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November 2014 News

Toowoomba’s youth rising up

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
L-R: Matt Ireland and Nat Spary on the couch, talking to Damien Johnson at last months City Celebration. Photo: Dale White

Out of a rising movement of unity among young people in Toowoomba, the Gospel is spreading and lives are being transformed.

Highlighting the work of Ballistic, The Uprising and Project X, the City Celebration audience heard how these recent initiatives are impacting the younger generation.

“This year, we saw 11 different youth groups come together,” said The Base Youth Centre’s Nat Spary, who runs Ballistic, a once-a-year combined youth event.

“Over 300 young people came on the Friday night outreach. 71 young people made a decision for Christ that night, 31 for the first time.”

Youth groups from different Churches are also getting together once a term for The Uprising.

“The two main core values we have is the unity we have together in Christ Jesus,” said The Uprising coordinator Matt Ireland, from Rangeville Community Church, “and secondly, the mission Christ has given us, to go and make disciples of all nations.”

Project X is another evangelistic initiative that has been raised up by young people from different Toowoomba Churches.

“Project X is an outreach model designed to introduce young people to Jesus,” said Dan Sercombe, who was inspired to do festival-style outreaches in small country towns while at a Luis Palau evangelistic festival in Newcastle two years ago.

“It’s founded on prayer, so young people from many different churches meet every week and pray for country towns in Queensland,” he said.

All three initiatives shared the same experience with the City Celebration audience: out of their unity, mission is born.

“What we have noticed is that in this atmosphere of unity, the Holy Spirit is really anointing our meetings and we are seeing young people respond to Jesus,” said Matt.

Nat added, “seeing young people come from darkness into the light, that’s what I am passionate about, that’s what melts my heart.”

Hannah Matthewson was part of the Project X team that recently ran an outreach in the town of Roma, where 27 young people responded to the Gospel.

“We were praying for almost a year leading up to the event, so for me seeing it all come to fruition and seeing lives changed forever, and to see the way God answered our prayers, has really challenged me in my own faith and really inspired me.”

“It’s also made me realise that the whole evangelistic side of things is not as scary as I thought.”

Kristy Fuller was also stretched by the experience.

“I grew a lot in stepping out in faith,” she said. “It taught me to be bold and unashamed of the Gospel, and I can convert that back into my everyday life when I’m talking to people.”

Matt said that the future of this rising movement of unity and mission is looking good.

“It’s awesome seeing young people in Toowoomba grow up learning that the unity of the churches is the norm.”

Project X
L-R: Kristy Fuller, Dan Sercombe and Hannah Mathewson share their experience with Project X

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