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Dear Friends of YWAM Coatesville:
We want to thank you for 12 years of prayer and support for the ministry of YWAM Coatesville. We are truly grateful for all the great things God has done during our time in this city. Following is a brief summary of what God has done through the ministry of YWAM Coatesville:
University of the Nations: As part of the University of the Nations global campus, we hosted DiscipleshipTraining Schools and a LeadershipTraining Seminar . Over the years, we also hosted community ESL& computer classes and pioneered a preschool and kindergarten at the Coatesville Neighborhood Center. YWAM Coatesville has trained over 200 students in various programs and seminars, and in addition to local efforts, we have sent outreach teams to Asia, Middle East, Africa, and S. America.
Evangelism Ministry: YWAM Coatesville hosted an average of six out‐of‐state short term outreach teams each summer. These teams did open air dramas, door to door evangelism, and passed out tracks and bibles in the streets of Coatesville, Lancaster, Harrisburg, West Chester and Philadelphia. During the past 10 years of ministry, we saw over 500 people prayed for and give their life to Jesus. In addition, our Prayer Station offered a listening ear and prayers for the many people of Coatesville seeking hope and answers in life.
Mercy Ministry: The city of Coatesville is considered a low income city in PA; currently 6.8% of the entire population is unemployed. In 2009 36% lived below the poverty level, of which 79% were single moms. With that economical climate, families struggled to make ends meet and at times, as many as 90 families received food boxes each week. Working with other ministries in the city, meals and spiritual input was provided for the homeless at The Neighborhood Center each Sunday. In addition to our local outreach, YWAM Coatesville has built 20 homes for Internally Displaced People in northern Iraq impacted by years of civil war.
As many of you know, 2014 has been a year of transition for YWAM Coatesville. At the beginning of this year, we knew change was coming. Not knowing what all that meant, we welcomed a new year and embraced the unknown with anticipation.
Those of you who attended our 2013 fall banquet may remember that Metui and Parla announced they would be taking a year away from leading YWAM Coatesville to have a bit of a family sabbatical as well as participate in additional leadership training in YWAM Kona. Since that time, they packed up their house and family, preparing to be away for the next year.
Some of you also know the surprise they encountered when, three weeks before leaving, Parla had a mastectomy. While she is doing well on a 9-month “immune system rebuilding” protocol, this experience has caused them to do some re-evaluating of that one-year plan. After processing with the YWAM board of directors, their family, and their church leadership, they have decided that their season of bringing leadership to the ministry of YWAM Coatesville is complete in order to accommodate Parla’s recovery process.
What does this mean for the future of YWAM Coatesville? At this point, the answer is unclear. Although a search for new leadership is in process, no clear direction has emerged. Unless God brings in new leadership, YWAM Coatesville will close its doors.
Regardless of what the future holds, there are some current outstanding financial obligations that we are praying can be taken care of. Our need stands at approximately $15,000. Would you pray for us and consider making a year end contribution to help end this season in the black?
For more information, please contact us at email@example.com
Metui and Parla Veisauyadra and
YWAM Board of Directors