Wahroonga, New South Wales
Young people from around the South Pacific joined Adventist youth from around the world to “Be the sermon” for Global Youth Day (GYD) on March 19.
GYD participants were encouraged to use the Sabbath to impact their communities by helping the homeless, displaying random acts of kindness, holding a blood drive and other activities.
Events were held across the South Pacific Division, including in Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Niue, New Zealand, French Polynesia and Fiji.
The Alofau church youth group, in American Samoa, decided they would reach out to people with disabilities and special needs. Tala Ropeti-Leo reports that March had been designated as the month to celebrate disabilities and special needs by the American Samoan Government. The Alofau group prepared gifts, songs and prayers for their communities.
In Sydney, Australia, after a youth rally, the young people went into the city streets to collect tins of food for ADRA Blacktown among other outreach activities.
In Popondetta, Papua New Guinea, the young people took part in a blood drive and visited the sick in hospital, while in Madang, they fed prison inmates.
In Fiji, they brought hope to communities recently devastated by Cyclone Winston. In Ra Province, one of the worst hit areas, the youth spent time with children, giving them snacks and clothes, telling stories about Jesus and providing a place to share their cyclone experiences. The young people of Savutalele sang and served at the Leprosy Hospital.
Vatulaulau youth, Fiji.
Videos of the GYD events posted by Hope Channel Fiji show people unable to hold back on their emotions as they were moved by the songs and prayers of the youth.
At Galoa village, a comprehensive health outreach was run featuring government doctors and health talks. Entire churches went out to “Be the sermon”—the theme of this year’s GYD.
Many events were streamed online and photos posted on the website www.globalyouthday.org.