This week on Siargao Island we have had the chance to bring a part of YWAM Newcastle to the Philippines. We had the opportunity to take what we’ve learned from Youth Street and adjust it to the culture here at Hope for The Island. Every afternoon we run a program called “Summer Blast” where there are different teams, Basketball, Volleyball, Dance, Surf, and Skate. In each team we have times where we do the specific activity for that team, developing skills and relationships with each other. Then we have an open sharing time where a message is given and there is freedom to discuss anything that God has put on our hearts.
During this time for sharing, the whole skate team went to one of the member’s houses to talk. They opened up with asking the kids if they believed in God, and if they had a personal relationship with Jesus. All of the kids said yes, but
when they were asked to share about their relationship with Jesus, none of them had anything to say. So one of our guys volunteered to share his testimony with the kids.
He shared about his past of turning to other things besides God, and how God redeemed him and made him into the man he is today. The kids were really impacted by his story, because they could relate the things that he shared to their own lives. After he shared his story, the kids were more open to talk, and one of the kids volunteered to share his testimony as well. This kid shared about his past life of partying and emptiness, but then he heard about Hope for The Island. He started coming to Hope and God spoke to him about turning his life around, and finding fellowship with Godly people. After he shared this, the other kids were really attentive and interested.
After the testimony time the question “Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?” was asked again. And this time, not everyone said yes. Two of the boys said that they were unsure if they did, but that they really wanted one after hearing what God has done in the lives of the people on the Skate Team.
The leaders on our team asked them if they wanted to just confirm their relationship with God and recommit their lives to him, they both said yes!
They were led in the sinners prayer, with a translator so they fully understood what they were saying. After the prayer our team got to share with them that now God lives inside of them, and that they can completely live for God. They got to explain to the kids what a personal relationship with God really looks like, and how they can live those things out in every day life.
Since the first day, those two boys have continued to come back every afternoon.
The leaders on the Skate Team have had the chance to keep pouring into the kids, and continue to disciple them. We will be continuing this program for the remaining time that we are in Siargao, and we are all really excited to see what God is going to do in these kids lives on every team.
Written by Allie Bryant
Surf & Skate DTS