Bay Area Churches Support Young People Evangelizing

Churches in the Bay Area are joining together to support young people to evangelize their friends.
( [email protected] ) Sep 26, 2005 10:09 PM EDT

Churches in the Bay Area are joining together to hold an outreach event to support young people to evangelize on Oct 15 at the Neighborhood Church in Castro Valley and on Oct 29 at the Embassy Suites in Burlingame CA.

Victor Quon, one of the coordinators of the event said, there are many Asian churches in the Bay Area that are "smaller in nature," and by bringing them together, an outreach event of this caliber can be organized.

From the East Bay, Scott Shimada, youth pastor at San Lorenzo Japanese Christian Church and Pat Lee, youth pastor at the Bay Area Chinese Bible Church will work with Kyle Shimazaki from the Evergreen church who will be speaking at the event.

Meanwhile, Lia Kozuki from the Golden Gate Christian Church and Jonathan Lau from the San Francisco Chinese Alliance Church with David Huynh from the San Jose First Vietnamese Alliance, will lead for San Francisco.

The churches are joining together as a group of pastors and leaders, who represent no organization, but are focused on how they can encourage young people to share the gospel to their friends.

"We want to empower students to outreach," Quon said.

The name of the outreach is called "Y," and it represents the questions that come up in our lives when it comes to our faith, questions such as, "Why is this happening? Why do I have to suffer? Why can’t I feel God?"

Kozuki said that the "Y" is "a question that a lot of students ask, looking for a purpose for who they're going to be when they grow up."

Two years ago, Louis Lee, the director of Mesa ministries, brought three people together and told them that within his ministry there is no ministry that supports young people.

The leaders were able to share their opinions and realized that Asian churches don't have the opportunity to outreach to young people on a larger scale.

Quon, who was one of the three people, said "It's a situation where they have never been trained or challenged to share their faith. They know they should, but no one has taken the time to instruct them."

Moreover, Quon said that churches and parents usually expect the youth pastor or the Sunday school teacher to evangelize, even though the young people are in the "best position to do this."

He said, "This is something I feel strongly about. The youth pastors are there to equip and train," but "the students were called by God to bring the gospel to their friends."

Recently, they were able to conduct a "Y" training session, where young people were placed in a situation where they had to share the gospel with strangers.

The "Y" event is an outreach that says students can lead other students to Christ, meanwhile youth pastors and ministry volunteers are only there to assist.

The leaders hope that through the outreach they can spur a movement in high schools, where young people can continue to confess their faith.