Youth given the Word

2015-06-03 06:01
Pastor Francis Boakye

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THE Christ Embassy Church Bloemfontein will be hosting a youth rally for the youth in the Mangaung Metro at the Botshabelo Stadium on 16 June.

The purpose of the rally is to touch and change the lives of youth through the Word of God, impacting positively on the lives of the Free State’s teenagers and youth.

June 16th, also known as the Soweto Uprising, is memorable and significant in the history of South Africa. In 1976 a series of protests was led by high school learners in Soweto. The commemoration of this is today called Youth Day.

It all started when South African youth protested for a better education. This is a day violently etched on the South African collective conscience, a day that changed the course of South Africa’s history.

Most of our youth in South Africa are attacked and destroyed by the devil. They involve themselves with the wrong friends and people, frequent bad places and eventually end up in prisons or get themselves killed.

They are experiencing different challenges, like gangsterism, and the effect of many forms of abuse, like alcohol and drug abuse.

As a church we implore the community, business and the youth themselves not to see this year’s celebration of Youth Day as just another day to rest and enjoy themselves. Many people selflessly fought for this freedom which we enjoy.

As a church we believe that there is greater and permanent freedom to be fought for or aspired to. It is holistic and everlasting – that is the freedom granted by God.

The church believes that the Word of God is the answer to the plight of the youth in our country, because they are the future leaders in all aspects of life.

The Word of God says in Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed, perish or die because of a lack of knowledge.”

The church has therefore taken the responsibility to give the light of life to the youth in the Free State. The Word of God will bring them closer to God and they will be able to realise the purpose and talent God has given to each one of them.

The Christ Embassy Church Bloemfontein intends to celebrate this Youth Day by uniting youth from the different high schools in the Mangaung Metro (Botshabelo, Thaba Nchu and Mangaung) in particular, to demonstrate this day as peace ambassadors so that when they go back to their schools, families and communities, they will be icons of change that will spread hope, love, faith and peace.

On the day the church will distribute spiritual material such as Rhapsody of Realities to the youth and preach the Word.

We believe that after the programmes most lives will be turned around, destinies changed for the better and their lives given a new meaning in all areas of life where youth can experience Evangelism with fun in the presence of God.

The teenage ministry within the church has a very good relationship with about 40 schools in the Free State, where the church holds weekly fellowship with different schools.

The church has so far ministered to 10 000 students, and 9 000 learners have received Christ – they have been born again. The teenage ministry has assisted a number of rebellious learners and those who were drug addicts have been delivered and have given testimonies on positive progress to this fellowship.

) Boakye is head pastor of the Christ Embassy Church in Bloemfontein

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