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The value of the Gospel

by Mike Albany

I didn’t join YFC because I was called to youth work or ministry. I actually thought the opposite, I thought it was a waste of time. I had seen too many young Christians walk away from their faith. But I did think it would be a Godly way to serve my media skills for a year before kicking on to bigger and better things.

That day opened my eyes to how little many young people actually know about Jesus

Mike joined YFC’s media team in 2004 and currently serves in the area of communications.

God had other plans, challenging my selfish thoughts on my second day with YFC, when I attended a YFC youth program for the first time. I don’t remember a lot from the day but I do clearly remember one question asked by a young person. “Did Jesus come as a fully grown man or as a baby?” At the time I thought it was a ludicrous question, who doesn’t know the story of Christmas? But it quickly led me to the epiphany that I had taken my Christian heritage for granted. Growing up in a Christian home, going to a Christian school, I had been gifted the knowledge of the Gospel but never realised what a blessing that was.

That day opened my eyes to how little many young people actually know about Jesus and the value in simply giving them the same opportunity to follow Jesus that I had been given. Not to coerce people to believe what I believe but to encourage them to explore Jesus and to give them the opportunity to make an informed decision. To provoke a curiosity and a desire to seek out the truth.

Young person participating in a group activity to explore and discuss their views on God.

Young person participating in a group activity to explore and discuss their views on God.

11 years later I’m still with Youth for Christ and believe it is exactly where God wants me to invest my gifts and abilities as we seek to give every young person an opportunity to become a follower of Jesus.

As a movement, we are passionate about partnering with the local church to help young people explore the big questions of life. And young people ARE asking the questions. They are searching for truth, but they want more than information. They want to hear something tangible, something real, not just theological concepts.

“When and how has God helped you?”

“What changed when you started believing?”

“How do we know Jesus was or is real? How do you know God is real ‘apart from ‘because of the bible’ cause how do you know everything in the bible is true?”

It is our desire to help young people in this journey towards discovering an authentic relationship with Jesus. Thank you for partnering with me in this mission.