NORTH SULAWESI, Indonesia -- Christian World News is taking a closer look at how the power of prayer transforms lives.
Few people know that power more than the young people you are about to read about. Once they lived the party lifestyle of drugs, alcohol and casual sex. Today, they still have fun, but in a different way and for a very different reason.
If not for the lyrics of their songs, people might think this group of young people was high on drugs or drunk with wine. But instead, they're filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
It's a typical Saturday night for the Frontline Youth Ministry. It's a far cry from the miserable lives most of these kids used to lead.
Maria Poli shares how scared she was three years ago, when at the age of 17 she learned that she was pregnant.
"I was raised in a Christian family, but I wanted to try new things in my life, including smoking, drinking and free sex," she told CWN News. "When I became pregnant, I was scared my parents would disown me, so I decided to get an abortion. I felt so broken, I wanted to die."
Erick Ilham was raised in a strict Muslim family and he blames his parents' harsh religious practices for leading him to drugs.
"I don't understand why my parents always beat me until my head was bleeding," he said. "I thought maybe that was the way to teach me to be a good person. But they hurt me and I hated them. I used to drink and get high on drugs, but when I got desperate for drugs, I cut my arm and sipped my own blood."
Maria and Erick are only some of the teens who share the same sad experiences of being abandoned, desperate and lost. They all came to Christ through the ministry of Frontline fellowship.
"Today, Jesus is my saviour and my Lord," Ilham said. "If my family finds out i am a Christian, they will kill me. But I have peace. I can feel God in my life."
While the Frontliners worship and intercede for their nation, another group of young people from the City Worship Church are getting prepared for their street ministry.
Christian World News joined the teens as they were going out to the streets in Manado. It was drizzling but they didn't care at all. What they thought was more important was to share their testimonies and bring Christ to the people that night.
Doni Kowaas, a former street kid himself, leads the team as they pray for the youth. He shared his testimony of how God got him off of the streets.
"At the age of 12, I was forced to live in the streets," Kowaas said. "I got into drugs and all kinds of trouble until a Pastor invited me to a retreat. There I gave my life to Jesus. I want these people to experience God's love and let them know that God can change their lives."
These young people realize how important their role is in the transformation of their nation.
"As we preach the good news, we should be good role models and influence the people to live for God," said Frontline Ministry's Imelda Tampi. "This is the only way that our city can be reconciled with God, not only our city but the whole Indonesia."