Over 900 individuals participated in J.A.M. 2013 at Cairn University on May 31-June 1, 2013. Junior-High Adventures in Ministry (J.A.M.) is a summer evangelism event run by the Youth and Family Ministry program at Cairn. Each year, middle-school students come to campus for intensive evangelism training on Friday evening and Saturday morning. This training is put into action on Saturday afternoon, when children come from all over the Philadelphia region for Cairn’s annual Kids Day.
This year, 366 children attended Kids Day, including children from regional churches and a local homeless shelter. Each child was paired with a teen, who built a relationship with the child through the day’s activities before sitting down to share his or her faith one-on-one.
“Many children trusted Christ as Savior for the first time that Saturday,” says Dr. Matt McAlack, Director of Cairn’s Youth and Family Ministries program, “while others rededicated their lives to the Lord. We were also blessed to see the fruit of previous years of the ministry. One returning child who heard the Gospel at J.A.M. 2012 went home and told his parents, who decided to start going to church. The entire family became believers.”
After the day’s events, each child and teen will continue to be discipled by the church or ministry that brought them to the event. These partnerships allow the Gospel to bear long-term fruit in the lives of the youth, some of whom come from displaced or otherwise difficult situations.
Cairn University would like to thank all those who made this year’s event possible—Cairn students who led the event, CEF volunteers who provided evangelism training to teens, youth group and ministry leaders who brought teens and children, Cairn grad Tommy Coale and his gospel skating ministry, Mike Lukens’ worship team, and speaker Cairn grad David Miller, as well as many others.
Additional photos of the event can be found on J.A.M.’s Facebook page.