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Kerygma's First Women's Retreat A Great Success!

30 women met at our local Sky Ranch for an uplifting retreat Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014

Merry Christmas From
Kerygma and the Harris Family

The ministry of Kerygma is a part of YWAM. Our staff consists of two full-timers (Alan and Lori), YWAMers borrowed from other departments, local volunteers and Harris kids. Read More

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Do you believe in putting your own money toward something others are doing? Some people are energized knowing their money is making the world a better place. Read More 

Knowing God and Making Him Known...
at the Healing Mass

"As a result of the last mass, something changed in me, and I lost issues of anger, unforgiveness, and anxiety." Read More

Knowing God and Making Him Known... 

at our Youth Aflame Retreat

"When I got to Youth Aflame I was a little nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I’d been to retreats before, but they weren't anything like this." Read More 

Knowing God and Making Him Known…. 

at a Confirmation Retreat

Fr. Mark Kushmerek, Our Lady of Sorrows Church
"For the past several years we’ve had the opportunity to have the Kerygma Team prepare and present a Confirmation Retreat for our students preparing for Confirmation and the first Eucharist.Read More 
Anna Parades, Our Lady of Sorrows, Jacksonville, TX
"Kerygma has come well prepared and does such a remarkable job reinforcing what we have taught all year in a fun and practical way."Read More  

Knowing God and Making Him Known....
as a Substitute Teacher!

“Mr. Harris you're my favorite substitute!”
 In 2013 I began my substitute teacher career at Bishop Gorman School in Tyler. Read More 

About Kerygma

Kerygma is a ministry within Youth With a Mission (YWAM), bringing the richness of the Church’s sacramental life to YWAM’s discipleship culture. Read More

For more information visit our website at http://KerygmaTexas.com
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Hand To The Plow

At a recent missions dinner for a local church, Lori was asking another YWAM missionary, “Why can some types of ministries (like a building project) attract laborers Read More 

Stand For Life

God is stirring in the Capitol of Texas and we are blessed to be a part of it! In May we took a team into the Capitol Read More 

House of Prayer

In early Summer, Alan and Lori were able to connect with the Austin House of Prayer. Read More 

Bridge To Unity

 Lori was able to share in Catch the Fire Houston’s Sunday morning service recently.  Read More 

Spanish Prolife Congress

We were blessed to participate in a Spanish prolife conference in Dallas Read More 

University of the Nations

God sent us to the October YWAM University of the Nations Workshop week in Baja Mexico. Read More 

Expanding our Influence

On a recent trips to Denver and St. Louis we were able to share Kerygma Read More 

And the Beat Goes On
Remembering to pause and write these newsletters is a challenge! We hope you find time to read the full version of this letter.   Read More 

     Kerygma is a ministry within YouthWith a Mission (YWAM), bringing the richness of the Church’s sacramental life to YWAM’s discipleship culture. Read More For more information visit our website athttp://KerygmaTexas.com
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In This Letter:
  • Spring Break Mission Story
  • A Teen's Special Weekend
  • National Day of Prayer Observed
  • The Pope Knows YWAM
  • Important Kerygma Meeting
  • Harris Family Quick Update


Reaching The Unreached

(Dillon Broxson, Kerygma Staff, Age 25) I met a guy named Crash on the streets of Austin who identified himself as a Satanist. Having been away from God at times in my life, I experienced His mercy when I came back. I was able to reach Crash where he was at and minister to him how God wants to come into the trauma of our life.

We don’t have to feel we’re in control of protecting ourselves and our souls. God wants to truly be a Father to us and truly protect our soul and our body from danger. I left some seeds for thought with Crash about God and His Kingdom. That was one my favorite experiences while we were at the South By Southwest Music Festival in March. See the Urban DTS Video

Resentment And Anger Gone!

