Better together

Allie Shoup is an admissions counselor at Hesston College, where she shares her love for education with young people searching for the perfect place to belong. She is a born and raised Wichitan (of Wichita, Kansas) whose heart for people and adventure has taken her to five continents. Since attending Bethel College as a Bible […]

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Step Up

Leah Wenger graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School last June and is currently a first year student at Eastern Mennonite University studying psychology and music. She loves singing in EMU’s choir, Emulate and enjoys spending time outdoors doing a variety of activities. Leah is an active member of Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where […]

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God is love

Abby King is a first-year at Goshen College, studying journalism with a minor in Bible and Religion. She is a part of the Youth Worship Planning Committee for Orlando 2017. She is a member at Ridgeview Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When I was in middle school I had a phenomenal math teacher. He was […]

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Andrea de Avila: Hope for the Church

Andrea de Avila lives and works in Kalona, Iowa. She served as one of the youth worship leaders at the Phoenix 2013 convention. I have always been a people person. Maybe that is why I love convention so much. Seeing old friends and meeting new people both excite me. I also consider myself an extrovert. […]

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Joy Cotchen: Why I Love Convention

Joy Cotchen is the Allegheny Mennonite Conference Minister of Children and Youth. She has been a worship planner, office manager, and a volunteer who is beloved by all members of the convention planning staff!    Wichita ’95 was the first youth convention I attended. No, not as a youth, but as a sponsor. And I’ve […]

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