Chosen People Ministries exists to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same. The mission was founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1894 by Rabbi Leopold Cohn, a Hungarian Jewish immigrant with a zeal to share the knowledge of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah with God’s chosen people.
Today, Chosen People Ministries serves in thirteen countries across the globe. Our outreach programs include evangelism and discipleship, Messianic Centers and congregations, equipping the local church for Jewish evangelism, print and web publications, and benevolence work. With your help, we will continue proclaiming the Good News through Jesus the Messiah to Jewish people around the world.
Our Vision and Core Values
Chosen People Ministries…
- Exists to glorify God, proclaim the Gospel to the Jew first and also to the Gentile, and develop resources and programs to accomplish this task.
- Places the worker above the work.
- Is concerned with and promotes the welfare of the Jewish community.
- Is a Board-governed organization whose ministry is planned and implemented by missionaries and supported by the administrative staff.
- Is dependent on God’s provision for the Mission through the prayer and financial support of fellow believers.
Al & Bev Rene
North America Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) began with a boat—the Willis Shank. In 1949, this rusty 136-foot minesweeper from World War II was restored and began regular trips from Seattle to the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska to evangelize the Native peoples living in the coastal villages. Almost always, the whole population of a village would gather near the dock when the boat arrived, blasting out Christian music from a large bull horn speaker mounted high on the radar mast. A team on board offered medical services to the Native people. An evangelism team held meetings. Bible college students gave their summers to teach vacation bible school and to lead week-long bible studies. Many Native people along the coast accepted Christ, and some grew in their faith.
In 1959, NAIM moved away from seasonal, itinerant coastal ministries toward placing missionaries in Native communities full-time and long-term, with a focus on the interior of Western Canada. The primary boat ministry came to a close. On a small scale, NAIM staff continued to visit and encourage isolated believers in the coastal communities, with a concentrated effort by Bill and Sandy Lottis during 1989-1997.
Throughout the years North America Indigenous Ministries (NAIM) has reached out in love to Indigenous people. Youth ministries, summer internships, community-based evangelism, long-term discipleship relationships and church planting endeavors have been part of a strategy that has resulted in many small fellowships of believers in communities scattered across Canada.
Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.
So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids around the world — where they are, as they are. Leaders faithfully attend football practices in the Minneapolis suburbs, mingle with teenagers at a mall in Stockholm and play pick-up soccer with former child-soldiers in Liberia. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks.
We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and purpose.
This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out and entered their world.
Who is Young Life for?
Everyone is welcome in Young Life! Our programs are custom made for kids throughout their adolescent years. Young Life is the name of our organization and is also the term we use for our program with high school students. We call our middle school program WyldLife. The initiative for college and university students is called Young Life College.
Young Life’s multicultural ministry, focused on kids in diverse cultural communities and those in economically-depressed areas, is arguably the largest of its kind in the United States. We refer to our ministry to kids with disabilities as Capernaum and to our work with teen moms as Young_Lives_. In a partnership with Military Community Youth Ministries, Young Life reaches military teens through a program called Club Beyond. The Small Towns initiative brings Young Life to communities of fewer than 25,000 people.
John and Mary Jean Templehoff
Campus Crusade for Christ South Africa
There are more than 8,000 new HIV infections daily across the world. Most new infections are in the 15-25 age group, i.e. the most sexually active group. After more than twenty years of research there is still virtually no hope in the foreseeable future for an effective vaccine. This epidemic can be stopped but it cannot be legislated by governments, it cannot be solved by the medical community, and it cannot be stopped by flooding countries with condoms. The only thing that will ever get it under control is individual choice to hold themselves to a high moral standard and not take part in unnecessary potentially risky behavior. This was proven to work through an abstinence program adopted in Uganda in the early years of this epidemic. The age of first sexual encounter was shifted by two years and reduced the adult incidence rate of HIV from 20% in the 1980’s to 5% currently.
Our mission plan is:
- To present the Campus Crusade Smart Choices curriculum to High School Students for AIDS awareness and prevention. This curriculum linked with our Church-to-Church partnership program is proving to be an extremely effective method for training students and for exposing them to the gospel and a personal relationship with God. The Judeo-Christian morality and ethics training is very effective in effecting the behavior change necessary keep commitments of abstinence until marriage.
- Enable the local churches to continue on with the AIDS education program year round to reach as many students as possible.
- Empower the youth to make wise life choices based on knowledge of the perils of participating in risky behavior.
We provide support for orphans who are the victims of the AIDS pandemic. Partnering with Horizon International we have 200 children from four separate Orphan care centers eligible for sponsorship at $35 per child per month.