Students from all over the US traveled to Panama City Beach, Florida for Big Break, a week of growing in their relationship with God and learning to share their faith. They spent time engaging with people on the beach, and also by sending the Falling Plates video (www.fallingplates.com) to friends and family and listening to their experiences of Jesus so far in their lives. One student, Allison, experienced something incredibleâ€¦
“My best friend from home came from a Christian family so I thought, I donâ€™t know if I need to text her or not and so I texted her the link to the video. She texted me back and said â€˜I literally just cried. Iâ€™ve been feeling really hopeless and horrible lately.Â And last night I prayed for a sign that Iâ€™m still worth it, that Iâ€™m still meant to live, and that God still cares for me and today you sent that to me.â€™Â This is insane. Iâ€™m literally in tears.”
We can praise God for how He is constantly at work in the lives of people, no matter what they’re going through.
We got this story from one of Keynoteâ€™s former Interns, Erica, who now works on digital strategies globally.Â Feel free to share the Falling Plates video with your friends, too!
Here is the official update from the whole 3 weeks of Big Break Conferences from our staff who were there:
Big BreakÂ was filled with God moments. Some we had the sweet experience of watching unfold before our eyes and others we only heard about, but we know that lives were changed for eternity. The students were reminded that meeting with the Father is essential. They were given time to sit and listen to Jesus. They heard that ministry is pointless if it doesn’t overflow from our moments with the Father; those moments lead to an outpouring of the gospel as our relationship with Him overcomes our distractions and fears. Lives were forever changed.
Then there were the afternoons of outreach. Outreach opportunities happened both on the beach and over many social media platforms. In our three weeks,Â students and staff initiated 11,170 spiritual conversations digitally. 3,024 of them turned into gospel conversations, with 104 making a decision to follow Christ.Â And that’s not all! 601 future appointments were set up with a friend or family member. Dream and pray with us about what God can do in those 601 appointments!
Don’t forget the beach conversations!Â 3,338 conversations were initiated on the beach this year and 1,470 turned into gospel conversations, with 222 making a decision to follow Christ!
One last highlight was prayer. From a night of prayer and speakers emphasizing the importance of prayer, to a large prayer room that facilitated learning and praying every day from morning until night, prayer was a significant and integrated part of the conference.Â Students loved it and many communicated they are returning to campus with a vision and heart to pray!Â (A bunch of our Indy staff worked these conferences and designed the prayer room! It looked fantastic and clearly made a difference in how the students connected with God.)
Thanks for praising God with us for all Heâ€™s doing!