Testimonials

“The magnitude and just the sheer volume of people, and it’s just an incredible experience that, really, I don’t know where I or anyone else could get that experience anywhere else.”
--Ella Dekunder, Bellaire, Tx 

“I really did see God in new ways because when you’re with 30,000 people, it’s a powerful feeling.”
--Kyle Langenfelder, Towson, MD

“Simultaneously challenged your faith, and reassured your faith.”
--Adam Fairchild, Westminster, MD

“I think one of the biggest things I took away from the gathering was the realization that you are making a difference.”
--Luisa Ruge-Jones, Champaign, IL

“What really impacted me, and made me stop and gaze in wonder was seeing 30,000 other teenagers just like me.”
--Tin-Tin Lee, Tacoma, WA

“You get to understand more of what it means to be Lutheran.”
--Lance Cooper, Baltimore, MD

"I think for me in both places was this idea of accompaniment lived out. People would ask 'Well why are you here, what are you doing here?' And just the opportunity that that provides to engage in the communities that are welcoming us.”
--Kayla Koterwski, Sioux Falls, SD

“One of the absolute best experiences of my life. Basically, a week long God party with 30,000 of my closest friends? Yes, please.”
--Youth Participant, Rise Up Together 2015

“It was very inspirational. I had the opportunity to meet new people who shared my love for Christ. I had the opportunity to serve others.”
--Youth Participant, Rise Up Together 2015

“It was amazing! I loved how excited everyone was to praise God and serve the community. It was a positive and uplifting experience!”
--Youth Participant, Rise Up Together 2015

“My youth gathering experience was the best and most inspiring thing ever. I can't wait to get to Texas.”
--Youth Participant, Rise Up Together 2015

“Experiencing God in a whole new way with 30,000 of my closest friends!”
--Youth Participant, Rise Up Together 2015

“I absolutely loved it! It gave me a lot of confidence and helped me grow in my faith! I will definitely be volunteering in Houston.”
--Youth Participant, Rise Up Together 2015