From his detention facility, he had a message for his friends: “I am changing. Every day I pray for each of you. When I get out, I don’t want to see you doing stupid stuff. I am changing and I want to see you changing, too!”
These stories from Rwanda and South Asia included here are a tiny window into the breath-taking things God is doing around the world through Youth for Christ, through you! Over 247,000 young people in over 100 nations have responded to the Gospel message this past year through Youth for Christ. That is worth celebrating!
The majority of the world’s teenagers don’t live in your neighborhood or mine. The largest percentage of the world’s young people live in the 48 least-developed nations. That means many of them are dealing with poverty, violence, and exploitation. Even more significantly, many are without hope and don’t have a relationship with Jesus.
“This is something that has to be born inside of you” – That is what Eduardo Ramos thinks about having passion to serve others. He is a YFC volunteer, he talks about his passion and how he sees YFC in his country of Honduras.
Gemstones and a glass vase provide a power illustration that helps a young woman understand how God truly sees her.
The adventure is on when Sebastian and Carlos travel to their destination, where they thank God for having them as a team and for the great experience. Join them in this short video filmed at Bolivar City, Colombia. YFC Colombia has been working through this method helping youth live and stay healthy but over all bring them closer to God.
Nayeli Estrada is a volunteer at Youth for Christ in Mexico. She shared with us her amazing testimony and how God reached her through a Rap Ministry, and now this is how she is using her life to reach other youth.
Jose Carlos Gutierrez is one of Youth for Christ’s world-changing young leaders. He took on the leadership of Youth for Christ in Mexico in January of 2008. In September 2008 Jose Carlos was sponsored to attend the Youth for Christ General Assembly in South Africa and it was there he caught the vision of reaching … Continued
Watch the remarkable story of a young man from Guatemala who attended a Project Serve trip as a translator and caught the vision of Youth for Christ, going on to become the National Director of Youth for Christ in Mexico and the Americas Area Director of Youth for Christ International.
A Youth for Christ intern says “I used to struggle with fear and anxiety to the point that I once passed out in front of my class at school while giving a presentation. But the teaching and relationships I experienced at Youth for Christ helped me discover my self worth, enabling me to begin challenging this fear.”
Born in Rwanda, Jean Baptiste Mugarura grew up in a family that practiced Islam and ancestral worship at the same time. He says of his time growing up, “Amidst instability at home, I needed someone to cry to. I learnt that there was a God who is greater than everything and everybody, and that this God is good and is a loving God who cares for me.”
Abandoned by his parents and left to fend for himself at only 10 years of age, Shawn Roberts was forced to grow up much too fast. Abused, neglected and despairing, Shawn was ready to give up. That’s when God spoke to him, beginning a journey that would forever change his life.
Rick has had his life turned upside down by Jesus. Rick was one of the older teens in the Don Dale Juvenile Detention Centre in Darwin, Australia, having been caught up in a gang. He started having some God conversations with Tim Ezzy, a long-term volunteer with Youth for Christ who visits the Centre each week.
Born in Senegal, Mendy Nino came to know Christ at 13. Mendy was later mentored as part of Youth for Christ’s young leader program. He is now working with other African leaders to inspire boldness in evangelism as Generation 21 brings the gospel to the continent of Africa.
BJ’s mother left when he was six years old. Left behind, and often caring for his disabled older brother while his father’s alcoholic binge drinking escalated, BJ plunged into depression and despair. When BJ began high school his father remarried and the physical abuse began. Afraid for his own safety, BJ approached his school guidance … Continued
John describes his life as “always looking for something.” But it was when he found Jesus that he says he found purpose for his life. Once John found that his relationship with Jesus made a such a significant difference for him, he began to wonder how much difference it could make for others.
Dima is a busy man. He is sought after by multiple churches and like-minded organisations to help organise and lead sports outreach. He leads a small group Bible discovery group with Muslim boys and girls he met on the street and in parks at different sports venues. He asked them to consider coming to a … Continued
A young custodian at Taraja Boys Home in Kenya is shocked and fearful when he is asked to take on the leadership of the home as the previous leader feels led to move on. Unable to escape God’s call, he accepts the challenge and is finding God’s grace is more than sufficient to sustain them.
When Brooke was 13, her parents were busted for selling drugs. The family was split up, so she went to stay with friends. Eventually Brooke moved back home with a drug habit. Her father would bash her mother. So her mother would go out drinking, leaving Brooke to look after her younger brother and sister. … Continued
Having relapsed into drug and alcohol addiction, a young man in Uganda becomes depressed and suicidal. Desperate for someone to talk to, he followed a sign to a Youth for Christ counseling facility. Soon, the young prodigal was coming home to God’s transforming grace and love.
In Rwanda, a young man who survived the genocide has become a believer, received training as a young leader, and is reaching thousands with the good news of Jesus Christ.