Ministry to Youth: Easter Conference 2017

Bweranyange: 13th – 17th April 2017. Easter Conference is an event that all Tanzanian Christian students look forward to, for one week out of the year. Karagwe diocese is not an exception; each year the diocese holds the Easter conference which is coordinated under the department of mission and evangelism. It's not just a conference, it’s an opportunity for students to be able to really see the church body at work and use the different gifts that God has given them to praise him. They are taken out of their comfort zones and encouraged to serve God. Those are the experiences that go with them and end up shaping their spiritual lives down the road.

The conference was opened by Dean Yoram Karusya on 13th April 2017, and was closed by Rev. Jackson Kanyiginya, Bweranyange district
pastor. This year, Bweranyange Girls Secondary School hosted the conference and a total number of 612 students from different schools around Karagwe and Kyerwa attended. The theme of this year was “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:2. Under the coordination of Rev. Elnathan Rubanga and coordinator for youth department, the conference hosted speakers who stimulated students to desire growth in Christ, grow
stronger in their friendships, tighter in their sense of community and deeper in their appreciation of worship.

Secondary school students are at the point in their lives where their identity is starting to be shaped. Easter Conference is an event
geared specifically for them because there are times when they get lost in transition between childhood and adulthood, they get distracted by the noise of the world and yet this is such a critical time that they are being shaped and molded into the people that they'll be forever. After a week at Easter Conference, many students come back ready to see change. They come back ready to be Kingdom workers. They come back wanting to do something different with their
lives- wanting to see change in their schools, in their families, in their communities. They come back ready to be the hands and the feet of Jesus.
The diocese would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the United
Evangelical Mission (UEM) for supporting this year’s conference which prepares the younger people to change this world for Jesus but also which supports their mental and spiritual growth.

Text: Axsa Gabagambi