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A Periodic Newsletter! A look back & a look ahead Executive Director, J. Roger Davis reflects on 2014 and takes a look at what’s to come for Servant Life. Pages 1-2

Costa Rica Director Zac Condie shares insight from a recent vision trip to Costa Rica. Page 3-4

Issue No. 8 / February 2015 A1eight Project There’s still time to apply to serve for the entire summer (midterm) with one of our missionary partners! Page 7

Core Values Servant Life has 4 Core Values. Read more about our focus on ministry to youth and children. Page 6

Online Store All of the products on our online store support global missions! Be sure to check it out and get yourself a sweet t-shirt. Page 8

Partner Spotlight Learn more about the ministry that is happening in Nicaragua at Centro ABEM. Page 5

The Gospel is Global J. Roger Davis 2014 was a great year of mobilizing students and advancing the gospel with our partners around the world: • We had 17 partners that are serving 52weeks out of the year on five continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North & South America). • We saw thousands of children and teenagers hear the gospel and be ministered to in their culture and context. • We had our first team work with a school that consisted of over 20 unreached people groups in Asia (amazing to be with students that have never even heard the name of Jesus!). Periodic Newsletter // Issue No. 8 // February 2015

• We solidified existing relationships and began new ones in countries such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, Kenya and Toronto, Canada. • We launched the A1eight Project, a missions serving opportunity for college-aged students.

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In 2015, we will see: •The most students and adults to serve with our global partners in a summer season. •A1eight Project summer missionaries serving alongside our partners in numerous locations. •A new relationship and opportunity for short-term teams to serve in Bulgaria with Mission Bulgaria. •New ministry partners coming on board.

We mobilized the most students over a one-year period since Servant Life began in 1999.

2014 also had its challenges… • The conflict in Ukraine greatly impacted our in-country partners (Radooga) and groups that were signed up to serve there changed their plans. • Some of our work in Asia had to be diverted in the last stages of planning due to political (and I would add spiritual) hurdles. • Ebola concerns have caused many groups planning on serving in Africa to cancel or adjust their plans (disappointingly, even groups in East Africa and South Africa far from where the crisis has been). Recently while reading in Galatians I was reminded, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season, we will reap, if we do not give up.” Our team continues to have great passion for the task at hand and are praying that 2015 will bring a great number of students willing to be a part of the Great Commission. 2

It is exciting to be a part of a group serving every day to help mobilize students in response to the Great Commission. I want to encourage you to continue to pray for us, our partners, for those who will respond to the call to go serve, and for the people groups we will be engaging with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also encourage you to join our team by prayerfully considering partnering with Servant Life through giving, either a one time gift or as a monthly teammate. Servant Life is a 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible. You can contact us to help get that started or you can join our team at www.servantlife.com. For all of us that know Christ we should look for every opportunity possible to make Him known in our homes, communities, country, and in every corner of the globe! J. Roger Davis is the Executive Director for Servant Life and the President of Student Life. He and his wife, Becca live in Birmingham, AL with their kids: Sterling, Landry, Kinsley, and Murray. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @JRogerDavis. Periodic Newsletter // Issue No. 8 // February 2015


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Thoughts from Costa Rica I don’t believe that distance or difficulty should ever be what prevents us from going on a mission trip. Christ commanded us to make disciples, and there are no “exception clauses” in my Bible about the countries that are far away and hard to reach. At the same time, I have to admit, the trip to Costa Rica sure was an easy one. The flight from Atlanta to San Jose, Costa Rica took a little over three hours, so we landed incountry just after noon. Our Servant Life Partner, Joe Pent. Jr of La Montaña Christian Camp, met us at the airport and we traveled about an hour and a half to the La Montaña encampment. Spending time with Joe is a treat in itself because Joe is a visionary and a man with great passion. He was born in Costa Rica and spent much of his youth there. He came back to the United States for college and served as a youth pastor before returning to Costa Rica to continue spreading the gospel there and eventually start La Montana. He has been back in Costa Rica for 15 years now, and his love for his country is evident. Last year about 15,000 Costa Rican teenagers came through La Montaña, which is an incredible

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testimony to the quality of their ministry. Joe and his staff have made the camp a place that teenagers want to be. There are incredible recreation opportunities: “the blob,” a giant water slide, a bike ramp that launches into a lake (how cool is that?), options to play volleyball, basketball, foosball, ping pong, inline skating, and perhaps the most exciting option of them all —a mud run adventure course! But the beauty of La Montaña is not found in these activities. The focal point of the camp is the good news of Jesus Christ. Students participate in Bible studies and devotions, and each night there is a worship service for the whole camp, led by dynamic speakers and worship leaders.

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I fear that Costa Rica is often overlooked by Christians because it is known for its nice beaches, fishing opportunities, and tourism. It is often labeled as a “Christian” country. However, only about 15% of the country is evangelical Christian. The majority have inherited Christianity or Catholicism as a cultural tradition, which means they have no problem talking about God, but could not clearly articulate what it means to have a personal relationship with Christ and to trust in him alone for salvation. These teenagers want to be at La Montaña because it is a fun camp, but it is also a place

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where they will clearly hear the gospel message and have an opportunity to surrender their lives to Christ. Joe estimates that as many as 50,000 teenagers have trusted in Christ through the ministry of La Montaña over the years. When asked, he said that he has no plans to retire from this ministry. “Maybe I’ll retire when every teenager in Costa Rica has responded to the gospel. Wait, no, nevermind,” he corrected himself. “Then I will move on to the rest of the world who hasn’t heard.” Don’t you see why we love Joe’s attitude and the ministry of his team? La Montaña would be a fantastic place for any group to serve. Your team could work as the support staff for one of these camps, spending time with recreation, in the kitchens, helping with the mud run course, and ultimately building relationships that point to the greatest relationship of knowing Jesus Christ our Lord.

