On Monday morning, YouthQuest opened the #YQGathering with worship from The Well. SMAT member, Josh Lafferty, preached a compelling message from the story of Samson about the importance of vows and how they serve as the “rule” of our lives. Lafferty urged the audience, “When emotions will fail you, when passions will fail you, renew your vow to the cross every day to sustain your relationship with Jesus.”
Attendees were again invited to participate in #YQSessions. With Worship and Missions being offered again, attendees had the chance to also attend classes on relationships, apologetics, and the next steps of faith.
During the morning Gathering, Gold Sponsor, Southwestern Christian University, shared about the exciting things happening at SWCU, and the opportunities students had to learn more about the university. If you would like to learn more about Southwestern, follow the link.
YouthQuest had a full day of Fine Arts categories after the lunch break. It was full of female vocal solos, a cappella, audible drama, human video, instrumental solos, as well as photography and graphic design.
Later that night, YouthQuest joined together again for the evening service. Gold Sponsor, Emmanuel College, shared about the work God is doing on their campus, and the many ways that God has blessed their school. They also shared about the Homecoming celebration coming up this October to commemorate Emmanuel’s 100th birthday. To learn more about Emmanuel College, follow this link.
Stephen Jones informed the students of the 2019 YQ Project. This year, YouthQuest partnered with Project Restore. Project Restore offers hope and healing to victims of human trafficking and exploitation through a long-term aftercare program. To learn more about Project Restore, click this link. If you would like to donate to the YQ Project, click here.
Casey Doss was back again on the YouthQuest stage for his final night at the event. After two memorable services, the room was packed and buzzing when he took the stage. He preached a message out of 2 Timothy that centered around Paul’s exhortation to Timothy to “guard what was given to him” and to remain faithful by the power of the Holy Spirit. He challenged the audience not to lose their first love. He called some forward to pray for God to keep their spark alive. For others, he prayed that God would re-ignite their fire. Many responded, and God was glorified in it all.
If you want to hear Casey’s sermons in their entirety, visit the IPHC Student Ministries Facebook page.
John Owens, Cory Jackson, Meredith White, and Tara Light were back again this year to head up the #YQCollaborative. This Awards Show opening performance features students in attendance at #YQ19. These students learn everything during the week of YouthQuest. In three night-time rehearsals, students in the choir, human video, and dance components learn their parts and perform them together on the final night of YouthQuest. This has proven to be a highlight of the event. To see the performance live, tune in to the 7th Annual Fine Arts Festival Awards Show livestream at 7:30 pm on Tuesday Night at this link.
During the last event of the night, student leaders and youth pastors had a meet-up and time of fellowship with the SMAT. This event, called the Huddle, is part of an on-going training and relationship-building program for Student Ministries. To learn more about the next Huddle event in March of 2020, follow the IPHC Student Ministries page and stay tuned for details!
Looking forward to another great day of #YQ19 on Tuesday!