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The Time is Now, for Young Adults Revival

Greetings in the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I am writing to tell you about an amazing revival happening right now. It’s taking place among our Korean SDA brothers and sisters.

East Coast Korean Camp Meeting (ECKCM) was held in Johnstown, PA back in August. Coming out of that week, a number of young adults, from various places on the East Coast, stayed in contact to continue conversations about how we could grow and maintain the spiritual community and relationships we had formed with God and each other. Several young adults formed a Bible study online, which meets once a week. We wanted to find a way to make young adult (YA) ministry relevant again by reaching out to the ones who aren’t in the church, as well as providing a community for YA on the East Coast in the church to encourage and network with each other. The question was, “How are we going to do this?” A planning team (we named ourselves “FAYA - Fellowship of Adventist Young Adults”) came together to meet these challenges.

In order to come up with the solution, we know that we have to identify and understand the root of the problem. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we want to start the conversation and suggest ways we can take action. Here are some of the factors that we identified that may cause YA to leave or stop coming to church altogether:

1. Lack of spiritual foundation at a young age that results in weak roots in the church.
2. After matriculating, beginning careers, and achieving a level of financial self-sufficiency, worldly lifestyles look attractive.
3. Current churches lack meaningful peer and “life stage” groups with whom to relate.
4. Young adults who choose to remain at church are pressured to lead without resources or training, causing burn out.

The planning team decided to focus on problems 3 and 4. For the YA who have stayed in church, burnout is a real thing, mainly because we don’t have a good support system. FAYA wants to be a conduit for YA leaders to stay connected with each other and help, support and encourage one another.

We also started making plans to help reach out to the YA that have left the church. Our hope is that when Young Adults return, they will have peers that will support and encourage them. Our initial plan is to host a Korean-American SDA retreat for YA on the East Coast, for those YAs in and out of the church.  The goals of this retreat are to have fellowship through worship, fun bonding activities, small groups, and open honest discussions.

Our passionate desire is for young adults to be connected with a God who loves us SO much that He was willing to give up everything to see us saved. I pray in my soul that Jesus is speaking to you right now with His words of life. As you listen to His voice, may your heart be filled with overflowing joy and love. I’m so glad that we have a living God that loves us with an everlasting love. He talks with us, He walks with us, and tells us that we are His own. How awesome is God!

So as we continue to plan, we ask for your support by getting the word out to your young adults, and we ask for your financial support so that we can all work and contribute together. But mostly, we ask anyone reading this to please keep us in your prayers. Ask for God to teach us, to guide us, to lead us. Thank you!

Retreat Information

Who: SDA Korean-American Young Adults
What: Spiritual retreat
When: January 13-16, 2017 (Fri-Mon, MLK Jr. weekend)
Where: Summit Lake Christian Camp, 7610 Hampton Valley Rd., Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Why: Build a community for Korean-American SDAs on East Coast
Pricing: $50 Early Bird Registration (by 12/1/16)
   $60 Regular Registration (by 12/31/16)
   $132 Late Registration (by 1/10/17)
Registration website: http://aksdaem.com/events/fayaretreat/
Webpage: http://www.facebook.com/lightafaya

E-mail: lightafaya@gmail.com / Phone #: 240-670-5263


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