One of the most important aspects of the Youth in Mission Congress are the multiple workshops, that challenge us to engage in different topics.
Some of the topics are: "Creation versus evolution" - "Why is there so much suffering in this world if there is a loving God?" "Is God a moral monster?" - "How does the 'new' understanding of tolerance influence our thinking?" - "How do I communicate in a good and constructive manner in a relationship?" - "What should I expect should I become a pastor?"
These are some of the questions we've heard, asked and discussed many times but that are still relevant today and hence are being elaborated in the workshops. "So, how do I pray?", for example, is one of the questions discussed. A practical advice is: Pray to the creator, not the creature he created. As soon as I stop worshipping the creator I will start worshiping creation and lose my connection to God.
"Does God really exist?" - I have experienced God personally, this is why I believe in Him, and to me, His existence is proven rationally. Why can't I prove Him to others? If pizza is my favorite food, you can believe me, but I cannot prove it to you. There seems to be a difference between knowledge and faith.
There is a workshop for everyone to learn from, think about and tell others about. One participant might be more interested in this, another in that; nonetheless we share the same goal: To experience God's love and share it with others, just like in 1. John 4:19: "We love Him because He first loved us."Written by Anastasia Lachmann on Friday, 25 March 2016.