More than 1,600 Adventist young men and women within the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) were challenged to ask for wisdom so that each one of them may be fully utilized for mission.
The challenge came during the #Ask19 SSD Youth Leadership Summit held at the Central Philippine Adventist College, Bacolod City, Philippines.
“Ask 2019” is part of the SSD youth departments five-year initiative, “Pass it on.”
Saw Samuel, president of the Adventist Church in the Southern Asia-Pacific region, is himself a youth leader. Saw expressed his appreciation to the more than 1,000 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 to 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,” Samuel added.
Rudy Baloyo, executive secretary of SSD, 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 other faith. But ask for a true faith founded in Jesus,” Baloyo stressed. “The bible says 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.”
Delegates of the youth leadership summit joined in various activities and attended breakout classes to see how their skills could be utilized for the Church.
The SSD youth department partnered with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency to empower young people to become volunteers who can be utilized during relief operations.