Practiced what was Preached!
A Youth meeting at Mall de Goa? The formators were definitely losing it! It all seemed so ridiculous and farfetched!
Well it did happen as planned on 11th June and it would be remembered by the CFCI Youth of Porvorim as ‘The meeting at the mall‘.
By 4pm that evening, all had gathered at the food court rather excited and a tad bit suspicious too, especially the newer members. However this piqued our interests and the attendance was the best so far!
We began the session with a prayer by Wayne followed by a talk ‘Fools for Christ‘ delivered by me. The talk spoke about the crazy things people who are in love do for one another and likened that with the craziest and seemingly most foolish thing Christ did for us, namely dying on the cross. The talk brought us to the realization that if Christ was ready to be mocked at and made a fool of as a part of the plan to save us and in order to show us how much He loves us, we owe it to Him to become fools for Him.
Weinschel gave a sharing on how he was a fool for Christ among his friends. After that the question was put forward to everyone present asking them if they were ready to be fools for Christ to which a loud ‘YES‘ resounded through the mall. So we decided to begin right there in the mall itself..
Each person was asked to write ‘Jesus Loves You‘ on pieces of coloured paper and decorate them in their unique style. These were then to be used for an activity held later.
The dance ministry’s practice session of ‘Undignified‘ got a lot of people’s attention. The newer members were told that the action song was to be performed in front of everyone present at the food court and hearing this there was a lot of nervous chatter amongst them accompanied with ‘oohhhs‘, ‘aaahhhhs‘ and the oh so common ‘I’m standing behind you ah‘.
Now it was showtime. We gathered near the food stalls, closer to the crowd and began singing and dancing to ‘Undignified‘. Everyone’s eyes were on us and they were wondering what we were doing. Even though people were staring at us we continued because we were all so excited. Once the dance was done, we split up and distributed the cards that were made earlier that read ‘Jesus Loves You‘. We got different reactions from the people, some appreciated our courage to do it and some didn’t really say anything.
This brought us to the end of a really amazing meeting. By God’s grace everything went on smoothly. We got a chance to live out our faith in a fun and different way. I was apprehensive about giving a talk in the mall, but God allayed my fears. This was indeed a lovely way to evangelize and have fun at the same time. I’m pretty sure all the youth had a lot of stories to tell their folks back home. We are grateful to our formators who came up with this idea of the meeting at the mall and organising it so well.