Youth encouraged: ‘Be the sermon’

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Hundreds of thousands of Seventh-day Adventist youth and young adults took part in service projects in neighbourhoods and communities worldwide as part of the second annual Global Youth Day.

The March 15 event was also broadcast on the internet live, highlighting projects from 20 sites. This year’s event had nearly three times the live online participation from last year, with more than 27,000 media publications on the event’s website and Facebook page. 

While our young people are scattered around the four corners of the world, they are bound by a unique and common calling to proclaim the everlasting Gospel and prepare the world for the soon coming of Jesus.

General Conference Youth Ministries director Gilbert Cangy said the event helps bring unity to Adventist youth around the globe and is a chance to express creativity in service.

“While our young people are scattered around the four corners of the world, they are bound by a unique and common calling to proclaim the everlasting Gospel and prepare the world for the soon coming of Jesus,” said Pastor Cangy, former South Pacific Division (SPD) Youth director.

The event asks youth to skip hearing a sermon and instead go out to “Be the sermon”. Youth from Namibia to Norway visited the elderly in nursing homes, sang songs of support to prisoners and offered health and nutrition information in city squares. Many offered prayers for passers-by, all adding up to millions of acts of service worldwide.

Around the SPD, young people attended youth rallies and participated in community outreach. In Fiji, activities included a prayer vigil for Syria, distribution of 10,000 GLOW tracts in main towns, providing meals for the homeless, prisoners and the elderly, visiting hospitals, street singing and donating blood. They also offered free health checks. 

Instead of attending a normal Sabbath morning church service, Adventist young people in Tulagi, Solomon Islands, took to the streets to share God’s Word. Central Province deputy premier Charles Bisa was among those who welcomed the youth into their homes. Mr Bisa encouraged the youth to keep up the great work. Other young people in Solomon Islands also donated blood. 

“I was amazed with the creativity and diversity of initiatives that youth around the world came up with,” Pastor Cangy said. “They were all outstanding.”

Pastor Cangy said the event highlighted partnerships from many of the denomination’s ministries, including Youth Ministries, Communication, Adventist World Radio and Hope Channel. 

Next year’s Global Youth Day is scheduled for March 21.