The KCC team recently met Emily, an agnostic teenager whose life was changed after attending Christian youth conferences such as KYCK and Rice Rally. We hope that you are encouraged by her story of discovering God's love through His word and experiencing it within Christian community.
Growing up Agnostic
When I was a kid, the thought of whether there was or wasn’t a God never bothered me. Although I never doubted the existence of a God, I never cared much for it either. Throughout primary school, the only thing that mattered to me was fitting in with the kids around me. I remember asking my mum to make these “special” noodles for me to take to school because I knew all my friends liked them. Because of this desire to be liked amongst my friends, I decided to join Catholic Scripture classes with them, taking advantage of the kindness of the teacher by chilling with my friends rather than learning anything. This attitude was brought with me as I went into high school and was introduced to youth group by 2 of my friends during Year 8, in which I attended with the intention to get around socialising with more people, never really caring for what the bible has to say.
"Reflecting on his [God's] love for us, made me understand a new purpose of life, to live a life that is representative of God’s love rather than actions stemming from my selfishness."
Attending Christian Youth Conferences
In 2013 I attended KYCK with my youth, where I learnt about the power of God’s love and had the opportunity to experience Christian community up close. The unity as a result of a common love for something great together with the sermons describing the love of God allowed me to further understand God’s character. Reflecting on his love for us, made me understand a new purpose of life, to live a life that is representative of God’s love rather than actions stemming from my selfishness. 2 years after, the reality of the extent of God’s love for me was cemented as I began to understand why his love was described as “unconditional” through RICE Rally. Despite our shortfalls, imperfection and continuous turning away from him, God will always be there to love us, seek us and welcome us back into his arms.
Still a Work in Progress
Throughout my life, I have been extremely blessed for God to have placed people in my life that helped strengthen my faith and straighten me up during the times of which I place my own wants above the people around me or forget about what God has done for me. It is still a work in progress and although I still have tendencies to care more about myself, I have become more self-conscious of this and am striving to demonstrate the love God has shown me to everyone around me through the power of God and those he has placed in my life.
Join us at KYCK #3 in May!