More than 1,200 youth and young adults in the United States’ fourth largest city rallied together to give testimonies of how their Pathfinder clubs and youth groups spread the love of Christ on Global Youth Day. The annual initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Youth Ministries encourages youth and young adults around the world to “Be the Sermon” in their communities by being the hands and feet of Jesus.
The youth rally took place on the afternoon of March 16 at the World Harvest Outreach Seventh-day Adventist Church in Houston, Texas. Youth from congregations belonging to the Texas Conference and Southwest Regional Conference shared stories from their outings earlier that the day.
“It was great to bring together youth from Spanish-speaking churches and English-speaking churches for this effort. It captured the whole essence of the Church,” said Tyrone Douglas, youth director for the Southwest Regional Conference, who was a co-organizer of the event.
“Sometimes we operate as silos with our different conferences, but our unity that day allowed us to be focused on mission in a special way.”
The youth shared their reports from visiting fire stations, police stations, and hospitals to pray for the first responders, policer officers, nurses, and doctors.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to visit patients in hospitals, so we told them to focus on praying for the nurses and doctors. The goal was to let them know that we appreciate their work,” said Miguel Ramos, coordinator for “Houston Adventist Youth” for the Texas Conference, who was another co-organizer of the Youth Rally. “Other groups did the same at fire and police stations. The groups also sang to spread happiness. Some firefighters said it’s not every day that people come to say, ‘Thank you.’”