KW Stories -

God alters lives of 5 inspired teens – ripples into global impact —

By CIY Staff

Created on 09/25/2018

CIY's MOVE team has invited high schoolers to share their stories to help inspire others and see the ways God moves in the world today through an initiative called Kingdom Worker Crash.

 

This summer's MOVE tour will share stories from five students. Check out the dates and locations for this year's tour here. To register a youth group for MOVE, click here.

 

03_02_Evalee-Headshot.jpgEvalee Deily is an artistic homeschool high school senior from Toledo, Ohio. She had two amazing experiences at MOVE, and was challenged to host a music-related fundraiser. Evalee said she was inspired to help CIY's expansion into Ireland through this opportunity and started planning a night of worship. She said promoting the event led her to an opportunity to speak on a Christian radio station, where she shared about the cause - plus a song she wrote. The night of worship raised more than $1,000, and the church loved it so much they turned it into an annual fundraiser. Evalee said she's thrilled to continue Kingdom work.

 

 

03_02_Olivia-Headshot.jpgOlivia Ruckriegel is a Kingdom worker from Jasper, Indiana. She felt God calling her to "go," and "do," but was devastated when she was unable to go on an international mission trip. Olivia said she finally heard the Lord guiding her to make a difference in the world around her, and she started "Scoring for Home." She combined her two passions - Jesus and soccer - and raised $2,000 for an orphanage in Uganda. Olivia said God helped her impact lives thousands of miles away without ever leaving her home. "Scoring for Home" has turned into an annual event for her church, and Olivia said the experience has solidified her trust in God.

 

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Tyler Benson is a high school student in Joplin, Missouri who was doing Kingdom work without even knowing it. He said he enjoys running the lights for his church, and learned how to do the task mostly on his own. Tyler said finding the right lights and focusing on the lyrics of the praise and worship songs has drawn him closer to God. Lighting is a career Tyler is considering, but the passion, excitement and drive he has for the trade is nothing compared to the love he has for the people he's met along the way.

 

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Brandon Barnett is using his life and artistic gifts for Kingdom work. He shared he has struggled with finding a place to fit in, feeling secure in his identity and temptations of an unclean lifestyle. Brandon said God continues to chase his heart through relationships with friends and his church family. His love for everything artistic and Jesus is leading him to support the nonprofit organization Rapha House, which fights against human trafficking. Brandon said he is striving to live his life like Romans 1:16 NLT: "For I am not ashamed of the Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work saving everyone who believes - the Jew first and also the Gentile."

 

 

 

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Isaiah Goetze is an athletic teenager from Edgewood, Maryland. He said he knew God had a bigger purpose for him in Kingdom work, but he wasn't sure what it would be. Isaiah said he experienced some eye-opening moments when God spoke to his heart - one was at CIY MOVE. New doors opened for Isaiah to learn more about the inner workings of the church, and he said he now feels led to ministry. He desires to be someone people can trust and come to for help. Isaiah said small changes in someone's life can make a huge difference.

 

Find more Kingdom Worker Crash stories here.