posted on November 03, 2011 07:57
August 12-16 marked an unforgettable week for the more than 700 Adventist youth leaders who traveled from every corner of the Pacific to attend the third Move With The Power youth leadership summit in Brisbane, Australia.
Move With The Power 3 (MWTP3) was designed to provide training and professional development for all leaders involved in youth ministry, however, MWTP3 was more than just a leadership event; it was marked by a central focus on prayer and a seeking of the Holy Spirit. It was proved to be a deeply transformative event for all who attended.
The keynote speakers included Gilbert Cangy, World Youth Director, Dr. Hyveth Williams, professor of Homiletics from Andrews University, Jose Rojas, director of Volunteer Services for the North American Division, and Dr. Bailey Gillespie, professor of Theology and Personality at La Sierra University.
“We wanted leaders to be equipped in the best possible way for kingdom-building ministry with the young people in their area of influence,” said Litiana Turner, associate director of youth ministries for SPD. “We prayed for MWTP3 for many months asking God to bless and anoint everyone attending the summit.”
Dr. Williams said, “This was a revolutionary five days where I have seen people open their hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to heal them. So the much appealed revival has begun.”
The centerpiece of the summit was a prayer room that was available around the clock. Many diverse groups gathered there day and night, wrapped in the presence of the Holy Spirit through prayer, reflection, and meditation.
“It’s meant a breaking of my spirit so His Spirit can come in,” one attendee shared.
The sermons and devotionals focused on the empowering, transforming, equipping, and abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.
“It’s designed to be an inspiring, equipping, and empowering event, said Cangy. “As the title says, it’s a moment our leaders are refreshed in a renewed outpouring of the Holy Spirit for transformation and service.”
Pastor Rojas challenged the leaders to believe in their calling to service, to love unlovable youth, and to commit to service and faith sharing. His appeal on the last night witnessed an overwhelming response as every person stepped up for a powerful season of prayer and received the charge to go and minister in the Spirit.
The event was also marked by visions for real action for the Kingdom. SPD Youth Ministries Director, Pastor Nick Kross, shared his dream for providing a Bible and set of Bible studies for every young person in the division, entitled, the World Changers Bible Project.
“The key element is . . . the fact that only those who are prepared to step up and become disciples of Christ will be eligible to receive the Bible set,” he said. “You only get it if you’re prepared to share the material with at least one other person who doesn’t know Christ.”
Pastor Lonol Winnie, youth director for the Central Papua Conference, Papua New Guinea said, “It’s been an awesome experience that is difficult to put into words. We’ve experienced the mighty power of God in the daily worships. Our 250 youth leaders are better prepared and inspired to go home and serve God and win more souls for Christ.”