A vision to hold a mass “Youth Transformation” gathering at Newlands Rugby Stadium, Cape Town, on April 27 next year took a significant step forward yesterday when about 200 church leaders attended a unity meeting to launch the event to the Church.
Kyle Driver, founder of Youth Transformation Africa (YTA), which hosted yesterday’s unity meeting at the stadium, said in an interview that God told him in April last year to hold a prayer day led by youth at the stadium. He believes that a rise of youth related problems in the city such as gang violence, crime and teenage pregnancies confirms God’s purpose for calling the Youth Transformation event. He said recent pipe bombings — something that has not been seen in Cape Town since before the historic Global Day of Prayer at Newlands Rugby Stadium in 2011 — are another confirmation of the need to get back to Newlands. Dr Graham Power and Rev Barry Isaacs, who were organisers of the first Global Day of Prayer (GDP) are on the YTA advisory board and GDP 2015 will be tied to the Youth Transformation event.
He said that over the past year and a half, YTA has risen to the challenge of organising events for youth in Cape Town. He said churches have responded positively to YTA’s intitiative as there is a great need for youth ministry in the city but a shortage of youth leaders. He said YTA will arrange ongoing events up until Youth Transformation in April 2015. They have secured popular SA band, Mi Casa as a drawcard for non-Christians to attend the Youth Transformation event. They are also busy securing Tim Hughes to lead worship and Pete Greig, founder of 24/7 prayer to be guest speaker. They also aim to recruit another international artist, possibly Lecrae or Toby Mac and local artist Neville D. After the event they aim to roll out a citywide Youth Alpha.
Sherwyn Lynch, a YTA committee member, said church leaders caught the vision at yesterday’s unity event and committed to mobilising their young people to be at Newlands on April 27, 2015. Tickets for the event will go live on Computicket on November 1.