God’s word to us starting 2020 was INNOVATE.
- make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.
YWAM BOSTON has been able to safely host many programs this year, including:
Winter Discipleship Training School: 10 students
Winter English class: 4 students
Spring Discipleship Bible School: 10 students
Spring TESOL certification course: 9 participants
Spring TESOL internship: 4 participants
Spring English classes: 20 students
Summer Joshua Generation Virtual camp: offered FREE online with many teens zooming in
Bonfire Worship Intensive (training): 15 participants
Fall Discipleship Training School: 8 students
Fall English classes: 7 students
Youth Impact Summit (discipleship training for teens): 15 participants
… and many outreaches to pray and worship in Boston.
YOU MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!
English students from 2020:
Our English learning students have been from many nations: Bangladesh, Pakistan, Haiti, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Mexico
Two years of SENDING Teachers:
Since beginning YWAM Boston’s English department in 2019, we have commissioned participants to Jamaica, Switzerland, France, Cambodia, among other places. One of our own is teaching locally at a public school in the Boston metro area. Two teachers are set for service in Japan in 2021.
2020 on a personal note:
SISTERHOOD in SERVICE: To work is a blessing from the Lord. This has been a tremendous year, and to have the ability to continue to serve Jesus, even with quarantine measures in place, has been a real lifeline. The Lord provided a great community of female teachers who committed to serve along-side me through ZOOM, all of which are in different parts of the USA or Wales. They have become my sisters and friends. We pray regularly for each other and are regularly keeping accountable. We needed each other and the Lord knew it.
SISTERHOOD at HOME: My roommate of 3 years has been a great companion in 2020. She loves the Lord, is gracious and very understanding. We’ve grown closer this year, as we have been forced to spend more time together. When we have conflicts, we listen, forgive, and extend grace with each other. We’ve been doing a 10,000 step challenge this fall, and both of us have lost weight.
SINGLENESS in LIFE: Many have commented that my singleness must be hard this year. I can honestly say that I haven’t let myself dwell too much on it, and remain quite busy with the ministry. There have been low-er moments this year, and that is when I am a bit more proactive in reaching out to others and request a socially distant hang at their house. I need to laugh and remember I am not an island. The Lord’s blessed me with some incredible friends in Boston. The Lord has met me again this year with all the grace I need to move through life. He’s been very vocal about his care for me through scriptures like Psalm 91.
If you are feeling lonely, reach out to someone. There is no law against sitting 6 feet from someone, laughing, crying and praying together. That’s why coats, hats, and gloves were invented, right?!
2 Cor. 9:8– “And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity” (Amplified)
My prayer for you this Christmas is that you are encouraged that your prayers matter. God hears your prayers on my behalf. Your partnership matters. Thank you for standing with me this year in prayer, financial partnership, and friendship. You have empowered YWAM Boston’s English Department toward it’s greatest year yet! THANK YOU!
Merry Christmas! May 2021 be filled with peace and joy for you and your family. May you have so many opportunities to share God’s good news of salvation with people around you. May that GOOD NEWS drown out the bad so we see with grace-filled eyes, ever hopeful in the salvation of our Jesus who is coming soon!
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October 28, 2020 Update
Dear Ones,I look out the window of the YWAM office and it’s pouring out. They predict snow for Friday. Autumn in Boston is in full force. (BRRRRR!)It’s a great time to send a quick note to let you know I am thankful for your partnership through prayer and financial support!GOINGS ON at YWAM BOSTON:We are running an in-person missionary training school at the moment. The Lord is speaking deeply to our 8 students about his heart for evangelism. What a topic!! Pray for these young students, mostly around 18-19 yrs old!! wow!!!We are also running a (virtual) Bible School with a local church. My deskmate is the leader and I enjoy seeing her influence young believers as they study the word together!I am leading the charge with our English Department, and this semester our student body is from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, China and India. They connect in to class virtually as well. What a joy to see my team of teachers grow in friendship and trust with their students, excited for the moments when they see the lightbulb “go on” when their students understand the new words! My role is mentoring and leading our team of teachers. I love this shift, as it touches my pastoral giftings!__________________ELDERSHIP:This September, I stepped into a new role at YWAM Boston as I joined a team of 5 others to head our ministry as Elders. Our primary concern is assisting Jeremy Tunney (base director) in leading the ministry spiritually. Our team leads the staff and community through prayer, discipleship and mentorship. I am the only member of the Eldership who is single. I have already had some deep conversations with some of our single female staff about walking in obedience to Jesus, in my daily walk, in love with God and others as a single. It’s my joy to take this new role at our ministry. God had been preparing me for this for some time and it was a joy-filled “yes” that I gave to Jeremy when he asked.____PRAYER REQUEST:Would you continue to pray for me? As things progress this fall, both in the ministry and outside in our community of Somerville/ Boston, our team of leaders need much wisdom as we navigate our pandemic response well and keep influencing our neighborhood. Will you pray for us, for creative reach into our community (restrictions or not)… That God keeps us in these days (we have no COVID cases in our YWAM Boston family to date)… That our ministry will be a blessing to Somerville, New England, and beyond.Your prayers matter. Keep praying. God is listening.
—Emily JeromeTESOL & ESL DirectorInstagram: @tesol_esl_ywamboston
July 2019 Update
Last night, before Neighborhood ESL started at 6:30pm, a couple walked in. The wife introduced herself and her husband. She told me that she is not coming to take the class, but she wants her husband to take the class. He said “hi.”
2 These were his instructions to them: “Plead with the Lord of the harvest to send out more laborers to help you, for the harvest is so plentiful and the workers so few.- Luke 10:2
May 2019 Update
Emily is deeply involved in YWAM’s neighborhood ESL classes. The program was started in March and the first semester will be completed in July. There are many immigrants living right around YWAM, Boston, wanting to learn English. These classes provide an excellent opportunity to reach out and share the love of Christ. Pray for follow-up mentoring with those who show an interest in the Bible.
Pray also for Emily as she continues with her early morning ESL classes with young students in foreign countries via social media and other technologies. She finds these ESL classes a fun way to start her day.
Pray for Emily’s newest teaching interns. They are teaching in the neighborhood ESL and tutoring a YWAM missionary during the day. She is enjoying mentoring these teachers who will be with her until July 5.
July will be a busy time as about 50 teenagers will be coming to take part in this summer’s “Joshua Generation” program. Emily will be involved in this exciting ministry.
March 2019 Update
I’m involved in many things that need prayer:
**I’m continuing to teach ESL every morning in a foreign country via electronic media. The school has been encouraging new revamps of our teacher profile and classroom, so I’m busy with a teacher intro video and revamping my classroom. Pray for my students. Having some new insight into certain kids and their cases. Every day brings new challenges. I need prayer.
**Pioneering an ESL in Somerville, MA (suburb of Boston). We have two students. One is Pakistani and another is Salvadorian. This is a great new opportunity. Pray for my new ESL interning Teacher. She is a gem and I’m thankful to work with her.
**Pray for my new TESOL starting April 15. I am in registration mode. This is a school that trains teachers and offers above internship. I’m thankful for all the new opportunities to multiply myself, while serving as well.