Newday Pacific Rim – 2013
Once again, from the 18th to the 23rd of January, young people from Newfrontiers churches around the Pacific Rim gathered at Forest Lakes, Wellington NZ for Newday 2013. It was absolutely amazing to see God work in new ways and change lives for His glory. Many were saved, many recommitted their lives to Jesus, many were baptized in the Holy Spirit, and many heard God speak to them.
Over 5 days together, 12-18 year-olds spent time worshipping God, building relationships, witnessing the power of the Word and the Holy Spirit, and having fun!
In the morning meetings there was a series on one of Jesus’s most challenging statements: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” On one particular morning, “The Great Newday Panel” answered questions submitted by the youth that they have struggled with.
Between the morning meetings and lunch was an optional seminar series on getting to know God. This provided youth and leaders alike with practical hints and advice on building a personal relationship with Him.
Most afternoons were open for activities including the swimming pool, waterslide, mudslide and flying fox. The evening meetings would kick off with an exciting time of worship followed by prayer for specific churches and countries within our region. Afterwards, a speaker would preach and often youth would come forward for prayer in response to the message.
For me personally, I found it to be one of the best Newdays so far, out of the six I have been to. As always, God showed up and did exactly what He wanted to accomplish. Here are some particular highlights:
Treasure Hunting – Seeing young people share the Gospel and God’s love with the general public based on hearing God’s clues.
Worship times – particularly Sam’s rewritten version of Rhianna’s “We Found Love”.
Team activities – The “Gareth Newman Beard Appreciation Society” did especially well.
The talent show – A guest appearance from Taylor Swift made for an exciting time. It was great to see Hew honoured with the gift of music so many times.
Prayer – Such a big focus of Newday has been to pray to God. It’s so exciting to pray over people and see the Holy Spirit working in and through them to change lives.
Newday 2013 was an incredible way to launch into the New Year. I’m passionate to see what God has in store for us in the future, knowing that God has plans that will blow our expectations away.