In this video, Pastor Ted Wilson will share some exciting things happening in the church involving our young people around the world. Through the motto, “Pass it on,” youth leaders are encouraged to instill three essential values in the hearts of young people: 1) Identity in Christ; 2) Mission as Seventh-day Adventists; and 3) Leadership in the local church.
One important way this is encouraged is through the annual Global Youth Day—which is happening this Sabbath, March 20. This is a special day when young people around the world become the hands and feet of Jesus, bringing God’s last-day message of love and hope to a world in desperate need. Coinciding with Global Youth Day is the launch of the Youth Week of Prayer, focusing on the exciting I Will Go theme. These presentations cover how to be ready to go wherever God may send. Download this material and more at youth.adventist.org/Resources/Week-of-Prayer
The Bible is filled with examples of young people who were encouraged to give their all for God and who made a big difference in the world around them.
In 2 Kings, chapter 5, we see a brave young girl—taken captive and forced to work as a slave in a foreign country. And yet, rather than being bitter, she had compassion on those she served and shared her faith, leading to the healing of Naaman, commander of the Syrian army.
When the youthful Jeremiah was approached by the Lord for service, he was afraid because he was young, but God told him, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you. . .’” (Jeremiah 1:7,8, NKJV).
God approached Isaiah when he was young, giving him an incredible vision that brought him to his knees in confession. After being cleansed by the figurative coal from the altar, Isaiah was then ready to answer God’s call when asked “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”
Down through the centuries, God has used many young people to keep faith alive and moving forward. In the establishment of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, God worked through young people, helping to establish this movement on solid ground and move it forward with energy, dedication, and enthusiasm. And He is still calling and using youth today. He has amazing plans for your life! Every young person—every young woman, every young man, every girl, every boy—can say “Yes!” to the Lord. Say, “Yes Lord, I Will Go wherever you send me, I Will Go!”