We passed the salt.......

So.....this past weekend, I attended the 4th bi-annual African Christian Fellowship Young Adult (ACFYA) Conference held on the outskirts of Chicago, at the Sheraton Hotel in Rosemont, IL from Thurs (5/27) to Mon (5/31).

What a blessing!!!!!!

Months of dedication, hard work, planning and prayer went into what seems to be unquestionably one of the best ACFYA conferences to date. Beginning on Thursday night with icebreakers led by myself (Beloved) and Victor Ike, the conference had already been set ablaze with joyous spirits and receptive hearts. The atmosphere of the Sheraton indeed felt the impact within the very first few minutes of soles touching the ground floor. I can remember specific prayers of ACFYA members aimed directly at the atmosphere of the hotel. If the atmosphere was filled with His spirit, everything else would fall in line. He will always get His glory. So after meeting one another, discovering birthdays, and running across the room, ACFYA conference had officially begun!



On to Friday....

Friday begins the workshops facilitated by ACFYA members on what it means to be effective as the Joshua Generation while passing the salt. Now with salt, pepper accompanies...How do you stand out, without being stained, or dissolved completely in water with no sight to a dying nation. Discussions circulated as God's people tackled real life issues on the issues of being the salt, standing out, remaining remnant of His glory, yet honestly struggling to do it daily. Hearts were revealed to one another as convictions began to take place and God's handywork began to unravel the mystery of the unveiling of the truth. Satan's strongholds came tumbling down and as members began to fellowship with one another, hearing perspective and reasoning from like minded voices, more light was shone forth.

The evening session concluded with wrap-ups and discussions to the afternoon session and highlighted 5 key points that each chapter could accessibly do to maintain their light and walk around flavoring their environment {will post these points later]. The main points focused on application, advancement, action, the purpose and value of being "the salt". All in all, the workshops were a blessing.

The rest of the conference including touring the city of Chicago, Gospel Night at the Apollo, and ACFYA's very own concert featuting ACFYA's very own!!!! Where do I begin?! From the hosts, to the performances, to the talent, God showed up in many different ways, there was no way you could box Him. For those that missed it, it's quite unfortunate, not only cause there's no recording, but just cause you literally had to be there to see it. I myself came in late so I missed Chicago's very own Dan Don, BKA Cypha from Verbill Punishment, but to no surprise when I heard that he slaughtered that stage.....Chgo only does it one way :). Other acts to follow, Joy Ike and Peace Ike! This combination duo, performing as solo artists, are one of the most talented sister sets we've ever witnessed. Their talent definitely surpasses the average.

Then onto Chosen (yep that's his real name)... Currently a 20 yr old Houston, TX up and coming rising star, I'm sure those that were there knows he needs no introduction or definition. But for those that missed it, you truly missed out! To describe him as merely talented is an understatement, his gift is unexplainably ridiculous! Makes no sense, he's just that good! SMH.

But nope....doesn't stop there! Heard of Spoken Life? You will after today.... Their eloquent deliveries of the Gospel ministered behind words of convictions leaves souls hurting or revived, hurting cause they seek the answer that they've tried to deny so conviction consumes them or revived cause they are constantly filled with the truth and are purged daily. Either way, love it or hate it, LOVE THEM! They are the truth!



There were also praise dancers and Chi-Town's very own VERBILL PUNISHMENT [[a group of 4 young men whose mission is to eradicate the lies of the devil, by verbally exposing his deceit whose album drops.....let's go guys, we're waiting] performances alongside the Alpha Clef Project on Saturday at the all-white gala, and engaging comedians who truly believe laughter is the best medicine for the soul. [Shout out to Chidi and Sam-well :)].

As the Joshua Generation learned what it meant to be the salt, they went out into the city of Chicago to season the city by doing community service. Some members went to Uptown Baptist Church to clean up the church, its exterior corridor and houses in the neighborhood. Others embarked on a journey to CT's Playhouse to make cards with the children from Chicago member Ike Nwankwo's church for in-patients currently located at Children's Memorial Hospital...Pictures, stories, testimonies all show it was a success!.



Sunday concludes with Dallas Pastor Glovis Eben ministering about each of our "divine assignments", referencing, Romans 8:19. The world is waiting in earnest expectation for the sons of God to be manifested! Delievered with the passion, this 22 year old minister is only one of God's chosen few! Amazing what God will do in your life when you allow Him to use you! And he definitely showed up Sunday morning as yokes were destroyed and burdens were lifted. There was a breaking in the atmosphere and Chicago along with each respective city is about to feel its impact. God bless you Pastor G. I will ask of a favor from every reader that comes across this page, take it a step further and pray for his ministry alongside all the ministers mentioned in this post. God is using willing vessels to do His work, so pray for those that have chosen to do it.

Until next time folks, let the fire burn in your hearts like a branding, but let it not die out after this week. The world is dying daily while believers have the answer. A day will come when you will have to answer to the Father for every opportunity that you decided to walk away from. Silent testimonies not only enslave others, they trap you also. You have what the world is waiting for, it's time to flavor your generation!


Be blessed

Osaruchi

15 comments:

ibeo23 June 2, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

What a great read. What I have learned from this passed weekend, I will not let go. I'll continue to pass the salt for His Glory!!!

BelovedOsaruchi June 2, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

Thanks Obi! And yes, let the fire burn! It can't die. If we fail, God fails....and that CANNOT HAPPEN!

Be blessed!

JBHOT June 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

words cannot express this conference. cant wait to c all the pictures

BelovedOsaruchi June 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

Forgot to mention the praise and worship! How did I forget? O well, wouldn't do them any justice....No words to describe them! HOTT! And SHARON, GOD BLESS YOUR VOICE AND YOUR MINISTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!

BelovedOsaruchi June 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

Yes J, agreed!

Highpriest June 2, 2010 at 6:23 PM  

Oh daughter of Zion, May grace and the anointing of God's Spirit be multiplied to you. May your Life breathe forth supernatural things and I curse every plan of the Enemy working against you in the name of Jesus. The Lord will use you for exploits and cease every opportunity you have to make a difference. Great Job on the Writings and thanks for your kind words, nevertheless I must decrease, so He can increase. God Bless you

Toyebi June 2, 2010 at 6:45 PM  

Osaruchi, awesome writing. God has given you the grace to capture the moments to the reader like they were there...although there's nothing like really being there...but...you feel me...You are blessed and highly favored...more power to you and more grace...
Toyebi.

Emeka June 2, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

Great read Osaruchi, Yes God definitely showed up and showed OUT!!! To HIM be the glory

Xtina! June 2, 2010 at 11:46 PM  

This is a great recap!!! twas a divine encounter indeed!

BelovedOsaruchi June 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

Thanks everyone!

Just Ify June 3, 2010 at 2:18 PM  

Thanks for sharing! It looked like an awesome time of fellowship :)

Emeka June 3, 2010 at 2:47 PM  

This is good. Easy to read and it really covers the conference. Could I use this as an article for the newsletter?

Ade June 3, 2010 at 3:23 PM  

Beloved, you have a gift! Not only does your writing help me relive the weekend, but you've officially hooked me to your blog. You and everyone else involved did a wonderful job planning. Our parents prayers for the future of ACF are being answered, and this is proof!

Samuel June 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM  

Appreciate the Shout out "Root"! :)

Re-reading the whole blog really makes me ache to back in fellowship with everyone again. I cant wait for the next one! Seriously I pray everyone keeps the fire burning in their hearts. Lets move into our Season of change...Change the earth with our Season.

BelovedOsaruchi June 3, 2010 at 3:35 PM  

Thanks Ade, glad you liked it.....

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