Students gather for God at History Maker
by Keri Vermeulen
Imagine thousands of teenaged students from all over British Columbia and Yukon, gathered together over an entire weekend in an arena setting, to connect with each other and God, to learn about Him and to show their enthusiasm while singing along with live worship bands. If you can picture that kind of excitement, then you’ve already got a pretty good idea of what the HistoryMaker conference is all about. Set for May 19 to 21, this year’s HistoryMaker happens at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.
The conference is about giving teens the opportunity to have a life-altering encounter with the living God. Part of what makes the weekend so special, is that it happens outside the norms of students’ day-to-day life at school, home and church. HistoryMaker is geared for students, ages 12-19, youth ministries, volunteers and leaders.
Youth Pastor for Living Waters Church in Fort Langley, Rebeca Monzo has attended HistoryMaker 21 times, almost every year since her first conference at 13 years old. “I’ve attended as a youth, a youth leader and a youth pastor,” Monzo shares. “You get to hear from speakers you don’t normally hear from. You’re challenged and inspired. It’s almost like a mountain top experience. You’re away from what’s normal to you. You connect with each other and God and allow Him to work in your heart. You leave that place a different person.”
About 2,000 students are expected at this month’s HistoryMaker. Hosted by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, BC and Yukon District, the event is open to all students. Monzo is part of a district leadership team, made up of youth pastors and leaders. Also on the HistoryMaker leadership team is Westwinds Community Church Youth Pastor Christian Brouwer, who says the gathering of students together in this context can be very powerful – reminding young people they are not alone in life.
“This is a great time to show them they are not alone,” Brouwer shares. “My students look forward to it every year. They know it’s going to be an awesome time. It’s a great connection point. I’ve seen relationships with each other and God strengthened so much through this weekend.”
This year’s HistoryMaker conference theme is “Truth” and centred around Jesus’ message of love, hope, forgiveness, and wholeness, for inward change and for outward impact, found in John 8:32.
For more information, or to register your student(s), check out historymaker.ca