Written By: Cody Phillips
After a night full of thunderstorms, it was good to get back and hit the ground running. On Saturday morning, YouthQuest 2018 opened up with worship from The Well and guest speaker, Havilah Cunnington, from Bethel Church.
Havilah gave a challenging message from 2 Samuel 11. She focused on “unpacking ideas” to help us live worthy of calling ourselves “Christ followers.” Havilah spoke from the scripture regarding David and Bathsheba. Havilah drew from this scripture that “We can choose our action, but we cannot choose our consequences.” She continued, “it doesn’t matter how powerful you are, you can’t erase what you’ve set in motion.” But God is not confused about your life. God is not confused about your story. It’s not what we do that adds value to us, it’s who we are.
YouthQuest had a full day of Fine Arts categories after the lunch break. It was full of female vocal solos, dance, and instrumental competitions.
Later that night, YouthQuest joined together again for the Evening Session. In that session, Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham gave an empowering speech to the students of the IPHC about Arise 2033. Beacham challenged the students to participate in the Arise 2033 movement. By 2033, IPHC is believing God for:
- IPHC congregations in 75% of the counties in the United States
- 200 new traditional congregations among immigrant populations in the U.S.
- House churches in major U.S. cities.
- An IPHC presence in 150 nations of the world.
- 5,000 new congregations outside the United States.
For more information on Arise 2033 and how you can join the movement, click here.
Stephen Jones (SMAT Leader) introduced new Men’s Ministries Director, W.A. Mills. Jones informed the students of the 2018 YQ Project. YouthQuest partnered with Disaster Relief USA in raising fund for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. These funds will go towards purchasing a 12K portable, diesel-operated generator to assist churches and outreach ministries in Puerto Rico. The financial goal is $15,000. If you would like to donate, click here.
Havilah Cunnington addressed YouthQuest once more. She shared a moving and compelling sermon on the enemy, “The enemy wants to write our story of shame, so we can’t live our story of salvation.” If you want to hear Havilah’s sermons in their entirety visit the IPHC Student Ministries Facebook page, or click here.
Following the service, students had a night full of games in the event center. Meanwhile student leaders and youth pastors had their meet-up and time of fellowship with the SMAT.
Looking forward to another great day of YouthQuest 2018 on Sunday!