The Mid-Atlantic District of Foursquare Churches rallied youth groups to Baltimore, Maryland for Youth Summit East 2013. Through a God-given vision brought into reality with Project Leader Lesli Klingenmeier (NextGen Director) and her team, the district had the opportunity for the first time to see young adults converge in one location with an expectation of an encounter with God.
Through a partnership with an evangelism grant from the Foursquare Foundation, the students were provided scholarships to attend the Summit where they worshiped and were given a greater ability to see themselves designed by God “on purpose, for a specific purpose.” Breakout sessions brought new awareness from many different vocational arenas, giving students a chance to hear from men and women who serve Christ faithfully in the workplace and ministry. Encouraging each to IMAGINE how God wants to use each to help change the world around them,
The Youth Summit has truly been a catalytic event in youth groups as follow-up reports have included testimonies of lives being changed. One particular young man came forward the next week at his youth group and shared about his personal struggle with addiction. This opened the door for other young men to share their struggles and seek healing from the Lord. 475 youth attended and almost 100% responded during personal ministry times, including 28 youth who made first time decisions to follow Christ!
Let’s pray together for the students who gathered, that the Lord would continue the work He began in their lives at the Summit. Pray also that the youth leaders and workers will be encouraged and empowered to continue reaching out with the love of Christ to the students in their communities.