By Bishop Ken Carroll
July 21 was a day of celebration as youth from the North Abaco District once again joined forces at the opening of the Annual Youth Convention. This, the 22nd year, was held under the banner “Destined For Greatness … Jeremiah 29:11.” It was held at Revival Time Church of God in Coopers Town.
Each night, the youth heard from powerful speakers who not just encouraged them, but empowered them. Authorizing these enthusiastic youth were Sister Denise Parker, the National Youth Director and Odena Ferguson of the Assembly of God – Marsh Harbour. They jointly indicated that this young generation must know that there is great potential within.
On Wednesday and Thursday night Apostle Julian Johnson, of Orlando Florida, taught that we as adults must help motivate them in their quest to become the people they ought to be.
At the closing of the five days, the youth were able to display their many gifts, ranging from praise dance, musical recitation and poetic harmony. That evening opened with Sister Eric Cox, Assistant Youth Director, made sure that the youth enjoyed themselves. She also set up gospel trivia including all in attendance. She rewarded the winners with phone cards, apple cider and a bag of goodies.
Performers from St. Chad’s Anglican Church, Lifegate Ministries, and Revival Time Praise Dancers led a wonderful exhibit of praise that evening as well.
The “show stopper” that evening was young Jarvin Burrows of Church of God. He danced to the song, “Taking Territory.”
Bethany Gospel Psalms’ Sister Simms displayed her gift by singing “Sweeter Than I”
CJ Burrows from Spring City entertained the audience with his trumpet, performing “An Awesome God.”
The poetic voices of Ebenezer Baptist Church, of Cedar Harbour, quoted the poem written by the great Ezekiel Azoo – “Almost Saved.” The poem was well-received by the youth.
Prevailing through the praise and the worship songs were two youthful speakers – Brother Terry Russell of New Life Ministries and the Voice of Deliverance Youth Minister, both gave a dramatic message highlighting their testimonies.
In attendance was Deputy Local Government District Chief Council, Diana Rolle, who disclosed that this is what community development is all about, positively feeding the young people with spiritual food that will take them to the next level of growth.
The Revival Time Praise Dancers dressed in African tropical print to close out this year’s convention with the song “Greater in the Spirit.”
Many who attended were blessed and thankful for the convention. In a brief interview, Sister Cox said that this year they wanted to do something different, and she felt they accomplished this. Many participated in the trivia and she was happy how each performance was received.