God is building momentum and excitement in the youth and family ministries across southern Africa! We have had two events in the last few months that have been a tremendous success.
In December, we had an event called SummerBlast 2010. 170 teens gathered from our churches in South Africa for two days of fun, competition, worship, teaching, and partying.
This past weekend, we had teen event entitled, "This Is It!" We met at a beautiful outdoor venue where the teens played soccer, rugby, sand volleyball and games. We then had five young men and women share their convictions about Hope, Faith, Courage, Perseverance, and the extraordinary blessings of living the christian life. After a fully catered dinner, we danced for three hours in an african outdoor hut. It was amazing!
Sunday morning, we had a teen family led worship service. Teens and their parents were leading and performing songs, sharing communion, testimonies, and convictions about giving. The sermon was delivered by a teen father and his daughter. The day ended with the 1000 in attendance gathering around the baptistry for two incredible baptisms. A single mom baptised her daughter and then a grandmother who is raising three of her grandchildren baptised her granddaughter.
Tears were flowing across the onlooking audience as we all sang, "Oh Happy Day!" After service, one of the long standing members commented, "I am so glad that this church isn't just for us old guys."
God is working powerfully amongst the families in southern Africa!