In Tanzania, Thousands Celebrate Pathfinders Day

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More than 13,000 people witness a parade, songs, testimonies, and a baptism.

For the first time in Tanzania, Seventh-day Adventist Pathfinder clubs in the northern region celebrated an anniversary in the CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza. More than 3,000 Pathfinders and more than 10,000 church members attended a special service on September 21, 2019. Church leaders were also present, including Adventist youth ministries associate director and Pathfinders director Andrés Peralta.

Eza Kabuche, a Pathfinder leader in the Kirumba Seventh-day Adventist church, said it was a momentous occasion for her and her ministry on behalf of Adventist young people.

“I will not forget this September 21st, thanks to this great event,” she said. “Seeing these acts has made me proud to help young people serve the Lord.”

 

  • During the Pathfinders Day celebration in Mwanza, Tanzania, around 100 Pathfinders gave their hearts to the Lord and were baptized. [Photo: Northern Tanzania Union Conference]
  • Pathfinders display their scarves on the stands of CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza, Tanzania, during the Pathfinders Day celebrations on September 21, 2019. More than 3,000 Pathfinders and more than 10,000 people attended the event. [Photo: Northern Tanzania Union Conference]
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church associate youth director and Pathfinders director Andrés Peralta (front left) walks into the CCM Kirumba Stadium escorted by local and regional Pathfinders leaders, including East-Central Africa Division (ECD) youth director Magulilo Mwakalonge (front right). Around the world, Pathfinders are gearing up to celebrate the organization’s 70th anniversary in 2020. [Photo: Northern Tanzania Union Conference]

This year, festivities coincided with several Pathfinders initiatives and activities, including the Pathfinders Parade performance demonstrations. The event also included sharing information on the role and mission of Pathfinder clubs, Pathfinder songs, and personal testimonies. All of this, leaders said, has brought to the forefront the purpose of Pathfinder clubs and the missional role of members, in keeping with this year’s theme, “Created With Purpose.”

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