SBFYC update

Thanks for your prayers for this meeting. Though I do not have a final report from the leaders of the conference, more than 50 people indicated that they believed God was calling them to give their lives to cross-cultural evangelism and church planting. Several from our church spoke with me and other adults about their sense of being called. One recent high school graduate put it like this, “I do not want to waste my life!” Another told my wife that she now believes that the reason she is pursuing an education degree is so that she can go to “some hard place where Jesus is not known and try to make Him known.” That is language that we regularly use in our church–both in preaching and teaching as well as in our praying–that God will call many from among us to go to some hard place to live and die in order to make Jesus known.

The last 5 days have seen some real difficulties and trials with some of our youth during the conference. Some of these were never-before-experienced-kinds-of-challenges. One of our men astutely observed last night that in praying for and calling for our youth to be thrust into the harvest fields we were inviting the assaults of hell and should not be surprised at the resultant spiritual battles. I think he is right. In addition to those who are seeking further counsel to sort out a call to go to unreached people groups, one of our young ladies professed faith in Christ.

In a previous post I mentioned “To Every Tribe Ministries” but did not give their website address. My friend, John Divito, sent it to me. Find out more about them at: www.toeverytribe.com.

Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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