This December 3ABN will broadcast live coverage of the Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) Conference from Houston, Texas. For four days, attendees immerse themselves in Bible study, prayer, and fellowship as dozens of speakers share a wealth of information on topics that are relevant to young people. It’s intense!
Yet one aspect of the conference stands out from the rest. Year after year, GYC leadership is told that the highlight of the conference is the outreach day—an opportunity for attendees to not just listen, but actually go out and share their faith.
Five years ago, when GYC was last in Baltimore, they needed 29 buses to transport everyone for outreach, but last year they planned for 50 buses and soon realized that wasn’t going to be enough. Ultimately, 72 buses, carrying more than 3,000 young people, took to the streets of the city, and in two hours, 80,000 pieces of literature were distributed to nearly 40,000 homes. Young people prayed with more than 2,000 people at the door, and received 1,500 requests for Bible studies, too!
Their enthusiasm is infectious. A girl from Scotland came to GYC last year but didn’t want to go on the outreach. However, a friend convinced her to try it and she had an amazing experience. She went home to Scotland and organized her church to go out door-to-door every week!
And she’s not alone—7,000 young people from over 40 countries attended last year’s conference, and a steady stream of reports like this keep coming from around the world: A young person encounters God at this event called GYC, He changes their life, and they return home to their church and begin working for Him.
God at Work
The initial conference was organized by a handful of college students who used their parents’ credit cards to rent a facility. Completely uncertain of what to expect, the attendance that first year far exceeded what they’d imagined. It was apparent that this was bigger than a group of students, the attendees, or the event itself—God was at work.
This year’s theme, Fill Me, is an individual prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Yet as God’s people, our individual prayers rise to heaven as a single plea—Our Earnest Plea.
The potential is huge. God desires to pour out the early and latter rains upon His people. Jesus said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13. These young people believe the Holy Spirit awaits our demand and reception; they are gathering in one place and with one purpose: to pray—to plead—for the Holy Spirit. The focus isn’t on the outward, but on the heart.
If there is one GYC conference to go to, this is the one. We invite you to join thousands of other young people in Houston, Texas, from December 28 through January 1 to seek to understand, desire, experience, and share the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Speakers include Pastors Doug Batchelor, Stephen Bohr, Sebastien Braxton, Mark Finley, Dwight Nelson, and many more.
Ellen White wrote these earnest words, “Could there be a convocation of all the churches of earth, the object of their united cry should be for the Holy Spirit.”*
Generation of Youth for Christ 2011 will be such a convocation.
*Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 2, p. 24.