GYC Day 4
We woke to fluffy white flakes falling and blanketing the ground with a fresh sheet of snow. The sky was still dark early yesterday morning, and the decorative lights were still visible. It looked like a Christmas postcard beyond the skywalk windows. What a way to start this Sabbath day. As we crossed the streets I hummed the tune in my head, “Whiter than snow, yes whiter than snow. Now wash me and I shall be…” This GYC experience has been so refreshing. My own personal revival has been long overdue, and watching the snow transform the scenery outside made me ponder our theme these past few days just a little while longer. “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Escaping la la land, my humming came to an end as we approached the 7AM service with Pastor Conway. Pastor Conway talked to us about how God’s word = access to the mind of God, and by studying His word we have the answer to how we can really be Christians. Pastor Paul Ratsara, President of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, was the speaker for Divine Worship. Divine Worship was a pep rally of sorts for the outreach initiative scheduled that afternoon. Pastor Ratsara spoke about A Divine Key. “The book of Acts is to be continued…we have many chapter to write right now,” Pastor Ratsara stressed.
So, Yesterday’s story was more of the same – out of this world powerful speaking like you’ve never heard before. The GYC choir, men’s chorus, and band blessed the congregation with music they’d been practicing for several hours the past few days. The NEC Youth Department was there to discuss events such as ADVANCE and The School of Prophets happening early next year in Europe. God is working through His agents in our church to bring the 3 angels message to Muslims. C.A.M.P.U.S. and ASI, GYC’s parent organizations were on stage yesterday as well to share organizational blessings.
If you’ve been following this blog trail, you can easily see how each day GYC seems to get better. Sabbath we not only were blessed with spiritual stuffing, we got a chance to exercise it. It was about 45 minutes past Divine Hour that just under 1,500 of us would fill 25 school buses in the 20 degree weather and head out into the mission field. The task was simple it seemed at first. Approach door, state sponsoring organization as Generation of Youth for Christ, ask survey questions, and deliver Bible study card. Many of us were unprepared to face the weather, but we prayed and moved on anyhow. By the end of the evening, 12,000 homes were visited and over 400 requests for Bible study were received. Praise God! The frost bite, wet socks, and icicle nose cold was well worth saving souls.
Pastor Shin joined us for the final evening devotional this year’s GYC would spend together. He spoke about what revival really means. It means to live again. Behind every revival is radical prayer. You know the kind of prayer that wears your knees in, and makes you not want to leave the presence of God. Sometimes it’s easier to study study study, but prayer is key. He spoke of Wellesley’s effect on England, and said entire countries have been changed by radical prayer. To end the evening, the beautiful hum of whispers brought us all to our knees for a season of prayer.
GYC is unique not just because of the incredible speakers, seminar topics, or even the conservative nature of its attendees – GYC is a lighter the flicks fiery passion into youth. The cold wasn’t enough to out the flames that had been blazing all week. As less than 24 hours remain left on the agenda, it’s an exciting point for GYC – it’s time to take it back home. Watch and see what God has done through this thing we so accurately call, Generation of Youth for Christ.