‘Come as you are’

LIHUE – Hundreds of young folks will gather Friday night at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall for an islandwide Youth Rally. It will be the eighth year for the free event sponsored by a group of 12 churches that are part of the Kauai Island Ministries. 

Event organizer David Leong said they are expecting a strong turnout based on previous attendance that ranged between 400 and 800 kids each year.

“This will be a good shot in the arm for youth,” he said. 

Themed, “Come as you are,” the drug-free, smoke-free event will offer food, fellowship, inspirational speakers and door prizes donated by Kauai businesses. 

The top prize will be a new surfboard.  

“The speakers will challenge them to rise up and do more,” Leong said. “The island youth suffer from depression, suicides and teen pregnancy. This will call them higher.”

When Leong first organized the event, he said he was inspired to put together a show where the youth would see they could put together something beyond themselves. 

The scheduled speaker this year is Pastor Brandon Ahu of New Hope Metro on Oahu. 

He will deliver a gospel presentation to awaken the hearts of attendees to pursue God’s purposes in their lives. 

Ahu will present the scripture as inspiration and guidance so that the young people can rebuff parts of today’s culture, and instead follow God’s glory. 

He will challenge students to live out their “counter-culture” faith because of the Gospel’s life-changing, culture shaking message. 

A free chili and rice dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall with a pre-event prize give-away at 6:15. The main event will start at 7 p.m. 

Info: www.kimonline.org or call David Leong at 652-4351 or Kelly at 346-8903.

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