The Generation of Youth for Christ Southeast (GYCSE) and “Amazing Facts” are using a three-day conference called “The Ultimate Purpose” to help students navigate difficult choices using a biblical perspective. This year’s meetings, October 11-13, are hosted by Doug Batchelor and will take place on the campus of Southern Adventist University in the Iles P.E. Center.
“The Ultimate Purpose” series is designed to challenge young people to transform their faith from a theoretical head-knowledge to a practical, day-to-day reality.
"The greatest treasure is truth, and the greatest tragedy is a wasted life," Batchelor said. "Our mission this week with GYCSE is to explore the three most vital questions that must be settled in order to enjoy a full life: Where did I come from? What am I doing here? Where am I going?"
Conference planners are aiming to connect with attendees beyond the main seminar sessions by featuring 10 breakout meetings on Sabbath afternoon. The small group discussions will be led by special guest speakers, including some Southern alums, who will explore the various ways young adults can live out their faith in matters of health, education, personal devotion, leadership, and more.
“Students often know about God but struggle to connect with Him personally,” said Alan Parker, professor of missions and evangelism at Southern. “Both the main meetings and breakout sessions will be a powerful way to help students understand their true value and need.”
“The Ultimate Purpose” will feature inspirational music, keynote messages, and live question-and-answer sessions. Meetings will take place on October 11 (7 p.m.), October 12 (7:30 p.m.), and October 13 (9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.). The series is free and open to the public, and will be broadcasted live on 3ABN.
GYCSE started after a number of students attended the Generation of Youth for Christ (GYC) conference in Michigan in 2003. Upon returning to campus, several of them felt the need to bring the GYC experience to Southern. The club strives to instill a higher vision for what God wants to accomplish in and through student lives. Each year, GYCSE holds a conference and invites various inspirational speakers to bring revival and evangelism to campus. They also run evangelism projects throughout the year and hold other training and revival events.
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