Who did we run into first upon arrival? One of our JV Kids, Gavin - who also happens to be our daughter-in-law, Haley's, brother! He and his family have served here in Slovakia for six years, and he'll be heading to Chicago this summer to begin college at Moody Bible Institute, where his sisters and brother-in-law (our Caleb!) attended.
This conference has had a major impact on young leaders for many years - 26 years, in fact! A whole generation, perhaps it's even two by now, has been trained up to disciple young people. And now they're ready to impact another one.
This year's theme is "Workmanship" based on the passage in Ephesians that says, "We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
The KPM team has worked all year to creatively bring this theme to life!
Tonight 600 young leaders from around the country began to fill these seats in the cultural center here in Žilina, prepared to be taught, encouraged and gain confidence in the gifts and abilities they've been given by God.
Katarina co-led this event last year, and this year is fully in charge, coordinating dozens of people to serve at this event.
She trusted Christ at an English camp when she was 16 years old and came on staff with JV, along with her husband, a few years ago. It was a joy to watch her lead this evening!
|Notice anyone's face on the Lego man?!|
Dave spoke tonight, opening up the topic of being God's workmanship. He talked about how we look around at others and see what gifts, talents and abilities they have, but how we don't see or understand our own. And yet, God's Word says that he created each of us for good works that we would walk in them!
So what are those, and how do we find out what we are uniquely created for?
I'm excited to see how this week-end progresses as people are in the main sessions and in seminars, learning more about who they are in God's great design!
|Just a few of the JV missionaries here in Slovakia, using their gifts and talents for the Lord's work!|