Shine 2013 focuses on God’s names

Shine 2013 helped teen girls learn how to focus on God and trust Him to meet all of their needs.

The annual KNCSB retreat for teen girls was held Nov. 8-9 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, Kan. It attracted 413 girls and sponsors.

Shine 2013 looked at the names of God. The theme verse was “I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me.” (ESV)

Kathy Addis from Hutchinson, Kan., was the featured speaker. She is co-leader of the women’s ministry at CrossPoint Church, a multi-site church with 11 locations in Kansas. Addis is originally from Oklahoma and holds a degree in communication from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan.

The worship leader was Rachael Gillis. She lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, Jon, and their two children.

During the worship times led by Gillis, the voices of the girls and their sponsors filled the WCC chapel with praise.

Addis led the group in looking at the names of God. She first urged the girls to focus on God as their Redeemer. She challenged the girls who did not know Jesus to accept Him as their Savior. Addis reminded girls who have grown up in church to make their faith real.

She told how she accepted Christ at age 19 during a tent revival in Oklahoma. Addis prayed a desperate prayer asking God to deliver her from her troubled life.

“In my heart I had hope. Immediately things changed.”

Addis also challenged the girls to seek guidance from God as their Counselor by studying the Bible.

“[God] never contradicts Himself. That is why we go to Him first, not our friends.”

Shine offered the girls and their sponsors opportunities for hands-on ministry. They packed hygiene kits for the Baptist Friendship Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

The group also went outside to help the WCC staff get the grounds ready for winter. Among the projects they tackled were raking leaves and weeding flowerbeds.

“This is a huge, huge thing for the Webster Conference Center staff,” said Tabitha Golden, one of the Shine organizers. In one hour the 413 Shine participants did the equivalent of a month’s work by the WCC staff.