posted on February 06, 2012 12:20
“No one is a prophet in his own town.” These well-known words of Jesus played on my mind as I headed back to Mauritius for a family reunion followed by a week of ministry to the Mauritian youth. My concerns were unjustified; it was a great blessing to minister to my friends' children, many of whom have taken leadership roles in the Adventurer, Pathfinder, Ambassador and young adult ministries. My old friends were there too (many of them do not need a hairbrush anymore). It was a journey of rediscovery and I was greatly encouraged that the strong AY society that shaped me spiritually and equipped me for ministry was still very much in place.
I found myself in the same church, the same youth hall where I spent my adolescent years. The youth has moved on with its culture, the music was a blend of my well-known youth songs and the new sound of contemporary praise; the availability of latest technology enhanced the quality of the AY meeting. However, beyond the new method, I saw the same love for Jesus, the same passion to serve, and the commitment for the same message. The highlights of my visit were: a national youth rally where a large number of youth made commitments to pursue the dreams that God had planted on their hearts; the finale of the national bible quiz in the afternoon; a leadership training day with the support of the youth directors and the conference president.
The young people are planning to be part of the 2013 Impact South Africa congress in large numbers. Youth ministry is alive and well in Mauritius.