'God Is Raising up a Generation': This Is the Movement That's Fueling Teens with the Power of Desperation
- Teenagers today faceall kinds of pressure
from getting good grades to avoiding
alcohol and drugs while in school.
In such a complicated world,
one church wants to reach asmany young people as possible
with one simple message.
God has a plan for your life.
Our John Jessup explains.
It's here against thebackdrop of these majestic
mountains in Colorado Springs
where students comefrom across the country
seeking the God of all creation
for changing their lives and in the lives
of others from their generation.
On this sunny day thousands of students
from more than 40 states
file into New Life Church.
They come to DesperationStudent Conference
to learn about purposeand living on mission.
And Christian speakers like Louie Giglio
and artists like Kari Jobeand Elevation Worship.
This is Ian Watkins third year.
He believes Desperation speaksdirectly to his generation.
- We're just like so hungry andpassionate in different ways
and like we're looking for answers.
But we're like lookingto the wrong places.
I believe that they provide
a lot of answers and that's Christ.
- [John] Ian says he discoveredthe answer for himself
on his very first visitwhen he became a Christian.
Now as part of a ministrycalled the Move of God
Ian sees a story repeated each year.
- Dear Jesus I admit I'm a sinner.
- [John] Many here commit to follow Jesus,
learning to become fearless in their faith
and devote themselves to making disciples.
- This generation hasbeen mischaracterized
as being narcissistic,
self centered, materialistic,
and all the rest of those things.
And those are certainlychallenges within our culture
but I really do believe
and we believe that Godis raising up a generation
that is really looking tobe able to make a difference
in their world.
- [John] It's a message the students
are putting into action.
- Whether you're in a locker room,
or you're in the halls atschool like be that light
so I think what it reallydoes is create this culture
and this hunger and understanding
that like to be what ever you are
to have that passion to have that
desperate to see people know Christ.
- [John] And that passionkeeps them hungry for more.
- [Ian] I'm gonna keepcoming back as long as I can.
As long as they'll let me.
Because I just love seeing young kids
just hungry after Christ.
- This is the 17th year for the
Desperation Student Conference.
And with so many teenagelives being changed here,
organizers say that'swhat keeps them going
year after year.
John Jessup CBN Newsreporting in Colorado Springs.