How it was at ´Extreme Following´ conference

The 27th VBH conference took place in Veľký Slavkov on the 16th-17th October. The Lord prepared two blessed days filled with prayers, Bible study, worship and personal testimonies for us in the International Lutheran youth centre – Ichtys. We were thinking about the serious words of Jesus: ´Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life´ (John 12,25 ESV).

The timetable started with worship and prayers. Slavomír Slávik, the director of The Slovak Evangelism Centre and the main conference speaker, described the characteristics of a true disciple of Christ. He went through some true principles about following Jesus according to the Gospel of John 8,1-11. Martin Vígľaš introduced the conference participants to some practical tools for creating high-quality materials suitable for publicising VBH groups. Saturday afternoon belonged to Igor Pogran, who shared his inspiring life story with us in a captivating style. His testimony about his experiences of sharing the gospel with his schoolmates and then colleagues was full of evidence about God´s desire to save everyone from perishing. A discussion about extremism with Miroslav Kocúr filled the first half of Saturday evening which continued with prayers for persecuted Christians from all over the world. We also asked the Lord to send workers into His harvest and to provide all the material and spiritual resources, that are necessary for work often in extremely challenging conditions. We prayed for opportunities to participate in fulfilling the Lord´s command: ´Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.´ A symbolical tent, representing the very difficult conditions faced by Christians in Syria, who have had to leave their homes due to persecution, acted as a stark reminder encouraging us to personally follow Jesus more intensively.

We spent Sunday morning hearing presentations from the groups meeting at the universities in Bratislava, Nitra, Žilina, Martin, Banská Bystrica, Košice and Prešov. We prayed for God´s leading in the new academic year 2017/2018.
We were able to taste the goodness of God all the time during the conference. Jesus Christ revealed Himself, through the talks, as a wonderful Saviour, who is worthy of our obedient following in every condition.

Martin (Graduate)