4,000 Youth Knock on Doors in Baltimore
Story By Celeste Ryan and Seth Shaffer
Photos by Seth Shaffer
Some 4,000 young people spent part of New Year’s Day knocking on doors, sharing their faith, promoting upcoming health seminars and offering Bible studies to people throughout Baltimore.
In just a few hours, this army of youth visited 38,000 homes, prayed with 2,227 people, distributed more than 50,000 pieces of literature and flyers advertising health seminars at area churches and rejoiced over receiving 1,480 Bible study requests.
The outreach initiative was one of the highlights of the 9th annual Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) conference, convened last month at the Baltimore Civic Center.
In preparation for their second event in Baltimore (they also met here in 2006), leaders of the youth- and young adult-led organization called on the Chesapeake Conference to select neighborhoods ripe for evangelism and develop a plan to follow up with anyone interested in Bible studies. Lillian Torres, Columbia Union Bible Instructor trainer, and two of GYC’s leaders---Chelsy Jourdan, vice president for evangelism and Matthew Tinkham, Jr.---prepared members from 11 Chesapeake churches to give Bible studies.
According to Kleyton Feitosa, conference evangelism coordinator, the large response marks a significant benchmark in their outreach and evangelism efforts in Baltimore. He says the newly trained members are already following up with the interests.
In addition to this outreach effort, attendees of GYC
(gycweb.org) spent their holiday weekend attending seminars, visiting exhibits, and listening to keynote messages all designed to strengthen their faith and inspire them to engage in ministry. In his Sabbath sermon, Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted Wilson (pictured above) encouraged them to live out their conference theme “No Turning Back” by becoming involved in their local churches, attending church business meetings, accompanying church elders on visitations, teaching Sabbath School and helping to finish the work of preparing people for Christ’s soon return. “We have a work to do, and there must be no turning back,” he said. Afterwards he joined their outreach efforts.