BY MELANIE BUCK –
A two-day youth conference was presented on Friday and Saturday, June 2nd and 3rd at the CMA Iron Mountain Pavilion with dozens of youth from around the region hearing the word of God and dedicating their life to Him and His son, Jesus Christ. The first annual BREATHE Conference was the brainchild of Anna Buckley, of Mena, who incorporated the help of her friends and her church, The Crossing, to launch the event.
Arden Bevere, an evangelist from Colorado that travels the world spreading the good news of Jesus, was the main speaker on Saturday night, delivering a powerful message to the youth in the audience about Identity. Mena’s own Vanessa Martin was Friday’s guest, speaking on The Love of God. Tori Rowell, one of the event organizers, said, “BREATHE was more than I ever hoped it would be! God showed up in an amazing way. There were kids who got saved, kids who realized their purpose and kids who were freed from some crazy stuff! God is so good! We can’t wait for next year!”
In addition to the guest speakers, there were breakout sessions for both boys and girls, worship led by the BREATHE Worship team, food, games, and a lot of fun. Organizers plan to continue the conference on an annual basis in hopes that it grows each year, touching young lives that will in turn, spread the love of God.
Emmye Rowell added, “Even though it was smaller in numbers than we expected, God reminded us… all at different times… of the verse in Zachariah that says, ‘Don’t despise small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…’ This is just the beginning of the huge, amazing plan God has for our generation.”
Stay tuned to www.breatheconference.net for information on next year’s event.