(Victoria, age 17) Before coming to the April Youth Aflame Weekend, I had resentment and anger in my heart.  I didn’t know how to deal with it.  I would just put myself in the corner and cry about it and then the next day it would be ok. And it was just a repeating cycle.
After coming here I let all that out and learned about forgiveness. I took those who hurt me and gave them to Jesus. I’m not carrying it anymore. I feel so relieved with all that weight off my heart. All I feel is joy. It’s wonderful.
Going home now I feel relieved. I want to proclaim His word and give my testimony and tell everybody what he did in my heart. He can and he will change you if you will give yourself to Him. See Youth Aflame Video

National Day of Prayer

In the cold, windy and dreary rain, a small force gathered each hour on the hour from 9AM until 9PM on the Smith County Courthouse Square. The rain couldn't keep the 13 churches and ministries away as we bowed our heads and asked for God's Mercy on our land. Kerygma coordinated this effort for Tyler, Texas.

There has long been a prayer breakfast on this day, but this was the first time in over 20 years it was an all day event. A special noon Community hour emphasized unity in an even greater way as Protestants, Catholics, Spanish, Charismatics, Fundamentalist and Evangelicals united to call on God. 

Temperatures dipping into the low 40's and biting rain kept large numbers away. Still we felt that a statement of faith and witness had been given to a watching world. Kerygma is planning more ways to involve local Christians next year! 
Watch the NDP promo video here:  and consider how you can motivate your own city 

The Pope and YWAM

What does Pope Francis and YWAM have in common? A love for the lost! Pope Francis is old friends with YWAM’s national director of Argentina. The former Cardinal Borgoglio encouraged his faithful to be prayed for at the YWAM Prayer Center! It is a small world for those who love God and keep his commandments.

Francis is the “dark horse” to whom God has given much influence. This open door of encouragement may push us ahead in our goals of building Kerygma here in the U.S. Like us, Pope Francis desires all men to come to a personal conversion experience with Jesus and then put that experience to work! Watch the Pope's interview by Argentina's YWAM director

Important Meeting in Ireland

Unity in our world and nation is on the Heart of God. Its also an important part of our mission in Kerygma. We have been asked to return to Rostrevor, Ireland this year for a critical international executive meeting. Because of these changes in Rome, Kerygma needs to put together important teaching packages to offer to YWAM immediately. We want to help sensitize YWAM's mostly Protestant workers to how Catholics and Protestants can and must work together to build the Kingdom of God.

Will you help us be a part of that meeting with a special contribution at this time? You can give directly online here or call us for more specific details. We will need to leave in just a few short weeks. Please pray about being a part of this. No gift is too small.

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On a personal note, for the first time in several years all 9 of us Harrises were together for Easter! Charlotte and her daughter, Lucy are now living with us, Sam came from California and Charlie from Oklahoma. The school year is wrapping up for Juanita, James, Susan and John. We are looking forward to a busy, busy summer. Susan has a missions trip to Panama. James will be working with our sister ministry, Arts With A Mission. The big girls will be in summer school and John will get to hang out and swim. Keep us in your prayers. We love to hear from you! And if you read this far, let us know how you like this e-newsletter format!
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Kerygma Leads Retreat for Dallas Parish

An excited group from Divine Mercy Parish in Mesquite, TX settle in for Friday night teaching

Kerygma and SST staff pray and worship in preparation for April 26-28, 2013 Youth Aflame Retreat 
for a parish from Mesquite, TX. 52 youth are scheduled to attend. See Programs tab for more info.

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Annual Youth Aflame Retreat

Each fall we host a big weekend youth retreat in Lindale, TX. In October 2012 we had a great group of teens who were open to receive from the Lord. Read the story of one youth.

Kerygma Texas Olympic Outreach Team


 Kerygma Texas missionary Rocio Martinez sharing Jesus in Spanish in downtown Dallas Texas prior to her August trip to London with the team from Texas. SEE PHOTOS
Members of the Kerygma Texas Olympic outreach team in London where they worked with 150 other Catholics sharing Jesus on the streets to Olympic visitors. SEE PHOTOS


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Elizabeth Sherrill (left) chats with Kerygma's Lori Harris at the Workshop

Elizabeth Sherrill Workshop

April 16-20

Co Author of The Hiding Place and The Cross and the Switchblade

Kerygma sponsors First Charismatic Healing Mass 

at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches

Fr. Michael Scherrey with Fr. Paul {undefined}
 Personal Prayer Ministry

Alan and Lori Harris returned to minister in Nacogdoches, where they met 30 years ago. This time they served the students through the Catholic Student Center in St. Mary's Chapel. The 80 people there were open the a fresh move of the Holy Spirit. Hear Fr. Michael's homily on our audio page.

