The 46th annual Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention sponsored by our South Holland church in Illinois was one with many good and lasting memories. It’s always hard to say good-bye to friends, new and old, who live thousands of miles away, but when I think back upon the good times we had and the things we did together, I only look forward more to the next convention.
The college at which it took place, Valparaiso University, had a nice campus with many facilities – a swimming pool, basketball and volleyball courts, racquetball courts, a recreation room and overall a big campus with lots of room. The dorms were also nice with big rooms.
The things I missed most from last year’s convention were the times spent with the chaperones and the interesting discussion groups. The topic of this convention “Being Reformed in 1986: Heritage and Calling” was a good subject, but the discussion groups I was in were not as interesting and easy to communicate in as last year. One reason could be that the young people were not mentally able to discuss the subject because they had not prepared ahead of time. They probably did not know enough about the subject. A good way to prepare is by reading the Beacon Lights which speak of the convention and what the topics are about.
I especially enjoyed the three speeches during the week. The ministers were well-prepared and very easy to understand.
I think the South Holland Young People’s Society and church did a very good job in planning this convention. It was a good experience for young people to come to a convention and be with others of the same faith. It also gives us the opportunity to grow spiritually in the grace and knowledge of God. I would like to thank the societies of South Holland, and most of all, God for giving us the opportunity for this week of fellowship.