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The Lord calls many at YEC 2010

This year, YEC was filled with expectation and excitement. Why? The Student Advisory Team, a group of student pastors from around Virginia who help guide and organize YEC, decided to move YEC to the winter.

They based this decision on the overwhelming need to unpack the summer. Said one youth pastor, “By the end of summer, we have done youth camp, a mission trip, and helped our church do VBS. Our parents are out of money and students are involved in school activities again.” The team, therefore, decided to move YEC to January—specifically the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. As Christmas approached, we had almost as many registered as last year’s total attendance. When it was all said and done, 1,315 attended—over 500 more than last year!

YEC was held this year at London Bridge Baptist Church in Virginia Beach. Sixty-three churches participating in YEC were able to book inexpensive, off-season-rate rooms at resorts and hotels on the beachfront in Virginia Beach. Thirty-four made professions of faith, and fifty-five rededicated their lives to Christ. All 1,000 copies of David Nasser’s book, A Call to Die, were given out to those who preregistered.

David Nasser presented powerful messages, Phil Wickham led worship through music, and Tim Bertram added to worship through painting large pieces of art during the worship time. The art was auctioned off for Tim. Tim gave the auction price of one piece of art ($425) to Haiti missions. The students also gave a missions offering for Haiti, which totaled $3,115.10.

Seven students were also involved in worship. Having students involved in YEC was a wonderful way of putting the “youth” back in YEC. YEC and Studentz Camp are for the students! It is always amazing to see students ministering to their peers—especially in front of 1,315 of them! In all, 63 churches attended YEC. YEC 2011 will be held January 14-15. Please mark your calendars!