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THOUSANDS ATTEND YOUTH
CONFERENCE IN GERMANY
by Lauren Weaver

" Stand up and live for you,
Speak out my hope in you,
Keep on running to you,
Lord I wanna dive deeper."

The voices of thousands of young people, proclaiming
together in song their desire to “dive deeper” into faith and mission,
fi lled the exhibition hall of the Leipzig Trade Fair Center this summer.

From Japan, Canada, South Africa, the Bahamas, India, Macedonia –
89 countries in all – more than 6,500 persons came to Leipzig, Germany,
for the 15th Baptist Youth World Conference held July 30 to August 3.
For some the conference was their fi rst experience outside of their
own country; for many, it was their fi rst opportunity to meet and interact
with persons from so many different cultures.
Bible studies, workshops, family groups, evening celebrations, and a
plethora of other activities made up the week.
Family groups – small groups of 10-25 persons – provided a forum for
youth to share about the unique challenges they face in their own settings,
and to learn about the things they have in common with youth from across
the globe, especially when it comes to living out their Christian faith. As
Atavak from Germany expressed, “I think it’s a good idea to see how
people from other countries live their lives for Jesus.”
Each day, participants were challenged to “dive deeper” into a
particular area, into deeper faith in Jesus, into deeper justice from Jesus,
into deeper listening to Jesus, into deeper outreach for Jesus and into
deeper experience of Jesus. The morning Bible studies, led by Nick
Lear of the United Kingdom, and the evening services focused on these
themes.
The evening celebrations were fi lled with sincere and exuberant
worship, with music led by Matt and Juls Hollidge of the United Kingdom
and their band. Scripture passages were read and prayers delivered by
youth in many different


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