After we watched the DVD, each teen gave a short testimony about what they enjoyed about the conference and which message(s) spoke to them the most. Of course, I was proud of our own children, but we were also very proud of the one teen who went to conference for the first time. Ryan and his family were one of the first families to begin attending our church when we started in February of 2005. We've been so pleased to watch them grow and remain faithful in church these almost 2 years. Ryan went to camp with us last summer, which he loved, and he was so very excited about youth conference! One of the key things he mentioned was how he couldn't believe that he'd sat in church services for hours and not gotten bored! LOL I love to hear people say that. Ryan also mentioned some of the sermon points that had spoken to him, including the sermon entitled "Don't Give Up the Ship!" Ryan is a public high school student, and this message encouraged him to maintain a faithful witness before his friends at school. Now that's an encouragment to this preacher's wife! This picture is of Ryan giving his testimony, which he did very well for it being his first time speaking in church.
Samuel preached in true Baptist fashion: he had 20 minutes which he crammed into 30 minutes! ;) He is a huge sports fan, so I wasn't surprised to hear the title of his message . . . Five Things We Can Learn from Sports Fans! LOL He had great points, though. We can learn to be faithful and do not conform; to be big spenders (can we say giving?); to be tireless; to be loyal to your team; and to be passionate about your team. I thought those were some pretty good parallels. Several things he said spoke to my heart, and what better preacher than my own son to hear them from?
After church we had hot dogs, a veggie tray, chips, and a fruit tray. We had run a little long for the service and only had the room for a certain amount of time, so we adults didn't get to play any games, but the teens got in a short game of Uno Attack. They do enjoy their games - loudly, I might add! We all had a great time, and hopefully we'll do it again next year!