A Wednesday full of fun opportunities awaited the more than 2,000 students attending this year’s Momentum Youth Conference. The morning opened with Power Trax sessions, breakout groups with topics ranging from purity to postmodernism.
During the morning session at Edman chapel, Gred Stier, founder and president of Dare 2 Share Ministries International, shared his remarkable background story, growing up in an extremely dysfunctional family and watching his family members come to Christ one by one. He inspired students with the story of the paralytic in Mark 2, asking, “Would you do whatever it takes to get your friends to Jesus?
The afternoon opened up with several options for students, some traveling into Chicago for ministry, others staying behind to enjoy volleyball, whiffle ball, tennis, rock climbing, and other activities.
Dinner was followed by more options, including a “Party on the Lawn” hosted by Lancaster Bible College, a concert by rapper Tripp Lee, and evening session also featuring Tripp Lee.
While the conference has always welcomed dozens of churches from across the U.S., this year they are joined by young people from Yangdong Jeil Church in Mokpo, South Korea.
“We always work with the same church in South Korea — we’ve had a partnership with them for seven or eight years,” explained Kimberly Kim, director of global initiatives at Grace College, who partnered with the church to send the youth group to Momentum.
“We’ve been sending our students [to South Korea] for a Go Encounter trips and they send students [to the U.S.] every other year. This year, when we saw the dates they were coming we realized that they coincided with the conference.”
Ten students from from Yandong Jeil Church are attending Momentum, ranging from middle school to high school, with Pastor Beoung Real Choi.
“For some of them it’s their first time in America,” said Kim Kim. “They are really excited to be here.”
Despite language and cultural barriers, Kim says, “I think it will be good for them to see more people their age that are Christian believers passionate about their faith.”
“The worship [sessions are] my favorite so far,” said eighth grade student Ye Jin Seong.
This year’s Momentum Youth Conference is held this July 22 – 27 at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Il. Speakers include Kyle Idleman, Sean McDowell, Afshin Ziafat, Jeff Bogue, Greg Stier, and Clayton King. The event, sponsored by CE National, continues through Sunday morning.
For updates and pictures throughout the week of Momentum, like the Momentum Facebook page, follow on Twitter, or via email. To view a live stream of each main session, visit buildmomentum.org/follow. — by MariJean Sanders
Feature Photo: Students enjoy a volleyball game during free time.