Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Have you ever thought about the first groups of people who visited Jesus on the first Christmas? I believe that the simple fact of having shepherds and magi as the first guests at Jesus first birthday displays some awesome symbolism about who Jesus really is. I want to start by explaining a bit about these two groups of people.

Shepherds- Literally, people who watched after, fed, and lived with sheep. In Israel, shepherds were on the bottom rung of society. They were considered dirty, smelly, uneducated, immoral, irresponsible, untrustworthy alcoholics. In fact, they were so low in society that they weren’t even allowed to testify in a court of law!

Magi- The “wise men.” Possibly the most educated, respected, wealthy, and trusted people on Earth. They were representatives from various religions and parts of the world who got together to discuss philosophy, science, and other intellectual aspects of life. They were so respected, that many cultures wouldn't allow anyone to be king or any other type of leader unless they had approval of the local magi.

Why does this matter? I believe this shows that Jesus was truly born to save EVERYONE. From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows; from the richest to the poorest; from the ends of the Earth, to those just down the road; from any type of foreign religion, to those whose families have followed God for generations; I believe that Jesus is for everyone.

God so LOVED the world, that He GAVE His only Son, so that WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM will not perish, but have EVERLASTING LIFE. John 3:16 (emphasis added)

Have you ever truly experienced Christmas? Has Jesus ever been born into your heart? There is no better time than NOW to give your life to Christ!

On behalf of the YES/DSEA team, I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a blessed New Year!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fishing Lessons- Brother Yun

God wants all Christians to be fishers of men. The world is in a desperate, destructive mess. Nations wage war on each other, and every day people inflict unmentionable cruelty on one another. If we have Jesus in our hearts, we are called to be fishermen, regardless of our background, education or economic position. Some individuals may be more gifted at fishing than we are, but Jesus is looking for those like Peter, James, and John. They knew they were unworthy sinners, yet they were willing to trade their weakness for God’s strength and their stained garments for robes of righteousness.

The apostles were largely uneducated, rough young men, yet God used them to shake the world with the gospel. If God was able to use them in such a way, we can never excuse ourselves from the personal responsibility we have to reach out to the lost. We trick ourselves, and maybe even other people, but we can never deceive the Lord. Each Christian will one day give an account of the way they used, or didn’t use, the talents God gave them.

Now is the time for us to commit ourselves fully to the cause of God, without reservation. If you do this, you will not fail to experience the blessing and presence of God in a sweet and powerful way.

~Brother Yun, Living Water- Fishing Lessons

Friday, July 26, 2013

Finishing SA

Our team has just finished a wonderful week of sharing the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in high schools in South Africa. We have been blessed to speak in more than 20 schools with over 15,000 precious students and have seen many of these precious souls make the commitment to follow Christ as Lord and Savior. Also, thanks to the help of Gideons International in South Africa, we have been able to distribute more than 6,000 New Testaments in these schools. Thank you so much for your continued prayer and support during this mission. We have two more evening outreaches, then it will be time to begin getting ready to head back to the states.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Helping hand

Our team has had an amazing first two days in schools here in South Africa. We have already been blessed to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with more than 6,000 students and teachers and we are already receiving reports of lives being changed. Just look at this wonderful example of a student helping his friend to raise his hand and commit his life to Christ!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

In South Africa

Our team had a great weekend evangelism training conference with Apostolic Faith Mission church here in South Africa. We have just picked up about 4,000 Gideon Bibles and are ready to distribute them this week along with sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with more than 10,000 precious souls in schools.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Our Youth Education Strategies team has had a wonderful time sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in schools in the Copperbelt region of Zambia. This week, we have spoken in 12 schools with over 6,000 precious souls and have seen many young people commit their lives to Christ as Lord and Savior. Thank you so much for praying for YES as we have completed our mission in Zambia! Tomorrow, I am taking the bus back to Lusaka, and then Saturday I begin the long journey back to the states. I am already looking forward to the next time God will bless our ministry with the opportunity to return to Zambia!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

One more week

Wow, what an absolutely amazing second week of ministry our Youth Education Strategies team has had in Lusaka, Zambia! We were blessed to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in 16 schools with 12,000 students and teaching staff and have been blessed to see more than 7,500 professions of faith in Christ alone as Lord and Savior. We have had some great laughs (Like in this photo!), and we have had some wonderfully touching moments in Lusaka, but it is time to begin the next phase of our mission. I am resting comfortably this Sunday afternoon in the mining area of Zambia known as the Copperbelt, in the city of Chililabombwe, getting ready to begin our final week sharing the Good News in schools.

