SAYJ’s fifth ambassador retreat GO’13 has come to an end and once again we have been witnesses of God’s marvelous, transforming power especially in the lives of young people.
On Tuesday 22nd of January, 2013 young people from all over India, especially the northeast were seen walking into the gates of Northeast Adventist College by 8 a.m. As usual it started with young people who were shy, fearful, and in need of direction. But as we started making our way through the conference the youth began overcoming their fears and finding the direction that God wants for their lives. By God’s grace through the seminars and workshops that we ran the youth were able to be equipped with tools and gained knowledge that will help them fulfill the Great Commission – “Go and make disciples…”. And throughout morning and evening devotions they learned how to be true disciples of Jesus. During the course of the event we have seen young and old alike making hundreds of decisions for Christ. Fifteen souls answered the call to baptism and over 30 young people committed to starting evangelistic small groups in their communities.
The Sabbath was a true blessing worshiping with over 800 people from all over India, especially the northeast. Through the sermon many came to a realization that God wants a true and personal commitment to Him and not just an external one. After examining their own lives they made a commitment to have a deeper, more honest and more faithful walk with our Lord. Our Sabbath closed with testimonies from the youth that attended. This was the most powerful part of the retreat because this provided evidence that the Spirit of God was there. We heard a testimony of a young lady who had drifted far from God and doubted that the Seventh-day Adventist Church was true and even questioned the very existence of God. She was not even excited to attend the SAYJ conference. When she first arrived she really thought that she made a bad decision in coming. However, after attending the seminars and listening to the morning and evening devotions, she herself publicly proclaimed that she knows that there is a God who exists and for the first time she is proud to be a part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This was the experience of just one among many.
God has blessed the SAYJ Ambassador Retreat more than we could have ever asked. Lives have been changed including our own. Currently, there are young people who have found God for the first time traveling home, where they will be met with temptations and challenges that they have determined to overcome in Jesus. SAYJ is not just a weekend conference but a cooperative network in partnership with the church for training, equipping and supporting the young people of South Asia to be true disciples of Christ. Right now these young people need our prayers. Please join us in praying for these young people that God may empower them with His Spirit, teach them through His word and save them by His grace so that they can go make disciples.
Followup Update: I’d like to talk with you about the impact we made in Northeast India. We wanted to inspire young people to take time out of their busy day to build friendship based small groups where Jesus is shared. After one week of intensive training we have 150 young people meeting in small groups all over Northeast India sharing the gospel. These groups allow our young people to share Christ in a non-threatening way and to learn the essential art of witnessing to others.
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