In His Service
SLIDELL, LA. – On Feb. 15, nine churches from the Southern Louisiana area were represented as young and old settled into the sanctuary with retired pastor John Taylor (pictured left) as the morning speaker for the area’s first teen prayer conference. Young people came from Slidell, Bogalusa, Mandeville, New Iberia, Lafayette, Marrero, New Orleans, Hammond, Baton Rouge and Zachary churches. The conference’s theme “In His Service,” enumerated the ways that young and old can be of service in the Lord’s work, and showed how prayer pulls everyone together.
The afternoon continued as the young people attended three break-out sessions that discussed how to use the power of prayer to best serve the Lord. Werner Gill, Gentry Seventh-day Adventist Church pastor and assistant prayer ministries director for the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference, focused on how to put your brain in gear with prayer before serving; Bryan Seymour, pastor of the Lafayette Seventh-day Adventist Church, taught how to fill your heart with God’s love and trust before serving Him; and Lanette Bieber, prayer ministries director for the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference, showed how prayer adds protection and strength to our hands before trying to serve Him. Each young person received a hat, t-shirt, work gloves and a small tennis shoe on a keychain. Taylor used the tennis shoe to symbolize the work the youth would each do for the Lord.
Other guests from the conference office were on hand to meet with and welcome the young people, church members and sponsors to the first Southern Louisiana Teen Prayer Conference, including President Rick Dye and his wife, Yvonne; Youth Director David Craig (pictured right); and Educational Superintendent Stephen Burton.
The day closed at 6 p.m. with a delicious haystack supper in the fellowship hall. It was a wonderful Sabbath with a lot of enthusiastic young people who were inspired to do their best in working for the Lord and serving others. The prayer ministries team is ready and willing to do a weekend revival on prayer in your church. Lanette Bieber can be reached through
By Sylvia Downs
Communication Administrative Assistant