How it began:
Stefan and Tutzi had been in Marana Tha` Catholic Charismatic community for many years. They kept growing older, and youths kept appearing and as time passed they felt the need to cater for the youths of their families. So every now and then (having three kids under the age of 10) they would invite the youths to their house and hold small meetings geared for their specific needs. Time kept passing, and the group of youths meeting in their basement became steady and kept growing slowly.
On one occasion, during a discussion on their spiritual growth, God made it clear that the way forward was for youths to reach out to their friends. So Stefan and Tutzi discussed and dreamt and said: “What if we had to organise a Lenten weekend retreat for youth?” It was January 2000 and they targeted their first weekend retreat called “The Bungee Jump of your Life” for March 2000.
From then on, there was no turning back. After the successful weekend, the youths met the following Saturday… and the following and the following…and the rest is history!
Stefan and Tutzi say: “Personally it was the biggest bungee jump we could have ever taken, because juggling God’s will, family needs and youth isn’t always easy!”
Y4J became the youth section of Marana Tha Community and remained so till September 2006. Since then, Y4J became an independent youth group within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Malta.
It basically works like this; there is a youth team who help in the leadership of this God given assignment.The youth team involves 21 hard working youths who meet up every other week to pray, discern and plan the meetings and activities. We also have regular teachings by Dun Gorg Dalli (our spiritual director). There is also an Administration team who meet once a month and help in the hands-on stuff! Youths who wish to take a deeper step to get to know Jesus are called to join Packs (small groups lead by leaders who form part of the Pastoral team).
Thanks for taking time to find out about Y4J. Please keep us in your prayers. Who knows…one day you too may form part of this ministry!
Coming soon: Meet our teams!