What do we do?
CAMPS AND CONFERENCES
From its inception way back in 1997, Kerygma has specialised in camps that are experiential in nature. These were held at carefully chosen venues that burst with the flavour of adventure.
We have held camps for students at schools, teens, youth, couples, and even for parents and children in partnership with other organisations.
Campers go through a process of learning and discovering as they experience nature, participate in our interactive sessions, feel the impact of good music, and more than anything - meet new people.
All these ingredients come together to give them a taste of something unique that they have never had before and leave them wanting more.
Volunteers who offer their time and energy to the ministry are provided opportunities to lead small discussion groups, provide leadership at camps and lead outreach teams.
As with every program that we conduct, we place connection with people, and self-discovery at a high position in our leadership development programs.
The informal training environment spurs volunteers to learn from each other through their victories and failures. It is a joy to see how many of them have moved on to become business and market place leaders while others have grown to pioneer their own initiatives.
KERYGMA RESOURCE CENTER
Kerygma is developing a 7 acre piece of property in Kurlapalli Village of Lepakshi Mondal to focus on community related work. As of now we have therefore begun working in the nearby village to organise life skills training for rural children. This is accomplished through holistic programs that encourage learning through sports, art, crafts, laughter and other universal languages.
Our hope is to develop better facilities to equip and hone talent in the surrounding areas.
The revenue generated from our resource centre will fund our projects and be a source of livelihood for the people of the village close by. We are in need of donations to help propel this vision.
Higher education or employment opportunities bring many young people to the city and they often have to live in hostels or dormitories.
As an organisation we sensed their collective loneliness and their longing find a home away from home. We endeavour to create awareness among families to develop informal spaces and open their homes as hangouts for rest and restoration.
Our volunteers have regularly visited hostels to facilitate support groups and also to simply offer a shoulder to lean on. We also hold informal talks that prompt discussions on more serious issues, on life purpose. We believe that these simple conversations where we lend a good listening ear and offer much needed wisdom, are a platform for real impact.
Most recently, in response to COVID-19, we ventured out upon hearing the cries of migrants with no jobs or food to feed their families.
This sparked a chain of events resulting in dry ration support for over 100 families. Each pack contains food worth Rs 1000 ($15), enough to help a family of 4 to survive for a month. It has now extended into a regular support system.
The heart rending stories that followed have encouraged our volunteers to locate pockets of migrants and families that belong to the poorest of poor communities. Donations in kind and cash poured in to help these families in distress.
We look forward to investing in the lives of many more!
Every year, Kerygma connects with a fresh batch of teens through its camps.
Movies, games, discussions, music and snacks are a regular feature in our club meets. The discussions groups give opportunities for youth to grapple with difficult life issues relevant to their everyday needs, find answers to the meaning of life and discover treasures in the Bible. We also encourage creative expression through art, theatre, and even worship and prayer
We have now moved on to creating virtual hangouts and online clubs for teens and youth, where we continue to have engaging discussions.
YOUTH WORKERS' TRAINING
Our work spanning over two decades, touching thousands of lives seems but a drop in the ocean. There are still millions of unreached youth in our nation. The answer to impacting many more youth is in training and sending more volunteers into the field of harvest.
To fulfil that dream, Our founders - Jacob and Sheela have written a training manual and workbook to train youth workers dealing with various contemporary approaches.
However to be true to our belief that, ‘Youth work is caught and not just taught’, we allow for internship opportunities along with classroom training.
Our staff travel around the country to partner with churches, organisations and seminaries in an effort to train youth workers in the far corners of our nation.
Youth struggle with external pressures, trends and many emotional ups and downs, contributing to the rise of anxiety, depression, and various kinds of addictions.
Kerygma believes in providing a supportive hand to work alongside educational institutions and like-minded professionals to bring awareness of the negative effects of addictive behaviour on young people, teachers and parents.
A network of volunteers make themselves available to counsel youth and families who have reached out to us. Over the years, we have been able address a deep rooted issues to impact and transform the lives of struggling young people.
Institutions, MNCs, NGOs are always eager to find a good talent pool for their events.
Kerygma has had several opportunities to host events on occasions like Christmas, to engage with corporates and students over the truth and joy of the season. Not to forget, to share much fun, laughter and goodies!
Through carols, skits, games and times of sharing, everyone is sure to have a great time and won't leave unchanged. We truly want to make a difference, where ever there are open doors, and gatherings big or small.
Nothing that we do can be done without the help of our talented, giving and tireless volunteers.
If you have a skill in any of the areas we described or if you have a heart of compassion, if these are causes you feel led to help with, or if you'd just like to get a feel of what we do, we'd love to have you!
Every bit of help - from service, to training, to organising and to connecting, helps us make a difference and to be a light into the many areas of darkness faced by the youth of this nation. (And as a bonus, you will get to connect with a group of fun, creative and inspiring individuals, and make friends for life!)
We see a need now, more than ever and you can be a part of the solution.