Youth Conference June 30 to 7
"What is your hope?" Job 27:8
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* Final Service, Friday night. Erlo Stegen explained that the KZN
taxi association has threatened a strike to block all traffic on Monday so we have had to
change our transport arrangements and start early Saturday morning. He gave a closing
service on purity, how to grow in the Lord and a few more points about the Ark of the
Covenant. Jerusha from TLW
spoke about inner purity.
* 4th July: a frank discussion about drugs, interactively with the
* 3rd July :Thursday Morning
Before Rev E. Stegen preached, Gcinephi gave in short her
While she was at school, she was a troublesome person. She loved relationships with
boys. After she finished school she went to Johannesburg to study as a teacher. In
Johannesburg she had relationships with married men.
After her studies, she got a job and worked for 1 year and 3 months. Then she started
showing symptoms of a sickness. She was coughing, lost weight and had swollen glands. Her
employer wanted her to go to the doctor. After some time she was told she had Aids. She
was admitted to hospital and was close to dying. It was then that her mother took her to
Kwasizabantu where she made her life right and was prayed for. Thereafter her glands burst
open and pus came out.
She said, "I was in a wheelchair at that time and I started to pray whether the
Lord would able me to walk again." The Lord helped her and she was able to walk
The last blood tests taken in 2008, showed that the virus was gone. "I am healed. I
can stand here, because of Gods grace, fully healed."
Rev E. Stegen
2 Samuel 6
David wanted the ark back.
If God is not with us, what are we?
They took the ark to the house of a man who lived next to the border. This man had two
sons, who were appointed to carry the ark back into Jerusalem. They put the ark on a
wagon. Transported the ark as the Philistines had done. As the wagon went over an uneven
road, the ark felt off. Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark. God struck this man
David was feared because of what happened. "Lets rather stop and leave the ark in
the house of Obed Edom," David said. Obed Edom and his household was blessed by the
presence of the ark.
David realised that they had carried the ark like the Philistines had done. We are not
supposed to put the ark on a wagon; but the Levites should carry the ark. If we do the
work of God, we have to do it in the Lords way. Dont copy others. Look at what
the word of God says.
The Levites carried the ark and they went into Jerusalem without any problem. We must
have the Ark with us; we must have God with us.
David was overjoyed when the ark came into Jerusalem and he wore a linen ephod and
danced before the Lord with all his might.
If we come to the Lord and our sins are forgiven. It is a joy unimaginable!
Real Christianity is so wonderful.
Thursday Afternoon: Rev Bathman.After the sermon boys and girls were split up into two
groups and given some straight talk about their sexuality etc.
* Rev Stegen: 2nd July 2008: click here for summary
* Rev Erlo Stegen: Tuesday morning 1
The ark of the Lord
The ark of the covenant was
symbolic of the presence of God among His people. God said to
Moses that He would speak to him at the ark of the covenant.
The ark was made by Moses in the
desert out of the wood in the desert, of unattractive, thorny desert bushes.
This is symbolic of the total depravity of mankind, the way we have become, filled
with all manner of unrighteousness.
It was covered in gold inside and
Inside were the two stone tablets
which God had given Moses on the mountain, with the Ten Commandments written on both
sides. That was the sign of the covenant. God
said that we would live or die, be blessed or be cursed by either obeying or disobeying
This ark was kept in the holiest of
holies in the temple where the high priest would only enter once a year, sprinkling blood.
In the time of the high priest Eli,
who was blunt spiritually and whose sons lived immoral, evil lives in the temple, the ark
of the covenant was taken into battle in a desperate attempt to get some protection
against the enemy. But because Israel was living in sin, God
wasn't with them and they were defeated. The ark was taken to
Philistine territory and put into their idol temple.
From that time the Philistines were
plagued with diseases, boils and plagues, until they returned the ark to Israel.
Dealing with sin
It was because of condoning sin
that God was no longer with Israel. Remember that God sees every
single sin and will bring it to light. We need to confess and
forsake all sin "He
who hides his sin, will not prosper, but He who confesses and forsakes his sin, will
obtain mercy" (Prov 28:13).
A 19 year old girl was brought here
for help, suffering from Bulimia and anorexia. She got her life
in order with the Lord and was prayed for, and God made her completely new.
When her parents came to fetch her a week later, they didn't even recognize her! The glory of God was upon her.
God revealed different things to
her, for example how the fear of man can bind one spiritually. He
also showed her the danger of listening to pop music and watching television, things which
she liked doing. She saw demons coming out of the radio and
television and going into her.
She came again for a second visit
during a Youth Conference some years ago, and was only busy with one thing, namely to get
her life right and making sure that there was nothing standing between her and God. She left here with a shining face, truly having been set free.
She died shortly afterwards in a
car accident. What comfort for her parents and family to know
that she had made use of her opportunity to prepare herself to meet with God.
* 7pm 1 July: Rev Bill Bathman: What is your hope if you
don't use your opportunity? The text being Prov 29:1"He, that being often
reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." Rev
Bathman expounded on examples of people who missed their opportunities and those who used
them. Each of us is faced with that same choice and, so, "what is your hope?".
Everytime you hear the Gospel it is a reproof from God. How often haven't you listened to
God's Word and resisted? Bathman then used examples of people in the Bible like Cain,
Esau, Achan, Ananaias and Saphira, who had every opportunity, knew God's Word but their
destroyed "without rememdy". A striking example he used was of a friend of his
who gave a lift to a hitchhiking US serviceman. He spent 2 hours witnessing to the young
man who said: "I've still got 50 years to make up my mind". The driver prayed
with Uncle Bill in the hotel room that night. The next morning he rushed in with the
newspaper. There had been a horrific accident. A car with 5 people had crashed into a
petrol lorry. All the people in the car and the driver of the lorry were burnt beyond
recognition. Except for one: the military "dog-tag" identified the name of the
soldier. It was that same young man. He didn't have 50 years but was killed 45 minutes
after his lost opportunity.
Choose Christ tonight. Repent of your sins and let Him be your Saviour.
* 3pm Testimonies (wonderful testimonies of the young people of their experiences with
* 10am was morning service was taken by Rev Stegen with a continuation of Sunday's
service about the the Ark of the Covenant.
* 7pm, 30 June: F.H. Stegen: "According to my earnest
expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness,
as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by
death." Paul made it clear what his hope was. What is your hope? Is it like the
majority of the human race who seek after the things of this world, the momentary,
temporal things of this life, like money, career, success, power? We read from 1Jn 3: 3
that "... every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is
pure." So, if your hope is in the right place, in Christ, in things eternal you will
be busy with being purified "even as Jesus is pure". Remember that people are
watching your life. They are being influenced by your actions and your lifestyle. Thus, do
as Paul did, let "Christ be magnified" in your body, whether in life or by
This is the first time in 18 years that we have had the Youth
Conference in a tent again. Since the burning down of the Auditorium on 14 June 2008
(plans are already underway for its rapid reconstruction) we have had to erect a tent on
the airstrip. It can only hold about 3 and a half thousand and we already have about that
number with more on the way.
God has blessed us with brethren who have sent supplies, rice,
vegetables and others food stuffs. We are blessed with with having Rev Erlo and Friedel
Stegen and are very grateful that Rev Bill Bathman is available from 1 July till Sunday.
Various youth leaders will be giving testimonies; discussions will be held about sexual
abuse, drugs, and other issues of importance to young people. Of course, the major
emphasis is the preaching of the Gospel and calling these children and teens to repentance
and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray that the Lord would work mightly by His
A draft copy of the programme is available in Word format here.