from the director
Hello, I'm John Henry.
As the director of the Student Mobilization Centre for Youth With A Mission for nearly thirty years, I spent sleepless nights in countless airports. My family & I have survived a military highjack in Guatemala, a river flood that stranded our teams departing for Albania, Brazil, and Ghana, and doors slammed in our faces in American suburbs. We took a 53 hour train ride from Beijing to assist our occupational therapy interns at a Nanning orphanage in China. We’ve worked in war torn villages in El Salvador, outlived treacherous white knuckle bus rides to work among the Quechua people in the Andes Mountains of Peru, the Rabinal Achi people in the mountains of Guatemala, and the Maasai People in the Savannas of Kenya.
I’ve been up all night talking to people about Jesus in train stations in Vienna and with gang leaders in New York City. I’ve slept on uncounted floors and tents from flooded basements to the Mexican desert. I’ve prayed until my throat was raw in campus meetings around the world, preached until my voice was gone, and had sleepless nights talking and listening to Christian moms and dads about their kids, and with university students questioning God’s existence.
Our students have helped plant churches at seventeen thousand feet in the Andes Mountains, in the dusty barrio’s of Mexico, and the former Illyrian settlement situated on a hill above Pogradec, Albania. We’ve started businesses, established HIV/AIDS counseling clinics, installed water pumps and storage facilities, established medical clinics and pharmacies, and taught in schools in slum communities in Belize, Brazil, Philippines, Mexico, India, East Timor, Guatemala, and Kenya. We’ve equipped and deployed hundreds of students to follow God’s call.