The 2018 WELS International Youth Rally will host over 2,000 WELS teens at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) in Bowling Green, Ohio, for four days of entertainment and fellowship from June 26-29, 2018. This is the largest gathering of WELS members for any regular event.
Attendees will attend worship, workshops, devotions, a comedy show, and a live concert performance by the Christian band Koiné. They will also have the opportunity to participate in activities like swimming, ice-skating, rock climbing, basketball, volleyball, and more.
The theme for this year’s rally is “Never Alone,” based on the message of Matthew 28:20: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Member of the rally committee, Rev. John Boggs, believes this is a relatable and meaningful message for WELS youth: “Our kids live in an increasingly crazy world where they always have people around them and access to others via technology, yet they can feel as if they have no one to turn to,” he said. Boggs says he hopes attendees cherish the message that God is with them even when they are troubled by the chaos of the world.
The keynote speaker for Wednesday is Rev. Dustin Blumer, who will discuss building courage though faith. Blumer currently serves at Amazing Love, Frankfort, Ill., a church he was called to establish ten years ago.
The keynote speakers for Thursday are Steve and Sarah Schroeder, who will talk about how God’s presence eases all of life’s worries. Steve and Sarah will share how their faith has supported them throughout Steve’s military career.
“WELS youth are not just the future of the synod; they are the here-and-now and need our focus, our love, and training in God’s precious Word,” Boggs says.
WELS Director of Discipleship Rev. Donn Dobberstein echoes this perspective, saying, “We need to equip and encourage young people as much as possible. We have the opportunity and responsibility to hand the baton of the gospel to the next generation.”
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