It was one of the typically wild Saturday nights at The Warehouse; the type we experience often. There were about 110 students there at the time. A local preacher, Joel Bradsher, was spending a few hours volunteering. It was his first night and it’s safe to say he was surprised at the many students that were there. Having worked with youth for several years, he was not surprised by their exuberance and energy.
Joel was asked to share from God’s word with the students and he jumped at the opportunity. He read one verse; Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Joel began to explain what that verse means. The students were being themselves, restless. Then, in an act only the Spirit could lead someone to do, Joel climbed on top of one of the tables. THAT got the students’ attention! They were listening; really listening.
Joel was talking about the “power of God unto salvation” when he asked, “If I was the most powerful person in the whole universe, what would you do?” One student said, “I’d be your friend!” and another quickly added, “I’d be your BEST friend!” “That’s right!” Joel excitedly said. “You wouldn’t be ashamed to be my friend either,” he added.
“You know, young people,” Joel continued, “God is the most powerful being in the entire universe and He does want you to be His friend. It’s Christmas time and we need to think about why Jesus was born in the first place. He came for my sins and for your sins. He lived perfect and died sacrificially and rose from the dead in victory. Do you believe He is God’s answer and power for salvation?” Many students responded with a resounding “YES!”
The next part was truly a blessing. Joel shared with the students that they could receive Christ today. He said, “You can pray something like this…” He was exemplifying prayer, but to all of our surprise, in a very unscripted fashion dozens of students began to pray WITH him! Hallelujah!
The word is going forth faithfully. God is causes students to hear AND to respond. To HIM be the glory!
The end of any year is a good time to take inventory of how God has blessed us. Some may find themselves having been given less than they thought they would have when the year started. I have a friend that lost his job this year and went through many changes. On the other hand, I have a friend who saw God anoint his business in 2006 and bring much fruit from his laborers. To those whom God has blessed with abundance I ask you to prayerfully consider making a tax-deductible year end donation to Youth For Christ Roxboro.
We have dreamed big and pray to accomplish much in the labor of God. We want to go farther and deeper. We can never thank you enough for your faithfulness. At the same time, we beg you to press on! We are continually thankful for God’s blessing our ministry, but we will not be satisfied until all have heard. — Tim
There are approximately 36,000 people in Person County. If $1.00 were given per person per month to support reaching students in our area our budget COULD be $432,000 a year. That sounds simple! Our budget is currently about 1/4 of that amount. God is allowing us to do a lot with that! Could we do more with more? YES!
Volunteer Meeting Planned
Mark Your Calendars! January 2 @ 7:00 PM at The Warehouse
It’s that time again...we need another meeting for The Warehouse volunteers. We will discuss volunteer scheduling and recruitment. Also, we will handout the long awaited “Volunteer Handbooks”. It’s key that we do this.
If you know of a potential volunteer this will be a great meeting to bring them to. Also, because we have so much material to cover, we will limit the actual meeting time to discussing the handbook and the few other topics of absolute necessity. However, we will have paper and pens handy to write down suggestions or complaints. Plus, YFC staff will remain past the meeting time to answer questions or address concerns.
Refreshments will be served and fellowship is welcome after the meeting time. The meeting will last for one hour. PLEASE do your best to attend this important meeting!
Merry Christmas -- From US to YOU!
Our Staff and the Board of Directors pray the blessings of God through the riches of Christ Jesus for you all during this holy season. The Babe in the manger represents God stepping down into our world. HE walked among us! The most amazing thing is not that God COULD walk among us; rather it is that He WOULD walk among us. As Hebrews 1:1-3a says, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature” (ESV; emphasis mine). Yes, He came as a Babe, but He spoke the very words of God and showed us the very nature of God. From the heights of glory to the depths of Earth; from the womb to the tomb; from His rising to His ascension GOD HAS VISITED MANKIND! It is an amazing story that God would visit us as a Babe. It is most amazing that He would visit us at all. So, with you, we celebrate our Immanuel. Through the love of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light...MERRY CHRISTMAS! — YFC Staff and Board
Jam Packed January @ The Warehouse
January is going to be an exciting month at The Warehouse!
