GYC in Europe … what now?


This was the theme of the 1st GYC ( in Europe in Linz, Austria. Over 1300 young people from 47 countries had gathered in the Design-Center in Linz for this conference.

By being part of this grassroots-movement from the beginning on, I had the privilege to see miracles happening as God prepared the way for this evangelism-training event. I will never forget the many blessings we recieved. It became evident that God has a plan for the youth of Europe. The call to reignite the dormant embers of the Reformation was heard! I am excited to see what will happen next. Humble and on our knees we are waiting for God to reveal His next step.

Many decisions have been made during these days in Linz. Decisions to follow Christ, to give a year in service for Him and to walk in the path that He has prepared.

Full of joy, motivation and a burning in the heart, the attendees of this conference left this GYC Europe for their hometown. The question remains: What now?

What happens once you return to your familiar surroundings, to your family, your friends and your church? Will you return to that old routine? Will the decision(s) you made have a major and long-lasting effect on your daily life? Will you make a difference where you are? Will you let God reignite the dormant embers of the reformation through you in the area of your influence? Will the Son of Man be glorified through your life by the work of the Holy Spirit in you?

One thing is clear. The archenemy is not sleeping. The devil has his own masterplan ready to destroy everything we have learned, everything we have decided on throughout this GYC Europe.

There is only one thing we can do in order to make the decision to serve Christ an everlasting one. Stay connected to Him. Abide in Christ daily, stay faithful, stay humble and question all your routines. Ask yourself, is Christ being glorified through my thoughts? Through my actions?

It is crucial not to give the devil one single foothold. The smallest compromise can have major negative effects on your spiritual life.

However we know, we are not left alone in this battle. God is with us and as long as we stay close to Him, we will be safe.

When you are back now, ready to put your church “upside down”, ready to go out to preach the gospel, ready to walk through any door that will be opened, keep in mind that God must stay the chief-commander. Always. Stay humble, PRAY and be open for the divine to take control of your life.
It will never be the same again.

“We are to be laborers together with the heavenly angels in presenting Jesus to the world. With almost impatient eagerness the angels wait for our co-operation; for man must be the channel to communicate with man. And when we give ourselves to Christ in wholehearted devotion, angels rejoice that they may speak through our voices to reveal God’s love.” – DA {297.3}

Glory to God alone.


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