The teens are going forward
To constantly go forward was suggested to the rising generation last week in Slavyansk at the conference for the adolescents “ Go forward”.
Revealing the theme of the conference the teenage pastor of the Church of God of Ukraine Ruslan Bachancev used an original visual aid – 2 bottles of Sprite, and one of the bottles was empty, The full bottle symbolized the man filled with the Word of God. Having invited 2 men from the auditorium the pastor offered them to try to squeeze the bottles. It wasn’t hard to squeeze the empty bottle while it was impossible to do it with the full one.
“Analogically it happens with us, - emphasized pastor Ruslan, - the more we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, the easier it is to go through the life difficulties. The necessary condition of the moving forward is the repentance. Everything begins with it”.
We spoke to several teenagers – delegates of the conference. Sharing their impressions, many of them pointed out the advantage of such events in the possibility to get many new friends and familiars in other cities.
Sasha Kapunov, 14 years old: “ I liked it very much. We lived in the homes of the parishioners of the local church. The family I stayed with was very hospitable. I got acquainted with several guys from Dneprodzerzhinsk and Slavyansk”.
Vitya Laptev, 14 years old: “ The most unforgettable was the long trip by the electric train ( 8 hours), I played about 20 parties of chess. And also I now have acquired so many friends, especially girls from different cities.”
The second day of the conference was also saturated, there was the message about Holy Spirit of the youth leader of the church “ Good News” of Slavyansk Andrey Savchenko, and a prayer about the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
Beside the worship and sermons the conferences of this kind are famous for the plenty of mass games. This time the teens were divided into 12 teams of 10 people, played active games which helped them to rally and to make friends.
The evening was crowned by the performance of the rappers EOS from Slavyansk, break dancers from Mariupol and Slavyansk as well as of the music group “ Rangers” and no doubt - by salute.
The pastor of the Church of Good Changes Gennadiy Mokhnenko calles on all the parents to do their best for the kids of teen age to go to such conferences because it is the best contribution to their lives. According to the statistics 80 % believers made the most important decision in their lives – to devote themselves to Jesus Christ – at the age under 18.
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16 April 2018
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