Youth Event Equips 1,600 Adventist Millennials for Leadership

Adventist Church youth director Gary Blanchard (back row, center) smiles during a group picture with some of the Adventist young people attending the SSD Youth Leadership Summit in the Philippines. [Photo: Southern Asia-Pacific Division Youth Department]

#Ask2019 brought together young people from across the Southern Asia-Pacific region.

More than 1,600 Adventist young men and women from across the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) were recently challenged to ask for wisdom at the SSD Youth Leadership Summit at Central Philippine Adventist College, in Bacolod City, Philippines. Event organizers encouraged the youth to bravely ask God for wisdom and faith to do mission and take up the responsibility of being the next leaders of the church. 

“Ask 2019” is part of the five-year theme of the SSD Youth Department, “Pass it on.”

Gary Blanchard, Adventist Church youth director, shared his excitement as he encouraged delegates to face these challenges and live radically for mission.

“We have to ask ourselves what we want to do for the Lord,” Blanchard said. “God has placed a passion and desire in our hearts to do something. What does He want you to do? Whatever it is, do it with all your heart. Live dangerously for God!”

SSD president Saw Samuel, himself a youth leader, expressed his appreciation to the young people, who came to spend a week asking God for discernment as they prepare for mission.

“The Adventist youth in our division have chosen the right word, the right theme to empower our young people to ask faith and wisdom from the Lord,” Samuel said. “This is the time to ask for God’s leading to know our identity, to stand for the truth, and to live in hope and faith in Jesus,” he added.

SSD executive secretary Rudy Baloyo shared his thoughts on how young people can start a movement and make a difference for Jesus. 

“It is valuable for our young people to ask for more faith, but not just any faith. [They must] ask for a true faith founded in Jesus,” Baloyo emphasized. “The Bible says that without faith in Him, we cannot please God. The young people of this generation should ask for the right kind of faith that will empower them and strengthen them, and that is in Jesus.” 


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