I’ll Fight Day 2013 Is Just Around The Corner! Start Planning Now!

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I’ll Fight Day is a Salvation Army youth servant evangelism day that will take place all across the world on Saturday, December 7th, 2013. I’ll Fight Day is a way for you to share the Gospel through practical acts of kindness: like giving out free hot chocolate, returning shopping carts or cleaning up at a mall food court. These acts are done “in Jesus name” for the purpose of sharing God’s love in a way that leads others to ask “Why are you doing this?”

This event is a local, youth-led initiative where you and your friends can decide how you want to serve others in your community. There are many helpful resources available to help you participate in this event. Instructions, resources and promotional graphics can be downloaded on the official I’ll Fight Day website. In order to make IDF 2013 a success, start planning early!

For all you visual learners, here’s last year’s promo video to give you some ideas:

The opportunities are endless for you to show the love of Christ in practical ways and help identify the Kingdom of God in your community. This is a great chance for you to join the revolution. I’ll fight to the very end! Will you?

While women weep as they do now, I’ll fight;
While little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, I’ll fight;
While there is a drunkard left,
While there is a poor lost girl upon the streets,
While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight – I’ll fight to the very end!

– William Booth

Video of the Week: “Tell The World” by Lecrae, Feat. Mali Music

“13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 2:13-21).

IHQ Christmas Display Shares The Gospel To Thousands

From The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters’ (IHQ) website:

“The thousands of people who pass by International Headquarters (IHQ) in central London every day are being given a striking yet subtle reminder of the gospel message through large-scale illuminated panels, each of which suggests a different version of ‘All I want for Christmas’. They were designed by Berni Georges of the IHQ Communications Section.

The backlit posters, measuring a huge three metres by three metres, may appear at first glance to be simple reminders that this is the Christmas season – but those who look again will see a deeper meaning.

What appears to be a Christmas tree is, on closer inspection, made up of guns, with the word ‘Peace’ running through its branches. The text accompanying the image makes clear where true peace can be found, using the words of Jesus: ‘I give you peace, the kind of peace that only I can give. It isn’t like the peace that this world can give’ (John 14:27 Contemporary English Version).

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A second panel features a large, heart-shaped Christmas bauble, onto which has been painted an image of Mary and the baby Jesus. The text suggests that, for anyone looking for an example of love: ‘God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son’ (John 3:16).

The final panel contains a bright, knitted Christmas jumper/sweater, but the writing suggests that, rather than clothes, we should be hoping for justice for the oppressed. The text alongside the image is God’s words from Amos 5:24: ‘I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living’ (New Living Translation).

Already, many people have been seen stopping to look at the panels, with some taking photos. It is the wish of the Communications Section that some of these people will be made to think again about Christmas and of the significance of Jesus’ birth.”

25 Simple Ways Youth Can Serve and Grow in Preparing for Christmas

Looking for a resource that can challenge your youth to serve and get discipled during Christmas? Well this resource may be for you. Christian Tools of Affirmation has put together a 25 day-long resource that give practical ways your students can reach out to those around them, and at the same time, point them to Scripture. The best part is the instructions for each day are barely longer than a single tweet. Short, and to the point, each day consists of 3 things:

READY – outlines what your student needs for that day
REACH OUT – explains what to do with said things
REFLECT – provides an opportunity to meaningfully think about what the experience was like

It’s that easy. All the opportunities are relevant to a student’s place in life, involving things like social media and cell phones. To download this resource, click here. Thanks to www.CentralYouthNetwork.com for the tip!

(featured photo from DrGBB)

Need An I’ll Fight Day Idea?

Is your Corps still looking for that perfect I’ll Fight Day idea, or are you looking for something to do above and beyond what you’ve already got planned? Well, we have just the right thing for you. Outreach doesn’t always involve a face to face interaction with someone from the community. Many times, outreach can be behind the scenes. The Metropolitan Division’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) ministry is in need of help for such an outreach.

You may know that our Division provides thousands of food boxes so that families can enjoy a nice Christmas meal. Before they are distributed at the local level, those boxes are put together at the EDS warehouse in Elk Grove Village. This year, their goal is 10,000 boxes, and the project will begin on Friday, November 30 and will end when they hit that goal.

Fortunately, EDS has been able to acquire enough volunteers for Friday, but they need volunteers to help on Saturday, December 1st (I’ll Fight Day!) and beyond. There will be three shifts per day: 8:00am-12:00pm; 12:00pm-4:00pm; 4:00pm-8:00pm. They have the capacity to operate three packing lines with 10 volunteers per line. Although they will be scheduling through December 8th, they may finish sooner and will notify you if the project has been completed by then. This is a great group project and they are glad to accommodate any size group you want to bring.

If you’re Corps might be interested, have your Youth Leader or I’ll Fight Day Coordinator hit EDS up by calling Meghan Pierson at (847) 709-6605, or by emailing her at [email protected]

I’ll Fight Day 2012 – Satuday, December 1

I’ll Fight Day is a Salvation Army youth servant evangelism day that will take place all across the world on Saturday, December 1st, 2012. I’ll Fight Day is a way for you to share the Gospel through practical acts of kindness: like giving out free hot chocolate, returning shopping carts or cleaning up at a mall food court. These acts are done “in Jesus name” for the purpose of sharing God’s love in a way that leads others to ask “Why are you doing this?”

This event is a local, youth-led initiative where you and your friends can decide how you want to serve others in your community. There are many helpful resources available to help you participate in this event. Instructions, resources and promotional videos can be downloaded on this website.

The opportunities are endless for you to show the love of Christ in practical ways and help identify the Kingdom of God in your community. This is a great chance for you to join the revolution. I’ll fight to the very end! Will you?

For more info about how you can start planning I’ll Fight Day, head over to illfightday.com now! What are you waiting for!