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Teen girls urged to seek Jesus first

Christian recording artist Jami Smith was the featured personality for S.H.In.E. 2008. S.H.In.E. is the annual KNCSB retreat for teen girls. It was held Nov. 14-15 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. S.H.In.E. stands for “Seek Him In Everything.”

Young women attending the KNCSB S.H.In.E. retreat were challenged to “make Jesus the one you search for.”

S.H.In.E. stands for “Seek Him In Everything.” The annual retreat for teen girls was held Nov. 14-15 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.

Christian recording artist Jami Smith was the retreat’s worship leader and speaker. She told of growing up in a small town in Oklahoma. Her ministry has taken her around the world.

During the retreat’s opening session, the crowd gave a loud cheer when the 38-year-old Smith said her wedding was only eight days away.

Although Smith was ecstatic about her upcoming wedding, she challenged the girls to find fulfillment in God, not a relationship with a guy.

“God’s your first love,” she said.

Smith continued, “I have loved my life” as a single woman traveling the world and leading worship.

“Following God is the most exhilarating and excruciating thing I’ve ever done.”

She challenged the girls to “stay open to what God has for you.”

The crowd erupted into loud applause when she said, “Make Jesus the one you search for,” not the right guy.

In a breakout session on “Know Your Call,” girls got a glimpse of life in Central Asia, where drinking tea is a major part of the culture. Erica told how God led her young family there to work with a people group that has only 50 known believers.

The people in Central Asia “are so trapped under the bondage of Islam,” she said. “They are told they need to do good things to get to heaven.”

However, God is moving slowly in the area, stirring people’s hearts to find a true faith, she said.