Alaska Youth Attend GYC
Ketchikan (Alaska) Adventist youth Kendall Axelson, Lacey Axelson and Liesel Ervin, and their chaperone, Wanda Axelson, attended the 2011 Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) conference in Houston, Texas, Dec. 28 through Jan. 1.
The conference, titled "Fill Me: Our Earnest Plea," featured seminars by Doug Batchelor, Ivor Myers, Dwight Nelson, Stephen Bohr, David Asscherick and many others on topics from how to hold health seminars in local churches to how to have the Holy Spirit's latter rain power.
This annual conference targets young people ages 18–35 for Bible training, workshops and seminars designed to equip and train them to proclaim the distinctive beliefs of the Adventist Church and to proclaim the Three Angels' messages. GYC also organizes regional youth conferences, mission trips, global networking, weeks of prayer and youth camp meetings.
The Ketchikan group reported on their experiences during Ketchikan Church's service on Jan. 28. While in Houston, they canvassed Houston homes door to door, handed out Bible-study cards and GLOW (Giving Light to Our World) tracts, and asked to pray with people. They were part of a group of 2,750 youth who knocked on 23,636 doors, distributed 9,346 Bible-study cards and 30,000 GLOW tracts, prayed with 2,300 people and gathered 2,225 Bible-study requests.
Some youth reported that, in their canvassing group, a Muslim woman requested Christian Bible studies, and they prayed with her. While one group was walking the streets of Houston, a city bus driver pulled over with a load of passengers still in his bus, stepped out of the bus and asked the group if they were Christians. When they responded in the affirmative, he asked, "What must I do to be saved?" He was given a mini-Bible study right there on the street while his passengers waited.