Cellebration Fellowship: IN THE NEWS
Some experiences of the youth of Cellebration Fellowship were highlighted in the Winter 2005 edition of The Good News Messenger. Read on to learn about the exciting role of the young people in our church.
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The teenagers of Cellebration Fellowship in Atlanta spent last summer developing ministry and leadership skills. Ten of our teens from Sudan and West Africa ministered to Somali Bantu children who were having trouble in school. We partnered with World Relief to provide summer classes to develop social skills and to improve their English.
We spent the first 30 minutes learning scripture and praying for the day. Then our kids worked with the Bantu kids. At the end of the time, our kids wrote their impressions in a journal and we ended the day with prayer.
It was exciting to see what our kids learned in the process. Before the second day of classes our kids prayed specifically for Osman. He was a Bantu kids who caused a lot of trouble the day before. After their session, I asked our kids what they learned that day. One boy immediately spoke up "I learned that prayer really words, because Osman was really good today!" This was the beginning of developing friendships with Muslim kids who would not know any Christians without such an experience. Hopefully down the road, they'll be able to hear the gospel through these relationships.
Somil is a young man from Sudan who is developing leadership skills in a different way. He and a friend have outgrown our teenage cell group, and now meet with two older African men for a cell group. The older men mentor Somali and his friend. A few weeks ago we talked about the proverb that urges us to listen to counsel before making decisions. We spent most of the time helping Somil plan for buying a car and preparing for the financial responsibility that goes with that. Then, later in the week, Somali attends the teenage cell group. There he mentors two younger boys just starting in that group. They are more immature, and he helps them know when to have fun and when to be serious. It's fun to watch.
Both of these are examples of young people who are preparing for leadership. In our church we have noticed ownership and involvement in a greater way because of the opportunities these kids have.
In your church, how do you challenge the young people to take responsibility, and what is the result?