Montreat Youth Conference Day 2
Monday is a very special day in the life of Montreat Youth Conference participant. On Monday morning, after the first keynote, you get to meet your small group for the first time. The small groups are not as small as one would normally think, usually having between 25-30 participants, which, admittedly, is much smaller than the large group of 1,200 youth. The small groups are seemingly random, but the idea is to not have someone from your back home group in your small group. This allows you to have meaningful conversations with other Christians who care about you but won’t be able to hold any revelations about you over you in front of your friends. It is a powerful process that has worked for many, many years. Strangers on Monday leave Friday, sometimes forming life long bonds.
Small groups usually break into smaller groups to have more meaningful conversations and to dig deeper into the messages of the day. After a stirring keynote, where several hot point were brought up, participants moved to their small groups. Keynote brought up important topics that we were able to unpack in the small groups.
After an all-too-brief lunch (and important nap) break, we were back with our small groups learning more about each other and trying to define what peace is. We looked at famous peacemakers and talked about what it means to be a peacemaker.
Worship tonight was lively! None of the youth had trouble following where the preacher as going with his sermon. He was able to relate his family’s struggles as Asian-Americans to everyone in the room. He was able to help us understand what peace means in the face of persecution because of the color of your skin. He talked about his grandmother and the inspiration she was to his life. And he helped us understand Jesus’ words about peace when he met his disciples in a locked house after his resurrection.
Please continue to be in prayer for us as we experience God’s peace this week!
— Adrian Martin