JV Highways 1
It is an undeniable fact that music has the power to bring people together. Attend a concert, choreograph a dance, or learn to play an instrument and you’ll see it --there is a kind of magic in unique melodies and harmonies, different notes and chords uniting to produce a cohesive whole. Fusion is our JV way of harnessing that power to connect un-churched youth in Central and Eastern Europe to Christ and the local church.
Launched in 2009, Fusion is a network of youth rock/gospel choirs and performing arts groups that are based in and led by local churches. During weekly rehearsals throughout the year, the young people involved hear the gospel message and see Christ at work in the leaders and Christian members of their groups. Now in over half of the countries Josiah Venture works in, and continuing to expand, the ministry has already impacted the spiritual lives of countless young people. We believe God is going to move through these choirs and the camps, workshops, and festivals they put on, in even greater ways in the future using music’s power to draw people to Himself.
In some of the most atheistic places on the planet, here in Central and Eastern Europe, teenagers can feel like there is no exit for the dangerous paths they walk down that ultimately lead to death. Yet, God is miraculously opening doors into public schools, giving Josiah Venture the opportunity to share with thousands of young people how Scripture’s truth and the love of Christ offer the only way out. Using an innovative prevention program, Exit is our ministry that brings lectures, concerts, and workshops full of Biblical values into students’ lives.
What started as a television program for teenagers in the Czech Republic in 2008, is now a full-fledged ministry highway that is bringing a healthy, Christian perspective and local church resources to un-churched young people in schools across the region. We’ve seen students take complete u-turns and exit dark roads in order to pursue the better plan God has for them and we pray that Exit continues to inspire even more personal and societal transformation in the future.
Talk to any athlete and they’ll tell you that on game day, it’s important to show up ready to play hard. That’s easier said than done, because it takes courage, strength, and commitment to lay it all on the field. In life as a whole, this same principle applies. Sadly, the majority of young people in Central and Eastern Europe don’t have Jesus or Godly people in their lives to coach them on what a life well-played looks like. That’s where Josiah Venture’s Edge Sports ministry comes in.
Started in the fall of 2013, Edge is using sports like floorball and European football, as well as crossfit training and coaching events, to help evangelize and disciple the youth of the region, while connecting them with their local church community. We see our team practices, tournaments, and camps not only as a way to provide young people with a fun outlet for their athletic energy and interest, but also as an intentional tool to equip these athletes with the hope of the gospel that we believe changes everything, both inside the gym and out.
Since the very beginning of Josiah Venture’s ministry, being able to practice conversational English as a language learner has proven time and time again to be a huge draw for young people in Central and Eastern Europe. Speak English, our own innovative curriculum used at summer camps and in English classrooms and clubs throughout the year, offers students the chance to not only learn how to communicate more articulately in English, but also grow closer to God and form relationships with the Christian community around them in the process.
In 1994, 80 Czech young people attended the first ever Josiah Venture camp and it was clear then that English and camps ministry were effective ways to evangelize youth in Central and Eastern Europe. Now, over 20 years later, JV has partnered with local churches, interns, and short-term teams to put on more than a thousand camps, and each summer reaches thousands of non-believing young people with the gospel message. God is moving among the youth of this region and we’re grateful He’s using our curriculum and language as a part of His plan.