I still have to pinch myself to snap to the reality that after fourteen months of planning, GYC’s 2011 conference in Houston, Texas, has come to an end.
In reflecting on this past conference and the myriad of preparations that led up to it, a round of “thanks” is due to all of those who collaborated with and helped us in the planning of Fill Me: Our Earnest Plea.
A special thanks to the Texas Conference and Elder Carlos Craig is definitely in order. Elder Craig’s enthusiasm about GYC coming to Texas greatly encouraged us. We especially appreciate the time he took to communicate with several members of the GYC team over the past year in preparation of multiple aspects of the conference.
GYC sought to support local churches by providing them with Bible study leads gathered during our Friday outreach, and Elder Craig actively and invaluably facilitated our efforts by providing us with the names of pastors, handpicked from the Houston area, with whom we could collaborate.
Pastor Richard Peterson of the Houston Central Seventh-day Adventist Church was also extremely helpful in planning the outreach that yielded so many Bible study leads and opportunities for our young adults to pray with members of the Houston community. We are happy to note that this collaboration with Pastor Peterson continues as he directs follow-up efforts to our outreach day.
We had an exciting opportunity to assist the church plant in the nearby city of Alvin by finding more people in their community who are seeking to know the Lord in a personal way. Lisa, thank you so much for your help, and we pray that the support we were able to offer will in some way be able to help the Alvin church grow and be a beacon in your community.
We also appreciate the support of the Southwest Region Conference, and Elder Roger Wade’s participation in our program by greeting our attendees during the convention.
Speakers and presenters at this year’s conference made time in their busy schedules—during the holidays, no less—to come and share valuable truths about the Holy Spirit with the youth of our church. Your respective ministries have impacted members of the GYC team and the youth within our circles in the past on a personal, individual level. For this reason, we selected you to again be vessels of blessing to Seventh-day Adventist young people at our 2011 conference. We are grateful that the Lord did indeed use you during our five days in Houston.
And of course, we would be amiss to forget to thank all of our volunteers. GYC cannot run without volunteers. The time and talents you lent us are greatly appreciated and have not gone without notice. Thank you.
As announced on Saturday evening, GYC is heading to Seattle in 2012, and we are thrilled with the collaboration that is already taking place between the Washington Conference and GYC. Two of our team members met with Washington Conference officers just days before the Houston convention to discuss how GYC’s time in Seattle will contribute to local churches and their plan for urban evangelism.
David Yeagley, Youth Director of the Washington Conference, and his family joined us at GYC, and we sincerely thank them for sacrificing some of their vacation to spend time with us in Houston. In conjunction with Elder Yeagley, we will rally substantial local participation from young adults in the Seattle area with the projects GYC plans for our conference there.
Last but certainly not least, thank you to everyone who has supported GYC through prayers, participation, donations, and spreading the word about GYC. We are deeply grateful for your continued support as we continue to work with the church to fulfill its mission to take the gospel to the world.