10th May 2017

The 4 days of the Prayer & Faith Conference (Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 April 2017) saw a wonderful spiritual atmosphere like none other as teens came together for the purpose of spiritual growth. The conference organised by the South England Conference (SEC) in association with Cornerstone Counselling drew a crowd of 150 teens. The event yet again left attendees rejuvenated, determined and hungry to achieve success in not just their home and academic lives but also their personal walk with Christ Jesus.

Pastor Paul Smith, the main speaker for this April's Prayer & Faith Conference, currently serves as the Associate Pastor of the Toronto West Adventist church in Canada. Pastor Paul's youthful mannerisms enabled him to easily relate and bond with the young people via the use of his challenging messages and personal life lessons.

The conference was heaving with workshops and Bible studies by the newly appointed 17992077_1345018358900071_7193420113889954068_nSouth England Conference Teens director Pastor Juan Patrick. Pastor Juan's warmth towards the teens during his first ever Prayer & Faith Conference as director was evident to see, as he easily spoke to their times and struggles. His workshops were focussed on relationships, dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts and many more. Further workshops were also presented by the Cornerstone counsellors in an interactive and engaging workshop titled 'What is counselling?' The issues and challenges faced by our teenagers are sometimes excruciating to hear.

The battles young people face are real and needs urgent attention. The devil knows the struggles these young people have and at the Prayer & Faith Conference the teens were continually reminded of his diverse plans to derail and stop them. The teenagers were more keen than ever to testify and to welcome prayer and anointing.

Newly elected South England Conference President Pastor Emmanuel Osei joined the conference on Saturday evening and shared an encouraging message to the young people. He encouraged the teens to allow God to work through the struggles they faced, whilst also reminding them of how treasured they are by the South England Conference.

During the testimony night, 17951862_1346197395448834_7300705663212605903_none of the teens shared a heartbreaking prayer request ‒ she had lost her mother a year ago and as a result, now lives with foster parents. Her testimony brought many in the assembly to tears, especially as she shared the struggles of her current predicament; living with foster parents who occasionally accuse her of the death of her beloved mother. Pastor Paul Smith and Nana Bonnie led a Spirit-filled prayer session for her and for all the teens struggling with similar or unthinkable hardships.

On the last day of the conference, a staff member shared her intention of becoming a foster parent and adopting the teen who had requested healing and deliverance from the toxic home.

One of the teens attending from Milton Keynes Adventist church, Georgia Boafo, reflected, "I was touched on a spiritual level. I related so much to what the pastor was preaching. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. So, as I go back home I just pray that I can take the advice they have given us here and put it into practice."

By the end of the conference 15 teens decided to give their lives17992111_1344735468928360_1791463230952282338_n to God and get baptised. Despite the devil's snares and attacks, teens are choosing Jesus. The love of Jesus is truly wonderful!

In October, the teens' Prayer & Faith Conference celebrate their 10-year anniversary, an occasion truly not to be missed!

We look forward to seeing you there.

To view a selection of photos from the April Prayer & Faith Conference, please visit the SEC Teens Ministries Facebook page.

[George Osei-Bonsu]


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