Midwest Region Remains In Michigan
By Debra Johnson, Contributor
On Thursday, Aug.16, 2018 at 7:30 a.m., young people and adults boarded a brand-new luxury Blue Lakes Charter motor coach bus at Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Another Blue Lakes motor coach left from the Detroit area also headed for the National Baptist Midwest Regional Youth Conference. Each year, the conference is held in one of the 7 Midwest states. Dr. Marian Hockenhull, of the First Trinity Baptist Church, serves as the National Young People’s Director, and Mrs. Queen Crawford, of Illinois, serves as the Midwest Regional Youth Director. The Wolverine State Convention Young People’s Department, under the leadership of Mrs. Debra Johnson and the BM&E State Convention Youth & Young Adult Auxiliary, under the leadership of Dr. Antoinette Pearson were well represented with young people and adult workers from Saginaw, Flint, and Detroit. The children were blessed to have our National Woman’s President, Sis. Cynthia Smith and her husband share the weekend with them. Other leadership from Michigan included Dr. Wallace Mills, President of the BM&E State Convention and his wife, and Pastor Terry Randolph of the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Flint.
The conference consisted of three fast-paced, power packed days of education, evangelism and missions. Thursday evening the program began with the Parade of States, where the young people showcased their individual states. Friday included class time in the morning and mission outreach in the afternoon where the young people were allowed to pack food at the Feed America Warehouse and participate in mission work at the Guest House. The Rites of Passage ceremony was held in the evening. Rev. Eddie Cooper from Michigan gave the charge to the young people on Friday night. The conference concluded with a prayer breakfast on Saturday morning with The Wolverine State Praise Dance Ministry under the leadership of Ms. LaKia Cannon. Minister Joshua Smith of Detroit closed out with the message and encouraging words to the young people as they prepared to go home. The First Place trophy was awarded to Michigan again for the most in attendance. The return trip home included a fun stop at Navy Pier in Chicago.
The Wolverine State Convention, and the BM&E State conventions were certainly in the house and traveled in style. This was largely due to a year-long effort by Director Debra Johnson, her staff and Dr. Pearson and her staff. Special Thanks for the support of Dr. Reginald Flynn, Moderator of Great Lakes District, Wolverine State Women’s Auxiliary under the leadership of President Paula Davis, Wolverine State Convention President, Dr. Roy L Manning Sr. and the District Laymen under the leadership of President Herman Miller.
Thank you to those Pastors who sacrificially donated for the buses. There are not enough words to express our thanks to Mr. Lawrence Moon for his donation and continual support of the Young People’s Department. Thank you all for investing all those dimes in our children.
Director Debra Johnson, the workers, and the young people of Wolverine are very thankful for all the support, and the prayers that made this effort a success. To God Be the Glory!!!