New KNCSB event reaches teen boys
“Don’t just let God save your soul. Let Him build you into a man of character.”
That is what Jon Randles told nearly 80 participants in “The Challenge,” a new KNCSB event for teen boys. It was held May 2-3 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan.
Theme verse for The Challenge was “Be watchful. Stand firm in the faith. Act like men. Be strong.” (I Corinthians 16:13)
Throughout the weekend Randles urged the group to first accept Christ as their Savior and then to develop a strong faith. He challenged each young man to be a “life breather.
“Wherever you go you are a life breather or a death breather. What’s in a man comes out of a man,” Randles said.
A total of 22 decisions for Christ were recorded during the weekend:
- Assurance of salvation—6
- Candidates for baptism—2
- Other decisions—3
Jason Waller led the group in worship. He is a Christian recording artist and is worship pastor at CrossPoint Church in Salina.
Breakout session during The Challenge focused on incorporating Christ into outdoor sports, technology and other areas of interest to young men.
Casey Ingold led a breakout session on turkey hunting. He is an avid outdoorsman and pastor of Covenant Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan.
“Helping young men understand what becoming a man is vital in our culture today,” Ingold said. “Through a variety of interests/topics, Challenge offers a venue for men to impart a vision of biblical manhood to the young men who attend. I think it is very important to help these guys understand manhood is not defined by what you do but who you are, how and why you do what you do.
During his session, Ingold shared three marks of biblical manhood from “Raising a Modern Day Knight,” by Robert Lewis:
1. Reject passivity
2. Accept responsibility
3. Lead courageously
“That is what makes a boy a man,” Ingold continued.
While at Challenge, Ingold met a young man who had recently lost his father.
“I was able to connect with ‘T’, encourage him and his youth pastor who was doing a phenomenal job. This was a crucial time in ‘T’s’ life. He needed to know there were men there to love him and lead him. He found that at Challenge. I gave him one of my turkey decoys and a turkey hunting DVD and urged him to contact me if I could ever take him hunting.
“I watched ‘T’ play and laugh and soak in a healthy vision of manhood as he was surrounded by Christ-following friends and men, hearing truth and being loved on the whole way. If Challenge was just for ‘T’, it was exponentially worth every minute and every dollar.”
Conference participants were urged to put the 2015 event on their calendars. It will be held May 1-2 at Webster Conference Center. Information will be posted at http://justforyouth.com/jfy/events