Asian Youth Ambassadors (AYA) is a not-for-profit ministry dedicated to the vision of reaching young people, rescuing them if need be from things - both internal and external - that destroy their lives, raising them up to be responsible individuals with good and godly values and releasing them into a purpose filled life to be positive and contributing citizens.
It was started 15 years ago by Kenneth Chin, himself a victim of a broken home, who has seen God use his brokenness to bring healing to thousands of young people. Besides leading AYA, which communicates hope on a yearly basis to an average of 6,000 youths, he and his wife also pastor a church called Acts that has grown from 3 people to over 1,000 in the past 10 years - 70% of whom are under the age of 25.
One of the most exciting developments in recent times is the Revolution movement. Started early 2009, Kenneth challenged the young people to start loving their schools, universities and work places. He told them that it was time for a REVOLUTION - time for real change - and that the greatest agent of change is LOVE - which was also a word found in the word rEVOLution.
Young people took up the challenge seriously, went back to their schools etc and started loving their classmates and teachers with generous acts of care and kindness. After only 18 months, the movement has spread to over 200 schools, 70 universities and a couple of workplaces across Malaysia with a few starting out in other countries... and growing almost every week.
In light of all that has happened, the need has arisen for AYA and Acts to have a new home - a much bigger space just so that more young people can be reached, raised and released to do more good. A year ago, after a four year search, a very suitable place was identified - an industrial building situated in Glenmarie, with a built up of about an acre, on a 1.4 acre land - big enough for 3,000 people. Renovation plans include a wedding chapel and a multi-purpose hall for sports, reception etc with multiple rooms for meetings, training, counselling etc
There is also a piece of empty land next to the building that is for sale - three quarters of an acre - ideal for youth activities... and car-park space.
It will be known as the Dream Village - a place where dreams and dreamers alike will be nurtured - a community centre and a centre for community. It will be a place that's pro-active and productive - where dreams come alive to touch and transform the communities near and far. It's an investment towards the future which knows no boundaries - where value will far surpass that in financial terms and returns will be worth far more than percentages. You can never lose - when you invest in people - especially young people.