What we know, that others do not, about reaching youth in America.
By Mario Murillo
The picture you see is nearly 200 people—mainly youth—surrendering to Christ. In city after city, this miracle is being repeated. Our audiences are getting younger and signs and wonders are increasing.
Since I last wrote you, we have hit Austin, Texas, Branson, Missouri and Turlock, California. Yuba City was so explosive that we are forced to return there on October 11-13th.
In Branson the fire is still falling–many have told us the miracles and salvation of youth are unheard of here–forcing us to extend meetings for a third time.
Here is what we know, that others do not, about reaching youth in America. That statement sounds arrogant but this is not written in arrogance. This is coming to you in humble fear and trembling. It is not a boast—it is a statement of fact.
We declare it because we are in a war. The great ambition in any war is victory. To get victory, generals know there are two imperatives:
-You must get the best weapons, in the right hands, as fast as possible.
-You must demonstrate that the fighting is effective. That way, vital support for the war will grow.
Those are the two unambiguous goals of this letter. I am going to show you that we have been given a precious insight and edge in the war for our children’s souls. Then I am going to call for you to take action in this battle for our nation’s survival.
First, here is what we know:
- Confronting Obama and speaking out for America does not alienate youth. The wreckage of his administration, the cruelty of his actions toward his political enemies and his arrogant disregard for the economy has cost him dearly among young people.
In a detailed, national poll released by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, nearly half of young voters said they would remove President Obama from office if they could.
We do not preach a right-wing message, but it is our duty to oppose willful destruction of our constitution and our way of life. The important thing is to do it sparingly, in context, and only by the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Opposing Obama does not close the door to youth; in our case, it opens it. They blame him for destroying their future. It may look hip and cool to some preachers to remain silent, but many youth consider them traitors.
- They want the Gospel, not gimmicks. In her ground breaking article, How the Seeker-Sensitive, Consumer Church Is Failing a Generation, Dorothy Greco said:
“The millennial generation’s much-talked-about departure from church might lead those of us over 30 to conclude that they have little interest in Jesus. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Unfortunately, their spiritual coming of age has coincided with many Protestant pastors relying on a consumer business model to grow and sustain their churches. This template for doing church and the millennials’ hunger for authenticity has caused an ideological collision.”
Youth feel a huge let down when they go to church and get nothing challenging. That is why we don’t waste time trying to create a rock concert atmosphere…we are not trying to “relate.”
We openly preach the entire message of Jesus, including the Cross and the Blood. This touches something deep inside this generation. Youth want truth. They sense impending disaster. They know they need something that will last no matter what. They want rock-solid answers, not fantasies.
- They want to experience the supernatural presence and power of God. There is nothing more wonderful than that moment when the Holy Spirit begins to do miracles witnessed by a new generation.
In Turlock, God fixed His gaze on a young girl in the balcony. (As His unworthy servant, I share this with great concern that Christ be given all of the glory). I opened my mouth and out came a list of the names of illnesses and the location of those illnesses in her body.
The collective gasp in the crowd bore witness to the fact of an undeniable miracle. Her friend told us later that this complete healing revolutionized her and still reverberates to her friends.
We get out of God’s way so He can demonstrate his love and power in a way that Main Street will admit that something real is happening…it is the key to our children’s future and our way of life.
Not one young person leaves the meetings spooked by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The look of wonder is worth every drop of suffering it took to bring us to this point.
Now I want to talk straight to your heart.
The golden moment—the moment Living Proof is all about–is when youth fully realize that the same God who just healed a serious disease can heal their soul.
Of all the things I could wish for in this world, it would be to have you there when it happens. If you could, then you would share in my great joy and my great agony. We need to do so much more than we are doing! More people need to know about our meetings! Every night, I leave ecstatic, yet frustrated.
Few events anywhere in America combine the weapons we do in our meetings. You can’t find another event that so completely and effectively confronts youth with the Gospel.
What intensifies my frustration is that in the few times that we have been able to eke out extra finances to advertise in secular media, our impact grows exponentially. There is no reason we should be held back like this! We should be able to shout the news of our meetings from the rooftops!
Now, I am asking you to help me do something that will greatly increase our effectiveness. I have made the decision to leave Christian Television. Unchurched youth are not watching–it is useless as a tool to get youth to our meetings.
On Wednesday, June 24, I received this clear message from the Lord: “Persecution is about to increase suddenly, but so will my signs and wonders.” I released a blog about this on Thursday morning, the 25th.
It happened the next day! On June 26, gay marriage became law. Suddenly, it was open season on Christians. Now massive law suits seek to silence the church.
I had to pray and ask, “What do I do if all normal channels are closing?” The answer is that you don’t wait; you seek wisdom from God. I did and came to a big decision:
I must leave Christian television and begin building a youth audience through the internet and social media.
We can build a massive youth internet audience for a lot less than you think. But I must upgrade our equipment. The good news is that we can do it for only $30,000!
America can still be turned back into one nation under God! To get there, we must take the steps to fight evil with wisdom and cunning from the Holy Spirit.
I am asking you to write one big historic check to help me build this media. You are the heart of this ministry and you love America. I know that if we pray and obey we will reach our goal of $30,000!