Last month I had the privilege of representing Global Advance at a NextGen conference in Panama City in partnership with Youth Solutions based in Colombia. Over 850 spiritual leaders from Panama and other nations registered for the Light the City event which was held at Hosanna Church in downtown Panama City. To our knowledge this was the first event of its kind in Panama. Over 30 churches participated in what many felt was a movement of the Spirit to unite churches and encourage leaders to bring the light of Jesus Christ to their respective communities. According to our hosts, Hosanna Church decided to broadcast the conference live to several countries, giving other leaders an opportunity to be trained and inspired. On Saturday evening over 2000 people gathered for the final session to hear Bryce Manderfield preach a message based on the story of Peter when he walked on the water to meet Jesus. As volunteers from the audience acted out the story on the stage, Bryce challenged NextGen leaders to have the courage to get out of the boat as an act of faith and obedience in order to bring the light of Jesus Christ to their communities. One such leader was a young man named Alejandro Lagrotta who shared with a friend what the NextGen conference meant to him.
“It was unbelievable what I lived today in just a few minutes. To see many young leaders so hungry for Christ and to build his Kingdom, and the message of those men really touched my heart, as they said it in that morning. I have my heart and soul on fire…Let's go!" - Alejandro Lagrotta
Alejandro was one of many leaders who expressed appreciation to Global Advance and Youth Solutions for hosting this event. Others who stopped by the Global Advance information table shared testimonies of how the conference was motivating them to act on some ideas that had been on their hearts for some time. They were anxious to light their cities and nation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we thanked God for the opportunity to work together in Panama, Global Advance and Youth Solutions agreed that God is about to do amazing things through the leaders who attended the NextGen conference. It is our prayer that the Holy Spirit will empower the churches in Panama to be one in spirit and in purpose as they light their cities with the gospel of Jesus Christ.