(Colombia CNSAM). From 25 to 28 July 2012, over 1500 young people from different South American countries met in the Church of the Nazarene House of Prayer in Cali, Colombia, NYI Regional Congress, an event that was not performed since 1999 in Chiclayo, Peru.
This time the plenaries were given by the following speakers: David Gonzalez, global director of ministries in the Church of the Nazarene, Jimmy De Gouveia, regional NYI coordinator for South America, Jean David Larochelle, regional NYI president for South America, Christian Sarmiento, regional director for South America, Juan David Herrera, youth pastor at the Church of the Nazarene House of Prayer in Cali, Colombia, Paulo Alexandre Matos, national NYI coordinator for Brazil, Ana Melva Chavez, national NYI coordinator for Argentina and the international youth preacher, Lucas Leys.
Under the slogan “Fired: By a passion, a calling, for Christ” in each of the plenary sessions, using different resources, exhibitors challenged participants to live a life of action, denial, commitment, service and sacrifice, let clear in the minds of young people that the only thing that will remain “on” is to live in the presence of God and be guided by Him.
On the music participated: Alternativa, Estado de Fe and the band Nazareno from Church of the Nazarene House of Prayer in Cali, Colombia who at the closure of the event, recorded live on DVD “On the cross,” and from Venezuela had a special participation Eingel, Hip Hop singer of the Church of the Nazarene.
The event closed with the evangelistic activity “Amor por lo nuesto” (Love for ours), which concentrated more than 5,000 people and collected more than 9 tons of nonperishable food to distribute to the needy in various neighborhoods of the city of Cali. In the activity, over 200 people gave their lives to Christ.
“We’re seeing a worldwide youth movement, we are facing a new era … the Church of the Nazarene is yours (youth) and their future depends on you,” said Christian Sarmiento, panelists at the forum: Where are the young people going?
Source: Jimmy De Gouveia, NYI Regional Coordinator, South America Region.
Translation: Priscila Picavea.