$123 for registration + $94 for housing = $217.

$217 * 10 people = $2170

GYC Experience = priceless

This was the approximate cost (not counting food and transportation) for us, the University of Michigan’s group of students, to go to the GYC Conference. You all have probably done similar calculations and have wondered how you’d be able to obtain the necessary funds.

Word was passed around that students at Michigan State University had once gotten $3,000 from their university to pay for the GYC Conference. Inspired, hopeful, and slightly desperate, we filled out a funding application for the Michigan Student Assembly (MSA), one of the major funding bodies at the University of Michigan. We had applied for funding in the past, but never for such a large amount and never for GYC. In addition to answering the usual “What is the event?” and “How will this affect the campus?” questions, we attached another page of GYC information.  We detailed the costs for each person, our plans for transportation and housing, and how the conference would affect us as young students personally (the networks we’d form, the life lessons we’d learn, and the people we’d meet).

The funding awards usually go out a week after the deadline. God really does work in His own time, because two weeks after submitting the application, ASC still didn’t get a response. We emailed MSA, who replied stating they never got the application. Distraught, we asked them to check again, to which they responded that we should just re-submit during the next cycle, a month after the first. After waiting a month and submitting, MSA awarded us $0 because our application was incomplete. AGAIN we begged them to check again, asserting (nicely) that we had definitely submitted everything. Within 24 hours, they emailed back with the wonderful news. Adventist Students for Christ was awarded $2,450! That’s enough for 10 students’ registrations, housing, and transportation!

Perhaps the submission issues had to happen so that MSA would notice us. Perhaps they just had a lot of money to give. Either way, for certain, God blessed our efforts as well as increased our measure of patience.

If there is a will (God’s will), there is a way. Applying for funding through your university is just one way.  Countless others have found other ways. Who knows, maybe the person who is sitting next to you during the conference got there by a generous church member. Maybe he or she got there by selling knitted scarves. Or maybe he or she doesn’t even know what happened because God worked it out so quickly and amazingly! What will be your way?

  • Jose D

    Do the 10 people participating in this group have to be part of the same university or college or could it simply be a group of 10 people . perhaps 5 people from a university and 5 other from a local church ?

    please let me know, because i would love to join in !!

  • Danny Moonie

    This story thrilled my heart and this is probably because of my first GYC experience in 2008. About two weeks before GYC in San Jose California, a group of us from our church in Richardson Texas decided to attend. While everyone was making plans, I was certain that I was not going. To begin with, the cost seemed too much, and I needed to ask for three days off from work, which seemed too late to make such a request. I prayed and asked God what should I do? After praying, it was like I heard God’s voice to start making plans to go. My next question was, “how do I pay for this?” God convicted me to use the money I had and do not worry about future plans. He will take care of me (and He has taken care of me). About a week before GYC, I asked for time off from work, which was granted without question. This was just the beginning of miracles. I cannot detail all of God’s blessings at GYC in this forum, but I had an experience that money cannot and will never buy. God in His faithfulness allowed me to attend the two subsequent GYC’s in 2009 and 2010. Currently, I am in St.Lucia, which is my home country, and will not be able to attend this year’s event. However, my advice to every young person is to submit this to God in prayer, even if you have the money to attend. GYC is not about housing and registration. It is about meeting God with His people in a way that words fail to express. You will be blessed. I pray that God pours out His Spirit on this holy convocation this year and that His latter rain falls on all in attendance, upon those of us who are united in spirit with this movement, but in various parts of the world, and upon the entire Advent movement as we seek the face of our God and Savior in earth’s final days.