CHANGE MAKERS – BE THE CHANGE!
Are you aged between 18-30? Do you want to stand up for justice and speak out for peace? Do you want to be equipped to share your faith at home and around the world? Do you want to help our global family do the same?
If you answered “yes” then be the change you want to see in the world and become a Change Maker with Release International. You could join our network of young people encouraging, enabling and supporting those following Jesus whatever the cost.
Change Makers is a twelve month mentoring programme designed to:
- Equip you to be a Change Maker in your community
- Connect you with other Change Makers in the UK and around the world
- Enable you to be a support and encouragement to other Change Makers experiencing a high cost for their commitment to Jesus
- Each term you and your mentor will work together developing challenges and opportunities for you to undertake involving advocacy, mission, prayer, fundraising and support
- You will also have opportunities to travel aboard to connect with Change Makers who are facing persecution because of their commitment to Jesus
What is Change Makers?
Becoming a Change Maker allows you to explore discipleship through the perspective of persecuted Christian community. Through five diverse and exciting streams we equip you to learn biblical foundation and create a call to action.
In your first year you’ll develop your understanding of persecution whys and how? You’ll build a Biblical foundation of persecution. Then you’ll learn about ways we can make a change to support Persecuted Christians, by developing creative strategies with your mentor and community. You have the choice of picking 2 -5 different streams; Prayer; Fundraising; Support; Awareness and Campaigning; and Mission.
There is so much learn and be a part of on the Change Makers programme so there is an optional second year programme create to give you access to Release Potential connections and resources to continue being an ambassador for persecuted Christians. In your second year, you’ll select a major fundraising project based on our partners work and create your own personal campaign and fundraising plan for the project of your choice this will include an optional mission trip to Northern Ireland to encourage young people to join the programme. This second year programme will allow you to continue being a voice for the voiceless and putting into practice everything you’ve learnt.
THE CHANGE MAKER STREAMS
The Change Makers programme provides five bespoke streams to help create change which will support persecuted Christians. These streams are focused on prayer, fundraising, support, campaigning and mission.
Each stream has a series of activities and challenges designed for you to complete. You get to choose which activities you would like to do within each stream out of the five can do to make a difference designed to create a year filled with creativity while exploring your passions and talents.
One of our main activities is ‘We Care’ projects which consist of online forums, free resources, events and speaking engagements to help Christians support persecuted Christians.
Our Change Makers will be a part of creating and sending ‘We Care Packs’ to prisoners of faith and children on the Evangel Care scholarship programme in Sri Lanka.
We usually have an overseas trip but unfortunately this year our visit to Sri Lanka has had to be postponed due to the bombings in that country at Easter.
We hope to go to Sri Lanka again next year and whilst we are there we plan to encourage Christians who have experienced persecution, hear their stories and get involved in supporting a youth camp. We will also visit a village and hopefully fellowship together at one of the house churches. Other activities will include:
Interviewing young people at the camp and collecting stories
Helping with some practical work
Learning lessons about discipleship from Sri Lankan young people
Encouraging and building up Sri Lankan young people in their faith
Recording video blogs
The trip will cost you approximately £1,200 and you will need to make an initial £300 deposit when you start becoming a Change Maker, but you will then have a whole year to fundraise for the remaining cost of the trip.
How do I get Involved?
Share this page with a friend by sending them this link: https://releaseinternational.org/change-makers