Y2Y (YOUTH TO YOUTH)
Accelerate training for young disciple makers in Gauteng, South Africa
by Elta Lubbe, Feb. 2018
(Editor - Y2Y is a South African youth organization founded by Elta Lubbe, a teacher with a passion for the youth of South Africa. Youth unemployment in South Africa stands at over 50% with many resultant social ills. People like Elta and her Y2Y team make a difference – here is a story of a recent Y2Y event...)
They came from the North and the South and the East and the West – wearing shoes ranging from size 3 to size 13. Young people from around Gauteng (South Africa’s most populous province), willing to offer up a weekend to learn how to become disciple making disciples of Jesus.
The weekend, as always, started with a lot of stress and praying – taxi’s and transport from Soshanguwe, Olievenhoutbosch, Mamelodi, Sunnyside, Kempton park and surrounding areas getting lost in the Friday afternoon traffic to Centurion. And at the camp, the team praying and phoning and organizing extra help in getting all the young people safely to the camp. But, as always, God was in control, and by 20:00 we were ready to kick off with games and worship.
Right from the start, the young people were encouraged to be open and honest, and the team was able to look through their eyes at current church practices (the good, the bad and the ugly!) as well as the barriers that prevent us all from stepping out in faith to make disciples for God’s glory.
As we worked through the Accelerate Training material, different skills were taught – how to start Discovery Bible Studies, how to facilitate small groups, how to work where God is working, and how to initiate spiritual conversations. We saw young people praying for other young people, we saw healings taking place, we saw friendships formed, in short, we saw God at work in His Kingdom.
I do believe that God smiles on His children when, despite differences in denomination, age, race or language, they can work towards a common goal. This weekend was made possible by different organizations and groups of people taking hands with one goal in mind – to make disciples of all nations. There are thousands upon thousands of young people in Gauteng, hungry for God. Our prayers are that we as the church will wake up and give them more than entertainment and a diluted (or polluted) Gospel. That we will be real, non-judgmental, and able to mentor them towards becoming disciple makers in His Kingdom.