Langley, British Columbia—Spending three days with 3,000 rambunctious teenagers is not what everyone would order for a long weekend. However, for ten members of the drama team called DRIME, based on the campus of Trinity Western University, Youth Conference 2000 on May 20-22 in Kamloops, BC felt like home.
“We love to be a part of events like this,” says Tanya Steinhilber, executive director of DRIME and recent TWU graduate. “It is so good to see youth in a setting that encourages them to make positive changes in their lives.”
Organized by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, Youth Convention 2000 focused on bringing youth together to become “history makers” and make a difference in the world. The weekend included an address by renowned speaker, Tony Campolo, PhD, professor of sociology at Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, best-selling author with twenty-six books in print, and founder as well as president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education that has carried out extensive work among at-risk youth in urban America. Speaker Sam Farina from Racine, Wisconsin, whose speaking engagements take him to places throughout the world and who addressed more than 100,00 students in schools just this past year, also challenged the youth at this event.
With an array of activities for the youth to watch and take part in, such as drama performances, sporting events, concerts and singing, the weekend drew approximately 1000 youth from the Lower Mainland. The conference also involved speakers and band members from the Lower Mainland, including the Langley-based worship band, Flood.
“Each person involved in the conference has a passion to inspire young people to consider their faith and how they want to serve God,” says Steinhilber. “Trinity Western helped shape my vision for impacting youth through drama.”
DRIME, which stands for Disciples Ready in Mobile Evangelism, performed dramas on both the main stage and at an outdoor stage. “Through each drama we hope to motivate youth to make positive choices in their lives,” says Steinhilber, who has taken DRIME to perform in locations across Canada and the United States, including Edmonton’s Youth Conference which attracted over 13,000 young people.
The members of DRIME combined their efforts with the band, Flood, managed by Trinity Western graduate Jay Lundgren for a final drama to end Kamloop’s Youth Conference.
“We were honored to be asked to be a part of the event,” states Steinhilber. “My hope is that the youth will leave encouraged, refreshed and ready to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.”
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,763 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21