Niagara Gazette — The final week of the 2012 calendar is featuring quite a few youthful visitors in Niagara Falls.
More than 2,000 youth and adults from across the United States and Canada have piled into area hotels, restaurants and convention halls for the Joshua Revolution 2012 Conference "Niagara '12 The Last Trump." The conference, completely free to attend, runs through Monday.
This is also the first year the conference, which began Thursday, is five days long.
"For the first time in its history, the Niagara Youth Conference is being extended one day longer and we could not be more excited," Mike Chorey, director of Joshua Revolution, said. "The theme of Niagara 12 is The Last Trump. The Bible says just before Jesus comes for His church, the Trump will sound, and we believe that time is very near. Niagara '12 is focused on proclaiming the message of the cross to (more than) 2,500 young people, youth leaders and families and preparing them for the soon return of Jesus Christ."
This is the sixth consecutive year Niagara, USA has hosted the Joshua Revolution.
This year's conference includes a series of power sessions featuring speakers and worship leaders from across the country, including Gabriel Swaggart, Andrew Leeuw from Johannesburg, South Africa, Loren Larson and Marlene Klepees, who was miraculously healed of Cerebral Palsy at the age of 19.
The conference closes with a prayer walk at 9:30 a.m. Monday, with youth and adults meeting for an outdoor rally and time of prayer on Old Falls Street. The walk will make its way to Niagara Falls State Park from the Conference Center shortly after the rally's conclusion.
Over the course of the conference, the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls and participating hotels, including Quality Inn Niagara, Sheraton at the Falls, Comfort Inn The Pointe and Holiday Inn Niagara Falls will be utilized, resulting in approximately 897 room night reservations, with about 245 hotel rooms filled on peak nights of the convention.
"We look forward to another successful conference and continued relationship with Joshua Revolution," John Percy, president and CEO of Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation, said. "Their annual conference contributes to our local economy and hoteliers during the holidays, a commonly quiet time for the tourism industry."
Joshua Revolution is a city reaching organization that works with the local church in assisting in evangelism, discipleship and outreach. Having been to five different cities since 2001, Joshua Revolution has reached more than 100,000 young people and adults through conferences and crusades since its inception in 1993. For a complete schedule, visit niagaraconference.org or call 284-8173 for more information.