Your support helps share Jesus with young people all over Australia
September 8, 2014
Giving every young person in Australia an opportunity to become a follower of Jesus is a clear vision, but Australia is a vast country. This is particularly noticeable in Western Australia where large distances separate relatively isolated communities in the northern part of the state. After a long history of WA North West trips, three years ago we increased this investment, committing to making at least two big trips each year knowing the power that continuity and consistent connection could have within these communities.
In each town we aim to connect with the local Christian community and help build into their ongoing ministry with their local young people. It’s exciting to see the fruit of this investment and the growth within communities that has come from being a consistent presence.
We first met Jayda last year. At 15, Jayda found herself on a self-destructive path, living a lifestyle that had no positive outcome. Despite this, Jayda made a connection with Youth for Christ which led to a powerful transformation when we reconnected this year. With the investment of relationship, love and prayer from both YFC and the ongoing commitment and care of the local school chaplain, Jayda discovered the depth of God’s love for her.
“I just wanted to be loved and accepted and fill the emptiness, but I couldn’t feel it from anyone being disconnected from my family and friends until I felt God’s love through you. All it took was you investing in me, exposing me to God and Jesus in a way I have never been before and, through you, I felt it. I started going back to church, reading my Bible, praying every night and open to the Holy Spirit and this transformation can only be described as a miracle.”
Jayda’s journey continues, and she will inevitably go through the ups, downs and struggles of life, but she will now always know where her true identity is found.
“After being devoted to the Lord again – but fully devoted and putting Him before everyone else – I felt
an infinite love and warmth that no one could ever give me. I felt hope and a purpose. I’ve found myself again and my true godly family.”
Thank you for your continued investment in YFC, which allows us to invest in communities and young people all over Australia. Together, we’re reaching many young people, like Jayda, for Jesus!