How many times have you heard people say, “the youth is the future.” Quite many times you would say, right? There is simply this undeniable factor that a movement, an organization or whatever structure there is needs to involve some young blood in hopes to “stay in the game”. Seats in countries political ladder are won thanks to the proactivity of the youth involved in the outreach system. Opinions are forged from within their boiling sentiments. And we could go on and on about how much the youth is extraordinarily , powerful ,in and out.
Though the statement above praises the youth for its great potential, it goes without saying that the youth are immersed in so many things that are not always conducive to their well-being. From criminality all the way to juvenile pornography, there is much that plagues the youth. The question is, how do we prevent their light to be dimmed and corrupted by those influences? The hosts of the the TV7 Family Channel’s show ” Table of Connection” may well have found an answer to that through this youth conference rendered as a boot-camp, with key speakers ready to impart the wisdom to the young men and women gathered for this special occasion.
What is a boot-camp?
Soldiers or former members of military corps will easily recognize what this word entails just by the mere mention of it. Natively a military term, a bootcamp is a place or undertaking that resembles a military boot camp especially by requiring one to endure intensive training or initiation, according to the Merriam-website online dictionary.
There are various case scenarios a boot-camp may be appropriate but the latter definition fits quite well what the recent Christian youth boot-camp was about. Was the intensive training? Well quite yes, since the conference touched virtually many aspects of the challenges that young people face with hard-core questions asked for clarity. Bishop Innocent Rugagi was one of the speakers invited to the conference and much wisdom was imparted to the audience, with a formal promise that the occasion would be renewed.
The speakers of the event
The conference itself extended to 2 days where speakers had the opportunity to preach and answer questions form the audience. Yes, you read that right. The guest speakers of the occasion preached because they are already involved in their repsective churched in a pastoral fashion and approach according to their functions. Though not all of them preached, however we could count among them a pastor, a youth pastor, a worship leader, vangelists and of course the hosts of the conference as well as the overseer of Redeemed Gospel Chruch in Canada, Bishop Innocent Rugagi.
Andrew cho, a pastor at the Montreal based church Eglise Jésus mon refuge, was on the list of speakers and delivered a powerful message about the purpose of the youth in following Christ as their savior by giving as reference his personal life tainted by bumps and circumstances before his conversion to Christianity.
Miriam Hunter, a prolific worship leader, granted the conference with an exquisite display of vocal talent and divine worship, taking everyone in a whirlwind of rejoicing in the Lord.
Eunice Ishimwe, a tv anchor at TV7 Family channel and co-host of the conference, impacted the youth with her personal relationship with God as a young woman.
Jessica Rukundo, a tv7 anchor at TV7 Family Channel and co-host of the conference, shard her personal struggles and her views of Christ before and after receiving Jesus in her life.
Richard Nkunzimana, a musician at RGC Montreal and fledgling evangelist, shared his experiences of how family and relationships play an important part in a young man’s life.
Jessie semé, a worship singer and a fledgling evangelist as well, had to share her experiences as a young woman in Christ.
It is safe to say it was an impressive array of speakers at this first boot-camp organized by TV7 Family Channel in collaboration with Table of Connection. More is still brewing for an possible second edition but who knows what the next boot-camp will be about? One thing is for sure: we need to pray for the success of the work of God and for more sous to be won.