We are excited to introduce a new program from Ask or Think Ministries that can be a huge asset to teens after they make decisions at summer camp. It’s called Continue. Often teens make great decisions at camp, but too often do not stick to them. This new resource will help remind teens every day for 30 days about their renewed choices to follow Christ.
Continue is a text messaging plan that gives a challenge to teens on their phone every day for 30 days. These challenges include watching short online videos, reading articles, attending church, memorizing Scripture, and meeting with their parents or a mentor once a week. There is also a website filled with articles and videos providing additional resources for teens to “continue” in the things they have learned and the decisions they have made. The website also offers resources that parents and youth pastors will find helpful in
encouraging the teens in their lives.
Continue is a production of Ask or Think ministries and is being offered for FREE to Christian camps and youth groups! To find out more or how to get this program on the phones of your teens, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and check out the website and promo video at http://continuechallenge.com/.
- The Chicago 1-1-1 conference
- Prayer Requests
- Introducing the Continue Challenge
- Ben on the Air
The Pure.Truth Movement is a mission of Ask or Think ministries to give Bible education about purity, relationships, and marriage from the Bible. In its very first event in Indianapolis we reached over 1100 with the message of purity. This year in Chicago with the exciting addition of our Parent track almost 1,000 lives were touched by the message of purity.
The Pure Truth Conference features Key Note speakers such as Jim Schettler, Rand Hummel and Ben Schettler. Teens are challenged with the why and how of a lifetime of personal purity and then given the tools needed to carry out their commitments; all who attended the conference can sign up for a free 30 day challenge plan to send texts to their phone every day. For more information about attending a Pure. Truth event or bringing this important day to your Church or Christian school check out our website.
Have you ever taken a stand for Christ, drawn a line in the sand about a spiritual decision, or gone all-in on a Christian commitment–only to find that continuing in that passion and purpose is not so easy once the campfire dims and the invitation song fades? Continue gives practical steps that any believer can take to help him or her keep those commitments and succeed in faithful living. Ben walks you through six key actions–Believe, Love, Pray, Pursue, Remain, Serve–that will make the difference between initial enthusiasm and daily endurance. You can continue in the decisions you make and go on to see lasting change in your walk with Christ!
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For me October 23, 2012, was one such day.
Makenzie was driving our Toyota Camry on I-80. We were halfway between Omaha, NE, and Des Moines, IA. Our car was in the right lane. I was in the passenger seat dividing my time between a phone call to a camp director and a reservation I was booking for that evening. I looked up from my computer to see the back of a semi-truck I was certain we were about to rear end. From the passenger side of the car, I grabbed for the steering wheel and angled the car into the left lane of the interstate. Makenzie was shocked, unprepared for the tail spin I had accidentally put the car into. I took my hand off the wheel while she attempted to correct the mess I had created. The abrupt turn caused the car to fish tail. The rear end of the car was sliding right, pointing the car toward the center median. By this time the car was in the left lane, even with the back half of the semi. Then the rear of the car slid left. Tires screeching. The car swung back. We were now headed under the semi. I knew it was over.
In less than a second the windshield shattered while the right side of the car folded into my face. I will never forget the image of the bottom of the trailer coming closer and closer. I was certain my life was over. I had no emotion. I knew my time had come. I was about to pass into eternity. In that moment the trailer bounced. The car released off the middle wheels of the semi and spun us backward. Our momentum kept us moving forward but we were facing backward for half a second our so. The car finally spun all the way around coming to a stop in the median.
Makenzie jumped out of the car. I sat there in silence. Not able to move. I wasn’t sure if I was all right. I was shocked to be alive. It took me over a minute to speak. She kept yelling at me, “Are you all right?! Are you all right?!” I didn’t know how I could be all right. But I was. I was safe. I was uninjured. I was alive!
Paramedics arrived. They asked me three times if I was sure I was the one in the passenger seat. They couldn’t believe that anyone could have walked away form that kind of crash. The driver who towed our car away said when he pulled up he was certain there was at least one fatality.
Alive. I know I don’t deserve to be. But I am. I know that God was in our car that day. It was a terrible accident that destroyed our car. But we were preserved. I know it is referring to eternal life, but Ephesians 4:5 says exactly how I feel: “But God who is rich in mercy because of his great love…made us alive together with Christ.” I have been made alive…again.
In the past three years we have traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and God has protected us through all of them. I am grateful for His mercy once again. Jehovah Nissi. He truly is our Protector!
Bahamas Mission Trip
In July, Ben & Makenzie joined with Pastor Dave Baldwin of Immanuel Baptist Church in Corunna, MI, and a team of 21 teens and 5 additional leaders for a life-changing week of ministry at Abundant Life Bible Church in Nassau, Bahamas. Incidentally, Abundant Life is pastored by Rev. Cranston Knowles, the newest member of the Ask or Think Board of Directors.
Here is what Ben had to say about the trip:
” ‘Kids these days…’ A phrase murmured far too often and unfortunately a far too accurate disparagement of some of today’s youth. However it’s not true of all of today’s youth. Ask or Think partnered with both adults and youth from Immanuel Baptist Church for an incredible trip to the Bahamas. For five days we held a soccer camp at Abundant Life Bible Church. Children ages 6-14 from all over the Island learned beginning soccer skills from members of the Bahamian National Soccer team as well as instructors from the Michigan team. I was able to teach the Bible and clearly give the Gospel twice each day. Great decisions were made in spiritual growth as well as salvation. We were blessed to see new families in church that Sunday as a result of the soccer camp.
“We also put on a two-day youth rally where we were able to have some fun games and present a Bible message each night. There were many great decisions made on both nights of the rally. On Saturday night a young man who had been part of the Jehovah’s Witness cult came to faith in Christ, and he and his two brothers were in church on Sunday!
“Ask or Think Ministries was honored to help facilitate this trip. Though not every young person ‘these days’ may have a shining testimony, I am thankful that God used this outstanding group of young people whose hearts are willing to serve Him.”
Pastor Dave Baldwin saw the impact of the mission trip on his youth group: “Ben & Makenzie, What a blessing it has been to serve alongside you this week. We may never know what all the Lord has been doing this week, but I have already seen our teens’ lives impacted in an amazing way! I have enjoyed getting to know you both through this journey, and look forward to future opportunities to serve our LORD together.”
The 30 Day Challenge blog and card packets have helped to guide the teens from the 1-1-1 conference in keeping their commitments to a heart, mind, and lifestyle of purity. The blog features daily video clips, as well as devotional articles by many of the conference speakers. The card packets have a memory verse and an application activity for each day and can be ordered for $6 plus shipping and handling. Contact us for additional information.
From July 30-August 6, Ask or Think is partnering with Emmanuel Baptist Church from Corunna, MI, and Abundant Life Bible Church in Nassau, Bahamas, (Pastor Cranston Knowles) to conduct a five-day evangelistic soccer camp for the island children as well as a two night area-wide youth crusade. This team of 30 led by Evangelist Ben Schettler and Emmanuel Baptist’s Youth Pastor Dave Baldwin will have the opportunity to minister to various churches on the island and impact the lives of many children and teens. The trip will also be a challenging and transforming week for the mission team.