charlie-127x176Charlie Shadbolt, Youth Director
Issue 3 - 2011

Just like life, youth ministry is made up of moments. You have the humdrum of everyday life but it's the moments that you remember. There are the frustrating ones, the hilarious ones, the touching ones and then there are the ones where the world seems to go quiet, just for a moment, and you realise that this is why you have been called to ministry and this is what it is all about.

I had one of those moments the other day. Let me set the scene for you: Imagine an assembly hall in a high school in a small town in the north of Thailand. Picture it full of 200 students there on the weekend to attend English camp run by a group of teenagers on a GAP year from New Zealand. The day before these school students had all bowed in reverence to the Buddhist shrine sitting permanently on the stage. Today after running around playing games these students were sitting watching a drama portraying a young girl whose heart had been torn and broken by all the people she gave it to. But eventually she gave her torn, ripped, broken heart to Jesus and He replaced it with a brand new, di erent, better heart. What happened next was my 'moment'.

Standing in front of the students, the Buddhist shrine looming behind, stood a kiwi girl. Not on the stage, just in front of the students o to the side. She stood with a microphone and piece of paper in her hand and a translator by her side. Then she spoke.

"I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord of Lords and King of Kings".

She then followed with a short simple testimony explaining what Jesus had done for her and what He could do for all of them. This was a message that most of those students had never heard before... and who knows if they will hear it again. The fact that it was delivered by someone their own age that had spent time playing games, talking and getting to know them would surely make that message much more real.

In Timothy it talks about not letting anyone look down on you because you are young, but instead set an example for others in speech, life, love, faith and purity. My challenge to youth is to do this and my challenge to the older generation is to let them...even if it looks a little di erent to what you might expect.

Our youth are so capable of impacting their generation for Jesus. They are capable of making those moments where the world seems to go quiet, just for a moment, and you realise that this is what it's all about.

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