Dear New Hope,
This Saturday we had our second Agape Youth Purity Seminar. The purpose of the seminar was to give the youth a biblical understanging of sex, marriage and purity. We had 9 boys and 15 girls make the pledge “Purity Code” to keep themselves sexually pure for marriage. They were given purity rings and necklaces and certificates as a reminder of their promise to God. This kind of teaching on purity goes so far against everything that is experienced in Havana, where sex outside of marriage is the norm. Not only that, where young girls give away their bodies for some bread or alcohol so easily. Our prayer is that the youth will be salt and light as they live lives of purity in devotion to Christ, shining the light of the gospel in the darkest places in Havana. Please pray for these kids to be given grace and faith to stand against the culture and resist temptations that are all around them.

God’s love,

Steve

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Dear New Hope,
We had our first evangelism outing of the year this Saturday in an area called Samora Machel. God provided a great turnout of kids who were eager to share God’s word and they were able to find many kids in the neighborhood to share the gospel with. We use a gospel tract called “Two Ways to Live”. It’s an amazing thing to see God using these kids to bring the good news to other youth in Havana. What we’ve seen is that these evangelism outings really bring kids into Agape Youth and they end up staying, becoming regular members. Today, about 10 new kids came to our service through the evangelism outing. Praise God! Please pray that these new kids may experience the love of Christ at Agape Youth and have their eyes opened to see Jesus.

Other prayer request:
1. One of our boys we’ve been discipling for over a year in worship team decided to quit abruptly and is not even coming to services anymore. Please pray for God to soften his heart and give him a heart to come back.
2. Please pray that we can get our Koinonia groups started soon. (Kids leading groups during the week to read the bible and pray)

God’s love,

Steve