First Catholic YWAM Teen Mission Trip (SST) Is a Reality


Catholic Youth Learn To Focus On Evangelism


Staff Writer

Catholic youth and young adults from across the United States and Canada will sacrifice their spring break this year to work with Kerygma, a branch of the evangelistic organization Youth With A Mission, geared toward training Catholics to focus on evangelism.

   "A lot of people don't know YWAM has a Catholic branch," Lori Harris, national co-director of Kerygma, said. "We're trying to work with Protestants and be more ecumenical."

Students are being trained in their faith during the weekend before being sent to Houston to minister to the homeless community.

Ultimately, the trip isn't just about learning theology, Mrs. Harris said. "What church kid doesn't have it in their head? 

We're trying to convert their heart," she said. 

Rocio Martinez, a senior at Mineola High School, grew up all her life in church but never really felt God's presence, she said. "I was just going through the motions," she said.

She gave up going to her homecoming dance to attend a youth retreat with Kerygma. She said she heard from God at the retreat and it was a "once in a lifetime" experience. Her experience at the retreat convinced her to get more involved with missions, she said.

"I got a taste of God's power and heart and I wanted to experience more," she said.

To raise money for the $535 spring break

 trip, Miss Martinez designed and sold bracelets that read "Jesus is greater than religion, Romans 4:5," inspired by the popular "Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus" viral video on YouTube. She raised all the money she needed from selling the bracelets alone.

Nicole Gaucher, 22, traveled with others from Canada to participate in the spring break trip. Ms. Gaucher previously lived in Houston.

"I love the people here, I love the South," she said. "At the same time, I saw a lot of need in Houston. This is my opportunity to give back."

For more information about Kerygma, visit kerygmatexas.com or call 903-343-3567.

Kerygma Texas and YWAM Tyler join forces for 10 Day Spring Break Mission to Houston March 8-18

The world behind me, the Cross before me!

Youth from North America will converge in Garden Valley, TX at the YWAM Alaso Village to prepare their hearts and train for assault on the devil in Houston, TX during the first Catholic Spring Break Mission. This unique group of youth have raised their own funds and come to East Texas during their holiday break to learn more about their faith and how to share it. They will do just that, when this team heads for Houston and minister on the streets of the city, the love of Jesus to the lost. "Catholics are great at service. That is a given. But for too long Catholics have not known how to share their faith in a real and tangible way. Every Christian needs to know how to lead someone to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and we intend to make that happen. This is just the beginning of a long range vision to see Catholic youth mobilzed to evangelize," stated Kerygma Directors, Lori and Alan Harris. 

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Leadership Retreat:  St. Mary's Catholic Campus Ministry Director Fr. Paul {undefined} (right) and Lori Harris 
speak with members of SFASU Outdoor Recreation Team during a Spring Leadership Retreat January 17, 2012 
on the SFA campus in Nacogdoches. Harris and Fr. {undefined} taught the lecture portions of the day. (Photo courtesy KerygmaTexas.com)

Confirmation Retreat

Confirmation Retreat Team: Our Lady of Sorrows, Jacksonville hosted a Confirmation Retreat for 70 children of their parish. 

The retreat was presented January 14, 2012 by KerygmaTexas.com. 

To schedule a retreat for your adults or youth call (903) 343-3567. (Photo by KerygmaTexas) See Photo Album for more pics.


Back  row: Father Mark Kusmirek, Sandy Chagu, Alan Harris, Bryan Shurgot, Lynn Austumain, Jesse Gallegos, Lisa Ross


Front row: Juanita Harris, Mayte Lozano, Susan Harris, Rocio Martinez, John Harris, Lori Harris, David Sutherland



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