Community Spirit

Scott Johnson, Regional Director for Southeast Asia, YFCI Asia Pacific

“He (Christ) makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” -Ephesians 4:16

Last month I had the honor of participating in the wedding of one of our Thailand YFC staff, Worchihan Zingkhai. The ceremony took place in his mountain-top village of Ngahui, in the Tangkhul tribe region of Northeast India near the border with Burma (Myanmar). It was the first wedding ceremony in his village to someone outside the Tangkhul tribe.

thaipixYouth of the village gathered plastic chairs from neighboring villages and decorated the outside venue which they built specifically for the wedding. The men of the village prepared the main course for the wedding feast – a water buffalo, two hogs, 45 chickens, and a goat – which fed the 700 relatives and guests who had been invited from the surrounding villages. Women also cooked food, prepared traditional Tangkhul dance presentations, and collected wood for the cooking fires. Everyone played their individual part and contributed to the bigger picture. The outcome was une fête extraordinaire!

This community spirit is a picture of the movement of Youth for Christ. We are a confluence of youth specialists, pastors, volunteers, school teachers, business persons, board members, empowered student leaders, and praying mothers, fathers and grandparents. Our individual and unique giftings join and flow together in one common purpose – to advocate on behalf of young people around the world so that they might have an opportunity to meet and know Jesus. As Scripture says, “It is not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their hard work.” 1 Corinthians 3:7-8

Praying for God’s strengthening and encouragement as you carry out your special work this week.