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Acting on "The Human Right"

A Bible study club at a secular high school experiences how the presence of the Holy Spirit can impact a life for God.

Assemblies of God National Youth Ministries launched The Human Right in 2014. The anthem of The Human Right is that everyone has the right to know Jesus. Since then, thousands of young people have accepted the challenge to commit themselves to The Human Right and share Christ with others.

For some young people, sharing their faith can be intimidating. But what students are discovering is that God knows their hearts, He is the one who orchestrates life-changing opportunities, and the Holy Spirit is the One who does "the work" in people's lives.

One example of how God is working through students involves three Assemblies of God teens in Connecticut. For those unfamiliar with the East Coast (especially the northeast), it has for decades been considered a very difficult area to evangelize.

However, Frankie, Matt and Mike decided to start a Christian club at their high school after hearing about The Human Right in the fall of 2014. The three got a teacher advisor to act as their host on campus and started meeting on Thursdays after school. After they put up posters around school, other students started to join them.

If that were the end of the story, it would seem like a nice success, as the Christian club was established, the group was growing, and Christ was being glorified in a relatively difficult environment.

But did God have something greater in store?

Not long after the Christian club started, students at the school who are Muslims saw the Christian club posters and decided to start a Muslim club. Wanting to open dialogue with the Christian students, they invited the students in the Christian club to their club.

A handful of the Christian club members were able to go. During their conversation, Matt asked, "What did Allah do to forgive us of our sins?" None of the students in the Muslim club had an answer. He then shared with the group that Christ died for everyone's sins so all people can be forgiven and free.

After that meeting, the president of the Muslim club started attending the Christian club! She shared how she had a lot of stress in her life and how when she went to the Christian club (i.e. Bible study), she felt "different" and "inspired." She also shared, "When you came to our Muslim club and shared about Jesus, I felt peace in the room."

Frankie would later tell The Human Right team, "We know this was the Holy Spirit!"

"What's remarkable is these students didn't begin their club with the specific intent of engaging in conversation with other religions," observes Heath Adamson, national Youth Ministries senior director. "What they did was make themselves available. Availability paves the way for the miraculous to come. God honored the stewardship of their divine moment to demonstrate a perfect love that transcends religion and culture. God takes the little we have and makes the most of it. That's when we witness things we could never imagine."

Pictured (L-R): Matt, Mike Frankie

Dan Van Veen

Dan Van Veen is news editor of AG News. Prior to transitioning to AG News in 2001, Van Veen served as managing editor of AG U.S. Missions American Horizon magazine for five years. He attends Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Missouri, where he and his wife, Lori, teach preschool Sunday School and 4- and 5-year-old Rainbows boys and girls on Wednesdays.