From the first day that I said yes to the call to start Life Teen in Uganda, things have never been the same… and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I have seen dreams that move mountains, miracles happening, and hope coming alive again in our communities. I have seen young men and women answering “yes” to the call to vocations, I have seen teenagers uniting their families and bringing them to encounter Christ. I have seen teenagers sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and empowering everyone they encounter with their passion for Christ.
Serving in communities where poverty is real, where families eat on less than a dollar per day, where the majority population is desperately in need of hope, healing, joy and laughter, changed my mind set about bringing teens closer to Christ.
I thought I could not change anything. I thought I needed a grant to start and sustain the ministry, and when nothing showed up, my passion for the ministry was the only thing I had left driving me. And that passion has powered me for real!
Life Teen Uganda started in 2010 with $12 that was meant to buy pizza for teens after Life Night. After receiving a material resources scholarship from Life Teen, my heart was overwhelmed with joy and passion to lead the young Church in Uganda closer to Christ.
I didn’t have funds to pay for all that I needed to start a ministry. I didn’t have sound speakers, a keyboard for music and all you can think of that makes a youth ministry. But I had passion and because of that passion, I gave the five loaves and two fish (John 6:9) and Jesus multiplied them.
The transformation begun in Uganda.
For over 3 years, my passion for Christ, for the Church, for teenagers and for making a difference has been a fuel that powers our ministry.
What is the most considerable discipline for sustaining a successful ministry? Yes, it is passion!
God wants us to love Him and serve Him passionately, with all of our heart (Mark 12:30). We must be willing to give five and two with passion and He does the rest.
The inspired force behind all great art, all great music, all great writing, all great things, is passion. Nothing great is ever accomplished in life without passion. Nothing great is ever sustained in life without passion.
Passion makes businesses succeed. Passion is what energizes life. Passion makes the impossible possible. Passion gives you a reason to get up in the morning and say, “I’m going to do something with my life today.” Without passion life becomes boring. It becomes dull. God created you with the emotions to have passion in your life and He wants you to live a passionate life. Passion is what mobilizes armies into action. Passion is what takes a good athlete and turns him or her into a great, record-breaking athlete. Passion is what causes scientists to spend late night hours trying to find the cure to a dreaded disease. Passion is what powers the ministry.
Passion is all you need to bring teenagers closer to Christ. You’ve got to have passion in your ministry. You’ve got to be ready to die for the young people you serve.
Jesus told us to have passion, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” (Matthew 22:37) nothing matters more than that. That’s the number one thing in life. I want you to love Me passionately.” Nothing else matters in life if you don’t love God passionately. The word “passion” in Greek, is the word “heart.”
God doesn’t want you to love Him half-heartedly. He wants you to love Him with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength.
Give it all you’ve got. Jesus is saying, “If you’re going to follow Me, you’ve got to go it with passion. You’ve got to give it some enthusiasm, some zest. I want you to live passionately.”
The Bible says that we’re to serve and obey God passionately. In Colossians 3:23 He says “Whatever you do, do it with all of your heart as unto the Lord and not unto men.” He says I want you to do everything passionately when it comes to loving Me, serving Me, living for Me.
Let passion be the fuel that powers our ministries and our lives.
With passion, expect miracles.