TAMILNADU YOUTH CONVENTION
500 young people from various parts of Tamilnadu gathered at Keren Matric Hr. Sec School, Chenkanoor, Madurai for a camp from 14 – 17 January, 2012. The theme of the camp was “Mirror”. Every morning the Bible study was taken by Mr. Vijay Thangiah, the National Director for Youth for Christ in India.
Many young people grew in their faith as others committed their lives to the Lord for the first time. Various aspects of life such as handling failures, media, quiet time, values, and relationships were addressed in seminars taught by Youth for Christ staff. Bible quizzing and debates were just a few of the afternoon activities. The Tamilnadu music team “Yasha” led in the time of singing.
The leaders of the camp are rejoicing over the 250 young people who committed themselves to the Lord. Forty Seven young people made a fist time commitment, 44 young people decided to go into full time ministry. Pray for all these young people that they will stand firm in their decisions.
“Mirror – the most unforgettable days in my life.”
“In this camp I learnt to love Jesus more, to live for him.”
-A. Rubavathi, Salem
A discipleship camp with the theme ‘Pressing on’ from 12th-15th January at ETASI Timpany Steel City School was also a great success. About 126 young people participated, and received spiritual nourishment. Devotions, doctrines, games and challenge hours were the various sessions organized for the edification of the youth.
God used His servants Bro. Peter Samuel (Hyderabad) & Bro. Evans (Guntur) for His glory in ministering the Word on the theme. The Youth for Christ staff workers Nehemaiah, Kishore and Sangeet Rao taught on the importance of prayer, and personal evangelism, from the Scriptures.
“I want to be a disciple of God. ”
– S. Manikanta, Hyderabad.
“I will stand up for Jesus.”
– D. Ararath, Khammam
“This Camp helped me in getting over temptation, and learning the power of prayer.”
– D.Marjorie Sarah Katon, Vizag.
“I have learnt to be obedient.”
– Ch. V. Paul, Guntur
A WALK THROUGH THE WINTER WONDERLAND
Each year Youth for Christ in Delhi does outreach in different places during the Christmas season but this time, they felt led to do something that they had not done before – something different, something more creative – and along with that, God impressed on the leaders the urgency of sharing the Good News with the young people of the city of Delhi.
After much prayer the team decided to focus on a message about the uncertainty of life balanced with the hope that Christmas brings.
The staff were able to do the Christmas program in all the places they had hoped (see list below).
9th – Aanuragh School (Aanuragh Society): Christmas with the students, staff, teachers and even parents!
13th – Victoria Hostel, Butler Hostel – 60 or 70 girls,
15th – Mt. Carmel School, Dwarka (800 young people)
17th – Gange School, Rajniwas Marg (850 girls)
20th – St. Mary’s School, Dwarka, (200 young people). This was early morning and out in the open. Everyone was freezing but the warmth of the message of Christmas overshadowed all that.
21st – Gujarati Samaj Sr. Sec School, Shah Auditorium (750 young people). All students & teachers of this school were from other faiths. YFC requested to meet with senior students and their teachers for this program, which the school allowed. The response was amazing.
24th -Students of a fashion design institute in North Delhi were invited to a Christmas party in a Jain temple, where the leaders shared the gospel with the students.
12th – Caroling from Gurgaoncontinued in North Delhi, Dwarka, West Delhi & North West Delhi.
Tune-in Christmas special. At the Butler school Auditorium. 90 to 100 young people attended.
21st – The Great India place (Shopping mall), Noida.
30th – ‘Sing out Loud’- Calvary Church, West Delhi (95 to 100 people)
14th – Special Dinner for the Team at Pastor Jolly Raj’s place
29th – Youth for Christ bonfire, including a time for thanking, sharing, praising & praying and a barbecue
Youth for Christ was truly able to reach the entire city with the gospel, as their entire program was broadcast on a local radio station on 25th December.
God helped the team to reach out to thousands of people during this Christmas season. Despite the challenges of extremely cold weather conditions, transportation, finances and bad health, it was a fruitful time that taught ‘if God is for us then who can be against us?’.