PRAY & PRAISE
Please pray for teenagers “in the news”. There have been bombings in Afghanistan; West Africa continues to suffer in the Ebola crisis; Youth for Christ staff in the Ukraine and in Romania are refurbishing YFC Centres to receive orphans and families in need.
Converge – the World Evangelical Alliance Youth Commission, YFC and other global youth ministry agencies, are convening in Turkey during the first week of December to prayerfully strategize about this next season of teen evangelism, with a particular emphasis on Scriptural Engagement. Please pray for discernment, clarity and unity.
Praise God for a productive YFCI Board meeting in Denver last week despite difficult setbacks. Sadly, Peggy Zeman’s father passed just before the meetings (Peggy is the Executive Assistant to the YFCI President). Also, Sam Wolgemuth’s wife, Mary-Gayle, had a bad fall the day before the meetings. Sam is the YFCI Board Chair.
2 Peter 1:6But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Over 200 people gathered on Sunday Morning at a seniors’ mobile home park in Southern California, USA. Dozens came forward after the YFCI speakers message to say things like, “YFC changed my life. I never missed a Saturday night rally during my entire High School experience in Seattle. I was on staff with YFC in Oregon. I was on the YFC board in Portland. I served as a volunteer in Indiana. I still pray for teenagers.” THIS was a chosen generation, and many of them do continue to pray for the ministry of the Holy Spirit amongst teenagers. This also means that the YFC of today is not only the newly minted “chosen generation”, but that they are also answers to prayers prayed as many as two or even three generations ago. Whatever your role or participation with YFC, do you live and serve as an answer to prayer, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special person? The punch line of this verse is not that we are chosen, but rather, that we are chosen that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvellous light! Praise God for this glorious YFC calling.