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Allegheny West Leaders Encourage Purity at Young Adult Retreat, Cotillion

Story by Conference Staff
Published 5/16/12

The Allegheny West Youth Ministries Department recently hosted its first conference purity retreat, an inspirational event for young men and women to focus on the importance of sexual abstinence until marriage. During the four-day weekend retreat in Columbus, Ohio, conference leaders educated, challenged, inspired and affirmed the 130 young people through four areas: the physical, mental, social and spiritual values of sexuality.

The event included a cornucopia of dynamic presenters from various professional backgrounds, including Richard Neil, MD, of Beaumont, Calif.; Kim Logan-Nowlin, PhD, of Detroit, Mich.; Officer Andre Ewing of the Cincinnati (Ohio) Police Department; Steve Garner, a graphic designer from Cincinnati; Pastor Derrick Moffit from the Hilltop Community Worship Center in Columbus; and Joel Johnson, conference Youth Ministries director. They hosted open forum sessions where they encouraged the young people to freely ask any question. The 300 weekend attendees also enjoyed a special performance by the Fabulous Acrobats team from Peking, China.

This year the conference also combined the purity retreat with the 30th annual conference cotillion/beautillion, which included 24 high school seniors. Event director and co-founder Cherl Alli chose “Keep Holding On” as this year’s banquet theme. Mario Broussard Sr., from the Ephesus church in Columbus, was the keynote speaker for the Saturday evening dinner. The evening culminated with a consecration service where all young attendees got the opportunity to commit themselves to sexual purity before and after marriage. 

“It was so amazing how the young people remained intensely focused on each presentation and discussion forum throughout the entire weekend,” commented Johnson. “It is so important that our young people, who are exposed to so many false ideas about sex through the work of the enemy, are taught the true principles of sexuality from a biblical, Christ-centered basis.”

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