On Friday night of the Southwest Ohio & Northeast Kentucky Division’s (SWONEKY) Youth Councils, 250 delegates had an opportunity to place their hands on a black–lighted Cross to symbolically identify with Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection in a most dramatic and unique way. As the committed delegates lifted their hands, they were amazed to see their fingerprints clearly illuminated on that Cross.
From April 25–27 at Camp SWONEKY, the delegates explored additional ways to identify with God’s message in Ephesians 6, which called them to put on the “full armor” of God and, after having done that, to stand.
Also on Friday night, the keynote meeting focused on the struggle to claim one’s identity. The SWONEKY Worship Band set the tone with powerful music. Captain Shaun Belanger, youth & candidates secretary, spoke on understanding our true identity in Christ.
“Friday Night Live” was in full force as Ian Evans, Jonathon Shaftstall, and Chuck Goodin, members of the Territorial Arts Ministries team (TAM), led a time of improvisation and interactive fun. The Dragon Slayerz, the special guests, rocked the house with their music.
On Saturday, delegates focused on God as the source of their identity and the origin of their armor. A game show, identity sessions, and archery tag filled the day’s activities. Colonel Janice A. Howard, assistant chief secretary, challenged the delegates to pursue their walk with the Lord. Following a bonfire, the Bucket Boys shared their music and comedic talents with the group.
The weekend culminated on Sunday morning as Major Phil Lloyd, territorial youth secretary, delivered a passionate message on living out your identity.
by Captain Shaun P. Belanger