Please join YES in prayer for open doors for ministry and for the strength required to finish this mission strongly. Thanks so much!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Halfway through Zambia

At the halfway point of our mission in Zambia, our Youth Education Strategies team is still going strong and boldly proclaiming the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. In the last three days, our team has been blessed to share the Good News in 9 schools with 6,000 students and staff! So far, we have already been able to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ with over 14,000 wonderful people. Please join YES in prayer for God to use our team mightily here in Lusaka, Zambia

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Reflections while in Zambia

Muli bwanji! Greetings from Lusaka, Zambia! Our Youth Education Strategies team has had a wonderful first week sharing the Good News in schools. I thank everyone who is praying for this mission and everyone who has helped send us here. YES has already been blessed to speak in 14 schools with 7,800 students and see more than 5,000 of these precious souls make the commitment to turn from their sin and trust in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior. Praise the Lord! Please pray for God to continue working through our team as next week is scheduled to be even busier.

Coming here has brought back some very fond memories. In 2008, Zambia was the first place where I had the opportunity to share the Gospel in a school. Earlier this week, I was even blessed to revisit the specific location where I first shared Jesus in public, Nelson Mandela Elementary School. (see photo) I would like to take a few minutes to share the story of how I got my start in evangelism here in Lusaka…

In 2008, it worked out for me to go on my first mission with my father, David Stockwell, and two other evangelists just a few weeks after finishing college where I studied physics. I had never been trained how to share my faith and I had never spoken in public. Therefore, we made sure to schedule a maximum of three school programs at any one time so that we could have one of the three American evangelists leading each assembly. On Monday and Tuesday, I went out with one of the evangelists and was mainly a photographer, but I also shared a one or two minute testimony in each school. Everything was going as planned…

However, it turned out that one of the teams had some trouble Tuesday morning. They were scheduled to speak at the morning assembly for a large high school, but they had some vehicle problems on the way there and arrived about thirty minutes late to find that the assembly had been released. After pleading with the principal of the school to allow the team to come back and share the Gospel with the students some other time, she finally agreed to allow the team to come back the next morning at 7:00AM.

After a busy Tuesday in schools, our three teams finally arrived back at the guesthouse where we were staying by about 9:00PM. Once we had finished praying together and sharing stories from the day, we eventually realized that we already had three schools scheduled for early Wednesday morning, and that the rebooking meant that we were scheduled to be at four schools at the same time. The only way we were going to be able to complete our new schedule was to have four teams the next morning.

Therefore, I learned around 10:00PM that I would be the main speaker at 7:00AM the next day presenting the Gospel to a school in Lusaka, Zambia! Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that night, but I can honestly say that I didn’t “freak out,” or panic, or anything else like that. I actually had peace with the situation almost immediately. I knew that God had made this happen for a reason, and that He would give me the strength to do whatever needed to be done. I simply grabbed a piece of paper and one of the tracts which we were giving out and prayerfully wrote notes on what I was going to say that morning.

A few hours later, I was definitely nervous as I stepped up to the podium with 800 students and teachers at Nelson Mandela Elementary School waiting to hear me speak. I was very glad to be using an interpreter because it gave me a moment to think about what I wanted to say next while he was translating, and he did a great job of covering up for my pauses, stutters, and other errors! In any case, I got through the message and when it came time for the invitation, more than half the assembly said that they wanted to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. God is so good!

After the program, I had the opportunity to meet the principal of the school. She thanked me for coming and explained to me that half of the school had classes in the morning and that the other half attended class in an afternoon session. She then invited me to come back and share the same message with the afternoon session later in the day! I told her that I didn't have anything else planned, so I would see her later.

In the five years since that day, I have been blessed to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in more than 250 schools with over 150,000 students and see more than 100,000 professions of faith. It is incredibly humbling to look back and remember the day that God called me as a 22 year old, inexperienced, untrained kid to share the Gospel in Africa.

Thanks for reading this, and thanks even more for your prayer and support as Youth Education Strategies continues to boldly proclaim the Good News of Christ to the nations!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In Zambia

Our team has had an awesome start to the mission here in Lusaka, Zambia. Through our first two days of ministry in schools, we have been blessed to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in 7 schools with 3,000 students and have seen many students and teaching staff make professions of faith in Christ alone as Lord and Savior! Please join YES in prayer for God to continue working through our team as we speak with the multitudes. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

On my way to Zambia!

Greetings in the Mighty Name of our risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  Thank you so much for your continued prayer and support of Youth Education Strategies.  It is time for us to embark on another mission project to southern Africa.  I will be traveling to Zambia to share the life-changing message of Christ from May 8th through June 2nd.  We will be spending two weeks ministering in schools in the capital city of Lusaka, and one week in the rural mining area known as the Copperbelt.  Our team is scheduled to speak in more than thirty schools with many thousands of young people.  We are confident that God will do great things in these upcoming weeks!

