Something amazing recently happened in the Carolinas. The Spartanburg, S.C., Church hosted their annual Alive Youth Rally, March 31 through April 2, 2017. The theme this year was “Written on Your Heart,” and leader Henry Johnson brought in some incredible talent. This event has been successfully leading youth closer to their Savior for eight years. This year, the numbers increased again with more than 500 in attendance, some traveling from as far away as Mississippi to attend.
Ryan Hodgins, Carolina Conference pastor, was the guest speaker, and Engage Ministries from Southern Adventist University led the worship music. Friday night’s program was filled with beautiful praise songs, an inspiring message, moving testimonies, and talent from the teens. The evening concluded with AfterGlow, always a hit with the youth because it allows them to connect with friends from all over the Conference. The blessings continued on Sabbath with powerful messages from Hodgins, whose honest stories about struggling with sin demonstrated to the youth that they can overcome sin through Christ. His appeal to the youth was for them to bring whatever burden was written on their hearts and give it to God, no matter how big or small the burden.
Hundreds of youth made a decision for Christ on Saturday night as they participated in a special communion service. The Rally ended with food, games, a movie, and good fellowship with one another. Some attendees tried out the giant human slingshot in the gym. Alive Youth Rally was a tremendous success, and it would not have been successful without the many volunteers who selflessly dedicated their time to the Carolina youth event.
Carolina | June 2017