We give praise and thanks to the Lord for a successful 50th Year Jubilee celebration. On May 16th our GYE family and friends gathered for the celebration at the House of Prayer in Orland for a time of praise, fellowship and remembering all that our faithful Lord has done for us during the Past 50 years. Fond memories and praises to Lord sprang from our hearts during the 20 minute video presentation capturing the highlights of the past 50 years of GYE's ministry. We remembered the youth outreaches of the early sixties, the language studies at Guadalara, Mexico, the many young lives trained through the Bible schools, the trips to the Pacific Islands , Central & South America, on GYE's sailing vessel the Morning Star, The Log church at Mount Hull, WA built by Bible school students and church members! Another one of the highlights was the sharing of greetings and congratulations from Africa and Central America by those who were unable to attend.
We give glory and praise to our Father in heaven for His faithful mercy and grace! We do not know what the future holds but we do know Who holds the future!
By the way we just received this morning, an email from Thailand requesting our Bible study series on the Kingdom of God.
Later we will sharing more information about a different way to explore the Bible!
Global Youth Evangelism will celebrate 50 years of international ministry, May 16, 2015. The Jubilee celebration activities are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at 1044 Trinity Street, Orland, CA. The program will include music, a video presentation highlighting the 50 years of ministry plus the dedication of the recently reconstructed publishing building. A long-time friend of the church, pastor Gaylord Enns will be the featured speaker. Rev. Enns is the published author of "Love Revolution" and has traveled extensively in connection with his book.
Global Youth Evangelism or "GYE" as it is known to its constituents was incorporated June 1, 1965 at Chico, CA. Since those early days to the present, with the work of their missionaries and ministry friends, the mission of Evangelism through Discipleship has touched six continents as well as several Pacific Island groups.
During the past 50 years "GYE" has been involved in: planting churches and youth training centers with one year Bible schools, publishing the Christian Worker Bible Study Series, an international boat ministry with its sailing vessel the Morning Star and establishing a Spanish Language School. Through these endeavors the Lord has graciously extended the influence of His kingdom touching the lives of hundreds of thousands around the globe.
As we post the "rest of the story", we would like to relate one more testimony before we get to the reason for the title of this article.
"A new convert fell ill and doctors told him 'you're going to die; there is nothing more we can do'. That night, after three hours of waiting on God's hand, the elders and this young man witnessed the power of the Lord as God raised him up from the agony of his death bed. The next morning he was up early to complete a bit of yard work neglected during his illness.
Time would fail to tell of great testings and great miracles, including the meeting of impossible financial needs not mentioned to anyone but our gracious Provider."
Now, for the reason behind the title of this article.
"It was a Tuesday evening service; great fear and great expectancy possessed the people. The Holy Spirit took charge of the church service, and people were entering in to know the Lord -- the atmosphere seemed charged! Suddenly the Holy Spirit broke forth in waves throughout the congregation and men could not stand to minister because of the strength of His presence. Soon after this outpouring, a commotion erupted outside as firemen with hoses and axes went about to investigate the building. It seems that one passer-by and then another had reported that the top of the roof was engulfed in flames. They saw fire on the roof! The fireman didn't know what to make of it. But we did."
NOTE: All these events happened in a small church hidden away in the Santa Cruz mountains; it seldom ran over 120 in number. The nearest town was more than ten miles away. Out of that small insignificant beginning, the Lord has raised up a ministry, (Global Youth Evangelism) that has touched six continents with the word of God!
To conclude this blog posting, we refer to the words of Jonathan, son of King Saul, in 1 Samuel 14:6 "... it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few." (NKJV)
Testimonies are taken from the article "Fire in Our Time" , Behold He Cometh, published by Global Youth Evangelism, June, 1966 (Used with Permission)
(An excerpt from our missions page)
In early 1982, without knowing the full reasons for the trip but sensing that "God was in it", preparations began to be made to sail the Morning Star to the Marshall Islands. During the six month preparation time, which included repainting the boat and the installation of new equipment, the crew was aware of a constant urging from within. We were also blessed with many providential provisions of specific supplies needed for the 5000 mile trip.
Months later a clearer understanding of the purpose for the Morning Star's building and voyage to the Marshall Islands became apparent. At the close of a small church service on the Marshall Island atoll Ebon, Ebon, an elderly Christian gentleman came forward and through an interpreter expressed his gratitude to God for the return of the Morning Star to the Marshall Islands. He expressed, "Now I know that there is a God in heaven who hears and answers prayer." When asked if he had been praying for the Morning Star to return to his islands, he responded in the affirmative. Like a bolt of spiritual lightening the Lord spoke to our hearts and said: "You now have your answer. This is the reason you brought the Morning Star to the Marshall Islands, to be the answer to this man's prayer."
We will never forget the impact of that experience! God loves His servants so much that He will interrupt the lives of dozens of people at a cost of thousands of dollars in order to answer the prayers of His loved ones.