May 25, 2018
Wharton Youth Rally
The first annual youth rally at the Apostolic Faith Church in Wharton, New Jersey, was held April 20-22. Attendees came from New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Washington D.C., Virginia, Wisconsin, and Canada. The guest speaker, Olusola Adesope (the pastor in Pullman, Washington), attended with his family. The theme was “Laying a Solid Spiritual Foundation,” and the theme song was “The Wise Man Built His House upon the Rock.”
The Friday evening service began with an instrumental prelude, “Holy Spirit, Thou Art Welcome” and “How Great Thou Art.” The choir then sang “I’ll Just Say Yes.” The youth leader, Daniel Tetteh, encouraged the congregation to exercise faith and expect bountiful blessings throughout the weekend. Before the sermon, Rose Ncube and Taku Mhundwa sang “Come Walk with Me.” Brother Olusola took his text from 1 Corinthians 3:11, and encouraged the young people to remove anything in their lives that would prevent them from seeking Jesus and making Him their sure Foundation.
A short prayer session was led by Olutayo Ajayi on Saturday morning, and then Brother Olusola gave a Bible teaching on the weekend theme. He emphasized that eternal Heaven and eternal Hell are foundational Bible teachings, and after detailing what Scripture says about each place, he encouraged the young people to prepare for Heaven. The closing song, “What a Day that Will Be,” was followed by a wonderful prayer meeting.
In the afternoon, there were breakout sessions according to age groups. James Timbilla, the pastor in Wharton, led the adults in a session on the importance of marrying a fellow believer, and he brought out things that married couples can do to strengthen their marriages. Brother Daniel spoke to the teenagers about the purpose and right time for dating, and he encouraged them to seek God’s will in every decision. The children did crafts and other activities that centered on the theme “Obedience and Respect.”
A music concert was held on Saturday evening, led by the youth choir director, Daniel Adewoyin. In addition to several choir selections, instrumental performances included the orchestra, a flute ensemble, a trumpet solo, and a piano solo. There were also several vocal selections. The concert concluded with a message from Blessing Mbang, the youth leader in Washington, D.C. She shared about a time in her life when she had to take a stand for Christ, and she emphasized the need to be grounded in the Gospel and to be a true witness for Christ. A powerful prayer meeting followed as many tarried at the altars to seek God.
The Sunday morning service began with the orchestra playing “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High,” followed by the choir singing a medley of “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord.” Timothy Ajayi, from Hempstead, New York, read Psalm 29:1-11. Before the sermon, Akinola Ogunleye, Joel Oni, Joshua Odumosu, and Daniel Adewoyin sang “I Feel Really Good.” Brother Olusola took his text from Psalm 29:4, and brought out three ways to hear and know the Voice of God. He encouraged the young people to read and study God’s Word to improve their spiritual foundation and relationship with Jesus.
The concluding service opened with the combined choir singing “Raise Up an Army, Oh God.” The men’s choir sang “A Little Talk with Jesus.” Personal testimonies centered on the power of God to save, sanctify, fill with the Holy Spirit, and provide during the storms of life. Brother Olusola read Revelation 19:6-8 for his text, and titled his sermon “Good News.” He pointed out that the Gospel provides hope and assurance that those who are ready will one day be raptured. He used the illustration of a bride and groom eagerly waiting for their wedding day to emphasize that Christians should also be waiting expectantly for the Second Coming of Jesus and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. He concluded by encouraging the congregation to seek Jesus for every need in their lives, and to be ready for His soon return.
The Wharton congregation is very grateful for all the blessings received throughout the weekend. Many young people re-consecrated their lives to God, and received spiritual strength for their Christian journey. Attendance far exceeded the ninety that had been anticipated for the weekend. Many are already looking forward to next year’s youth rally, if Jesus tarries.
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