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June 12, 2007 > Life without an If

Life without an If

Submitted By Aaron Williams, Youth Alive President

Teenagers and Christians have always had a stigma attached to them: teenagers in the sense that they can never organize and Christians in the sense that they are incredibly conservative and judgmental. History has shown, however, that many groups like the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) have had youth divisions rise up and do something great. Furthermore, the Christian doctrine of the Bible tells its followers to spread the word and proclaim their love of God. It's not impossible for teens to make a difference.

These were the two ideas that the Youth Alive Christian Clubs of Fremont's high schools decided to follow.

Beginning simply as an idea, Youth Alive officers from various different schools met at SuJu's Coffee in Fremont at the beginning of the year just to get to know each other and brainstorm. The idea of an outreach event with free food, great music, worship, and a message was conceived. After a number of meetings, the numbers started to fade and it seemed that only a handful of students remained interested in the project. To rescue the idea, waves of emails were sent, calling everyone to action.

"Four weeks before the event, there was still need for a theme, a title, funds for the food, a speaker, bands, and the location itself," Youth Alive officer Cory Louie said. "As a result, church pastors were called, grocery stores were contacted, and everyone was told to do what they could to help make this night a reality." Through the struggles and hardships, "If" was created, planned as an annual outreach event held at Lake Elizabeth and hosted by all the high school Youth Alive clubs, helping students to look for a life without an "if."

"As the event started and the fun was starting to be had, we as leaders were able to see God show his awesome power in providing for this event," Louie said. Amen to that.

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