BURLESON -- Over 1200 students lifted their hands and hearts in worship at this years' Youth Evangelism Conference (YEC) at Venue 510 in Burleson, Texas on June 27-28.
The theme, "Speak His Name," was evident as students heard Christian artist Propaganda rap, worship leaders Dara Maclean and For King and Country sing, and speaker Dave Edwards share a message, all about God's name.
"It's a call to evangelism," said Leighton Flowers, Texas Baptists' youth evangelism director, about the theme. "When we experience God at our events like Super Summer or YEC, whatever happens there doesn't stay there -- You take it back home and speak His name and tell others about what you've seen and heard."
Not only were students encouraged to speak God's name amongst their own friends, but also to be a part of a bigger picture by giving money to "Get the Word Out," an offering initiative developed by YEC leaders.
"We wanted to raise funds to send Bibles overseas where they are difficult to get to," said Preston Cave, head of the YEC steering committee and student pastor at Grandview Baptist Church.
The youth were challenged with the goal of giving $10,000. Students and outside donors surpassed that target with an offering of nearly $20,000. Cave said 100 percent of the funds will go toward sending the Bibles overseas.
Brittany Howard, a former participant of YEC, decided to volunteer this year as an emcee. "It's a cool way to get kids fired up during the summer right before school starts," she said.
By the end of the conference, many students walked to the front proclaiming God's name as their personal Savior, and all the participants were motivated to boldly share their faith as they prepared to step back into their daily routines.
For the first time, YEC will be hosting a second regional conference in Lubbock, Texas on August 17. Registration for the event opens July 15. Please visit http://youth.texasbaptists.org/yec/ for more information.