by Geordon Rendle, International President
PRAY & PRAISE
- Pray for 6-year old Clifton, son of Pascal (National Director, Tanzania) and his wife Esther. He has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma. In a phone conversation with Pascal, I received encouraging news – an American Doctor just moved to Tanzania – her specialty? Pediatric Cancers! What a privilege to pray with this precious family!
- Praise God for effective Youth for Christ World Leadership Team and International Board meetings in Denver all last week. Thank you for praying. Highlights included celebrating the fully digitalised Chartering system which helps us to measure our ministries well. What we measure is a statement about what is important to the Mission of YFC. We also welcomed Sue Koh from Australia; she was “value-added” at her very first board meeting. We are also grateful for Howard Stephenson who joined this past year. The Board did agree that we need to recruit more members and that we must do that prayerfully and carefully. Mission Drift happens one board member at a time.
Matthew 17:5 B
This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Listen to Him.
How many children today long to hear the words, “I’m proud of you”? I couldn’t help but thinking of this verse as I listened to the aching heart of a father – Pascal – describe his son’s health predicament. Little Clifton is responding like a trooper, but there is almost nothing more painful than watching a loved-one suffer. The role of Youth for Christ is to stand, as surrogate, God-called parents, with teenagers all over the world. Many of these teenagers are tagged as rebellious, recalcitrant, rude. But their Heavenly Father sees them as Prodigals. He longs for them to “come to their senses” and come home. Do we tell “our” children that they belong, that they “please” us, that they have gifts and talents worthy of watching and celebrating? God in Heaven declared relationship, pride and purpose all in one breath. Try it sometime with your children. Almost every night, at bedtime, I tell my little girls, “Daddy loves you; I´m proud of you and you’re beautiful.” They LOVE IT! They THRIVE on it!