10 youth groups gathered at Glen Innes church recognising that Young Christians are faced with difficult challenges as they navigate life. The special youth program was held on the last Sabbath of August.

The theme of the program was: #thisismystory and it gave each young person the opportunity to contemplate their own unique story. The youth were invited to explore how they could share their story with those they interact with.

Some of our youth bravely shared their personal stories. “Hearing other stories from other youth of how God worked in their life showed the rest of the youth”, according to Lesley Damon. “We sometimes have more in common with those around us than we think we do.”

“The common thread seen in our stories as young people”, shared Ms Damon, is that, “even though many of us have grown up in the church, we must continue to grow in and experience faith for ourselves to accept Jesus as our Saviour.”

Practical suggestions were given to empower youth to share their unique story. They were invited to use the channel that would be natural, encouraged to start small, and share with family and friends.

Organiser of the event and Youth leader at Glenn Innes Adventist Church, Kelsey Ryan summed up the weekend this way: “Only God can turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a triumph and a victim into a victory.”

The youth were left with a challenge that their story is not just about themselves, it is about God.

– Pr Kirsten Øster Lundqvist, Communication & Media Officer NNZC with Lesley Damon, Executive Assistant NNZC