Food and Water Propel Day of Unprecedented Adventist Youth Involvement

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Global Youth Day 2018 a resounding success, say organizers.

Food and water.

Two of the most basic human needs became the driving force behind an unprecedented day of Adventist Youth involvement on the 2018 edition of Global Youth Day (GYD18), a 24-hour period dedicated to reach and serve local communities, on March 17, 2018. From Australia to Argentina and from India to Iceland and beyond, committed Seventh-day Adventist young people and their leaders provided hot meals, drinking water, free books and hugs, and moments of prayer and music to orphan children, urban passersby, senior residents, and others. In so doing, rather than listening to a sermon, that day they opted to “Be the Sermon” to the people within their communities.

“GYD18 gave us the depth and breadth of the creativity of the Youth and Young Adults of the Adventist Church,” said associate youth director of the world church Pako Mokgwane as he shared some of the initiatives driven by the youth themselves. “[It showed us that] we can count on the youth.”

Ever-growing Initiative

Global Youth Day was launched in 2013, when Adventist youth leaders reported that 52 projects were rolled out in 78 cities in 21 countries. As this year’s final figures become available toward the end of March, leaders reminded that last year, GYD17 boasted 16,601 projects in 412 cities in 124 countries. It means that in five years, youth-driven outreach projects multiplied a mind-blowing 319 times!

Unlike this year, the focus of GYD in 2017 was donating blood. “[Last year], we could not determine the number of blood packets collected,” shared Mokgwane. “For this year we have put in place a system to get the actual involvement of youth and the value of food and water distributed.” Those are the statistics leaders hope to know by the end of March.

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