Sometimes the investment we make into young people feels as though our efforts are in vain. Although we may have given them an enjoyable evening playing games and chatting about how God makes a difference in our lives, we would love to know if it is having any effect. We want to lead young people to Jesus and see their lives transformed as they come to love Him and experience life in all its fullness, and go on to disciple others.
One of our supporters, Chris, wanted to encourage Leaders today with his story to show the truth of these words: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
"...an encouragement to Leaders as how their investment can influence many generations even though they do not immediately see the effects." - Chris Wright
“I attended Carshalton Beeches Crusader Class from around 1950, when I was 6 or 7, where I stayed for 5 or 6 years, and received my Bible for 100 attendances, before joining some of my school friends at a local Anglican church youth club. I renewed my interest after 25 years in a spiritual wilderness when I felt the Lord calling me back through a Crusader Leader.
For over 20 years, I have been in a prayer triplet with two Leaders of a local Urban Saints Group, and the subject of the work of Urban Saints is always a matter for prayer. I also support Urban Saints through donating to the ministry which can best be explained through two Bible verses - Hebrews 13:5, ‘Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”, and 2 Corinthians 9:7 ‘Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
I hope my story is an encouragement to current Leaders as how their investment can, and I pray will, continue to influence many generations to come even though they do not immediately see the effects."
Were you involved in Crusaders or Urban Saints as a young person? Why not get back in touch and share what difference the Group or Leaders had in your life?