By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer
ALEXANDRIA – Duck Dynasty fever is coming to this year’s Youth Evangelism Conference.
Ducky Dynasty reality television show daughter Sadie Robertson is the featured guest during the Sunday evening session of this year’s Youth Evangelism Conference.
The daughter of Willie and Korie Robertson, Sadie will discuss her new devotional series for teenagers, and share about her new line of modesty based prom dresses for girls and living out her faith on a Louisiana high school campus. Also, she will have some fun talking about duck hunting.
“We’re thankful to have Sadie joining us at YEC,” said Kevin Boles, youth strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. “YEC is about Louisiana teenagers. Sadie is a Louisiana teenager who’s living out her Christianity in very bold ways. She was a last minute addition, due to the complexity of her family’s schedule, and we’re thankful she can be with us.”
But YEC will feature more than Robertson’s testimony.
Louisiana Baptist teenagers will have an opportunity not only to worship, hear inspiring messages, and be challenged to live out their faith on their campuses, but to answer the call to missions during YEC.
Celebrating its 26th year, YEC’s theme will be Continental, based off Matthew 24:14 that commands sharing the gospel to all nations before Christ returns. To that end, students will receive an opportunity to learn more about participating in a Louisiana Baptist mission trip to Madrid, Spain, from July 12 to 22.
The Geaux Students LA trip is designed as an entry level mission trip for students who have little or no overseas missions experience and will include ministering through relational evangelism to North African Muslims in Madrid.
Boles says “we’re extending an invitation to students to take the gospel to the nations. For us, that’s a trip to Madrid with iGoGlobal. iGoGlobal is a missions sending ministry that partners teenagers and leaders with our International Mission Board missionaries. Louisiana is one of four state conventions partnering with iGoGlobal. It’s an incredible opportunity for our students.”
More information can be found at www.igoglobal.org, then clicking on trips.
Held at the Rapides Parish Coliseum in Alexandria Sunday, Nov. 24 to Monday, Nov. 25, YEC will feature preaching from Afshin Ziafat, a Houston native who was disowned by his family when he converted from Islam to Christianity as a senior in high school. Ziafat is the lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, and travels around the world to share the gospel in churches, conferences and missions.
Also on the schedule is illusionist Brock Gill, a Louisiana native who grew up at First Baptist Church DeRidder. The Matt Robertson Band will lead worship. The lead singer of the group – Matt Robertson – is the worship leader at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.
“Matt and the band led worship with me when I preached at Falls Creek, Oklahoma, two summers ago,” Boles said. “They are passionate worship leaders.”
YEC will also feature David Bowden, an artist who uses poetry and spoken word to accent worship. Christian hip hop artists Tedashii, KB and Derek Minor will close out YEC with a concert Tuesday evening.
“You won’t find three guys who are more vocal, more passionate about the life-changing message of Jesus Christ,” Boles said.
Registration is open and space is available but limited. Seating is assigned, and in-the-round. Cost for the event is $45.
Last year’s YEC sold out before the doors opened, the first time ever in the history of the event. The attendance of 7,567 shattered the previous record of 7,050, set back in 2010.
The annual gathering of youth from the state is the largest gathering of Louisiana Baptists each year. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Sunday and ends at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Monday.
For more information, visit yeclouisiana.org.