Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his face continually. 1 Chronicles 16:11 Every few years the India Connection hosts a Youth Conference which brings together young people from a variety of backgrounds for fellowship, worship and evangelism. The two hundred attendees at this year’s event came from churches in the Pune region, and there were some non-believers as well.
The theme this year was Seeking His Face. A distinctive characteristic of our conferences is the focus we put on the in-depth teaching of the word of God. In his teaching from the book of Daniel, Pastor Ray taught about the refusal of the Hebrew children to bow down to Babylonian idols, a message that carries special meaning in India.
The KSOM students are active participants in these conferences, playing worship music, talking to the youth and sharing the gospel.
The Youth Conference was the first event ever held at Pune Center! Though the walls were not yet plastered and the floor tiles not laid, Pastor Joseph had carpets brought in to cover the bare concrete and plastic sheeting for the brick walls. Nobody seemed to mind! It was a taste of things to come for this ministry. Next year, Lord willing, Pune Center will give us a huge new facility to host events like this, with large meeting rooms, overhead projectors and sound systems, kitchen and dining facilities, and some overnight living accommodations. Praise the Lord!
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Please continue to pray that the local political climate will change and the halt on construction will be lifted. As you read this, Lord willing, we will have begun to plaster the inside walls and do some plumbing. We are being cautious and ramping things up slowly as the situation works itself out.