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24 August 2016

Soul Survivor continues to see young people come to Christ

Soul Survivor continues to see young people come to Christ

More than a thousand young people committed to following Jesus at Soul Survivor and Momentum this summer.

The festivals hosted more than 26,000 young people, with 1,527 coming to faith.

The themes this year included living all out for God and what it means to love others in Jesus' name.

Mike Pilavachi, co-founder and leader of Soul Survivor, said: "We have loved seeing how God has met with young people this summer and nothing beats seeing people meet Him for the very first time."

Guest speakers and worship leaders included Rend Collective, Tim Ross from Texas, Miriam Swaffield, and Mike Hands from Australia and the seminar programme covered topics including evangelism, being a Christian at university, healing from rejection, science, purpose, heaven and hell, and mission.

During week A in Stafford more than 600 young people went out in small groups to work with local churches and organisations on community projects, including baking bread for people who are homeless and creating a community garden.

Mike continued: "Another highlight was welcoming the Archbishop of Canterbury to week A who was incredibly honest when I interviewed him in the main meeting, paving the way for the young people to be open and vulnerable during the ministry that followed.

"It was also wonderful having the LIV choir join us from South Africa. These young people have come from some horrendously traumatic and tragic backgrounds but are being loved and restored at LIV Village.

"To have them leading our young people in worship and being so warmly welcomed was incredibly touching."

Next year will see a new event, Naturally Supernatural, replace Momentum, but continue to equip people in their 20s and 30s, alongside the whole Church.

Mike said: "We are more convinced than ever of the need for a Naturally Supernatural conference for the whole church.

"We love seeing the young people stepping out in praying for one another, in hearing from God and in receiving the gift of tongues, but our passion is to see the Holy Spirit moving in powerful ways in churches throughout the UK and beyond.

"We're longing to help equip all of God's people so that we might all grow in confidence in moving in God's power in our everyday lives."

Next year's Soul Survivor will take place in Peterborough for the first time, and Soul Survivor Scotland will continue after another year of increased attendance in 2016.

Tickets for Soul Survivor and Naturally Supernatural 2017 can be booked via the Soul Survivor website.