Olivet Teen Mission International celebrated three years of ministry led by the grace of God in a commemoration service in Dover, New York on April 17. The Olivet Center Chapel was filled with excitement as attendees and ministers received abundant joy from the Lord and activities.
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The service included praise from Jubilee and an opening prayer. Pastor Amanda Garcia, the OTM International Representative, delivered a sermon from Matthew 5:14, which is the ministry's verse, stating: "You are the light of the world..." She shared God's view and hope for the teenagers of the world and the next generation.
She testified about how the Lord worked in her life when she was a teenager, sharing how meeting God at that time and receiving his love and joy gave her life hope and meaning. She also spoke about her desire to do teen mission after becoming a Christian "because I wanted to give this hope to all teenagers that I myself received from the Lord."
Pastor Amanda also proclaimed the word from Luke 7:11-17 where Jesus resurrects a widow's only son who has died. Pastor Amanda exhorted all who were present to cry out for the youth, this young generation who is dying so that they may be given back alive to the woman, the church.
After the sermon, all participants watched a short video which showed all that God has done through OTM these past three years. They then had a time of blessings and testimonies from leaders and Dover teens. Leaders from World Olivet Assembly, Faith and Family Foundation and Olivet Academy gave their blessings to the ministry and leaders of OTM.
A pair of teens also shared testimonies about how God has worked in their lives through OTM. At the end of the service, an Elim Center representative in Dover led a time of prayer for the ministry leaders and teens, followed by a cake cutting and photos.
Praise God for raising Olivet Teen Mission International and guiding this precious ministry for the past three years. May He continue to do even greater things through OTM in the future.