Weekend miracles in Lake City, Florida.
by Christian De Los Santos and Jermaine Gayle
“I liked seeing all the youth interacting and working together, especially at the health fair,” says a 19-year-old. “I also liked getting to know each member of the group personally. I think it was valuable that they took time to mingle and talk with young and old.”
Youth, Do You Dare? (YDYD) is a ministry that desires to ignite the fire within young people’s hearts to serve others for God. On March 21–23, we began Friday evening with “Knowing Your Bible Inside Out, Part 1,” diving into the relevance of God’s Word to young people in this day and age, plus methods of Bible study and the Bible’s role in the Christian experience. Forty people attended! A large number of them were youth, including non-Adventists, who came the entire weekend.
Many more youth were present in a full church on Sabbath morning. “Knowing Your Bible Inside Out, Part 2” showed practical ways to share one’s faith with others. The divine hour message, “Why Are You Here?” asked and answered the question of life’s purpose. In essence, this was a call to have a personal relationship with Christ and to fulfill the mission He has given His people. Several youth responded to our appeal to try God for the first time, or to recommit to Christ.
That afternoon, youth, adults, and children went out knocking on doors, conducting surveys for Bible study contacts. Sixteen people signed up for Bible studies in just one hour! Afterwards, we held a short training session on doing follow-up work so that the study contacts would not be lost.
In the evening, we gave a presentation on how to pray and the importance, relevance, and meaning of conversing with God. Along with that we had prayer sessions, alone with God and in groups.
On Sunday, we talked about the eight laws of health, preparing the youth for the afternoon community health expo. Then we divided them into the expo’s eight stations, and the youth were personally trained at the stations they chose.
We prayed together before the expo began, and people started coming. It lasted two hours, with 50 attendees! But another miracle happened. The youth attending the stations, some of whom had the days before seemed a bit disconnected and shy, became open and sociable, and seemed totally in control. Even when left alone with several guests at once, they managed their stations as though they’d run them many times before!
If you wish to schedule YDYD to host a program at your church or function, call us at 540-672-1996 ext. 291.