Young adults are being called to come together at New Year’s for a conference called re:TURN (to Jesus). It’s an urgent call, says Randy Friesen, general director of MB Mission.
Friesen was involved in a prayer time last Christmas that left him with a compelling sense that 18–35 year-old adults need to come to Christ, to repent, be renewed spiritually, and experience revival. This New Year’s event is an answer to that.
MB Mission’s North American mobilization coordinator, Sam Dick shares that urgency. Chair of the planning committee, Dick says it’s a coming together of believers, to press in on God, to be inspired; to pray and be prayed over; to spend time in worship, repentance, recommitment, and in awe of God’s personal call.
The conference will take place at Abbotsford, B.C.’s Northview (MB) Community Church, Dec. 31–Jan. 1. Attendees will be billeted, if possible, to keep costs down.
Dick says, “We know there are stirrings and rumblings of revival in various parts of the church, but we also know that many young adults, as a group, are drifting away – and some simply need re-energizing. We need revival as a generation.”
Resource people will include some with mission field service, others with deep experience in living the gospel, and others whose call and vision simply touch young adults’ lives, Dick says. “This event will be unique,” he says, “in the attention given to a very high ratio of prayer ministers who can pray with those who come.”
Dick wants to “get people in the room, to be together with Jesus. This will have influence far beyond us.”
Both Canadian and U.S. Mennonite Brethren conferences have endorsed the meeting. A website provides details.
Friesen believes there will be a prophetic call at this gathering. “It won’t be just another meeting.”