The need for a national Christian youth movement among the pastors’ children was long felt. The NCEASL recognised that the ideal platform to launch this movement was by using an existing network – the all island pastors’ networks. Thus on 8 July, the NCEASL launched the National Pastors’ Children’s Fellowship (NPCF) with pastors’ children aged 16-30 years who represented the 25 districts and the 9 provinces. The 168 participants who attended the event came from the far corners of Jaffna, Kataragama, Trincomalee and Monaragala to name a few. From the early hours of the day the registration desk at Sanctuary House, the retreat centre of the NCEASL, was open to welcome the youth with refreshments before commencing the day’s events.
The objective of the youth movement is to encourage the pastors’ children to be involved in their father’s ministries. As pastors’ children they were reminded that they are highly anointed to carry a mantle of ministry in their lives. The meeting enabled them to find their calling in God’s kingdom. “The decision to go forth and win souls now lies in the hands of your generation” said one speaker. Several pastors who were guest speakers shared their personal testimonies and challenged the participants to be obedient to God’s calling in their lives and make a fresh commitment to serve God.
“We were very happy with the outcome of this inaugural meeting. The participants understood the need to stand together with their fathers (who are pastors) and be involved and help them in their ministry” said Joel a committee member of the NPCF.
Gayan and his friends from Kataragama were extremely grateful to the NCEASL for organising an event especially for pastors’ children. “We were challenged with a calling; to carry a burden to win our nation” said Gayan and added, “as pastors’ children if we could unite we can be a formidable force to win our nation for Christ.”
“I have not been too serious with my service for God in the past. I am involved in Sunday school and worship in church, but that is because I am expected to do it as my father is a pastor” confessed Thuthunika. “But today I realised that I had a unique calling as I am a child of a servant of God. Today I made a decision to serve God not because of my parents but because God is sovereign” she said.
Aniston was among the 40 youth that travelled from Jaffna for the youth movement. “We are all pastors’ children. When we came here today we were a bit confused about God’s calling in our lives. After listening to the teachings and the testimonies today it has really helped us to understand God’s will for our lives. We are going back with a lot more understanding and clarity of mind” said Aniston.
The youth took part in several indoor and outdoor games which enabled them to get to know each other and make new friends as well as to sharpen their skills of leadership and team building.