As we close out 2008, I have some exciting news to share with you. Urban Youth Workers Institute is proud to announce that the demand for our services is increasing at an unimaginable pace. The culmination of our vision to establish transformational relationships with 20,000 urban youth workers by the end of 2010 is in sight. We have confidence that we are not only going to meet, but actually exceed our ministry expectations. Praise God!
As good as that news sounds, there are still countless numbers of Kingdom servants who are battling in the trenches, yearning for our support. We are exhausting ourselves daily seeking to meet their needs. In order to do this more efficiently, we have been in the process of creating a decentralized model for our programs that would give us leverage to create indigenous partnerships, expand our event capacity and provide more leadership and people development beyond our west coast headquarters to various regions of the United States.
While the current economic crisis has led to staff downsizing and budget cuts for many of us in non-profit work, it has also become for us at UYWI a catalyst for change that would otherwise have taken a year or two to implement. We are seizing this opportunity to amalgamate our RELOAD and our UYWI national conference for the purpose of producing multiple national events in the future. This shift will offer our constituents the same great features while providing training events that are more cost efficient, geographically accessible and locally organized. This does mean that we will not be hosting the May 14-16 National Conference at Azusa Pacific this year.
We are excited about how these changes will allow us to expand and deepen our reach to urban youth workers across the country. We will keep you posted as we map out the details so you can get these new events on your calendar. Thank you for all your support!