group for youth was started two years ago in a little town
in Norway. Two young girls came up with the idea. They wanted
to create something to involve young people in missionary
work, and they wanted young people to get to know more about
other people and other countries around the world.
It was very
important to create a group who could draw the many youth
in Aalgaard Baptist church, and their friends. A lady called
Tone Maeland welcomed the youth to come and meet in her house
every time. When people come together in a home it is easy
to get to know each other, and it is easy to have a social
time with your friends. Therefore this was a good opportunity
to gather more people.
Gaius was now
started, and every second Monday 10-30 young people came to
Tone. There was always one who shared the gospel of God and
then we prayed together. The rest of the evening we spend
talking, get to know about other countries and of course doing
handicrafts. Together we decided a project we wanted to support.
We came up with the idea to save up some money to a project
in Thailand. We wanted to send our money to a Christian youth
group in Northern Thailand so that they could buy some new
instruments. They needed instruments to practice, to gather
people and to use in their worship. It was not very expensive
for us, so we found this project realistic to help. By producing
handicrafts we could sell this in church and other places.
The money we earned from the handicrafts and the money people
gave every time we met, we saved up.
When we are
going to decide what project we want to support we find it
important that we can help people on our own age. Our vision
is to help people the way we can. We are not missionaries
on the field, but we can be missionaries by helping other
people. When we help youths and projects in other countries,
we make it easier for them to reach their people with the
gospel. With this missionary group we want to let people get
to know God. The name Gaius is from the Bible. In 3rd John
we can read about a man called Gaius. He was a faithful and
loyal man who continued to walk in the truth. He was faithful
in what he was doing for his brothers and strangers. He loved
the people around him and he did well to send them on their
way in a manner worthy of God. This is also what we want to
do. We want, as Gaius to be faithful with our work, love the
people around us and help those who need our help.
"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all
creation". With Gaius this is possible for us.
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