Over 750 individuals participated in JAM 2015 at Cairn University on May 8–10, 2015. Junior High Adventures in Ministry (JAM) 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 and to share their faith with younger children at Cairn’s annual Kids’ Day.
This year, approximately 350 teenagers and their leaders were on campus to minister to the 360 children who attended Kids’ Day. The speaker this year was Professor Tom Allen, who shared God’s Word and spoke on the importance of biblical teaching. Cairn University partnered with Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF), a Christian organization dedicated to evangelizing and disciplining children around the world, to train the teenagers on campus. Each child was paired up with a “teen buddy” and participated in various games and activities throughout the day.
While the pairs enjoyed eating lunch together, jumping on inflatables, interacting with animals at the petting zoo, playing bingo, watching a skateboarding demo and puppet show, and participating in arts and crafts, the best part of the day was when the teenagers were able to personally share their faith, one-on-one, with their “little buddy.”
“Many friendships were formed between the teens and the children, and many connections were nurtured between the churches and ministries that took part,” says Dr. Matt McAlack, director of Cairn’s Youth and Family Ministry program. “On Saturday, 78 children professed their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior for the first time on our campus!”
JAM 2015 was a success, with many new and old faces participating in the weekend-long event. This year, fifty-four Cairn students led the event, making it the largest Cairn JAM team ever. Some of the members of the Cairn team attended JAM when they were in middle school, revealing the impact of the ministry.
Cairn University would like to thank all those who made this year’s event possible—Mike Lukens and his worship team, Cairn alumni Christine Wigden and Lorraine Stirneman who brought 71 children from their BCM clubs, and the many youth pastors, leaders, directors, and ministry leaders who helped oversee the event.