HH ello, friends! Did you know that Sabbath, September 19, is a very important day for nearly 2 million young people around the world? That’s because it is “World Pathfinder Day”—a day set aside each year to highlight young people who are involved in Pathfinders.
The Pathfinder Club has been an official component of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s youth ministry department since 1950, so this year they are celebrating 70 years of worldwide Pathfindering!
A special online World Pathfinder Day program will be livestreamed worldwide this Sabbath on the GC Youth Ministries Facebook page. For more information, visit the link below—youth.adventist.org
In case you may not be familiar with Pathfinders, this Seventh-day Adventist youth organization is focused on young people 10 to 15 years old, and is filled with action, adventure, challenge and group activities, and has a strong spiritual component. It provides opportunities for the development of new attitudes and skills that produce personal growth, team spirit, and a sense of loyalty and respect for God, His Creation, and His Church. Perhaps one of the best-known activities of the club is the large international camporee held in OshKosh, Wisconsin, in the United States every five years.
This year, the theme for the World Pathfinder Day is “Reconciled: Where I Belong” and focuses on the story of the welcoming father in the story of the Prodigal Son, with the key text of Luke 15:22, where the father welcomes his wayward son home. This son, who demanded his inheritance immediately and then wasted it very irresponsibly, decides at last to come home. We read the touching scene in Luke 15:18-24.
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’