GODencounters has brought me back to the source . . . God . . . via prayer," expressed Shirley Flores, a 37-year-old nursing professor, reflecting on her experience of the 2005 GODencounters Conference (GEc) held May 27-June 4 in central Florida. "The messages have helped me remember the power of God."

More than 2,500 young adults convened at the annual gathering, which this year focused on "Unstoppable: 24/7 Prayer." From across the continent, and as far away as Australia, GEc delegates gathered to experience eclectic prayer rooms, dynamic corporate worship, discipleship seminars, and deeper relationships with God and one another.

Sam Leonor, La Sierra University chaplain, and Christine Toledo, of the Chicago Tabernacle, were joined by Elia King, Ken Rogers, Tim Goff, and 321 Improv to inspire and motivate young adults to live a life of continuous communion with Christ. Experienced in community with others, many affirmed that the encounters were refreshing.

"After one of the messages on the power of prayer, I celebrated my birthday with my friends in the prayer room," Flores continued. "That day was one of the best birthdays I have had. Thank you."

Part of a seven-year discipleship journey, GODencounters challenges young adults to deepen their commitment to living their faith intentionally--to find meaning and purpose as GODfollowers. The summer conference and fall retreat afford young adults an opportunity to celebrate growing their faith and to challenge one another to deepen their devotion to Jesus.

"Last year I was feeling worthless and wondering why I am here," expressed Brett Amburgey, a 23-year-old construction worker who attended GEc. "Thank Jesus, He has shown me the light and helped me find my purpose."

November 4-6, 2005, Camp Kulaqua will host this year's GODencounters Retreat in northern Florida. In addition, more GODencounters gatherings are popping up throughout the country and beyond. GODencounters.org offers the latest information on coming events and ongoing discipleship experiences.


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