This year at TeenStreet (TS), teens have been hearing about how God pursues each and every one of us and how He delights in us spending time with Him. As they prepared to go home, we asked teens to share a time when God revealed Himself during the week.
On behalf of the web writers, we want to thank you for walking alongside us throughout TeenStreet 2014, “OPEN.” We all feel especially privileged to have journeyed alongside each teen as Josh, Debs and the programme team revealed God’s Word in Revelations.
A chandelier hanging over a decorated dinner table, a violin player, waiters with white shirts and bow ties—the programme team designed the stage in the main hall to show how it is to have a nice dinner with God and His whole family.
Since 2012, TeenStreet (TS) has had its very own orchestra. The brainchild of Johannes Chang, a doctor from Germany, the idea developed after he spoke to his friend Tobias, who worked for Operation Mobilisation, the organisation behind TS.
26°C and the blazing sunshine—perfect conditions for a couple laps of TeenStreet’s (TS) one kilometre RAG Race, right? Yesterday marked TS’s biggest opportunity to raise money for this year’s RAG (Raise and Give) Project, the RAG Race.
Wednesday morning’s OPEN session focused on God’s “Top Five” favourite things. Josh launched the meeting with Ephesians 5:10, which says, “And find out what pleases the Lord” (NIV). He said that it’s fun learning about what pleases the people we love, including our Heavenly Father.
David and Fròði (8 and 12, Faroe Islands) enter the football cage. The opponents: giants—twice their size, twice their ages, two wins in row. There is a crowd around the cage; they cheer at every ball contact. Fròði tackles his opponent and wins the ball; he passes to David, and David shoots.
All this week in the Main Hall, teens are learning what it means to listen to God and discover what it means to OPEN themselves fully to what God is trying to say to them. This can appear different to each individual and situation.
Maybe it is a love letter, maybe a message from a long-gone friend; maybe it’s a note of encouragement, just a few words on a piece of paper, just an electronic signal, but these words could mean the world to some of us.
As you know, there are many creative ways to get involved with RAG. TeenStreet writer, Kris, grabbed a moment to chat with LJ from the Art Zone about his entrepreneurial effort, Fresh It Up, to raise money for this year’s project in Ukraine.
“God is the ultimate Creator. We just want to reflect His beauty in everything we do. We believe God can change a life with one word or a brush stroke,” said Joshua Glyn-Davies, one of the directors of TeenStreet’s (TS) ArtZone.
Today marked the start of the Main Hall programme at TeenStreet (TS). Lights swirled and the teens danced energetically to the pounding music. Everyone eagerly awaited what Josh and Debs Walker, the main speakers, had to say.
Although teenagers are, obviously, the main focus of TeenStreet (TS), they aren’t the only conference participants here in Münster. There are 115 kids ages 0 to 12 and 65 families, and the family coordinators have come up with an exciting programme for all of TS’s younger visitors.