The city I have prayed for the most in my life is at war. On average, there are 13 homicides every single day. Most of the murderers are young people; most of those murdered are young people.
Our Latin American Regional Director, Mayra Cano said, “We must keep praying for nations like Ecuador where over 600 died and close to 30,000 were injured in the recent earthquake. But what is also breaking my heart is that Venezuela is at war with itself. I just spoke with Luis Bisbal, our Board Chairman there, and he said that the situation is critical. Every time YFCI posts anything, we should add at the bottom, Pray for Venezuela.”
Caracas, a city where I lived for almost 11 years, is now rated as THE most dangerous and violent city in the world – well over 5000 homicides in 2015! And Jesus weeps over it. When Jesus said, “If you had only known on this day what would bring you peace,” He was referring to the fact that on that very day the Prince of Peace was riding in to change the course of history.
The role of Youth for Christ is to alert teenagers, the hundreds of millions of them who live in war-torn, violence-ridden, heartache-filled cities, that Jesus, their Lord, their lover and their listener is riding in to bring them the peace that passes ALL understanding. He covers them, embraces them, He hears them.
Pray for Caracas. Pray for our YFC staff there who represent our donkey-riding Saviour, the God-Man who relates, redeems and restores. Teenagers in that great city are despised and rejected, BUT JESUS UNDERSTANDS. He knows their grief. . . .
He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Oh, did I mention that in the next few weeks, YFC is doing a youth leadership seminar in Jerusalem? Yes, the Jerusalem. Jesus is the Lord of ALL the cities of this great planet.