New Generation Rising
“And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Joel 2:28-29)
When this prophecy was given, Israel was about to be destroyed by the Assyrians and later by the Babylonians. The destruction would leave the whole land in rubbles, people displaced and exiled, with no hope or future. But God did not leave His people. He promised a new generation rising – stronger than before, in the power of the Holy Spirit to rebuild the Kingdom of God.
In the same manner, I saw the grace and hand of God in Egypt and the North African countries. Out of the ashes of a country torn by uprising, political instability, terrorism and economic crisis, a new generation of the faithful rising to obey the call of God. These are the young professionals of architects, engineers, accountants, interior designers, graphic designers and related disciplines coming together to rebuild churches, schools and community centres throughout the war-torn countries.
My heart was deeply moved as I hear their testimonies and the works they have done. The Lord led them to come together to restore and rebuild their beloved land. Their first priorities in life are to glorify God with their talents and expertise. They offered their services according to the needs and affordability of the churches and community. They could have earned more, working in the secular world or businesses (although they do take commercial contracts), but their commitment is to be salt and light in the community. Since then, more Christian professionals from other countries have joined them to rebuild Egypt and beyond. I remember asking them what led them to this mission? Their answer was the joy in seeing churches, hospitals and schools lighted up like a beacon again.
My prayer in Cairo that morning was this – “Lord, may we also see a new generation of young talents rising in our churches in Malaysia – putting God first in their lives and live for the glory of God.”
- Bp John Yeo