400 people attended the youth rally and volleyball tournament in Palmerston North over the labour weekend in October.

Youth were challenged by the guest speaker, Andrew Hoeflich, to “Come back to God’s plan for your life”. Mr Hoeflich runs “SOLID” (Serving Our Lord in Discipleship)- a health and life programme run through PAPSDA Community Church in South Auckland. It has had a positive impact in the lives of many young people by providing the opportunity to develop a variety of life skills for self-development as well as engaging kickboxing classes.

Mr Hoeflich took the time to connect with his audience by sharing his own story and reflected on the crucial time when someone saved his life by inviting him to a bible study. 15 years before choosing to come back to God was a chaotic and challenging time for him. He encouraged our young people to use their gifts for God’s glory and to walk a heavenly walk.

Meli Bainitabua, from Rotorua, really enjoyed the morning worship and was impressed with Mr Hoeflich’s kickboxing stories.

“His story is really relatable” commented Grace Mare from Manurewa Church, summing up the effect the speaker had on the youth.

The afternoon program invited youth to gain practical insight on how to be a world changer. Dr Nick Kross, youth leader for the South Pacific Division, introduced the World Changer Bible, by sharing stories of ordinary young people who changed lives in their part of the world. Asking the congregation if they were aware that God purposefully sends people into their lives, Dr Kross shared examples from his own life of how God sent people to his door who needed to hear about Jesus.

The World Changers Bible is an initiative from the South Pacific Division youth department and contains a unique set of reading guides which combines core truths of the Bible and practical discipleship topics which equip the reader to become a world-changer for Jesus. Dr Kross was enthusiastic about the impact that bible study has had around the division and also very excited and impressed by how youth-led bible study changes the world.

The youth rally concluded with 300 World Changers Bibles handed out, and a practical afternoon session led by Dr Kross. Like many others, Isera from New Lynn Samoan Church expressed that the bibles would be good for their cell group.

The Volleyball Tournament saw 52 teams from all over the country and 3 teams joining from Queensland Australia participating. Pastor Matt, our Lead Youth and Chaplaincy Pastor, was pleased by the great team atmosphere which contributed massively to the overall success of the weekend.

Congratulations and well done to our Volleyball Champions for 2019:

  • Women’s A grade: Rebels.
  • Men’s A grade: Otara Knights.
  • Mixed A grade: PNS.

Photos and results of the tournament can be found at: www.facebook.com/AdventistYouthNNZ

More information on the World Changers Bible can be found at: adventist.org.nz/resources/world-changers-bible-resources

If you would like to request a copy, please contact Pastor Matt Moore: matthewmoore@adventist.org.nz

Pastor Kirsten Oster Lundqvist, NNZC Communications and Media Officer

Photos: Neil Wallace