“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2) The aim of Artizo is to raise up the next generation of Bible teachers and church leaders. Part of the program focuses on identifying and encouraging young people with gifts for ministry. To this end, Artizo will be starting the ‘222’ program in January focused on post-secondary aged people. The post-secondary age is a key time in a person’s life when people make decisions that affect the rest of their lives, and we need to be there getting them thinking about future ministry possibilities. This will be an unpaid program, but the trainees will be given an older ministry mentor, two full-day training sessions a year and training and experience in missions and preaching. The program will last 3 years. The trial program will start in 2010 and will have an initial intake of 3 young adults. It is planned that 222 will grow so that there are at least 20 ‘222ers’ moving through the program at any time. We pray that in God’s mercy many of these young people will in the future be part of the internship program with Artizo as a stepping stone to them entering full-time ministry. ‘And Jesus said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”’ (Luke 10:2) God answers prayers, but not always in the way we expect. I’m sure many of you have prayed that God will raise up workers in Canada to proclaim salvation and life in Christ. We are all aware that our country desperately needs them. Canada, though rich materially, is in a catastrophic and deadly spiritual drought. The number of people gathering together on Sunday in churches has dropped by 28% over the last 15 years. In the Anglican church, attendance has dropped by 85% over the last 40 years. Initially, after joining the Artizo ministry almost 4 years ago, I was dismayed that there weren’t more young Canadians coming forward to join the program. However, I soon realized God in His mercy is bringing to Canada the leaders we need now, and although Artizo will continue to focus on raising up leaders from within Canada, if right now some need to come from the US, Britain, Australia or anywhere else, we thank God for His generosity. If you visit the news page of our website, you will see that 7 out of 11 of our young interns come from outside Canada. My dismay about the lack of Canadians has turned to amazement every time God brings another young leader to the program that could be very successful in a worldly sense in secular pursuits, but instead has either committed or is seriously considering committing their lives to full-time service in ministry in Canada. This is even more amazing when you consider that the non- Canadians are willing to leave their home countries to bring Christ to Canada. God answers prayers, but not always in the way we expect.
Artizo is Vancouver-based company (British Columbia, Canada) with a phone number 6047314966. Our data show that the company is located at the address: 1490 Nanton Ave. The company has a web site: www.artizo.org.
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