More than 500 children, sponsors and staff from 29 churches attended the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s children’s evangelism conference, Young Lives Ablaze.
The spring conference accomplishes more than sharing the Gospel message with children. It also encourages children who are already Christians to share their own faith with their friends. The event helps children to grow in their faith as well and lets them see hundreds of other kids who are also learning about their relationship with Christ.
The YLA planning team chose the theme “Rooted,” based on Jeremiah 17:7-8, to teach children how to become “rooted” in their faith. The event’s logo reminded children that Jeremiah 17:7-8 explains how Christians bear fruit, have confidence, have no fear, have no worries and learn to trust God when they are rooted in Christ.
This year’s YLA program started with a worship service, with music led by Joshua Alvarado of Colorado Springs. Alvarado is from Albuquerque and has served on the worship team of an Albuquerque church plant. Keith Coast, from Oklahoma, delivered the message. Coast and his family are children’s evangelists who share the Gospel with children through humor and stories. Coast invited children to trust Jesus as their Savior. Six children and one adult made decisions to follow Christ.
After the opening session, leaders organized the children into two groups. Half of them stayed with their church groups for Bible study while the other half played outside on inflatables. After everyone ate a Chick-Fil-A lunch, the two groups switched activities.
The Bible study explored the event’s theme using Jesus’ parable about the sower (Matthew 13). It also revisited the Gospel and taught children a useful tool for sharing their faith with friends.
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Source: Baptist Press