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Crying happy tears…Evie’s defining moment at KYCK

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It was an emotional moment for 13-year-old Evie Dicker as she stepped forward to bond with Christ at the recent KYCK youth conference in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

Before that decisive moment, Evie had been afraid to publicly profess her faith to her Alexandria Park Community School friends, fearing she would be considered too religious. But listening to Speaker Dan Leach urging the youth to “swallow their pride, get up and step back,” Evie encouraged them to stand up for Jesus.Crying happy tears...Evie's defining moment at KYCK

“I saw just so many other people get up. I was like, ‘Oh, I want to be there. I want to be a Christian too, and I walked out the back,” Evie tells Eternity.

“While I was holding my friend’s hand who went out with me, it was amazing. It was a very happy feeling. I also cried to see all those other people who are committed.”

Evie was one of 527 young people who made pledges over the three weekends of the KYCK conference in April, 112 new and the remaining deposits.

“I always felt like I had to pray for him to hear me before, but now I feel like I can just think, and he’ll know.” -Evie Dicker.

Raised in a Christian home, Evie had previously attended KYCK; it wasn’t until the most recent weekend that she felt she wanted to become her own Christian.

“I feel like I’m closer to Jesus now. I always felt like I had to pray that he would hear me, but now I can think, and he’ll know because he’s closer. Since I saw other children from my school there, I am willing to start a lunch group and get to know more Christian people,” says Evie.

“I used to think if people knew I was a Christian, they would think I pray all the time, I’m so religious, and now I feel like ‘that’s fine if they think that – it’s great to be a Christian to be.”

She also enjoyed being part of a Christian community in the Blue Mountains with thousands of other children.

“It was really fun, like a really big concert. When you enter the main hall, everyone sings and dances, colorful lights are everywhere, and games are played. And when you went to the Blue Mountains for your free time, there were all these other people you could walk past and say, ‘Hello, you’re from KYCK!'”

KYCK youth

It was a big year for the KYCK Youth Conference after they had to do live streams in 2020 and adhere to density limits in 2021.

Andy Stevenson, president of KYCK, says 5,300 young people attended the three weekends this year, and another 1,000 have already registered for the fourth weekend on September 23-25.

“So it will match or surpass 2018 and 2019 when there were 6,000 each of those years,” said Andy, the ministry’s head of support and training at Anglican Youth.

“I committed my first KYCK in 1992, and I haven’t missed a single one since.” -Andy Stevenson.

Like many others, Andy came to faith during an outreach call during the Saturday night talk during KYCK.

“There are many instances where leaders have become Christians at KYCK. I committed to my first KYCK in 1992 and haven’t missed one since. Ian Powell [Senior Minister at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Wanniassa, ACT] was the speaker, and he gave a very clear presentation about heaven and hell.”

Andy personally knows all the 100-plus Primary leaders who bring children to KYCK.

“That’s the key to what we do. It is one gigantic youth camp. We work with churches. I call them and say, ‘What do we have to do to help you get here?'”

Andy explains that when youth commit to committing, a response team of 70 to 80, recruited from churches, talks to the child in small groups of two to four.

“They share what they’ve decided and why, and then they’re basically prayed with, and often the speaker comes out and prays with a group,” he explains. “Then they come back into the youth group.”

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