Every day that we are open there will be special events. We will have weight lifting competitions, Chinese ping pong tournaments, basketball tournaments for girls and boys, a skate competition, and much, much more! There is a huge calendar in The Warehouse with events posted for every day. Sign up is required for most events. Prizes will be offered. That’s Summ Price and The Movie Gallery have agreed to sponsor events, but we could use more sponsors. If you would like to sponsor an event please contact Tim Bowes for more information. One of the events we are most excited about is “Food Drive Friday”. We’ve turned it into a competition by offering a reward for the student that brings the most (by weight) food in on Friday, January 19; that student will be taken to the restaurant of their choice by the infamous Bowes family. All non-perishable food items will be donated to the Christian Help Center. Only students can win the prize, but any person can donate food.
In addition to the exciting, competitive events of January we will also begin having special Bible studies every evening. A calendar listing particular Bible studies offered is posted in The Warehouse. So far we have found three pastors, in addition to Brett, Sylvester and Tim, to serve as volunteer teachers, but we need more who are willing to teach. Could you be one? Contact Tim for more info.
Gifts Given to Honor:
- Jim & Sarah Fulp by William and Tamara Sanford
- Tim Bowes by Billy & Patricia Brown
- Stephanie Brown by Billy & Patricia Brown
- Tim & Care Bowes, Brett Carver, and Sandra Whitt by Lynn Brown
PLEASE JOIN US IN PRAYING FOR OUR SUPPORTERS
Phil & Barbara Barnes
Ernie & Ginger Moore
Allan & Melissa Newton
Greg & Meredith White
Oak Grove United Methodist Church
From the Director's Chair
Have you ever had a hearing problem? I have. It almost kept me out of the armed services. When I was about 13 I was harvesting tobacco with a neighborhood farmer when his son inadvertently threw a firecracker INTO my ear. My head started ringing. My ear started gushing blood. My first thought was I’m not going to be able to hear music! Within minutes I regained my hearing in the uninjured ear, but it took several days for my hearing to return to the injured ear. To this day, nearly 25 years later, I cannot hear high pitches and my ear drum rattles most any time I hear semi-loud noises.
What is hearing worth? Digital hearing devices average over $1700.00 each. Sure, there are cheaper models out there, but when it comes to quality hearing devices, that the average.
I can’t imagine not being able to hear “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” or my daughters’ laughter. I can’t imagine not hearing the twang of a banjo or the sounds of nature. I don’t know about you, but I would pay dearly for something that would cause me to hear. I would work, beg, or borrow until I had enough money to purchase a hearing device.
What about the THOUSANDS in Person County alone who cannot hear? “What?” you might say, “Do we have a large deaf community?” No. We do have some hearing impaired citizens who should have the best hearing devices money can buy. Worse than that are the thousands whose spiritual hearing is totally impaired.
Jesus often said, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith…” (Revelation 2–3). There are THOUSANDS in our area that do not have a spiritual ear and cannot hear what the Spirit of God is saying. Jesus also said, “For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them” (Matthew 13:15; ESV). PRAY that the “ears” of people’s hearts would open and hear from the Lord.
What else can we do? We can PREACH. The Apostle Paul asked some probing questions in Romans 10: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (vss. 13-14). I can preach [proclaim]. You can too!
What else can we do? We can GIVE (or keep on giving). Paul goes on to ask, “And how shall they preach, except they be sent?” (vs 15a). As our supporters, you’ve sent us. We thank you for sending us to the hearing impaired. We thank you for partnering with us in Kingdom labor. What better gift could we give at Christmas than to offer the Gospel?
I have had physical and spiritual hearing problems in my life and am glad to say I can hear in my ear and I can now hear in my soul. Needless to say, I am most thankful for the latter.
Will you PLEASE continue to help us help the students of Person County truly hear?
Grace and peace to you from God the Father and Jesus the Son,