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Youth Accept Jesus at “Outcast” Retreat

By Tamyra Horst

Approximately 400 attended Pennsylvania Conference’s fourth annual youth spiritual retreat on the campus of Blue Mountain Academy in Hamburg, Pa. Many of the young people attending brought friends from their schools or their neighborhood. Themed “Outcast: The Heart of a King,” this special weekend focused on how King Jesus became an outcast to save sinners.

Frank Farkash, who grew up in Quakertown, led several inspiring praise segments. Alvin Payne, youth pastor of the Frederick (Md.) church, was the main speaker. Artist Michael Lewis shared his testimony and portrayed the image of Christ through painting. Young people also chose from 14 breakout sessions on Sabbath afternoon that covered topics like prayer, youth preaching, leadership, diversity, and music. The weekend concluded Saturday night with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Kris Eckenroth, director of the youth department, sees these events as a time of reaping. “Statistics show that a high number of youth make a decision for Jesus at a youth rally and/or week of prayer. It was our prayer that several hundred of our youth would accept Jesus as Lord and Savior,” he said. “All year long our youth leaders have been working and praying for our young people, and this event provided an environment where these young people could make a clear decision for Christ.”