimbabwe as it has been over a decade since the ministry has partnered with this organization.  YFC Zimbabwe is, in many ways, going through a lot of changes and with that trying out new methods of ministry.  They see CTI as an organization that can join them in this endeavor.  For this team, they will seek to join YFC Zimbabwe in their goal of ministering to those who have fewer social advantages than other people groups while focusing on helping YFC Zimbabwe build long term relationships with the people they minister to.  All this, while centering their message on the hope and freedom that is only found in Christ.
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  • Japan 2013

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    Team Japan is led by
    Christina Tamai  
    (sound tech) and
    Issac Haaland (bass) and features:

     

    Tristan Poon (vocals)

    Teresa Yuan (vocals)

    Sophia Larson (vocals)

    Alyssa Tomalino (vocals)

    Paulo Escuro (keyboard)

    Justin Cook (guitar)

    Katelyn Beckman (guitar)

    Lindsay Mark (drums)

     


    One of the goals of YFC Japan is to "build bridges between secular people and Christians."  They place a high value on relationship and a subjective sharing of one's faith, and thus seek opportunities that allow them to build personal relationships with the people they minister to.  Some of the bigger struggles in Japan include loneliness, depression, and purposelessness, and because of this, the team will be equipped to proclaim a message of hope, belonging, and self-worth.  Making cultural connections is key to their ministry and the team will seek to do just that, speaking directly to the needs of the audience and presenting the truth of the Gospel as it applies to Japanese culture.
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  • Taiwan 2013

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    Team Taiwan is led by
    Hannah Olson  
    (guitar) and
    Clayton Girton (sound tech) and features:

     

    Aria Wright (vocals)

    Jennie Shaver (vocals)

    Julie Springerley (vocals)

    Matt O'Leary (vocals)

    Margaret Kirst (keyboard)

    Benjamin Chong (guitar)

    Sam Lin(bass)

    Justin Oliver (drums)

     

    YWAM Taiwan has a passion for relational ministry.  In addition, they see every team that comes through as one that brings a specific set of strengths that can enhance their ministry and serve them.  Also, though this team will not be in Taiwan for the long term, YWAM Taiwan sees everything as an investment for the long term vision.  Any connections this team makes during their time will be pursued.  The team will play in a variety of venues. One particular venue the team will spend some time at is "The Rock"--YWAM's own coffeeshop ministry that focuses on building long term relationships with those they minister to.  All in all, this team will be a part of a long term vision, one that seeks to build relationships, share the Gospel, and help people mature in their faith.
    Article Count:
    11
  • Honduras 2013

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    Team Honduras is led by 

    Brooke O'Donnell (bass) and
    Evan Stout (drums) and features:

     

    Skyeler Tenopir (vocals)

    Claire Goodrich (vocals)

    Rachelle Tai (vocals)

    Camorra Boldt (vocals)

    Angie Chan (vocals)

    Steven Phu (guitar and vocals)

    Roger Wang (guitar)

    Matt Kelley (keyboard)

    Abraham Lam (sound tech)

     

     


    Mauricio, the director of YFC Honduras, uses every opportunity available to preach the Gospel.  CTI teams grant him a unique and different way to do that.  In many ways, CTI allows him to meet more people and create further conversations with people down the road.  Relationships are highly valued in Honduran culture and though the team won't be able to personally follow up long term with the people they minister to, YFC pursues those new connections, at times with youth they may not have been able to connect with otherwise.  The people of Honduras highly value the ideas of strength, freedom, and unity.  The YFC staff in particular value the message that there is freedom in Christ and through their own personal stories, minister to others by proclaiming the liberation Christ offers from sin, shame, worry, addiction, and self-destructive behavior.
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  • Guatemala 2013

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    Team Guatemala is led by Eric Wilkins (drums) and Emily Zehall (bass) and features:

     

    Josh Hampton (vocals)

    Charis Wang (vocals)

    Olivia Lindberg (vocals)

    Rachel Tait (vocals)

    Tess Roling (vocals)

    Jonathan Cheng (keyboard)

    Sarah Wiesner (guitar)

    Victor Zou (sound tech)


     

     

     

    CTI teams play a big role in the ministry of YFC Guatemala each year.  They provide a sort of push that allows the YFC to interact with youth that they normally wouldn't be able to.  Teams themselves don't often get as much of that interaction time, but their works pave the way for YFC to continue forging relationships.  In Guatemalan culture, relationships take a very high priority, and as such are essential for the sharing of the Gospel.  YFC Guatemala also seeks to focus on drawing Christians deeper into what they believe so that they can go beyond simply knowing the "facts" of the Gospel.  All in all, the team will partner alongside and support the ministry of the YFC, seeking to be that push which strengthens the work the YFC has been doing and will continue to do long after the team's time in country is complete.

