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Mountain View Young Adults Meet for Prayer Conference
Story by Trudy Squires; photos by Monica Zill
Tricia Lee Wilkins and Sushana Williams, both from Morgantown, W.Va., enjoyed a spiritual lift at the prayer conference.
“Talks about prayer went beyond just methods, and went right to the heart of why we pray and what it’s all about,” said Tricia Lee Wilkins, who attended Mountain View Conference’s first Young Adult Prayer Conference held April 27-29 at the Valley Vista Adventist Center in Huttonsville, W.Va.
The Morgantown, W.Va., resident continues, “[Pastor Walter Cardenas] talked about keeping that line of communication open, that it’s more of a relationship that flows as naturally as a relationship we have between humans that we interact with.”
The main speaker, Victor Martinez, a volunteer youth leader from Alexandria, Va., spoke on the theme of “The Great Invitation,” and how God invites humans to have a relationship with Him through prayer. The text for the weekend was from Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together says the LORD. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow: though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (NKJV).
Workshop leaders included Larry Boggess, conference president; Walter Cardenas, conference Multilingual Ministries director; and Geoff Starr, conference Youth Ministries director. Workshops shared steps for growing closer to Christ through prayer and as a result, bringing others to know Him.
Some said the campgrounds were as beautiful as ever in spring, with examples of God’s magnificent creation all around. Sushana Williams, from Morgantown, said the quiet time alone with God in nature was “really beneficial.” She said once she gets home she plans to “to work on … just spending time with God, turning off everything else and spending time with Him.”
Participants included Mountain View Conference young adults 18-34 and their families. “The spiritual aspects were really good, but I also enjoyed the fellowship aspect,” said Vijay Manickam, a participant from Morgantown. “People from the towns around here, talking with them, getting to have food with them … I enjoyed that a lot.”
A special treat for parents was that Diane Gregg, Mountain View Conference Children’s Ministries director, provided childcare. That, together with the delicious meals that Jane Browning and her daughter, Faith, cooked made for a memorable, uplifting and rejuvenating weekend both spiritually and physically.
Tarrah Teter, from Cumberland, Md., said she “liked the fact that all the young people were getting together and praying and talking about a relationship with God.” She hoped events like this one would happen more often.
Starr says plans are already in the works for the Second Annual Young Adult Prayer Conference in 2013.
Jeremy and Becca Jacko and their son, Sean, enjoy the conference.
Pastor Walter Cardenas teaches one of the weekend workshops.
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