Zac Condie serves as Director for Servant Life. He is passionate about reaching the nations with the gospel and has served mid-term in Ghana, Africa. He and his wife, Danielle, live in Birmingham, AL. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @zaccondie.

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Nicaragua

Situated outside of Managua, Nicaragua, Centro ABEM ministers to hundreds of youth and children on a regular basis. In 2014, Servant Life began a partnership with Centro ABEM to send students to join in answering the call to go and make disciples of all nations - including Nicaragua! In Nicaragua, Servant Life partners with missionaries Jason and Beth Lang and family. The Langs and Centro ABEM have built wonderful relationships with the surrounding community. They’ve even established a relationship with a local Compassion International project. While in country, Servant Life teams serve alongside the Langs and minister to many youth and children. For the most part, teams teach Bible lessons (with a translator), lead recreation games, tell their testimonies, help with crafts, and assist in behind the scenes work such as clean up. The ministry of Centro ABEM seeks to share the story of hope, build communities of faith, and serve the people of Nicaragua with love. Come be part of this life changing experience as you share the gospel of Jesus Christ in Nicaragua! Click here to learn more about the ministry of the Langs and Centro ABEM.

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Core Values Through the years, The Lord has led Servant Life to four Core Values that shape all the work we do. They are: Gospel-centered ministry, longterm strategies, one-on-one relationships, and a focus on youth and children.  Every missionary in our global network is prayerfully and specifically selected by the type of ministry they are doing.  We are highlighting each of these Core Values in a four part series.  Let’s talk about “Focus on Youth and Children.” All throughout scripture, God tells His people that children are very important.  Jesus teaches that in order to enter the Kingdom, we must become like little children. In Luke 18:16-17 Jesus tell his disciples, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”  If the children were important to Jesus, they should be important to us.  By reaching a generation of children and youth with the Gospel through long-term relationships in partner countries, there is great potential for this generation to impact families, villages, cities, and nations in the name of Jesus Christ. Since Servant Life began doing international mission trips in 1999, it has been our experience that high school and college-age students have a strong voice in the lives of youth and children 6

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Core Values A FOUR PART SERIES

who are younger than them. This is not a new concept.  For example: Who did you look up to most when you were 10?  For most of us it wasn’t someone our parents age.  We believe that high school and college-age students have a unique opportunity to share the Gospel with youth and children that only exists for a limited window of time.  Paul tells Timothy to not let anyone look down on him because he is young, but to set an example for the believers.  Every disciple of Jesus Christ is called to be a disciple-maker.  No believer is too young to be used by the Father.  As a matter of fact, He has masterfully orchestrated all of our years to be used for our good and for His glory. The spiritual and physical needs of this world transcend age, race, sex, and religion.  Sin and pain do not discriminate on this side of heaven.  Servant Life knows that it cannot fix or even address all the pain in this world, but we can use the resources and relationships that The Lord has given us to show Christ to the nations. The Lord has given Servant Life influence with American students and we long for them to embrace the global community and spread the name of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

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you can PRAY Pray for: • The gospel to spread to all nations • Salvation for those who don’t know Christ • Servant Life’s 18 mission partners • Groups and individuals who will serve in 2015 • The A1eight Project: college summer missions • People who will be ministered to through Servant Life participants • Ministry of Radooga in Ukraine

This summer, Servant Life is giving college students and 20 something’s an opportunity to spend an extended period of time with a missionary or minister in an international environment actively growing and learning while making disciples. Additionally, participants will be part of hosting short-term teams, leading and equipping them to serve during their mission’s experience. It provides a great blend of leading and learning, being invested in and being poured out, while serving God by serving others. Our desire for the A1eight Project is similar to that of our short-term trips: helping mobilize students to make disciples of all nations wherever the Lord has them serving.  This new program is one more resource to help all of us accomplish the Great Commission.  Periodic Newsletter // Issue No. 8 // February 2015

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you can GIVE One way you can participate in Jesus' command to make disciples of all nations is by supporting missions with your resources. You can make a donation to Servant Life by writing a check made payable to Servant Life or by credit card at www.servantlife.com/donation-payments. Checks can be mailed to: Servant Life PO Box 36307 Birmingham, AL 35236 Servant Life is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible.

If you or someone you know would like to apply for the A1eight Project, we are still accepting applications for the next few weeks. Be part of global evangelization this summer!

For more information about the A1eight Project, click here or email Angela Terry at A1eightProject@servantlife.com.

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Don’t forget to check out the store! Great gear that supports missions!

Sale & Giveaway In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating with a sale! Until February 15th, you can get 15% off everything on our online store! Use the code love2015 at checkout. Also, every order will enter you into a drawing for a free new t-shirt! Everything in our store supports our mission of helping students go and make disciples all across the globe.

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Want to know more about Servant Life?

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General Information info@servantlife.com

J. Roger Davis, Executive Director

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roger@servantlife.com Zac Condie, Director

www.a1eightproject.com

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Danielle Lee, Coordinator

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Angela Terry, A1eight Project Coordinator angela@servantlife.com

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