Winter youth rally reinforces faith (w/video)

Bianca Montes By Bianca Montes

Jan. 4, 2014 at 9:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 3, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.

Dawnita Southall used to be nervous about worshiping in front of her friends. The 16-year-old said she worried they would think she was uncool and laugh at her.

Her reticence waned Saturday as she celebrated, prayed and sang with her friends at the Loose the Youth winter rally.

Dawnita was reloaded.

"As a teenager, sometimes, you don't praise God in front of your friends," she said. "Here, we're all doing it."

Dawnita and about 60 other youths gathered all day Saturday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church to reinforce the message they learned during the summer at the Loose the Youth Christian-based summer camp, founded by Pastors Bonita and Walter Ford Sr. of New Wine Fellowship Ministries in Victoria.

The winter rally serves as a chance to revive the message taught at camp.

"We want to remind them," Ford said. "We're positioning the young people to reload in love, passion and thankfulness - we don't want to lose a generation."

The daylong revival taught attendees about the message of Christ through entertainment, games and age-specific classroom teachings.

Dawnita learned that if she attends camp and forgets to stay in the spirit that her faith becomes like a "sitting glass of water."

It sits and evaporates.

"Some people think (Christians) don't get sad and don't have hard times - we do," she said. "I learned that to reload means that when I'm low on energy, I can go to God, and he will replenish me."

In theme with relating to this generation, Pastor Derrick David Bryant said he encouraged youth at the event to download a daily devotional cellphone application.

Bryant began with the ministry as a youth leader in 2000, and for the past decade, he's stressed to youth that sometimes people lose focus, but there is a way to regain focus.

"The Bible says, 'Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he's old, he will not depart from it,' - the seeds that we sow today will come up later."

Dawnita said she no longer fears her friends' judgment when it comes to worshiping. Better yet, she said no one makes fun of her for it.



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