USING THE ARTS TO END EXTREME POVERTY
WHAT IS PICK A POCKET?
Pick A Pocket is a ministry of Youth With A Mission Herrnhut, Germany. Our focus is to embody the Gospel wherever we go, serve people trapped in extreme poverty, create art, raise awareness about ways to transform communities and forge new connections between the developed and developing world.
We believe that art has the power to speak deeply to people, bringing healing and revealing integral value. We seek to connect the developed world with the developing world by producing art with the purpose of raising awareness and financial aid. We have two pillars in our ministry. One is being on the field in developing countries, creating and supporting projects that help people escape extreme poverty. The other pillar is mobilization and raising awareness. We encourage others to get involved through exhibitions, concerts, conferences and tours around the world.
WHY THE NAME?
The name “Pick A Pocket” was chosen out of the desire to revolutionize a mindset; from a culture living in a state of what we can get to a culture of giving back. Since the group began their efforts by helping one individual at a time, the focus of the ministry remains to approach poverty in a way of looking at the individual- not just the over all injustice. To pick one person’s pocket to fill with basic needs, hope and value. Pick A Pocket.
HOW IT STARTED
In 2008, a small group of friends gathered together in Scotland for a retreat to take time to hear God and dream of possibilities. Before this, they had been traveling to many developing countries like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and India, where they witnessed extreme poverty and wanted to do something about it. All of them were passionate about art and challenged to do something greater with it- to build the Kingdom, to help those living in extreme poverty and to start a movement. After a few days of talking in Scotland, they realized they all had similar dreams and callings, so the group decided to combine their efforts and Pick A Pocket was created!
YOUTH WITH A MISSION (YWAM)
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilize as many people as possible to help in this task and to train and equip believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord. We are commissioned to love and serve His body, the Church, and to present the whole gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world.
We of Youth With A Mission believe: that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s son; that people are created in God’s image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment,”…Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15)
As a ministry of YWAM Herrnhut, we uphold the 18 Foundational values of YWAM. Values such as: MAKE GOD KNOWN, BE VISIONARY, CHAMPION YOUNG PEOPLE, DO FIRST AND THEN TEACH, BE RELATIONSHIP-ORIENTED – these are what ground us.