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Wednesday, November 08, 2017 3:22 PM

Every Church
Needs A Junior

Some might say Junior is only in high school. That's not stopping him from giving Bible studies.
Near the end of Jesus' earthly ministry, He stated, "I have finished the work." When Jesus returns, can we say the same?

Lansing, MI
by Andy Im

Junior Vertus is a high school junior and attends East Kentwood High School. The school has about 3,000 students. 
He isn’t your everyday high schooler. He eagerly anticipates waking up at the crack of dawn to have his devotions at 5:30 a.m. 
He also gives four to five Bible studies per week, and during Unlock Revelation he preached a handful of the evening messages. 
But that’s not all. Junior also started a school club his sophomore year called, “Youth in Action.” Their motto is simple: “We’re the future, but why wait until then?” He says, “We’re told [by adults] we’re the future, but we need to start now!” 
The club meets every Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. for Bible studies in one of the classrooms. In addition to Bible studies, the group is also very active in their community. They go downtown and distribute GLOW tracts; provide sleeping bags, pillows, and Bibles for the homeless; and also hand out food baskets for the hungry.  

He recently brought 10 of his club members to the event Public HI-C held at Camp Au Sable. Eight of them are not Seventh-day Adventists. 
For those who have never heard of HI-C, the weekend is geared towards ministering to public high school students and those attending secular colleges and universities.
What motivates Junior is undeniable. Sometime during his sophomore year he was struck by the following passage in the book of Matthew: “Whoever confesses Me before men, I also will confess before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny before my Father.” 
The words convicted him, and he thought to himself, “I’m not telling people about Jesus! I need to confess Him!” 
From that moment, the young man was on a mission. “People need to learn who Jesus is!” 
He also felt overwhelmed at his school of thousands and prayed, “Lord, I can’t really do anything at such a big school so I’m gonna need for You to send me people!” 
It wasn’t long after that God did exactly that. He currently has about 10-15 students attending his Bible studies. 
Also, their community service trips became the thing. Before long, they didn’t have enough vehicles to transport everyone so God opened another door. “The school gave us two free vans,” says Junior with a beaming smile. “We don’t pay gas, we don’t pay anything for the field trips!”
Pray for Junior and the ministry that God has entrusted to him. His dream is to become a pastor. His passion is for everyone to fall in love with Jesus.
It's this kind of love that compels him to action. He also raises a really good question we should all be asking ourselves. 

"When Jesus returns, can we say like Jesus did in John 17:4, 'I have finished the work that You have given me to do?'" 
I believe we know this much. Every church needs a Junior. 
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