Gospel IMPACT in YFC campus clubs
I was so blessed last week to receive a phone call with some great news from JoJo McNeal, our Frontline Youth Director for South Oklahoma City. Frontline Youth is involved with serving many Youth for Christ campus clubs in schools all over the city, and the following is just one story of how God shows up at lunch time on school campuses. I hope this encourages you to find your place serving one of these schools!
Today was the last day for Impact Clubs at Webster Middle School before the Christmas Break. This week was going to be a make it or break it week for some of the students. I have been speaking on the Gospel, (The Person and Work Of Jesus Christ) for the past few weeks leading up to today, waiting for The Holy Spirit to lead me elsewhere, but from the beginning of the day, I had felt strongly about this message. As I was on my way to Webster today, I was listening to Hillsong United’s “Aftermath”. The lyrics read:
My freedom found in Your scars
And in Your grace my life redeemed
For You chose to take the sinner’s crown
As You placed Your crown on me
As I listened to these lyrics, I began to cry hysterically in my car and worship my God. (I had a few funny looks at the stop lights.) I knew that, today, I had to share with the students the ultimate reason that Jesus lived and died. As I gave them the description of Jesus’ death, (the betrayal, the torment, the torture, and crucifixion,) their eyes were wide open and you could tell that they were using their vivid imaginations to depict the scenes from that day. I reminded them, that the fact of the matter is that He lived and died not only for their sins, but that they may have life. And that he rose again! They were in awe…not only because He lives, but simply for the fact the they realized that He ultimately made that sacrifice for them. At the end we prayed for them to have a safe Christmas break, but during the prayer the bell rang. None of them got up to leave. I knew then, by the power of the Holy Spirit, that it was time. I asked them who wanted to take that next step in their lives and give their lives to Christ and live with a purpose. Without anyone looking around, 15 students raised their hands to make that decision. I then prayed with these students and you could see as they lifted up their heads that they had a new found hope in life. A hope that can only be found in JESUS CHRIST!
What a God we serve that He can make His Story relevant to young people who really don’t have anything or anybody but are able to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the HE is with them!