Used by Permission from ASSIST News Service
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
ENGLEWOOD, CO (ANS) — For over 70 years, Youth for Christ has been communicating the life-changing message of Jesus Christ, and even had Billy Graham as its first full-time staff evangelist.
But in recent years, many thought that the movement that conducted lively mass rallies in dozens of USA cities and also overseas – I used to attend their monthly one in Birmingham Town Hall, England – had died. But far from it.
Now, Canadian-born Geordon Rendle, President/CEO of Youth for Christ International, has made an urgent appeal for a Christian journalist, or journalists, to step forward and help them.
“We at Youth for Christ, are one of the greatest stories never told,” said Rendle, who was once a missionary kid in Colombia and later a police detective in Vancouver Island, Vancouver. “We have 70 years of history and hundreds of thousands of testimonies of young people from over 133 nations.
“One of the biggest challenges we have is ‘surfacing’ those stories. Our staff are ‘living the story,’ but they’re so busy ‘making history’ that they really don’t have any time to ‘write history’ for us.
“It’s a real loss to the Kingdom because we want the world to know that Jesus is still alive and well and the Holy Spirit is not a ‘retired author,’ but He’s still out there shaking and moving and bringing people to Himself.”
So Rendle said that is why they have an urgent need for a journalist or journalists, to get involved.
“We have a need for people who would go out there and help us to record the story,” he said. “But we also need professionalism, which is not our staff’s gift or forte, as theirs is youth evangelism. We need somebody who can elicit a good story and then other people who would edit it and create the story which could be used in either written, or video format, and then get it onto the Web at a global level.”
Rendle said that a student or students, studying journalism at college, would be ideal candidates for this volunteer position, and they could get credits for their work.
“We could certainly start there because obviously they’re keen to get their teeth into a project like this,” he added. “What’s fun about Youth for Christ is that we have such marvelous stories that are easy to tell. Once you hear it, see it, smell it, feel it, and take pictures of it, that candidate or candidates, will find it is an extraordinary story. In fact, it’s God’s story!”
So, if you would like more information, please fill out the form below, and send a message to Geordon Rendle, saying that you are a journalism student and you are interested in helping tell the stories of Youth for Christ International.
“Once they do this, we’ll point them in the right direction,” concluded Rendle.