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    12
  • Singapore 2013

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    Team Singapore is led by 

    Micaela Tucker (vocals) and Chris Newman (guitar and vocals) and features:

     

    Jenna Dillon (vocals)

    Hannah Kepner (vocals)

    Faith Wirajsilp (vocals)

    Edwin Lee (guitar)

    Nicole Yuen (keyboard)

    Josiah Vik (bass)

    Travis Kapcia (drums)

    Joe Paull (sound tech)

     

     


    YFC Singapore has a very clear vision of how they will use a CTI team.  Often times, they even develop the music repertoire themselves, going as far as crafting set-lists for the various places the teams are set up to appear.  CTI teams are used to heighten interest in a large finale event or to create opportunities for personal relationships to form between the YFC staff and CTI's audiences.  YFC Singapore will use the team to draw crowds and set up future opportunities where the Gospel can be boldy presented.  Personal relationships are very important in Singaporean culture as building long term relationships often precedes sharing the Gospel, so teams may not see the fruit of their work.  However, YFC Singapore will continue to pursue the relationships the team helps to build long after the team's time in country is complete.
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  • CTI 14:21 2013-2014 Blog
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  • CTI 14:22 2013-2014 Blog
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  • CTI News Blog

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  • Love and Light
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  • Hong Kong 2014
       
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    Team Members:

     

    Patty Lin - Team Leader

     

    Isaac Haaland - Co Leader

     

    Grace Phan-Nguyen - Vocals         

     

    Lisa Choate - Vocals

     

    Ethan Callies - Sound Tech

     

    Alexa Palacios - Keys 

     

    Jayden Van Sant - Guitar

     

    Matthew Nisley - Vocals

     

    Aaron Swan - Bass

     

    Brianna Kennedy - Vocals

     

    Danial Shen - Drums

     

     

     

    Promo Photos (click thumbnail to download) 

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    Team Hong Kong Photo Gallery

     

     

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  • Taiwan 2014
       
    Taiwan1 

     Team Members:

     

    Kelvin Woo - Team Leader/Sound Tech          

     

    Hannah Olson - Co Leader/Bass

     

    Wesley Lin - Vocals

     

    James Lau - Keys

     

    Hannah Haugen - Vocals

     

    Kaitlin Sheppard - Vocals

     

    Steven Morel - Guitar

     

    Victoria Lamb - Drums

     

    Edmund Ma - Vocals

     

    Ethan Erickson - Guitar

     

     

     

     

     

    Promo Photos (click thumbnail to download)

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     Team Taiwan Photo Gallery

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  • Singapore 2014
       
    singaporepromo1 

    Team Members:

     

    Paul "PQ" Quiram - Team Leader / Sound Tech 

         

    Michelle Chiu - Co Leader / Vocals

     

    Hosea Mak - Keys

     

    Kellie Hedberg - Keys

     

    Wendy Vides - Vocals

     

    Anthony Cozza - Guitar

     

    Kimberly Zeinstra - Guitar

     

    John Darrah - Bass

     

    Esther Leung - Drums

     

    Dennis Shem - Guitar

     

    Marcus Hilding - Vocals

     

     

     

     

    Promo Photos (click thumbnail to download)

     

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    Team Singapore Photo Gallery

     

      
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  • Guatemala 2014

    Colombia 2015 

    More details to come whenever Kelvin fills this in!

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  • CTI 14:21
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  • CTI 14:22
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  • Colombia 2015

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     Team Members:

     

    Kasey Manning - Team Leader, Bass

     

    Wesley Lin - Co Leader, Sound Tech

     

    Daniel Somerville - Drums

     

    Riley Merino - Guitar

     

    Janell Brower - Guitar

     

    Brendan Lane - Keys

     

    Nathan Wong - Vocals

     

    Hannah Haugen - Vocals

     

    Caitlyn Sheehy - Vocals

     

    Shailynn Miller - Vocals

     

    Promo Photos (click thumbnail to download) 

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    Team Colombia Photo Gallery

     

     

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    12
  • Taiwan 2015

     

    TW15hires1

     Team Members:

     

    Holly Hassman - Team Leader, Bass

     

    Evan Stout - Co Leader, Drummer

     

    Guadalupe Silva, Jr. - Guitar

     

    Kimberly Zeinstra - Guitar

     

    Chris Thompson - Guitar

     

    James Lau - Keys

     

    Edmund Ma - Vocals, Sound Tech

     

    Kiana Pieters - Vocals

     

    Daniella Darling - Vocals

     

    Lindsey Walker - Vocals

     

    Promo Photos (click thumbnail to download) 

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    Team Taiwan Photo Gallery

     

     

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    10
  • Honduras 2015

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     Team Members:

     

    to be announced ....

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Promo Photos (click thumbnail to download) 

    coming soon...

     

    Team Honduras Photo Gallery

     

     

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    2
  • Hong Kong 2015

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     Team Members:

     

    to be announced ....

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Promo Photos (click thumbnail to download) 

    coming soon...

     

    Team Hong Kong Photo Gallery

     

     

    Article Count:
    2
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