International Youth Conference Brings Message of Faith Back Home
Acquire The Fire to host two-day "Epic Truth" youth rally in Tyler, October 4-5
GARDEN VALLEY, Texas - The nation’s longest-running youth conference is returning to its roots. Acquire The Fire, the epic two-day conference that pairs the greatest names in Christian music with the Greatest Story Ever Told, and has reached more than 3 million teens across North America, will hold its Epic Truth weekend in its hometown—Tyler, Texas—on October 4-5.
Teen Mania, headquartered just 21 miles north of Tyler in Garden Valley, brings its Acquire The Fire conferences to more than 30 cities across the United States and Canada every September-May. The tour annually reaches about 130,000 teenagers, bringing an empowering message that affirms teens’ faith in Jesus Christ and brings hope and healing for the unique challenges teens face today. In 2012 alone, more than 30,000 teenagers made decisions to put their faith in Jesus and find healing from addictions and destructive behaviors at Acquire The Fire conferences.
This year, Acquire The Fire is giving answers to teens about who Jesus REALLY is, not just what culture says he is. The two-day event’s theme, “Epic Truth,” brings straightforward answers to today’s biggest challenges to faith in Christ. It presents the rationality of the Gospel and the logic of belief in God – that He’s real, that He loves humanity, and that He has a special plan for every single person on this earth.
“We recognized a major problem facing teens who follow Jesus,” said Ron Luce, founder of Teen Mania. “It’s become a trend to mock Christians for believing in something that ‘you can’t see.’ As a result, millions of teens are being mocked out of their faith, based on low-information criticism that is on its face untrue.”
A recent Barna study showed that of all people who say they have no religion whatsoever, 40 percent are Millenialls, people aged 18-30.
“Teen Mania wants to partner with local churches in our hometown to bring this faith-affirming message to the generation of young Christians right here,” Luce said. “Our desire is to see a generation of new Christian leaders who want to change the world raised up right here, in East Texas.”
Aquire The Fire’s “Epic Truth” weekend happens Friday, Oct. 4 - Saturday, Oct. 5 at the New Life Worship Center, 16535 US Hwy 69 S. Acquire The Fire founder Ron Luce will be speaking, as well as youth expert Kemtal Glasgow. Performing are singers Jimmy Needham, Tricia Brock and ATF Live. Tickets are $25 and include both days.