Door-Knocking Changes Lives

by Robert Koorenny

Melina Maniscalco (left) and Cassie Dhole (right) enjoy their time in the field.

Alina Pilipchuk, an Upper Columbia Academy student, continues working on her street..

Helen Maijub, an Upper Columbia Academy student, smiles as she continues working door-to-door in Richland, Wash.

Kennewick, Wash., August 5, 2013 -“I don’t even know what’s in this book, but I know I agree with it,” remarked Roy as he flipped through a copy of The Great Controversy. Roy lives in Kennewick, Wash., and is one of thousands of people the Upper Columbia Conference Youth Rush team have visited with this summer.

This year, 20 young people participated in the annual Youth Rush student literature evangelism program, knocking on more than 100,000 doors throughout the conference territory. “Everybody in my church just believes in whatever they want to believe," Roy said in frustration. He ended up donating, selecting a copy of The Great Controversy and signing up for Bible studies.

“Roy’s basically already an Adventist,” said Ron Kelly, Kennewick Church outreach coordinator, who made a follow-up visit to Roy. Roy is evidence of what Acts of the Apostles says, that “many are on the verge of the kingdom, waiting only to be gathered in” (p. 109).

Youth Rush students distributed more than 12,500 books this summer and received more than $110,000 in donations, providing more than $70,000 in matching scholarship funds for Adventist education. Beyond money, these books represent a deep sense of mission found at Youth Rush.

“I was praying and praying that God would show me why He called me here,” said Cassie Mason, a student at Walla Walla Valley Academy in College Place, Wash. “I was getting books into people’s homes, but I wanted to experience a divine appointment.”

After a hot day on the streets at one of the last doors, Mason met a woman who abruptly said that she wasn’t interested because she had had a bad day at work. Mason handed her a devotional book anyway. The lady again said she didn't have time due to her bad day. Mason showed her two more devotional books and talked about how they could help her with what she really needed.

“She started crying and crying,” says Mason. “She told me, ‘I'm so glad you came here right now. I really need these materials.'"

Youth Rush members look forward to divine appointments like this. Just as these students have experienced this summer, God has powerful experiences waiting as you reach out to those around you.

For more great stories and statistics of how God worked this summer through Upper Columbia Conference’s Youth Rush team, visit uccsda.org/YouthRush/2013report. Next year's Youth Rush program runs June 8 to Aug. 14 and is open to students ages 16 and up.