Humans of AYC
  • Morgan Meyer

    I love how God uses His word to support and strengthen me as I serve Him

    It’s early 2017, and I have recently returned from an amazing experience of revival and training at my first one week colporteur group evangelism event in Tamworth, two weeks of Arise Express in Newcastle, and the NNSW leadership conference. I had made a solemn commitment to door knock and sell books in my neighbourhood in Brisbane for the next two years. 

    When you’re on your own again it’s not long before one begins to question whether or not it was a short sighted, fanatical decision. The Second Coming naturally seems so much closer when surrounded by fellow evangelists. 

    Recognizing that these thoughts will only derail my commitment, I reach for my small Bible and read “By faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14. “… and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:20. 

    God was telling me that He was now giving me the opportunity to work for the salvation of souls, hasten the end of suffering and sin, and the glorious return of our Lord, and that even though I was not experiencing the same spiritual high during my training, He would be with me at every single door. 

    These promises stuck with me for the next two years, and strengthened me to face people in the community and speak openly about our prophetic message and our health message, even on especially hard days. So, I love how God uses His word to support and strength me as I serve Him, by opening to my view unseen realities.
  • Ellie Penman

    I have never known such security, such peace and such fulfilment as I have found in His love.

    The journey of falling in love with someone is exciting! When we love someone, we can’t help but dream up of different ways in which we can spend time with them, whether it's running into them at places they frequent, at socials or the good old board game nights. And when we see them, our hearts skip a beat. This is how it should be with our relationship with Christ.

    You see, we don’t have to plan sneaky ways to see Christ, instead, He has provided us with this amazing love letter called the Bible! I know what some of you may be thinking, been there, done that – I already know all the stories. I used to think the same thing until I actually started spending time with my Saviour in the Scriptures. I realised that I didn’t know everything (shocker), like how Eve wasn’t actually named until after sin occurred, she just went by ‘woman’. What I have discovered as I have pursued, and been pursued by Christ, is that I have never known such security, such peace and such fulfilment as I have found in His love.

    In Psalms 116:12-13 it says ‘What shall I return to the LORD for all His goodness toward me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.’ You see, we are sinners who do bad things and yet Christ still sees us as invaluable and does good towards us. So much good! And what is our response to be? Lift up the cup of salvation and call upon His name. How do we do that? By spending time in Scripture, learning about His beauty and awesomeness and how He obtained salvation for us. By starting and maintaining a relationship with Him – calling on His name when we are hurting, lonely, frustrated, happy, joyful and every emotion in between. Friends, Christ is in love with you, will you give Him a chance? Open your Bibles today and begin the journey of learning out just how much!
  • James Pontil

    As I grew in Christ, I also grew in mental and physical health. I realised that the more I cared about my health, the more easily I grew in Christ, and it became easier to resist the wants of this world.

    I grew up in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. I knew the truth about the Sabbath, the state of the dead and the health message.

    I didn’t know why and that’s what tripped me up.

    My mum (God bless her) used to send me to school with creation-science magazines in hand and a salad sandwich in my backpack. I reckon I was the cutest “catholic denouncing, carob eating, soy milk drinking 7-year-old” you could meet. It wasn’t all sunshine though, and after a few years of bullying and a need to fit in with everybody else, I found myself with a pornography addiction at 11.

    By the time I was 19, I was drinking, sleeping around, watching pornography, and playing videogames excessively. After two years of this, I eventually spiralled out of control. My mind-numbing job made me dwell on the things I did in my spare time, and the thoughts of my mind felt like they were “only evil continually.” Daily thoughts of suicide were the new normal for me, and I thought that it was my only way out.

    So what changed? What does this have to do with our identity?

    Picture this: It’s Sabbath morning, I’m driving my younger brother to Brisbane Big Camp while rapping Logic and Childish Gambino. My younger brother glares at me with unapproving eyes and makes comment to put some Hillsong on instead. I agree, and although my heart isn’t in it, I decide to stay for the day. As we go to leave on sunset, I run into an old friend from Townsville Big Camp. She asks for my contact details, and I grab her number with the intent of texting her but hold off since I didn’t really want to be invited to church.

    A few months go by and I was at rock bottom by this stage. Thinking that a new job will fix my problems, I decided to ask her if she knew anyone who was hiring. She replies, “not sure, but come over for dinner tonight.” I opened up to her and her husband about my struggles and in return, they shared God’s love with me. I started going to church with them and realising I lived 500 metres or so from the nearest SDA Bookstore, I started to buy books on mental & dietary health.

    After a while, I kept seeing this acronym everywhere: NEWSTART. As I grew in Christ, I also grew in mental and physical health. I realised that the more I cared about my health, the more easily I grew in Christ, and it became easier to resist the wants of this world. It didn’t take long for me to realise that the Sabbath was also one of the biggest blessings I had overlooked my entire life! No matter how exhaustive my week is, I know I can find true rest in His rest for us!

    When we understand who God is, we can rejoice in His guidance. When we follow what He says it will improve our lives. We can escape the darkness of pornography, drinking, and more!

    I’ll leave you with a quote from Aunty Ellen herself: “Blessed, blessed Jesus. I love Him because He is comfort and hope and opportunity and resource to me; to individual me and individual you. I want that you will consider yourself His property. Set your faces as a flint toward Mount Zion. Be determined that there is a treasure there that you can get.” —Manuscript 17, 1894.
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AYC 2021

28 - 31 JANUARY 2021
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