Youth Ministry Calling
My name is Josue De Lucas and I am currently serving the Lord in America. I am truly blessed and thankful to be able to publicly share the word, be able to practice what I have been taught and be open about my faith. I will forever be thankful for that as I follow a youth ministry calling on my life.
I was born and raised in a Christian family by the grace of God. Though the influence was around me, I never did believe in God, I only knew of/about him. It wasn’t until I was at the age of 16 when the Lord spoke to me, and I felt a heavy/unrelenting feeling to accept him in my heart. Before I accepted him as my Savior, I was very rebellious. At a very young age, I got myself involved with drugs, gangs, and alcohol. I felt rejected by everyone around me and whatever thoughts that are possible, I thought them (mostly bad). Life was not hard for me, though I made it hard for myself because of my bad decisions, relationships, romantic relationships, etc.
My favorite part of telling people how I came to meet the Lord is almost funny. At the time, I had a girlfriend who was talking to a boy that attended the local youth group and I found out where and when this was. Of course, I had the intent to hurt him. I attended the service and the entire time I was waiting for the time it would end to “jump” him but I noticed the entire crowd was laughing. I was upset, I was sad, I was bitter, I wanted to know what everyone was laughing at because I needed to smile. The pastor who was speaking had a gift of being comical. He was very funny and I enjoyed listening to him. Right after he got my attention, he mentioned “Heaven” and “Hell”. He spoke the truth that those who don’t have Jesus don’t receive eternal life, and that is scary! I was tired, I was at my wit’s end. I ended up accepting Jesus in my heart and had my burdens lifted, I forgave that boy who now is one of my close church friends. It’s funny, isn’t it?
My youth ministry calling and dream is to help those who were in my position, young, afraid, tired, unwilling to live. I have a gravitation towards the youth because I’m still very young myself, I am 22 years of age. I can empathize and sympathize with them and want them to have somewhere to go in the time of need.
I have a desire to be a youth leader and my time of attending Christian Leaders Institute has greatly revealed to me the characteristics of one who is called by God to serve. I cannot neglect that feeling and confirmation in my heart. My walk with God has been better with the help of this ministry. Certain topics that needed to be addressed in my life were talked about here in detail and I couldn’t be more excited for doors to be opened (and closed if it’s His will).
Being a worship leader not too long after I was saved was one of those things that carved its way into my heart, it inspired me. At first, it wasn’t ideal, but then I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I got the chance to lead a message one day in a small group, and though there wasn’t much, a person was surprised that they not only understood what I said, but they related with God’s word.
My church has recently stopped its youth ministry program and this disappointing to me as I follow my youth ministry calling. Christian Leaders Institute is important to me because of the genuine, quality, and upfront way of teaching which is crucial in not only my life but those who pursue leaving their comfort zones for Christ.
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