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Hello, Pastor James Hopson here:
I’ve got some exciting news for Grace Life Family Church. I just want to share my heart. We are expanding our vision!
With the blessing of Pastor Darrell and Pastor Donnia, the Lord has placed something on my heart. There are key ministries that help a church strive. We are growing and I believe the next step is soon to come.
Let me start by saying this is something I’ve never thought I would be doing. However, recently the Lord has been laying this on my heart heavy: We have a portion of our church and community we have yet to reach.
I grew up in church and had some amazing experiences, touches, and manifestations in God. As I look and reflect back, there were some particular years that developed my character, my belief, and my desire to serve God. Those years were my teen years. As teens we are very impressionable and are looking for what is real.
I deal with teens everyday who are lost and searching for something. They may not even know what they’re searching for. I see pressure from their friends to act and be a certain way. I see them molding into what they have going on around them.
Teenagers are highly impressionable. When I was a teen, I felt direction in my life. I felt strength. I felt like a leader and not a follower. This is all because I had an awesome youth group and youth pastor. I experienced true leadership. I experienced God!
I saw gifts of the Spirit in operation, I saw teens being healed and filled with the Holy Ghost. I saw teens coming to Jesus and learning how not to cave into the peer pressure but spreading the love of God to other teens. I experienced, when the presence of God was so strong, that everyone in the room just started weeping.
I experienced God!! I saw miracles and felt impartation into my life. It makes me sad to see the teens of today not experiencing a true touch of God!
Many will never see the things that we’ve seen. But I believe we serve a God that’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. I believe that it’s not too late for our teens to have a real touch of heaven.
With everything that’s going on in this world today it seems as if the enemy is gaining ground. But I’m going to tell you, just one touch of God and it can still change a generation today. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any of our teens or the teens in our community to be left behind. This is the time to reach them and I believe God has something in store. God is up to something and it’s good.
The Lord has been dealing with me to put a youth program together here at Grace Life Family Church. Although we are just in the very beginning stages the Lord has placed a vision in my heart. A vision for our youth and the youth in the community.
I want our youth to be able to stand above the “norm”. I want them to have dreams, see visions, and experience the manifest presence of God. I want them to weep in God’s presence and see miracles happen in front of them. I want them to know our God and know His desire for them. That way when the world closes in and starts squeezing them the Word comes out. The anointing seeps out. I want them to know that they have the Greater One inside of them and they can accomplish anything and overcome by the blood of the Lamb.
As I said previously, I never envisioned myself doing anything in the “youth” arena, but God has been stirring my heart.
I believe we are about to burst from the seams and see our youth grow and experience God! I’ve learned a long time ago that when God deals with you about something or puts in your heart, that if you listen the supernatural happens. So, as we embark on this journey, I look forward to seeing what God is up to. We are in this together and our teens are worth it. Praise God!
As I said previously, we are in the very beginning stages. The planning stages. However, I’m excited to announce..... Coming soon!!!