Returning to Camp Allegheny for the first time in 10 years, Colonel William A. Bamford III and Colonel G. Lorraine Bamford, chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries, joined in the Youth Councils celebration of “WEPASA #Strong!” Nearly 300 youth from the Western Pennsylvania & Delaware Division joined the Bamfords along with Cadet Ashley Farrell and Cadet Ashley Luzader for an inspiring weekend.
“Putting On The Full Armor of God!” was the theme, as interest sessions, panel discussions, and testimonies all focused on challenging youth to have “strong hearts” for God. On Friday evening, Shawn Harper, a former NFL player, ministered on the topic of breaking the spiritual chains in our lives so as to be fully used of God. In response to Harper’s message, nearly 100 people came to the altar to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Dave & Brian, a comedy team, gave the youth something to laugh about during a Saturday evening concert. On Sunday morning, Colonel William Bamford brought a powerful message. In response, the altar was again filled with young people seeking to dedicate their lives to Christ.
Auxiliary Captain Alberta Rakestraw joined the ranks of prospective officer candidates and many other young people responded to the call to fulltime service for the Lord in The Salvation Army.
by Major Mark S. Mackneer