Stories

Covenant Kids is so grateful for the generous offering given during CHIC 2012! We are excited to see how God will use this enormous gift to provide life-changing education and loving care to thousands of children in Colombia, DR Congo, India and South Sudan. Our partner ministries in each of these countries have expressed their gratitude to all who attended CHIC 2012.

We want to invite you to follow the offering and witness first-hand what God is doing to bring hope to children. Trips are being planned to India and Colombia for Spring Break and Summer of 2013. If you are interested about these or other mission trips visit CovChurch.org and search CHIC trips or contact covenantkids(at)covchurch.org.

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This last week I took my kids across the country to the University of Tennessee for our triennial youth ministry gathering, called CHIC. The acronym is not important, but what the event is, is one of the most important events I do in my student ministry. [+]
Covenant World Relief (CWR) has been the response of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) to extreme poverty, hunger, injustice, and disaster for more than 60 years. Together, CWR and Covenant World Mission partnered with national church ministries to break the cycle of poverty for children and students through formal and non-formal education in the countries of India, Colombia, Congo, and South Sudan. The funds collected at CHIC2012 will be used to support these Covenant Kids ministries.

Last night, those who gathered for the final mainstage of CHIC2012 raised over [+]

Greetings from Knoxville! Another fantabulous CHIC experience has come and gone. Know that your prayers were answered and have planted seeds in the lives of 5000 students that are on the way home to carry the light of Jesus Christ into their corners of the world. The final worship experience asked the question, “who will He send?” Students were encouraged that being used by God does not depend on them but only depends on God working through them. The 2012 CHICsters demonstrated that as they allowed God to use them to collect $127,000+ for Covenant Kids ministry, the most money that a CHIC event has ever collected! [+]
Wednesday night’s CHIC communion service was a powerful experience. Throughout the week Efrem Smith has been reminding students that we are all part of one large youth group this week — this partaking of communion together served as a symbol of being part of the larger body of Christ, the global church.

The question of the night was “Do you want to be made well?” Rev. Judy Peterson, North Park University’s campus pastor, challenged students to get up and move away from the things that are making them unwell, to surrender them to Christ and start living a “well-er” life. [+]

This morning’s focus group theme was Freedom. During the “freedom experience” we heard the powerful testimony of a man who was once heavily involved in drugs and alcohol until he came to know Christ. He shared his story with us, urging us to recognize that life is messy. Some seasons in life will just be a giant mess, and sometimes we will be so deeply entrenched in sin or in pain that it’s hard to know how to get out. Some of us may even still feel defined by past sins. The truth is, sin does leave its mark on us. He compared these hurts that have not yet been healed to a scab. A scab does not look good; it’s messy, it’s ugly, and it can hurt. [+]
CHIC is more than a 5-day experience, and some youth workers have taken a great initiative to encourage their students who are able to attend and participate to make the most of what is available to them. Honestly, there are a lot of out-of-the-box things going on this week and one of those things a group of students from Hillcrest Covenant Church in Prairie Village, Kansas, is involved in is known as the “CHIC Mission Track”. The CHIC Mission Track was developed for high school students who sense a potential call into missions – Lemme tell ya more about it! [+]
Have you seen the fun pictures from the Covenant World Relief display at CHIC? Students are stopping by to have fun and interact with the CWR team. Check out the photos here. Find yourself and students from your youth group and tag them! [+]
Speaker Francis Chan had the audience at the CHIC 2012 Main Stage event questioning their faith. And he did it with a biblical style of humor in which the hearers are caught off guard. Chan is a former pastor who has written the best-selling books Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell. He also founded Eternity Bible College and sits on the boards of directors for Children’s Hunger Fund and World Impact. [+]
Greetings from Knoxville on Day 5! We cannot believe the last day of CHIC is here. God has been pouring out His Spirit upon His children…we have seen it and it is MARVELOUS in our eyes. Yesterday students attended workshops that included topics such as radical discipleship, being in relationship with others, exploring full time ministry, missionary ministry and human trafficking. The evening worship experience included communion and compelled children to answer the question, “do you want to be well.” Students confessed the sin and woundedness that is tearing their souls and laid it at the throne of grace. They then each journeyed to the cross to receive a white flag that symbolized their surrender to Christ. It was such a moving experience as hundreds of children wept at the cross and were sorrowful before the Lord. [+]
About six months ago Craig Lueck, two-time CHIC creative mastermind, called Minnesota for his brother and instead his sister-in-law, Linda, answered the call. They got to chatting and creative thoughts collided – through the past months their initial thoughts of making banners for each church group evolved into a humanitarian endeavor dubbed “Project Warmth”. [+]
I would always rather tell one story well than tell seven stories poorly. So, at a conference of over 5,000, a few hundred of whom I’ve met briefly, and a few handfuls of whom I’ve had the pleasure of conversing further with, I think it is definitely acceptable and probably preferable for me to acquaint you well with one, rather than slightly with several. [+]
Greetings from Knoxville on Day 4! Yesterday started out with a spirit of exhaustion but the Lord infused his strength throughout the camp as the day progressed on! A thunder and lightening storm closed down the afternoon outdoor festivities but it did not hamper the spirit of the students. They attended workshops that included topics such as how to walk into your calling, wacky Jesus lessons, healthy dating, evangelism and diversity. The evening worship experience included a heart surgery sermon delivered by Francis Chan that challenged students to ask themselves the question, “do you really love Jesus?” They were encouraged to confess the secret sin in their lives that keeps them from a purely intimate relationship with Christ. [+]
Thunderous bass. Hypnotic lights. Some serious excitement in the air. These elements set the tone for rapper Lecrae’s opening concert at the second night of Main Stage last night. With infectious beats and no-nonsense lyrics, he delivered a powerful slab of hip-hop glorifying Jesus as the source, and needless to say, the entire arena had a blast. [+]

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