“I am with you always . . .”
Matthew 28:20 NLT
Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) elaborated on the single word theme of the 2021 CAFO conference: WITH.
In the opening of the conference schedule, he wrote, “As both Scripture and science affirm, humans thrive in healthy togetherness. We wither without it.”
Jedd continues, “From the burning core of Scripture pulses a single, powerful word: WITH.
At the center of all things lives eternal fellowship, the Trinity: Father with Son with Holy Spirit. He formed us not merely to look at us, like a sculpture, but that He might be with us . . . He took on flesh and made His dwelling with us.
While the world pulls outward and apart, God draws us nearer, to Himself and to one another. That is why we are here:
· To worship the God who is with us,
· To delight in fellowship with one another,
· To learn to be more fully, wisely, fruitfully with our neighbor in need.”
What a powerful reminder as we serve teens in need of the hope we have in Jesus. May WITH always be our heartbeat at Teen Reach.