“CJ”, an unmissable event

Back when this blog was still at its conception, I could already picture the day following the CJ when I’d be able to write an article about this convention, my beautiful convention. “The event after my heart” as I have nicknamed it, an event so unique in a place yet so banal but where, during four days, Heaven is on earth.

The “CJ”, diminutive of the Youth Convention, is a Christian event, an annual four-day event that brings together young people aged from 15 to 30 years old, from different churches and different corners of Belgium (but also from neighbouring countries). This convention is a time of retreat during which we bathe in prayer, praise, worship, and so on. Four days during which we are taught by different speakers according to the theme of the year. But it is also four days of fraternal communion and connections with other young people, a multicultural and well-balanced event!

This year, I participated to the CJ for the 6th time and every year my prayer is that I never get used to this event. And this prayer seems to work because every year I wait for it with the same eagerness, I go there with ever more expectations and I always come out of it full of testimonies. Each of my CJs has its own story with God as an author. 

And every year my frustration is the same: that of not seeing more young people participate. And again this year, while we were living a wonderful time in the presence of God, a frustration rose in me, I thought “Lord, what we have just experienced there is not something that I can transmit to them, whether it is  through a story or even by vlogging. I don’t know what to say or do to make them realize how wonderful this event is.” And since each frustration finds a solution, I don’t know how yet, but I know that He will give the keys for this event to reach as many people as possible!

I don’t promote this event just because it is my favorite, or because I serve there : I want to make it known because everything that God does through this convention is great and a source of testimonies! (This is not an article about my personal testimony) but the first time I went there in 2014, “by chance” because I was taken there, I was touched like I never before, I made the most radical decisions of my life , and the best of all : I accepted Christ as the Lord and Savior of my life. My life has totally changed after I went through this event, there has been a before and an after so remarkable and notifiable by many. But it’s not just about me, hundreds of people could also testify to you about these extraordinary things that God has done in their lives through this youth convention.

I went there as a participant and then I started to get involved because “I wanted to be a part of it” is what I told myself as soon as I came out of it in 2014. And today I am so grateful to be able to serve in this convention; it is a real grace, a privilege. It’s the choice to give myself, to give my time, my gifts and talents so that this magnificent work can move forward, allowing many to know it and live there what I experienced. 

To you who read this article and never participated to this wonderful event, be my guest for the next edition, you have no idea what you can live there!

For my part, I hope I’m never going to stop talking about this event with such zeal and passion and I know that for the next edition the holder of creativity will allow me to promote this event even harder !  

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