Youth Councils (can someone come up with a better name?) must be a favored event by God. I’ve never been to one that He hasn’t blessed and that includes this weekend here in the Hawaii and Pacific Islands Division. The experience was filled with opportunities for the young people and their leaders to get to know each other better, deepen their relationship with God, and consider their future in light of God’s leading.

Thanks to Divisional Leaders, Majors John and Lani Chamness and Youth Leaders, Gina and Shane Halverson and a cast of many, the encampment was a source of joy, inspiration and commitment. Hallelujah!

I leave the number 26 with you. If you pray over that number, God will know the issues and hear your prayer. Those who attended should know what it represents. Thank you, Lord.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

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  • Rob Reardon

    While I’m inclined to agree that many of our events and/or programs need name changes…recently I heard that some are still using YPL, I’m not sure that spending time trying to figure out what to call it is the best use of our time. Many of our youth know what Youth Councils means…younger pre-teens can’t wait to be able to attend Youth Councils – it’s almost a rite of passage in The Salvation Army. Most Youth Councils are branded with a theme – that’s the important part, in my estimation. A theme brings it all together. Youth Councils is the event that is on the calendar, but the preparation and participation around the theme is what counts.