Youth to the 10th power or Y10 encompasses the idea of a youth spending 10 extraordinary days with Christ and experiencing power magnified to the 10th power. Y10 hopes to help youth see that worship cannot be manufactured for them but they must allow worship to happen personally despite the external or internal factors. Worship must begin at a young age when strength, creativity and vitality are at an all time high. It incorporates the theme of WE WILL RISE. We will rise to the 10th power in 10 days of intense prayer, Bible study, and service.
We aim to reach the following audiences;
1. Dormant Adventist Youth
2. Youth not in a saving relationship with Christ (on the outside)
3. Youth in an active saving relationship with Christ
The H.D. Colburn Gymnatorium is the proposed site. This is a central location and will allow for more space for the exhibits we hope to host each evening.
Aims of Y10
Through Y10, we aim at mobilizing dormant young people in the church to actively work for Christ. These are youth who grow up in the church but take the back seat either because they feel they have nothing to contribute or they are simply not interested. We intend for youth to understand that evangelism is creative and they are to use their own talents and gifts to spread the Gospel. When they are actively on the field working, they will be pushed to seek a deeper relationship with Christ. They will personally see their own need for them to be filled so that they can pour into others.
YOUTH ON THE OUTSIDE
Through Y10, we aim to show youth on the outside that life is better in Christ and a part of his fold. He offers all that they desire but on a deep and eternal level. We aim to show Christ through loving them, having Bible studies and praying with them. To reach this target audience, we will also be reaching out to non-Adventist singing groups.
Through Y10, we aim to show youth that their relationship with Christ must not remain stagnant. It can grow everyday and grow to the tenth power. Even though they are actively involved in the church and serving Christ, they must not neglect their relationship
How is Y10 unique?
The following aspects will be implemented and these will make Y10 unique. Firstly, each person in attendance will have a work book which contains information for each day. The work books will contain power points to remember, questions to ponder, scriptures to memorize, and so much more. We plan to have organizations from the community to set up an exhibit. Each evening, a particular organization will be featured. the exhibit will be open for an hour leading up to the program. Off nights will be designated as Community Power nights. There will be activities taking place that will be open to the community and in which everyone can participate. The program will be creative, participants will be trained, and the speakers will be filled with the Holy Spirit to deliver the Word. This is an experience that no one can afford to miss.
The speakers are two young, and dynamic ministers. Manasseh Simms is an intern at the South Bahamas Conference and Newton Joseph is going into his Sophomore year at Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville, Jamaica. Stay tuned for a full biography on both of our speakers.
You are invited! You cannot miss this experience and you are encouraged to not come alone. Bring someone along who needs to deepen their experience with Christ. This is your opportunity to have your life changed as we are empowered to the tenth power.
Stanesha Deligence...She is a role model for her peers at church, passionate about her singing ministry and looks well after her three younger siblings, she is a student of C.I. Gibson and looks forward to being a paedeatrician one day.
Markus Blackmore has shown brilliance in his efforts not only to do more, but give more of his time and effort to the work of the church and standing out from the crowd. He's honest and very dependable and enjoys lending a helping hand. Favorite text: Philippians 4:13 I can do ALL things (not some) through him that gives me strength.
The Ten Days of Prayer scheduled for January 7-17, 2015, as well as Christian Home and Family Week scheduled for February 7-14, 2015 are not accessories on the calendar, but necessities. As a matter of fact, given our current state of affairs in the church and the world, the emphasis on family and prayer comes at an opportune time. By simple observation, one can see the moral and spiritual decline all around us. In order to appreciate the moral and spiritual necessity of prayer and family, one must first understand the function of prayer and family in the society.
First, let us look at the function of family. Inclusive in the function of family are reproduction, sexual expression, socialization, status, economic cooperation, emotional satisfaction, and social control (Charles M. Sell, 1995). If one takes a look at the Ten Commandments, it is immediately evident that they are tied to family function. Hence, the issues of family are moral and spiritual. Examine the major issues of today such as homosexuality, premarital and extra marital sex, abuse of children, abortion, communication, emotional disorder, anger, rebelliousness, drug use, anti-social behavior, divorce, parental absence and low self esteem. These are all connected to unstable and dissatisfying family. Such family has little or no regard for morality and spirituality. Consequently, we have wide spread moral and spiritual decline. The church that addresses family matters contributes to the moral and spiritual strength of the church members and the wider community. So, it will do us all well if every pastor leads his church into Christian Home and Family Week during the period, February 7-14 2015. As the issues facing Christian families and non-Christian families are the same, the church can seize a witnessing opportunity by inviting non-Christian families, or even families of other denominations to attend.
Second, let us look at the function of prayer. The life of Jesus shows us clearly the function of prayer. By becoming human, Jesus bridged the spatial distance by being engaged in constant prayer with His Father. Also, in prayer He received revelations from the Father to prepare Him for ministry the following day. In addition, His physical and emotional energies were replenished in prayer. Further, Jesus received power to resist temptation and evil. Now, if Jesus a perfect person needed to pray, what about us sinners? So, the function of prayer for us is closeness to Jesus, receiving revelations from Jesus, restoring our emotional and physical energies, and seeking power to resist evil and temptations.
Man experiences difficulty in keeping the moral law, hence the refreshing grace of prayer. Prayer is no accessory but a moral and spiritual necessity. In prayer, God makes Himself accessible to us, and from Him through Jesus flows the presence, power, and person of the Holy Spirit to energize us for mission, enlighten us for victorious living, fill us for daily challenges, protect us from evil, and restore us in His image. Prayerlessness precedes all apostasy and fall of human beings. Those who fail and fall in the public did so first by neglecting the prayer closet. Hence, we see the moral and spiritual decline all around us. So get excited about Ten Days Of Prayer. Let all pastors lead their churches to this spring of living water. Remember, prayer is common ground, so let us seize this as a witnessing opportunity. -Pastor Peter Joseph, Executive Secretary & Prayer Coordinator
Mark 1:35 says that "very early, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went to a solitary place to pray". On Sunday morning January 4th, the Youth Coordinators followed in their Savior's steps. As the Nassau sun began to stroke the morning sky, the heads of the various arms of the youth department gathered on The Harold Pond boardwalk to spend quiet time with Jesus in preparation for the year of service. Those present were Pastor Larry Green, Youth Director; Felecia Datus, Communications leader; Nicole Hepburn, Special Events Coordinator; Patrick Wilson and Alexandria Scott Pathfinder Director and Assistant; Daran Clarke, Social Director; Torri Knowles, Evangelism Coordinator, and Kevon Spence, AY Leader. The worship was blessed by the soothing sounds of nature as the young people pleaded with God to empty them of self and fill them with His Spirit.
Prayer circles were formed as the coordinators voiced prayers of intercession on behalf of each other. Felecia Datus gave a charge from Matthew 2, reminding the small of group of worshippers that in order for the Spirit to produce the image of Christ in their lives, they had to, like Mary, return to the place where kings are born...a spiritual Judah. The message also reminded them that even though Christ is produced in their lives, they will be lead to "Egypt" where trials will be encountered but God always protects and keeps his own. The prayer service on the pond ended with breakfast and a meeting to discuss the logistics of upcoming events. Continue to lift up the leaders in your prayers.