I’m not long back from New Horizon where I was part of team Engage who had the responsibility of ministering to a group of over 100 young people each day aged 13-14.
We had a ball. We laughed, danced, played, cried and worshiped together for 5 days straight. Our theme for the week was Jesus: Encounters. We looked at people in the Bible who encountered Jesus…never to be the same again. The women caught in adultery, the rich young ruler, the woman who anointed Jesus with her tears, blind Bartimaeus…
All encountered Jesus and amazing things happened as Jesus spoke and acted out Truth and Grace.
We all encountered Jesus during the week. I believe we encountered him again in a fresh way. His Spirit was at work in us as a team and in the young people. One thing I keep thinking about is this – only Jesus can rescue, heal, forgive and provide our deepest needs. When a life genuinely encounters Him one thing is for sure: transformation will happen.
We shot a video that told the ‘cardboard testimonies’ of the young people involved. It blew me away. These young people are living in all parts and corners of our wee country and so I truly believe that what we were involved in last week will have national significance as these young people carry the transforming message of Jesus back to their villages, towns, cities, schools, clubs…so take heart!
Here are some of their short stories of before and after encountering Jesus. Please read on:
Self-conscious…beautiful in God’s eyes
I was first…I am now second
Shy and scared…Confident and brave
I followed the crowd…I follow the cross
I was drowning in sin…He has rescued me
Unsettled…Now at peace
My soul was captive…And now it’s free
Dead in sin…Alive in Him
No purpose in life…Life to live for Jesus
I was Lord…Jesus is Lord
Going nowhere…Going somewhere
Low self-worth…A daughter of the King
Lonely…Friend for life
Thank you Jesus.