03 July 2015
Boundless Today (BT) spoke with two young people from Pasadena Tabernacle, USA Western Territory, who confirmed that congress has been a life-changing experience.
Vernon Luong is a first-generation Salvationist and Kate Tribken began attending the Army at age six, when she started taking her brother to church. Both sing in the Pasadena Tabernacle Youth Chorus.
BT: What was your life like before you knew Jesus Christ?
Kate: My life was stressful, fearful and negative. I wondered why my friends and activities were not filling the void in my heart. When I found Christ, he took my fear away.
Vernon: I was a depressed, suicidal teenager who tried to find comfort and wholeness in my sexual identity. Jesus transformed me and my outlook.
BT: How has Boundless changed you?
Vernon: This is my first international tour as a singer. My love for God has increased as I see people moved by God’s Holy Spirit. His love is boundless.
Kate: I have experienced God in a bigger way than I am used to in my corps worship. I have found The Salvation Army extremely welcoming and accepting.
BT: What’s next for you after congress?
Kate: I am excited to watch God’s plans for me unfold. I am going to stay highly connected to the church and its ministry. I promise to study my Bible for a deeper understanding of God’s will for my life.
Vernon: I will never see The Salvation Army the same way again. I am going home with great love for God and encouraged to minister in his name.
BT: What has been the biggest highlight of Boundless for you?
Vernon: Singing is a great joy. I have heard great testimonies of how God has changed the lives and situations of others.
Kate: I loved performing with Pasadena Tabernacle Youth Chorus. It was a lot of work but I have been incredibly blessed by it. Hearing the General share his dream for the Army was inspiring.
This article was included in issue four of Boundless Today. Click to read all issues of Boundless Today.