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Baltimore, Toronto Young Adults Gather for Jesus

Story by Beth Michaels
Photo by David Turner/WHMG.TV

More than 750 Seventh-day Adventists youth and young adults from 12 Baltimore area Adventist churches and the Toronto West church of Toronto, Canada, gathered this past weekend for The Jesus Gathering. The two-day conference, sponsored by Allegheny East Conference’s Baltimore Extended Area Ministerium (BEAM), encouraged young people to deepen their love for Jesus Christ and “leave committed to live the love of Christ in their communities,” explains David Franklin, Berea assistant pastor and one of the organizers of the event.

In addition to several sessions geared toward strengthening attendees’ prayer lives and worship experiences, there were powerful guest speakers and times of worship and praise. More than 100 youth and young adults dedicated or rededicated their heart to the Lord as a result of the conference. Read more about The Jesus Gathering at

On Sabbath afternoon, more than 200 conference attendees participated in what Berea leaders believe to be the first Christian flash mob. “It was a unique way to have young-adult believers work together to evangelize Baltimore's Inner Harbor with the love of Jesus Christ. It caught bystanders' attention and inspired participants to develop new and creative methods of evangelism in their home churches," explained Cara Fuller, Youth Ministries leader at Miracle Temple, who helped organize and produce the flash mob. When the choreographed number was over, the young church members offered prayer to spectators and distributed literature promoting Jesus’ love.

WHMG TV, a local Internet media and blog company, was contracted to cover the conference. To view their news coverage of the conference, click here. To watch a video of the flash mob, click here.