Lehigh Valley took over the OYC Instagram recently and shared some highlights from the year and messages from the heart.

The Lehigh Valley is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States, and the 3rd largest area in the state of Pennsylvania, with 820,000 people in the valley including 40 thousand college students on 9 campuses, we need help building our campus ministry across those 9 schools. The church was planted in 2018 and already has dreams of sending a campus regional plant to Kutztown University in 2021.

This site is not just an important location that needs workers, but with the dream of sending out, it becomes a launching point for the gospel. This kind of church resonates with the heart of the early church in Antioch, which was a hub for Paul’s missionary journeys and led to growth in the region.

Jesus preached the message that what starts small as just a seed can grow more than we could imagine. You may ask, “what could even happen in a year?”, let God answer and by faith see what can come of our obedience to go by faith into the places of need.

Riley and Shawnee, two disciples who came to Lehigh Valley for the OYC shared how God has moved in their lives, encouraged them, and allowed them to follow through in this decision to serve the kingdom, despite differences, despite challenges, despite uncertainties.

Stay tuned for more takeovers at the One Year Challenge Instagram.

This video shows a bit of the fun that Lehigh Valley shared this week. From pumpkin carving, singing together, game nights and ice skating, and even this pie to the face, we definitely witnessed some of the rich character of this campus ministry!

New Content on the One Year Challenge Blog : Monday Music He Lives! This Brazilian song has a solid message and great sound: “Ele Vive” by Leonardo Gonçalves.

What We’re Reading Today Another week with quotes from Hudson Taylor’s autobiography, comprised of various journal entries and writings! For what service I was accepted I knew not; but a deep consciousness that I was no longer my own took possession of me, which has never since been effaced. It has been a very practical consciousness.

Featured Article: Talking Sin to a Culture that doesn’t Believe in it This article, by Becky Pippert, is a great inspiration for our pursuit of spreading the gospel and sharing our lives. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Thursday Links: Resources for Faithful Justice A collection of great books and resources to understand justice and God’s heart toward justice, something we always have to approach with humility, because we are all limited in our knowledge. This reading list is compiled by Intervarsity Ministries.

Great Images: Culture Shock and its Benefits Have you thought of going abroad for the challenge? There will be obstacles, but that not necessarily a bad thing! In fact, these images can show you some of the many pros!