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Hundreds Attend Fix My Life and Maranatha Rallies

Southern California’s Temple City church held “Fix My Life” youth rally, attended by 750 youth from 15 churches.

BY AARON NAKAMURA

The second annual Fix My Life youth rally, hosted by the Temple City church in January 2014, drew more than 750 attendees representing more than 15 churches. “We wanted to involve more young people this year, since the theme for this year’s event focused on such a basic but crucial concern of today’s young people — how to live for Christ daily,” said Aaron Nakamura, event coordinator and Temple City youth ministries director.

“Two years ago, with much prayer, the leadership team chose ‘Fix My Life’ as the name of this event,” he added. “It’s amazing, because now young people come up to us saying that they think of Fix My Life instead of a better known expletive phrase with the same initials common among young people today.”

The rally started on Friday night, drawing an opening crowd of 180 young people. Lewston Morris, Whittier church youth ministries director, spoke on making the decision to take the first step toward living for Christ daily. He used his own testimony and relatable youth-oriented terms.

“The best part of Friday’s program was the prayer activity,” said 20-year-old Sychar Yebra, who flew in from Chicago with her 16-year-old brother. The ACTS prayer activity focused on four different types of prayer — adoration, confessions and proclamations, thanksgiving and supplication. Participants rotated to different stations where each prayer was emphasized. “It’s one thing to pray for our lives and for those closest to us,” Yebra said, “but it’s a more powerful experience when you pray with others facing challenges of their own. That really hit me.”

Sabbath’s worship program had standing room only, upping the attendance count to more than 750. Collegiate ministry leader Jesús Noland gave a short message on fixing the mind in order to live for Christ every day. Nakamura spoke, asserting that living for Christ “needs to start right here” by not judging others based on outward appearances.

After lunch, participants had the opportunity to take part in one of three outreach activities: feeding the homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles; a community walk and canned food drive for the needy in the local community that included passing out GLOW Bible tracts; and a nursing home outing in which participants sang and interacted with those they visited.

“It was great to really connect with people in the community that you wouldn’t otherwise connect with,” said 17-year-old Alex Gonzalez from Lake of the Woods church. “You think feeding people on the streets would be so easy, but when you actually talk to people and really learn about them, it’s amazing.”

The youth rally concluded Saturday evening, followed immediately by the fifth annual Jump Start Missions rally hosted by Maranatha Volunteers International. That rally continued all day Sunday. The event, usually held in Roseville, Calif., has more than tripled its attendance since moving south.

“Maranatha’s rally highlighted its annual Ultimate Workout mission project, which is specifically designed for high school students,” the event coordinator said. “It also focused on team building and growing a spirit for missions. This weekend was a huge weekend for SCC young people. I can’t wait to see what next year will hold! Parents have come to me, excited to see events catering to young people that help guide them to Jesus in a practical and interactive sense — I share that excitement!”


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