Sometime we just need to step out in faith and ask God to help us with what we need.
This is where I stand right now. And so do thousands of other youth people across the world who are preparing right now to make the journey to go to World Youth Day 2016 (WYD). Let’s be honest, the $5000 fee on such a short trip seems like a lot. But this forthcoming journey is so much more than just a trip or even a holiday – it’s a life changing experience that I honestly believe everyone deserves to experience at least once in their lifetime.
If you are struggling to touchdown with Jesus or realise you may not really know him the way you would like to, WYD is where there are huge possibilities for change. At WYD amazing things happen. The metaphysical realisations and connections formed are almost beyond words. You really get to see just how amazing God is. You get to see that you’re not the only one who loves him. Yes, you’re not the only one who loves God. There are a lot of us believers in this world, struggling with day-to-day life as we try to find balance and spend time with God. WYD is our time to come together and share our love for God.
Believe me my friends when I say this: awesome things happen when you put God first and that is what we do at WYD. We set aside our day-to-day lives and open our hearts and our minds to grand new possibilities. As someone who attended WYD 2013 and received so much in return, I urge you to take a leap of faith, get on a plane and let Jesus do the rest for three weeks. This is where you get to see just how much God loves you, and all of us.
So back to ‘we are not the only ones’. Yeah, we are not. There are hundreds of thousands of pilgrims getting on their knees right now to pray for the finances to go to WYD 2016. God wants them there and He wants you there too. So let’s step out there in faith together and ask: “If it’s God’s will then please bless it. If it’s not, then please block it.” Acknowledge God’s will and have faith in the plans He has for each of us.
I believe if you’re thinking about going to World Youth Day, it might just be God’s will for you to go, so take some steps to make it happen. Let’s step out together in faith and see what awesome things are to come. We can fundraise together to bring the costs down. Let do it! Why not ask our community for help?
If you want to be a part of next year’s WYD journey, please make contact with us and together we can come up with some ideas to make it happen, to put God’s will into action. I know I’m excited about being a part of it all and I hope you are too.
(Ladan is a member of the Diocesan WYD Committee for WYD 2016. She first experienced a WYD in Brasil in 2013)