ALBUQUERQUE – Over 200 young people attended the first FESJA or Federación de Sociedades de Jóvenes Adventistas (Adventist Youth Federation) retreat of 2019 and made it one of the largest in recent years.
“We are thankful that the Lord continues to bless this ministry. We see how it grows every year,” said Daniela Márquez, FESJA Texico president.
The theme of the weekend was “El Vive” (He is alive) and was based on the book of Job. Guest speaker Ricardo Castro, who serves in the Española district, delivered messages focused on the importance of having a close relationship with God. Attendees experienced the presence of God through worship, community service and fellowship. Other special activities throughout the weekend, included a Bible contest, a retro-themed dinner and a Q&A session with Castro and another pastor. Surprisingly, one of the main concerns that surfaced during the session was the youth expressing their desire to want to give their lives to Jesus, but being afraid of disappointing Him.
“Our young people are ready to follow Jesus but they need support from our Adventist community so they can take that leap of faith,” said Márquez. “We are happy that FESJA provides a safe space for youth to have an encounter with God and help them make a decision to follow Him.”
The next FESJA Texico retreat will take place on July 26-28, 2019 in Ruidoso at Cook Canyon Camp.
By FESJA Texico
Photo by Karen Maturino
Photo caption: Over 200 young people marched on the streets of Albuquerque with messages of God’s love during the first FESJA retreat of 2019.