Steven Stockwell sharing the Gospel with Zambian students in 2008
Also, I am very excited to announce that our ministry is in the process of producing a discipleship Bible Study series which we hope to share with people around the world.  In the 1970s, my father, David Stockwell, wrote and compiled an eight-lesson study based on many of the best discipleship programs in the world, entitled Growing Under the Lordship of Christ.  In the following years, more than 200,000 of these studies were given to new believers across the United States who had made the commitment to trust and follow Christ under my father’s preaching.

Since we began the process of editing, modernizing, and globalizing, Zambia will be the first country in which we will be sharing a newly edited version of this Bible Study, though it is still a work in progress.  The working title for this updated study is, Training Camp Manual for Abundant Life.  There are still many things that need to happen before this material can be produced in mass quantity such as funding, adding graphics and illustrations, along with making final edits, but we are truly excited to see what God will do through this study as we present it to new believers around the world.

Please join YES in prayer for God to work mightily in Zambia, and for Him to guide us and provide everything that will be required for this Bible Study to reach as many people as possible. Thanks, and God bless!

In Christ,
Steven Stockwell
Galatians 2:20

P.S. If you would like a working copy of the Training Camp Manual for Abundant Life, please email me at

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Mighty Move of God in Zimbabwe!

March 31, 2013

Dear friends and family;

It isn’t possible to properly express with words how grateful I am for everyone who prayed for our Youth Education Strategies team as we completed our most recent project in Zimbabwe.  We faced significant opposition from the Enemy, but we were able to persevere through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish our most fruitful mission to date.  In three weeks of ministry, my father, David Stockwell, our local team, and I were able to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in 32 high schools, 13 middle and elementary schools, and 5 other community outreaches with more than 40,000 precious souls and see more than 25,000 professions of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  This was truly an amazing mission, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the prayer and support of people like you!

This was my second time to participate in a mission to Zimbabwe, and it was truly a blessing to be able to visit some of the same schools where I had the opportunity to speak in 2011 as well.  It was very heartwarming and encouraging to hear accounts from teachers and students of how they and others around them were permanently impacted by hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

One of the biggest reasons that this project was so successful was the diligent preparation work done by our local team in the weeks and months leading up to our mission.  In 1999, my father and David Stockwell Evangelistic Association completed their first project in Zimbabwe.  Since then, he has been to Zimbabwe more than ten times to share the Gospel and to train and encourage local pastors and evangelists to continue the work.  It is a pleasure to continue working alongside my father in the harvest and to see the impact his ministry has had around the world over the years.

Youth Education Strategies has had a wonderful start to 2013, and we are very excited to see what God will accomplish through our team the rest of this year.  Please join YES in prayer for guidance as we plan upcoming projects in Guatemala, Zambia, South Africa, and the Philippines.

In Christ,
Steven Stockwell
Galatians 2:20

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Zimbabwe in one week!

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, 2012 was easily the most successful year YouthEducation Strategies has had thus far.  It would not be possible for us to fulfill our mission without the prayer and support of friends like you.  In 2012, I was blessed to share the Good News during four international mission campaigns in over one hundred meetings with 55,000 precious souls and was able to see more than 35,000 professions of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Also, through our partnership with David Stockwell Evangelistic Association, and our NEST (National Evangelist Support Team) partners around the world, more than 1.3 million people have heard the Gospel preached in their communities, with more than 500,000 people committing their lives to Jesus Christ as Lord with one of our team members!

I am happy to announce that YES is starting its year with a project in Southern Africa.  I will be traveling with my father, David Stockwell, to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to share the Word of God from February 21 through March 19.  We are anticipating that God will move mightily as we are planning to speak in more than 20 public schools with more than 10,000 students and teachers.

Steven Stockwell sharing Jesus with Zimbabwean students in 2011

Please keep our Youth Education Strategies team in your prayer as we seek God’s wisdom and provision as we plan our mission to Zimbabwe and as we plan other upcoming missions to Zambia, South Africa, and The Philippines this year.  If God has you in a position to help support YES financially, please know that your gift will be very much appreciated, and that it will greatly help us to proclaim the Gospel to the nations.  My portion of the expense for this mission is $3,500.  Also, if God puts it on your heart, I hope you will pray about joining YES on one of our upcoming projects in 2013!  Thank you so much for standing with us.  God bless!

In Christ,
Steven Stockwell
Galatians 2:20