Youth Conference - 40 years
Theme: God has plans for you - uNkulunkulu
(photos from early Youth Conferences)
Saturday 5 July: What a day! Full of blessing and crowds
overflowing the 10,000 capacity Auditorium. Various dignitaries spoke, including the
Minister of Finance, Prince Buthelezi and others. Thofozi Dube and Rev Stegen spoke about
the early days and the way forward. Special gifts were given to those who ministered to
the first children in 1974, including: Friedel and Erlo Stegen, Thozozi Dube, Detlef
Stegen, Mandla Mvelase, Arno Stegen and Eunice Ncamu. More to come. See some photos here.
Friday 4 July: Rev Stegen read from the theme verse and shared some of the
early stories of the Lord's working. He referred to the Dube family and how the Lord
raised up Thofozi and inspired her to begin with the Youth Services in 1974. The afternoon
session saw the releasing of 600 balloons from the sports field as well as a collection of
children spelling out 1974-2014 (see aerial photo above). Umphakathi also had the
opportunity to speak to the young people. The evening had a continuation of testimonies
from the early years. See photos here.
Thursday 3 July: Sports! The whole day was spent on the DSS sports field
with teams competing in soccer, netball and volley-ball. AQuelle sponsored prizes for the
winning teams. The evening service started with the sports prizes being handed out and
then the continuation of testimonies of those who were here during the first Youth
Conferences. Testimonies included Carol, Hulda, Nico, Dingeni, Ruthilde, Nontokozo, Philip
and others. Pastor Chauke was asked to lead the children in singing 2 songs. See photos here.
Wednesday 2 July: By now the auditorium is becoming so full that one
wonders how a few thousand adults will fit in during the Saturday celebrations. This
morning, Pastor Stegen, using the theme text from Jer 29:11 and spoke about God's
victories for His children in the wicked kingdom of Babylon. The false prophets in chapter
29 had said that nothing good can come of their exile in this pagan land. Yet God had
plans which He was going to fulfil through some of His heroes like Daniel and his 3
friends. Despite the idolotry and conspiracies against them the Lord revealed His power
which could overcome lions and fire. There was even an edict that went out from the pagan
rulers like Nebuchednezzar and others, that the God of Daniel, and of Shadrach, Meshach
and Abednego is to to be worshipped throughout the kingdom. Our Sovereign Lord is not
defeated by idols and wicked men. The Lord is well able to prosper His children during the
times of greatest adversity.
The afternoon session was a continuation of testimonies from those where were there 40
years ago.Nokukhanya, Masheshi, Catherine, Gwen, Sylvia, Estelle and Margrit all shared
how the Lord saved them and showed His grace way back then when the mission was still very
small and leaders like Pastor Stegen, Lydia, S'boneleni helped to lead these children to
the Lord, even though some were just 7 years of age.
The evening service has Doctors for Life sharing about drugs and marijuana. See the photo
Tuesday 1 July: The auditorium is fast filling up with many thousands
arriving through the night and through the day. Rev Stegen spoke on the theme verse and
used the example of how the first King of Israel, Saul, had wonderful plans which God had
for his life but he missed out and ended in tragedy. In the afternoon there were powerful
testimonies of young people being radically saved from the power of sin. The evening
service was the beginning of celebrating the 40 years of Youth Conferences. A slide showed
the first children at the 1974 youth meeting. Many of them were in the service and shared
about their conversion way back in 1974 and thanked God's grace for all He had done for
them these 40 years. Detlef shared, as well as the Joostens and Newlands, and others who
were there in those early years. See photos here.
30 June: The Conference is now in full swing with the first official service
starting at 10am. However, there were so many children yesterday that we had to have
services for them already. Paster Stegen delivered a service on Sunday morning that set
the pace for the week ahead (see more).
Today and tomorrow a few thousand more children and teens are expected to arrive. (Please
pray that the Lord Himself would be at work in their hearts.) See photos of 29 June here.
next Kwasizabantu Youth Conference is from 30 June to 6 July 2014. This Youth Conference
marks 40 years. There will be a special commemoration on the weekend of 5 and 6 July, the
Lord willing. Adults are welcome for the celebration part of the conference on that
weekend. Any memories of the Youth Conferences or photos that you might have? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or sms 060 749 9860 or fax 032 481 5335.