Nine teenagers and three youth leaders from Zion attended the LCMS National Youth Gathering held in San Antonio July 1-5. They were joined by 25,000 other teenagers from throughout the United States and some other countries. The theme was “Live Love(d)” and they indeed learned how they can live everyday in God’s love and love others because of Jesus. Pastor Stephen also participated in the gathering as a guest musician with Mariachi San Pablo.
The gathering planners did a fantastic job of presenting in relevant, hard-hitting ways the truth of the brokenness of the world and the awesomeness of life and restoration that comes from Christ. Breakout sessions dug deeper into the issues and interests teens face every day, bringing God’s word to light and providing practical insights into problems teens face.
Many thanks go out to all who helped us make this experience possible for our youth group. The next gathering of this size will be held in New Orleans in 2016.
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