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Challenge Youth Conference Report

This year we had 36 attend the conference February 21-23.

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Our group at Challenge Youth Conference in Gatlinburg

Speakers and Topics:

  • Kyle Butt “Trust Me” Judges 21:25 , Isaiah 48:17
  • David Shannon “I Want You to Know Me” Jeremiah 9:24
  • Brad Montague “Open Your Eyes” 2 Kings 6
  • Lonnie Jones “What Are You Afraid Of” Isaiah 43
  • Lonnie Jones “ I Am The Lord Your God” Isaiah 43

We had a great attendance, almost 12,000 in both sessions. We stayed at a lodge in Gatlinburg so we all could be together. This enabled us to have devotions & singing in the evening. I would like to thank all the Ladies that provided snacks for the trip. We were all well fed & had plenty of sugar to keep the energy at a high level. I would like to thank our congregation on their donations that enabled those that could not attend otherwise. It is greatly appreciated by the youth & me. The seeds that are planted here at such a large event are everlasting in these young lives. It is heartwarming to see 12,000 youth come together for a weekend of learning & fellowship. You would have been very pleased with our youth’s attitude & behavior. We did not have any concerns on this trip. One of our youth caught a Frisbee & a very young girl was behind him & crying because she didn’t get one, so our teen turned around & handed it to her. The Dad said “Whatever you guys are doing at White Bluff please keep doing it”.

CYC was a great learning experience. The sermons and singing were great, & the skits were hilarious. While the Christian environment was great for learning, it was also really fun. This was a quote from one of our youth, “Thank you for driving & taking me, the speakers made me start thinking about some things in my life”. Another youth comment, “I would like to thank the adults for cooking & serving our youth this weekend. It takes a special talent to supervise youth & do it with a smile. Thanks again for your service to the Lord.

Those in attendance were Nora Welch, William Welch, Kaila Donaldson, Taylor Harding, Gabby Collier, Haven Wills, Will Waller, Brandon Smith, Zach Waller, Liz Resha, Adrienne Goodman, Mary Jackson, Josh Collier, Dalton Reynolds, Cody Karnes, Ashley Karnes, John Womack, Logan Dyson, Isabella Southerland, Mason McCoy, Aly Cooper, Julia Quilantan, Blake Jordon, Daygen Hall, Reed Albert, Will Goad, Andrew Barber, David Osborne, Joanna Jackson, Troy Waller, Paula Waller, Donnie Wills, Mike Gilbert, Megan Strickland, Tom Todd & Carol Todd. If you get a chance, ask them how they liked the event or what they learned, & to encourage them to continue in their walk with the Lord.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”