Messages from Young Adults

GYC 2011: Day 5

It’s over.

A bittersweet emotion filled the room. Our time together was winding down, but our mission back home was about to launch. We began early Sunday morning just as every other morning at 7:30AM. Charissa Fong spoke about Elijah’s experience and humanized this prophet of God.

Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. – James 5:17

“God is always found in the quietness of a trusting heart that simply desires to abide in Him,” Charissa reassured. We don’t have to wait for GYC 2012 to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, after all, He was sent to reach us wherever we may be whenever we may need Him.

After breakfast, the GYC Executive Committee formed a panel and were open to any questions or suggestions from the floor. The committee expressed a desire to be accessible to and open with us.  Many came forward asking questions ranging from controversial topics such as homosexuality, to minor details like can we reformat the lyrics on the screens so short people can read them. Many ideas surfaced including the need for a children’s component of GYC. We were all encouraged to get involved by volunteering to help meet some of these needs.  Make contact with GYC by emailing info@gycweb.org or visit the GYC on Facebook.

At the final Commitment Service, the new executive committee was introduced. Justin McNeilus will continue as President. Several new positions have been added, and a much younger group will comprise the executive committee going forward. After 10 years, this is the first executive committee in which none of the original founders will serve.

GYC is moving into Europe this Summer 2012! GYC Europe is expected to take place in late July 2012 in Austria. You’ve got to check this out:

GYC Europe from GYC on Vimeo.

“A New Day” indeed it is, Sebastian Braxton entitled his message. Again, visit the GYC website to hear the message for yourself, but in short Braxton distinguished the essential from the incidental elements of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Essential elements included 1) acceptance, reception of Jesus, 2) Prayer, and 3) an entire/complete surrender to Jesus. He reminded us that just because you’re filled, that doesn’t mean everyone will accept it. Braxton called for unity and the ministry leaders to come together in this work.

And then it was over. The new and old executive committee stayed behind to answer any questions. Others of us ran up front to take home some of the flowers that had decorated the stage, and goodbyes were hugged away.

For those of us here in Texas, Southern Youth Conference (SYC) will take place June 29-July 1 in Richardson, TX and the theme will be “Crucified.”

And GYC 2012 will be in Seattle, WA starting Friday evening December 28, and ending the following Tuesday on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2013. The theme is “Acts: The Revolution Continues” and will be a case study of the spirit-filled book of Acts (not a theme text, but a theme book). Get involved now at your home church, and make plans to come to Seattle already filled with the Holy Spirit – testimony in hand.

Wow, GYC I’ve really missed you. It’s been a couple years since I’ve been able to attend and this has been such a blessing. We already have plans underway for things at Houston International SDA Church. On a personal level, I’m so not ready for this high to come down. I’ve started my post-GYC devotional using Mark Finley’s upper room workbook.  My prayer is that God will reorient my priorities and use me this year in a way He never has before. I’ll post to keep you posted.

God bless!


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