Youth mobilise for global service

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Wahroonga, New South Wales

This Sabbath, Adventist young people around the world will put their faith into action and serve their communities in practical ways for Global Youth Day. In 2013 and 2014, up to eight million youth mobilised to “Be the Sermon”, the annual program’s official motto.

This year world Adventist youth leaders are encouraging young people to increase their involvement even further. The General Conference Youth department website <GCyouthministries.org> has an abundance of Global Youth Day resources and community service ideas, including video promos (see above) and links to Apple and Android smartphone apps that will track participants at their service locations and “light up the world” on a map showing where Global Youth Day activities are taking place.

Motivated by Vanuatu’s devastating cyclone last weekend, students at Fulton University College outside Nadi, Fiji, have made rapid changes to their plans and will now include a fundraising concert for cyclone survivors. In Port Vila, the hard-hit capital of Vanuatu itself, Adventist Church leaders say their Global Youth Day activities will still take place.

Interest in Global Youth Day is also strong in South New Zealand where young people will visit local schools and aged care facilities. In Christchurch a team will accost passers-by with unconditional love, offering free hugs. “Each of these groups will be wearing bright coloured T-shirts with ‘SNZ Youth Ministries’ printed on them,” said Ray Moaga, Adventist Youth director for South New Zealand. “They are challenged to engage in conversation with the public and let them know why they are doing service.”

Running in conjunction with the Global Youth Day community service activities is a 24-hour internet video livestream, bringing live and pre-recorded programming from 19 locations, beginning with Fiji, looping around the planet and ending at the General Conference in Maryland, USA. The livestream will webcast on the Hope Church Channel from 4pm Fiji time <hopetv.org/watch/hope-church-channel>.