Conquerors of Christ Youth Conference

Event Review

By Katia Parella

   How do you teach the new generation Godly principles on work, business, career & following God’s will for your life? You can organize a youth conference & invite multiple nations, ministries, youth & successful business owners to not only preach on these important topics, but serve as real life examples. Which is exactly what Conquerors of Christ Youth Conference did at a three-day event in Albany, NY. 

   Participants from US, Russia, Ukraine, Ghana, India & Africa came together to pray, worship, listen to testimonies, share a meal & dance for the Lord. 

   The conference started on Friday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (OSL) gym with pick up basketball & a message from Vance Parella, the owner on National Home Improvement Services. Vance spoke from Matthew 16:24-26: “Then Jesus said to His disciples: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves & take up their cross & follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”. A little over a dozen young men came to play & listen to God’s Word. They were blessed & expressed their thankfulness. 

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   Saturday was the main event, which started out in the morning at a OSL church & ended in the evening at one of the premier venues in the Capital District (The Desmond). 

Morning included breakfast & multiple speakers:

   Sam Hazelton & John Sorensen of Holy Spirit Movement (HSM) spoke on prayer & healing.

Austin Wilson, Howard Everett, Jack Worthington & Matthew Altizer of No Place Left (NPL) spoke on evangelizing, witnessing & sharing your faith.

   Richard Hazelton of Grace Fellowship led the worship. 

   Evening included music, dinner & testimonies.

   Vance Parella was the MC & the host of the event.

   DJ Mike Murphy, DJ Ramzy both deejayed & Heavenly Echoes group performed live.

Both DJs provided a nice musical background, while Heavenly Echoes blessed all the guests with a few live sets of gospel music.

   The speakers were: 

   Terrel Lewis spoke on working for God, no matter what you do.

   Oleg Levchenko (The Car Store) shared a message on importance of prayer & gave practical examples on how it works. 

   Alex Kotsyuba (Home Evolution) shared the testimony about his personal life & business, success & the miracles God has done in & through him.

   Katia Parella (The Fire Magazine, Women of G.O.D.) shared briefly about the book she has published this year “Short & Sweet: 30 Day Devotionals for Women” & gave out copies to other women.

   Pastor Enoch Adams  (from The Green Island Tabernacle of Albany, NY) concluded in a powerful prayer, which moved the guests out of their seats & made them lift their hands up to God.

   Sunday was a conclusion to the two days of powerful testimonies.

   The worship took place at OSL church.

   The ministries that participated:

   City Harvest Church (Richard Mandevu)

   Conquerors of Christ (choir)

   Emmaus Methodist Church (John Bizimana, lead pastor)

   Grace of God (Freddie Munsie-Mabila, pastor)

   International Reconciliation Ministries (Frank Muyoboke & John Bizimana, pastors)

   Michael Peluso (prophetic word)

   Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (Tom Roenke, church elder)

   Sharon Fellowship (choir)

   It was a day of worship & prayer. Both choirs did wonderful job singing praises. The speakers were encouraging to the guests. The prayer was sincere & powerful. 

   In the course of three days, all guests were taught new concepts on combining God’s word, business & work. Youth was encouraged to pursue avenues that might be unfamiliar in their careers. The guests were reminded on importance of prayer & trust in God & His miracles; witnessing to unbelievers as well as encouraging fellow believers on their walk. It was undeniably a blessing to have been a part of this event. 

To learn more about the conference participants, click on the links below: 

City Harvest Church (Richard Mandevu)

Conquerors of Christ

Emmaus United Methodist Church 

Holy Spirit Movement 

Home Evolution (Alex Kotsyuba)

National Home Improvement Services (Vance Parella)

New York Life (Luis Servellon)

Our Savior’s Lutheran

Sharon Fellowship

The Car Store (Oleg Levchenko)

Upon This Rock Tabernacle (Terrel Lewis)

Women of G.O.D. / “Short & Sweet: 30 Day Devotional for Women” (Katia Parella)