Rev. Lew Choo Hua
Rawang Lutheran Church
I’ve invited the youth’s from my church to meet students in the evenings outside of Taman Desa 2 school, make friends through survey forms and arrange a suitable time to share the gospel. In my days as a pastor, we have been carrying out this form of evangelism. As I reflect on my age and appearance, I’m sure many youths will call me “aunty”. Perhaps they might have doubts within their hearts. Regardless, I want to make contact with young people and the gospel has no age limit, as long as the heart is right, genuine concern for young people is a matter of their salvation, crucial that we live it out. My heart towards youths was ignited in YFC, God used me as a YFC staff, to ignite my passion towards young people.
I first knew YFC when I was in Form 5. When I was in Form 4, during a sharing by a missionary from Myanmar, I responded to God’s calling an offered myself to Him. In Form 5, with a great passion to start ministry, not knowing who YFC was, I signed up for a three-month training, Project Serve 2. During that period, from receiving trainings, joining bible studies, evangelism, planning events and having follow up, I learnt many precious lessons, not only techniques such as how to share the gospel with youths, but more so in personality and attitude that was being molded through people interactions. After the three months, I decided to join YFC as a staff. In my ten-year ministry with youths, God has shaped me. From discipline, servanthood character, monitoring and helping staff, these are bitter sweet lessons and learning experiences. While I was serving, I was overjoyed when a student came to know Christ, became a volunteer and then staff. Experiencing the changes God can make in a person’s life to serve Him is something to be truly grateful for.
Although I’ve since left YFC for roughly 15 years, and current shepherding a church for nearly 11 years, I’m grateful for the lessons learnt in YFC. Especially that evangelism to youths can never cease. Nowadays, churches would organize one or two youth events a year, wait for married couples to have more children or wait for Sunday School kids to grow up. If this waiting continues, it could threaten the church’s future. Actually, we need to go wait outside schools, to go where youths hang out if we want to enter their lives. This perception was what YFC taught me. Besides that, the importance of follow up and sharing the gospel needs to be brought to youth advisors. In the past, YFC’s ministry involved nurturing, encouraging and collaborating with volunteers to share the gospel. This method of ministry is also currently being adopted by youth advisors. Because I pastor a small church, a youth advisor would probably have to also serve elsewhere. However, they have to continue motivating, participating in evangelism and follow up. Currently I do face challenges in my church youth ministry some of them being second-generation believers with lukewarm attitude and families that lack teachings in the faith. Therefore, we need to push and continue youth evangelism in church which sometimes seem like an extremely difficult task. But by persevering and relying on God, even second-generation Christians can become elite soldiers for Christ.
My hope for YFC is that they collaborate with more churches, because many youth fellowships are shriveling and pastors in small township churches probably cannot afford a youth worker. Furthermore, churches also lack the vision to leave the church premise and see the youths outside. It’s undeniable that the current church has yet to realize the danger and is unprepared for the decline in church youth ministry, I hope that YFC will persevere even more to understand the perspective of the church, especially assisting in the area of youth ministry and follow up work. Besides that, I pray that God will increase YFC’s workforce, to labor in His harvest for another 50 years.