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 the AYC Costa Rica group. I left home with what I thought was great expectation for the miraculous to occur. I came for a new experience, new friendships (I hoped), and powerful services. As I look back on that day, I realize just how little I actually expected from God. He intended it to be so much more.
I applied back in October, but ever since the age of ten, I felt a burden for missions. The opportunity finally opened for me to apply to go on my first AYC trip during the summer of 2018. I felt peace when I applied, and then it hit. Attack after attack came into my mind and my personal walk … Read More »
Reading the story of David, I don’t believe Jesse understood the effect a little cheese and bread would have on the kingdom when he reached into his cupboard and sent David to the front lines of the battlefield. He intended to nourish the soldiers. However, the ripple effect caused a warrior to be birthed that would defeat a nation-crippling enemy. We rarely know the full impact of our actions. We may make one decision to affect one situation. However, we rarely see the whole outcome God intends. It’s God’s ripple effect.
Reggie came to a place in his life where he craved more of God. His heart was no longer content with where he had been—his soul longed for another life-changing experience from Jesus. This discontentment and longing led to action and Reggie decided to apply for Apostolic Youth Corps. … Read More »
Apostolic Youth Corps. The name itself stirs excitement in my heart and those of hundreds of other young people as we anticipate the release of new mission trip destinations every single year. And it’s exciting to peruse the passionate testimonies and photos swirling around social media of those who just completed another summer missions adventure. I took the plunge in 2015, traveling to the beautiful country of France, and I’ve never looked back. France led to Africa, Africa led to Haiti, and AYC has ultimately led me to a lifelong love and passion for missions.
I’ll never forget my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, riding a boat through Ganvie in Africa, or the breathtaking view of a blue ocean surrounded by towering mountains on the island of Haiti. These are memories that will last a lifetime. But the … Read More »
I know it is a bit cliché to say, but AYC has definitely changed my life. Seeing such a strong hunger for God in Alaska was one of the most beautiful as well as heart wrenching things I’ve ever experienced. So many of the people in Alaska didn’t know God before, but they were hungry for something more. Their cups were empty, but by the grace of God, He filled their cups.
Before AYC, I wasn’t very good with witnessing to people wherever I went, but God changed that. During outreach, I noticed I would stay back when it came to speaking to people. However, I would pray with the people. That wasn’t enough. On day two of outreach, I saw a lady walking along the side of the road and I could feel her hunger, but I was afraid to … Read More »
This past August, nineteen young adults and four chaperones—the Reinkings and the Harrys—embarked on an AYC trip to Prague, Czech Republic to make His purpose our passion. Although the city is truly like a fairy tale in architecture and design, there are severe strongholds at work. According to research, 5% of Czech people are Protestant, 2% are Orthodox/ Evangelical, 13% are undecided, 40% are Roman Catholic, and the remaining 40% are atheist. The Czech nation places so much value on education and human ingenuity that it sees no place for faith; thus, Czech contains one of the largest atheist and agnostic populaces in the world. There is only one UPCI church in the country, maintaining around fifteen members. This was the spiritual battlefield we stepped into on August 5, 2017.
When we arrived, we met several people who had already … Read More »