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Testimony One: I went to young people’s meetings every Saturday night from 6-9pm for over five years. I don’t remember most weeks, but over those years I learned how to sing songs, read the Bible, pray, pray-read, and (kind of) play guitar. Little by little I was poured into faithfully by my serving ones. By the Lord’s mercy, in my junior year of high school, the Lord was able to break through in me in a strong way. Once I started pursuing the Lord myself, so many riches that had been poured into me in my high school years started to come out. Connections clicking throughout the bible, practices now becoming reality, and appreciating things that I took for granted, became such enjoyable experiences to me as a new believer. Now, five years later, I serve the young people in my locality and my serving one is now my companion in prayer and pursuing. If you ask me what I appreciate the most from my time as a YP, I’d say how rich and solid a foundation that was laid for me. And if you ask me for a jingle to help memorize the minor prophets, I can give that to you too.
Testimony Two: As an introvert, I never expected myself to serve YP, which I felt requires a very passionate, energetic personality. But when I learned that most of the previous serving ones couldn’t serve youth group this year, the burden came to me even before I knew any of the kids. I knew how important it was to have someone older and more experienced guide my spiritual walk, because I started to know the Lord at a similar age during high school. The more I considered the kids before the Lord, the more I realized His hope for the next generation in the church. So I started with contacting one sister, and then three, and then more. We had many awkward and silent moments in the beginning, but as I got to know them more, my love for them grew. I started to consider them as my friends and companions instead of people that I “serve.” Because of my busy schedule and COVID, I’m always anxious that the meeting was too boring or not planned well, but the Lord has been faithful. In fact, I haven’t done much, but the Lord has done everything. It is such a joy to see that the kids enjoy coming to the youth meeting and start to have a bigger appetite to know the Lord. I pray that the eyes of their hearts are enlightened, and that love and wisdom abound more and more.