This past January 2017, 235 young people and
116 youth leaders from Latin America’s Central
Zone of Kairos were gathered in Tegucigalpa,
Honduras to take part on the third Youth
Conference titled: Tu Momento (Your Time)
The venue was Campus el Tabor, Valle de
Ángeles’, the same one used for the conference
in 2013. Young people from Costa Rica,
Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala were
The event, that lasted four days, invited the
young people to take action and to be a part
of God’s mission not only in their own
personal lives but in the broader mission of
the Sword of the Spirit from this early time,
to make the most of their youth to serve Him.
God told them” This is your time”.
There were three simultaneous events: a
conference for the 15-18 year olds and two
camps (one for the boys and one for the girls)
for the 12-14 year olds.
The event was led mainly by university students
that have given their lives to God and are
serving the young people for him. Pablo Madrigal
and Daniela Bravo were in charge of the
conference. The speakers were Lester Lacayo,
César Corrales and Horacio Vega from the
community Ciudad de Dios (Nicaragua), Sara
Fonseca, Marco Madrigal and Miguel Vargas from
the community Árbol de Vida (Costa Rica) and
Melina Montero from the community Fuente de Vida
During the conference, the young people were
encouraged to set a personal goal for
themselves, and they also committed to
organizing a group project, by local
communities, that they will run during this
year. There was also time for recreation and
Each of the five sessions had a main theme. Each
of the sessions included a talk, a prayer time,
and some other activities like workshops,
discussion groups and games. The young people
could choose between three workshops of 3
sessions each: 1. sexuality, 2. social media and
3. relationships & decision making .
The first theme was The time we were assigned to
live in. It was about them living in a time full
of opportunities, a time when they have more
career options than ever before, when women have
rights, when people have access to a large
amount of information because of technology and
that information obliges them to take stands and
define what they believe in. But they also live
in a contradictory world, full of wars and
crises. All this helped them understand that it
is in their hands to seize the opportunities and
advantages, confront the crises and accept the
time that is theirs to live and to do something
with it. This session also invited the young
people to lay aside all material things,
relationships and other things that may hinder
them from moving forward.
The second talk was titled The Power of Being
Young and the speaker gave some examples of
young people who have done great and impressive
deeds in their youth. They achieved that because
they made the key decisions in a key time. The
world has a stereotype of young people but that
doesn’t mean we have to be like the stereotype,
we can decide to be different. It was also
mentioned that the advantages of being young are
infinite but they won’t last forever, they have
to be used now! This talk called the young
people toward excellence, because they do things
for God and he is excellent.
The third session was called Shalom Project. It
was about God calling each and every one of the
young people there – at that very moment. It was
not a coincidence that they were there. They all
have a call to live community and engage in the
vision that they all belong to a great wall, the
bulwark to strengthen God’s people, and that
they have a place in that bulwark that no one
else can fill.
The fourth session, Your Time was a very
powerful prayer meeting divided up into men and
women. The Lord healed many wounds and called
people to take their place in the bulwark
personally, and to respond, each from their own
last one was called The Day after
speakers talked about how God had acted
throughout the conference and how he had
renewed hearts, but that God did not want all
this to be just a memory, but a in their
lives. That when they get home they would
continue striving in his power against the
evil in the world. The speakers also
encouraged them not to forget all that they
experienced and all that they received. There
were many examples of words spoken by God to
young people like Jeremiah, Joshua and
was one extra session where the young people
had a space to devise ways to improve the
youth groups and outreaches in their local
communities. It was an extended time where
they got together with a leader to help them
to express their ideas better.
Lord has done great things for the young
people of our communities and they left the
conference with new gifts, encouraged and
equipped with the weapons of God!
Gabriel Pinel, Victoria
de Dios, Honduras.
a doubt, God has a perfect plan for our lives.
When I was invited to the “Tu Momento”
Conference I wasn’t planning on going. I
didn’t feel like it and had a sense of
unworthiness. However, the day before the
conference I changed my mind and I said ‘yes’
to the Lord.
days had passed and I still didn’t have the
answer I was looking for. There was a prayer
time where men and women were set apart and it
was then that God, through my brothers and my
own prayer, gave me the answer I had been
looking for, for more than two years. I
realized that we need to trust the Lord with
all of our lives and say ‘yes’ to him with
certainty that it is the only way he can
direct our lives perfectly. Every morning,
when I wake up, I thank God for changing my
mind and giving me the strength to give him my
Maria Angelica Garay,
Ciudad de Dios, Nicaragua.
We were in a prayer time and I wasn’t feeling
anything. I could see many people crying or
slain in the spirit and I asked the Lord to
feel something special. I asked the Lord for a
specific sign and he granted it, in that
moment I felt a tingling in my back and it was
very clear that God gave me that sign not to
prove that he was there, but to remind me how
special I am to him because I am his daughter
and he loves me.
The conference was a great experience. It
wasn’t until this moment that I understood
that God had saved me from a life in the world
and that he wants my ‘yes’ to be able to do
great things with me. If I give my ‘yes’ to
him, it will be the best decision of my life.
I hope to be able to share this treasure with
my friends to let them know how great the Lord
is and that if they join his plan, they will
lack nothing in the world.
Aldo Arana, Ciudad de
conference in Honduras was a life-changing
experience. I would live it a thousand times
again without a doubt because I experienced
the Lord in an incredible way.
I thank God for all the experiences, for all
the people I met who helped me get closer to
the Lord throughout the conference, for all
the talks and games that helped me getting to
know more people. All these highlighted the
fact that following Christ is worth it, and
that we must not surrender in the race of life
whose goal is heaven, and that we need to be
the light of the world to be an example of
radical Christians, active people who give it
all to follow Christ.
María Paula Brenes,
Árbol de Vida, Costa Rica.
I was delighted by the prayer times, they were
very powerful and God spoke to me quite a lot
through them. The Holy Spirit was present
giving many gifts, and we prayed over one
I remember feeling God asking me to pray for
people, so I began looking carefully and when
I saw someone and my heart would beat harder I
felt I needed to pray for that person, and I
did. I repeated this several times.
In one prayer meeting, the Lord gave me a word
saying, “You were meant to be together. Listen
how you clap and sing together as one person.
Have no doubt that you are part of my people
and this is a people I made to stay together.”
The Lord changed my heart. Now I do something
I was struggling a lot to do: I am praying
Victoria de Dios, Honduras.
The conference was striking because I held a
grudge in my heart. Each talk made it clearer
that I must never give up, that I have to be a
radical man, that I have to make a commitment
to the bulwark and to myself, and stay
faithful in the battle.
The most shocking moment for me was the men’s
prayer time because it was in that moment that
all my brothers were on fire, enjoying the
presence of the Lord.
Esteban Brenes, Árbol
de Vida, Costa Rica.
This ‘Tu Momento’ Conference was that
“breakthrough moment” everyone always talks
about in their testimonies. I saw and felt the
Lord working strongly, not only in me, but in
the unity of my group of friends.
Daniela Díaz is a young person from the Arbol
de Vida Community in Costa Rica. Photographs
courtesy of the event’s organizers.
was originally published in the Sword
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