My name is Shannon Young, and I am a junior majoring in special education at the University of Georgia. Last year I was a part of the cheerleading program, and I had the privilege of getting connected with Team United staff and becoming a part of the leadership team. Team United has been an amazing part of my growth as a follower of Christ in college. I have made lasting relationships through TU that have played a tremendous part in the development of my faith.
Over the break, I was blessed to have the opportunity to lead a huddle for FCA’s Winter Recharge in Toccoa, Georgia. There were three of us from Team United that went to be huddle leaders. This was my second year leading, and I loved every minute of it both years! My favorite part is being able to spend time forming relationships with my wonderful group of high school girls that I have the chance to lead – whether it is through sports, worship, devotion time, or just having fun talking about life. This year’s theme for the camp came from 1 Timothy 6:11-12 which says, “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” So we focused on running from our sin, running to the cross and the One who is worthy, fighting for the heart of our King and a life worthy of Him, and holding onto nothing in our life but the hope of eternal life with Jesus Christ. I had such a wonderful time worshipping our sovereign Lord with this group of athletes who are on fire for the Kingdom!
My awesome group of girls at Winter Recharge
Our Team United Huddle Leaders (Allyson, Me, and Charlie)
After ringing in 2013, I headed to Atlanta with a couple of friends to attend the Passion conference. I cannot even begin to describe the feeling of being in the Dome praising our Savior with 60,000+ other believers. The presence of the Lord was so undeniable! The key verse for the Passion conferences worldwide is Isaiah 26:8 which says, “Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” So we gathered together with that verse being the beat of our heart- that we are saying “YES, LORD!” We long to walk in His ways waiting on His plans for us because His name and renown are our desire.
The force of Passion is to put an end to modern day slavery. There are more slaves in this world today than any other time in history! 27 million people. That is absolutely absurd! And we believe that our generation can be a force for good in this world, so with an expectant heart we went to the Lord. Relying on Ephesians 3:20-“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us…”-we placed our faith in the fact that if we surrender to being used by God, He will use our generation to put an end to forced labor. Over $3,000,000 was raised over the course of four days, and this gathering of 60,000+ young people ages 18-25 shined a light on human slavery and pledged to END IT. This video from CNN explains all that went on this year at Passion and how we, as a generation of believers, are on board to stop this evil.
If you want to sign up to be a part of the movement or give to the cause, you can go to www.enditmovement.com to learn more. We are a generation united for freedom and in it to end it!
I have been so greatly blessed to be a part of such wonderful ways in which I watched the Lord move over the Christmas break. I am so excited to see all that He has in store for this semester and am praying that He would continue to do great things through Team United, FCA, and the Passion generation.