Wednesday, April 8, 2009

World Youth Convention

a Biblical thought...
"Now, my son, the LORD be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the LORD your God, as he said you would. May the LORD give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the LORD your God. Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. (1 Chronicles 22:11-13)

a Book thought...
Without relenting our passion for purity and integrity, we have to come out of our cocoon and respond to the needs and confessions of a generation that needs our help. (p140)

a Dave thought...
ONE thousand young Salvationists from around the world will attend a World Youth Convention in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2010. The gathering, led by General Shaw Clifton with Commissioner Helen Clifton, will run from 15 to 18 July and have as its theme 'Raised Up'.
The venue will be Aula Magna, part of Stockholm University, and the focus of the event will be Salvationism. Discussion topics include 'Realism', 'Idealism', 'Inclusiveness', 'Compassion', 'Simplicity', 'Internationalism', 'Visible' and 'Audible'.The General writes: 'I invite all Salvationists to be in prayer for this historic occasion. God has blessed us with fine young people all over the world. May those who attend the World Youth Convention be deepened in their commitment to Christ and to serving a broken and hurting world.'

Above all, the World Youth Convention will be marked by passion. One territory's advertising material for the delegates announces: '1,000 passionate young adults are gathering in Stockholm, Sweden, in July 2010. Are you passionate about God changing the world, loving others in practical ways, being the Church and living like Jesus? Wanna lead your peers in The Salvation Army as you strive to be set apart – made holy – RAISED UP? If you're down with that then you'll want to be a part of the World Youth Convention. This will be an amazing opportunity for you to make friends from around the world, sing and dance together as you seek God's face and heart, and be spiritually shaped and formed for leading others in living out their faith in action.'While the convention itself will of necessity be limited to 1,000 delegates, a World Youth Convention website – to be launched soon – will enable Salvationists throughout the world to keep themselves fully informed of all that is planned and to share in the virtual experience before, during and after the event.

In July 2010 Kylie and myself will be taking 13 young people from our territory to the World Youth Convention. The delegates representing all of our divisions from the Australia Southern Territory are Jeremy Gale, Jacqui Maunder, Sean Mapleback, Kerrie Atkins, Don Mayne, Jess Doxey, Hannah Burgan, Dale Merrett, Angela Saxby, Marj Rava, John Marion, Amy Kop, and Lachlan Holman. I'm sure it will be an experience we never forget as we meet with over 1000 young Salvationists from across the globe.

Just a thought.

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