I recently googled “the power of student movements” and I wasn’t surprised to see over 65,100,00 results.
Their passion for life and desire to make an impact has motivated them to do incredible things throughout all of history. Most of the overthrowing of oppressive governments has been the result of students standing up and fighting for freedom. Christian students for centuries have also had a massive impact on the world. These movements usually start with a sparking of a passion, talking, hearing from God and then DOING something about it. Some of the more notable movements include:
Haystack Revival – Five Williams College students gathered in a field to discuss the spiritual welfare of the people of Asia. Within four years of that gathering some of the participants established the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM). In 1812 it sent its first missionaries to India. During the same century the ABCFM sent missionaries to China, Hawaii and other nations in Southeast Asia, establishing hospitals and schools at its mission stations. Many of its missionaries undertook translation of the Bible into native languages, and some created written languages where none had existed before. Thousands of missionaries were sent to Asia and they taught numerous indigenous peoples.
The Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions was an organization founded in 1886 that sought to recruit college and university students in the United States for missionary service abroad. It also sought to publicize and encourage missionary enterprise in general. Arthur Tappan Pierson was the primary early leader.
Urbana Since 1946, God has used Urbana to challenge more than 250,000 participants with their responsibility and privilege in global missions. Started in Toronto Ontario at U of T. https://urbana.org/history
Youth With A Mission began in 1956 when a 20-year-old American college student named Loren Cunningham spent some time in prayer while on tour with a singing group in the Bahamas. Leaning back on his bed he saw what he called a “mental movie.” There was a map of the world and waves were breaking all over it. The waves began to turn into young people, thousands of them, spilling on to every continent and sharing the good news about Jesus. The picture faded.
“Was that really you, Lord?” he asked.
This idea, radical at the time, that young people could be missionaries, stayed with Loren. Four years later, in 1960, he started an organization with that idea expressed in its name: Youth With A Mission
2012 Passion Conference over 42,000 young adults raised over 3.3 million to help fight Human Trafficking. http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2012/01/05/college-kids-vow-to-end-slavery/
I honestly believe there is no limit to what the Holy Spirit can do through a young adult with a passion. He works within the personality and giftings of every student and can cause the simplest dreams to become powerful realities. Some students may be diamonds in the rough and just need a little more love and attention, others are ready to soar and just need the opportunity. Many in the current generation realize a paycheck, while necessary, doesn’t bring fulfillment. They want to be Jesus’ hands and feet in this world. ISM will help them be just that.
Youth & Young Adult Pastors, teachers and coaches are given the incredible privilege of sparking passion, helping them discover their destiny and breathing life into their dreams. All of us can champion the young adults in our life! Our cheering them on can help them become everything they were born to be. Young adults out there – WE BELIVE IN YOU! It’s your turn to GO! – the future is bright, God is beside you, before you and behind you, shouting your name, and chasing you with His goodness. There are no limits.