Our Great Adventure


Posted on July 26th, by Editors Choice in AYC. No Comments

Our Great Adventure
Where does the Great Adventure begin? Perhaps it all begins with a promotional video, a flier, a testimony, or a youth leader challenging you to attend an Apostolic Youth Corps trip. You pray about it and decide, “Yes! I want to help!” Eventually, you turn in your application and try to prepare for the trip of a lifetime. You read through emails, texts, and posts for any information to help you prepare for this unique experience.

You become a traveling salesman, expert car washer, and an experienced chef raising money for your great adventure. Finally, it’s departure day! You have been preparing for this day for months. You say aloud, “Passport? Check! Comfortable shoes? Check! Bible? Check! Fresh mints? Oh no, I left them at church. Mom, we have to stop at the store!” One thing is missing—one thing for which no AYCer ever remembers to prepare.

You fall in love with a place you only visit once.

You fall in love with a place you only visit once.

You look at her face, and her smile is naturally contagious.

You look at her face, and her smile is naturally contagious.

It's a family bond that will never be broken.

Its’s a family bond that will never be broken.

Suddenly you're face-to-face with a hunger for God that is impossible to ignore.

Suddenly you’re face-to-face with a hunger for God that is impossible to ignore.

No one tells you how to prepare for the life altering moments. How do you prepare for:

…Walking down busy streets and staring into the hopeless eyes of hundreds of Puerto Ricans? You have what they need, and while you hand them a simple flier, you catch a small glimpse of hope spring back to life. This hope they are starting to access is not tied to possessions or circumstances but rather the essence of compassion and Christ. Once you return, you receive a report they came to church and experienced the unconditional love of God. They have hope once again all because of a simple piece of paper and a willing servant.

…Dancing in the altar with a woman from Ghana, so carefree? Noticing she has nothing, but is giving God everything. You look at her face and her naturally contagious smile. She has this unexplainable joy that you have never found before. It is a joy that challenges you to overcome your fears and grab ahold of an unexplainable peace from God. Your faith is instantly increased.

…Being welcomed in Sri Lanka by a standing ovation from the churches as you enter? You are watching as those same people raise their hands when asked if they want to receive the Holy Ghost, and you realize the power of this life-saving message. Suddenly you’re face-to-face with a hunger for God that is impossible to ignore, and you are challenged to deepen your walk with God. You are challenged to share truth with any and all who will listen. Millions of miles from home, you realize the world starts at your doorstep. The great commission becomes my commission.

…Falling in love with people you just met and a place you have only been once? You create a bond with people in a few short days that will last a lifetime. At the end, you leave a part of yourself, never to return the same. A part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for AYC, and it is a price you would eagerly pay over and over again. It is worth it.

As you travel home, you realize you didn’t expect those life changing experiences. All the moments that challenged you to have a deeper walk with God and changed your perspective forever. At the beginning, you said, “I will go on this trip to help— to serve; they need me.” However, you leave with this repeating thought, “I needed Ghana/Puerto Rico/New York City, more than it needed me.”

Clayton, Seneatha

This article was written by Seneatha Clayton, with the help of the AYC class of 2014 AYCers. Seneatha is the AYC promotions coordinator. God moments, traveling, adventures, and down-to-earth people make her smile. Youth ministry is her heartbeat.





Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



FROM THE BLOG

We know you love to read! Go ahead and take a peek at some of our latest posts.

The Power of Prayer

As young people of this generation, we are often focused with our daily routines such as going to school, going to work, being in...

Thankful for What You Don’t Have

Autumn is one of the most interesting seasons to me. You come full force out of long summer nights filled with carefree wonder and...

Treasures from a Friend

I once read an interesting story about an old miner who lived isolated in the mountains of Colorado. When he unexpectedly passed away, a...

The Little Red Devil Behind the Pearly White Gates

It’s strange to see him out here. The all-star apostle Peter stands in a cold courtyard by a warm fire when a girl asks...

Check Your Brightness

It’s the twenty-first century, so by now most of us all have these wonderful handheld devices we call smart phones. We can do almost...

Jobs and Jesus

Ahhh the first job. The first paycheck. Graduating from piggybank to a legitimate savings account. The first time having a consistent tithing routine. What...

Seasonal Lessons

Here in the Midwest we love our seasons. We welcome the warmth and brightness of spring, we celebrate the long hot days and suntans...

2018 Youth Day

Let me begin with this statement—I am old! I know that seems like a strange way to start an article about Youth Day service...

See You at the Pole

Wilma Rudolph was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee as the twentieth child of twenty-two children. She grew up in poverty and had a terrible...

A Miracle for a Girl from Maryland: My AYC Story

Excitement and anticipation surged through my mind as I boarded my flight from Washington D.C. to Miami, where I would meet the rest of...

Learning Not to Share

From the time we were toddlers, our parents, teachers, grandparents, and any other choice adults have pushed the concept of the importance of sharing....