Crossroads01.jpgOver 700 mostly young people attend emotionally charged Crossroads Rally.

SINGAPORE - The youths from the parishes in the Serangoon District held a Crossroads Rally at the St. Joseph's Institution Performing Arts Centre on Mar 11 with the goal of spreading the message of Christ to those who do not yet know him.

The youths from the parishes in the Serangoon District held a Crossroads Rally at the St. Joseph's Institution Performing Arts Centre on Mar 11 with the goal of spreading the message of Christ to those who do not yet know him.

Through a drama skit based on the lives of a former party girl, a self-proclaimed "ah beng" and an ex-butch (slang for a lesbian who exhibits stereotypically masculine traits or appearance), the cast explored real issues faced by the youth of today, and offers hope for a change in the way they live.

The three youths, whose lives the drama was based on, shared the testimonies of their conversion and how each of them came to know Christ.

Juliana, who lost her father at the age of 18 and found herself thrown into the world of adulthood, was on the verge of breakdown when a friend introduced her to the Youth in the Spirit Seminar where she found Christ.

Leonard, who went through heartbreak when his first girlfriend broke up with him, had lost his faith in God but rediscovered Christ in a personal revelation experienced during a charismatic prayer meet.

Debra, who had a girlfriend from the same school for 16 months, experienced the love of God through her parents during her Confirmation camp which changed her life.

Top, emotionally charged youths give glory and praise to Jesus.

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The evening accompanied by song and dance climaxed with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as the majority of the 700 people present, including several religious sisters, priests and seminarians, knelt in worship and adoration.

Justin Joseph, 18, is a youth facilitator in his parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He came for the rally because some of his friends were in the production team. He was particularly touched by Leonard's story, because "I'm like him", he said.

Michael Wee, 15, decided to find out more about the rally and attended it "after a friend made a passing comment about it". He found it "heartfelt" as he "could relate to certain elements of the testimonies."

Cheryl Tan, 16, came to know of the Crossroads Rally when the publicity team promoted it at her parish of St. Anne's Church. She said she was "glad that they brought in real life elements".

CatholicNews also spoke to some of the seminarians present. Surain Durai Raj, a second-year theology seminarian from the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, explained that they had been working with youth from some parishes that were preparing for this rally, and had been invited to come for it.

"[The rally] was very good because it talks about the present context of youth who are about to make important decisions in life," he told CatholicNews. "The rally emphasises that at the crossroads [of life], Jesus is there, and that it is better to make decisions with Jesus." He added that the rally "wasn't talking about things in the air" and that he and his fellow seminarians could "see concretely the problems that youths face in daily life." Surain hopes that this experience would help him to minister better to the youth.

Crossroads02.jpgAlex Chua, 19, said, "The rally was emotionally charged and the three testimonies are very real," he said. "One of them is happening to me."

Right, in the skit, 'Leonard' sits at the back row of the charismatic prayer meet, resentful towards God's seeming abandonment of him. He later encountered Jesus in a life-changing experience.

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