Campion students and visitors came together to learn more about the character of God through the theme ‘Who God is’ in the Northern Colorado Youth Rally, featuring Pastor Michelle Odinma as the guest speaker on November 4th and 5th.
Friday night vespers began with powerful and heart-warming worship music led by a student praise team and Pastor Leandro Bizama. The theme song of the event was “Our God”. Junior, Phoebe Mamanua said, “The praise music promoted a really good message. There was a lot of energy, and it was really good to have all of us together just praising God. It felt like a bonding experience especially because it was really upbeat, like a campfire song.”
Pastor Michelle Odinma traveled from Manhattan, New York to share the word of God here at Campion. On Friday night and Sabbath morning, she spoke on God’s forgiveness and model of faithfulness, through the story of David and Jonathan.
Junior, Samuel Walton, expressed, “The thing that impacted me the most about the message that Pastor Michelle delivered was when she talked of Jonathan and King David. I realized that there are those God has a plan for, but His plan could be building up others so that He could be glorified more. I think that’s so powerful. It really touched me to think that God could use me to build someone up and impact more lives for His glory.”
Sabbath afternoon was spent in outreach where the youth visited people in the community to pray with them. Afterward, they participated in a series of workshops and discussed topics like dating, finances, and God’s calling, hosted by Pastor Mike Taylor and Brandon and Dawn Westgate.
On Saturday night, Pastor Odinma expressed her musical talent through a concert where she played the guitar and sang original songs from her upcoming album, Stories to Tell, to be released November 11. Senior Melody Mambo stated, “I really liked the music selections from Pastor Michelle because it gave people a sense of community. It was especially fun to hear her sing because her songs gave me new perspectives of the Bible that I never thought of before.”
The youth rally ended with both Campion students and welcomed guests enjoying a fun ice cream treat and gym night games hosted by Campion’s SA officers. Musical chairs winner, Damaris Lopez, said, “I really liked the ice cream and the activities because everyone was involved. I also loved that the winners got prizes. But most of all, I enjoyed getting to know more people through this whole experience, especially the visitors who came from other places.”
The Campion church pastors plan to host a youth rally every fall and continue to grow the event throughout our conference.
Tiffany Mogaka, Student news team