The vision of YPF is to empower young people in their relationship with Jesus and to create an awesome environment where everyone feels welcomed and accepted for who they are. It has been a huge encouragement to me personally in my journey with the Lord!
From the first time I came to the youth group at 14 years old, I have been amazed at how God can use young people and those who lead YPF to demonstrate the reality of His vast love for us. Our youth pastor, Amy, has an incredible gift of being able to get alongside every young person to nurture and enable them to both receive more from God in worship and make a difference in their schools and colleges. Her passion for mission is contagious!
I was not brought up going to church, so for me, this ministry has been such a blessing because it has revealed to me that a personal relationship with God is what Christianity is all about; a completely new concept to me at 14. When I started to go to YPF I was broken and was looking for answers in my life. Little did I know that God was setting me up for an encounter with Him through the people who were to support me in this journey I was just beginning.
Now, I am 18 years old with a passion to serve God as I know the price He has paid for me. That’s what YPF is amazing at: taking young people with a lack of identity and leading them into the embrace of our heavenly Father. Tuesday evenings with young people who share your same love for God is certainly a highlight of the week for me. I would describe my faith as a well-fuelled flame and I’m thankful that YPF has been a big part to play in this. I am so blessed to be involved in what God is doing in the young people of Fleet Baptist Church. It is truly amazing to be part of a youth group where you are constantly strengthened by those around you; as the Bible says in Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Thank you Lord for YPF!
- Tom Hume
You can find out more about YPF here.