“CJ”, a not-to-be-missed event

At the time when this blog was still at its conception, I could already imagine this day after CJ where I would write an article about this convention, my beautiful convention. “The event according to my heart” as I have nicknamed it, an event so unique in a place yet banal but where for four days is heaven on earth.

The “CJ”, a diminutive of the Youth Convention, is a Christian event, an annual four-day event that brings together young people between the ages of 15 and 30, from different churches and different corners of Belgium (but also from neighbouring countries). This convention is a time of retreat during which one bathes in prayer, praise, worship, four days during which one is 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 so balanced event!

This year, I participated for the 6th time and every year my prayer is that I never get used to this event. And this prayer works because every year I wait for it with the same ardour, I go there with ever more expectations and I come out always 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 seeing benefits of 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 to myself “Lord, what we have just experienced there, it is not even something that I can transmit to them, whether through a story or even me by the vlog. I don’t know what to say or do to make them realize how wonderful this event is.” And as with each frustration corresponds a solution, I do not know how but I know that He will give the keys for this event to reach as many people as possible!

I do not promote this event just because it is my favorite event, or because I use it no, I want to make it known because everything that God does through this convention is great and subject to testimonies! (This is not the article about my personal testimony) but the first time I went there in 2014 and “by chance” because I was taken there, I was touched like I never was, I made the most radical decisions of my life , and the best of all: to accept Christ as the Lord and Savior of my life. My life has totally changed in contact with this event, there has been a before and 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 in 2014. And today I am so grateful to be able to serve in this convention; it is a real grace, a privilege. The choice to give of myself, of my time, of my gifts and talents so that this magnificent work can move forward and that many can know it and live there what I experienced there. 

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

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

With a lot of love,

The Christianista

Ps: The vlog arrives on my youtube channel: “The Christianista” and feel free to go for a ride on the CJ instagram: @conventionjeunesse

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