This year, we are celebrating 25 Years of JAM at Cairn University. This ministry, although only occurring 1-2 weekends a year, has a rich heritage of bringing people together, starting new ministries, and changing lives. Read more about JAM’s eternal impact in the forthcoming edition of Cairn, the University’s magazine, this August.
On the weekends of May 17–19 and May 30–June 1, 2019, Cairn University hosted the JAM (Junior-High Adventures in Ministry), a summer evangelism event run by Dr. Matt McAlack, professor and director of the youth and family ministry program at Cairn, in conjunction with Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Throughout the weekend, Cairn students, faculty, and alumni facilitated training sessions that taught jr high students from local churches how to evangelize to children. All of this training is conducted in preparation for the iconic Kids’ Day, a day of fun for elementary-aged children from Philadelphia’s urban neighborhoods, school programs, and regional churches where the jr high students have the opportunity to present the gospel to a child.
Over 500 children came to the University to spend the day in the sunshine, enjoying activities throughout the day, such as a petting zoo, inflatables, crafts, puppets, BMX bike shows, and bingo. JAM teens paired up and participated in these activities with the kids. At the end of the day, time was set aside for the teens to share the gospel one-on-one with the children. Between the two weekends, over 150 children expressed a desire for a personal relationship with Christ. JAM is a testament to the fact that Christians of all ages are able to share the gospel and show Christ’s love to those around them.
If you want your ministry group to participate in one of next year’s JAM weekends, registration will begin in January 2019. Visit cairn.edu/events/jam for more information.