Adventist Youth across EJC impact thousands on Global Youth Day
Written by: Phillip E. L. Castell, Director, Communication, Public Affairs & Religious Liberty | Friday, March 23, 2018
For the 6th consecutive year, hundreds of Adventist Youths across East Jamaica Conference fearlessly impacted their communities through the Annual Worldwide Global Youth Day (GYD) Initiative held on Sabbath, March 17, 2018.
The annual event which is sponsored by the General Conference Youth Ministries Department saw church members led by the youth, leaving the confines of their church to connect with people in their communities and to perform acts of kindness such as distributing food packages and water, as this was selected as the main thrust of this year’s GYD.
In the East Jamaica Conference, the activities for GYD were coordinated in the four zones of the Conference by a team of zonal presidents who worked with Youth Director Pastor Ray Davis, to ensure the impact went according to plan.
The Zone 1 Impact took the youth to the Open Arms Drop-In Centre on Windward Road. Here the occupants benefitted from being served hot soup and being treated to musical selections and an encouraging Word.
Mr. Eric Clough, one of the recipients at the Centre stated that he was impressed and touched by the impact of the youth.
“I feel that the young people coming here and anywhere in the world is so important… I think it’s wonderful and they’re so respectful, they have mannerism which is unusual in today’s world, it makes me feel great”, said Clough.
In giving the report of the other activities during the day for Zone 1, Youth Leader and Masterguide, Josiah Maynard Reid said the churches were mobilized to go into the communities to distribute water, give health checks and counselling to some of the youths they met on the
The Kencot SDA Church embarked on a 3-part project. Their Youth Choir impacted the Maxfield Park Children’s home, the young adults & senior youth impacted the Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Pathfinders, Adventurers & Junior Sabbath School impacted the Bethlehem Home for the Aged. Later they fed and provided clothing for the homeless at Cross Roads, New Kingston & Half-Way-Tree.
“The Ebenezer Church printed special Global Youth Day Labels which they put on the water bottles that they supplied to the community,” said Maynard Reid.
Senior Youth Leader Montecarlo Hutchinson-Brown from Zone 2 was also proud to share that there was a similar buzz of activities in her zone earlier in the day.
The Zone 2 project took them to the Mona Care Nursing Home off Waterloo Avenue, where youth presented necessities such as toiletries and pampers to the nurses of the home as well as worshipped and prayed with the elderly.
“In the August Town District of churches, the youths went to the Mona Rehabilitation Center (Mona Rehab) to give out care packages and water in the nearby communities. The Hope SDA Church stopped by the University Hospital and had worship with the patients there,” said Hutchinson-Brown.
“They also visited some of their home members (shut-ins) taking food, care packages and water with them,” she continued. The youths from the Gordon Town Church journeyed to the Mustard Seed Community where they ministered to the needs of the children. Penwood, Halfway Tree, Andrews Memorial, Washington
Gardens and the Sandy Park SDA Churches all participated by visiting children’s home, distributing care packages, food and water in the nearby communities.
The Zone 3 Impact was staged at the Grants Pen Peace Park where free health checks were given by Adventist Health Volunteers (AHVA) and medical doctors who virtually transformed the Park into a health clinic from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This was the rendezvous point all churches in the evening where the road march culminated and a free gospel concert was staged. The Global Youth Day activists took to the streets in the Grants Pen area where traffic was brought to a virtual standstill.
With police escort in front, the EJC Drum Corps behind and scores of young people dressed in their colorful Global Youth Day shirts walking behind, the Adventist Youths ensured that people around aware of the church’s Global Youth Day Activities.
In giving the report for Zone 3, Senior Youth Leader, Patricia Young, stated that numerous activities took place in the zone. The New Haven SDA Church went into the community led by their drum corps to give out packages and to pray for the people they met. The Everton Park & Whitehall Avenue also impacted their communities giving out water and food items and visiting shut-ins. The Meadowvale SDA Church visited two golden age homes along with a girl’s home and the Woodford SDA Church in the hills and the church in Pembrook Hall also participated by going into the community to give out tracts and pray with the people.
The Shortwood SDA Church, situated nearest to the Peace Park, made their presence felt by visiting every lane in the community giving out water, food packages and toiletries.
Similar activities took place throughout Zone 4, as the youth marched through the communities led by a drum core, distributing food, water and spreading the good news of salvation.
“Without a doubt, the impact of Global Youth Day this year was great and I want to thank you all for your support and give God thanks for allowing us to do this again,” said Pastor Ray Davis as he summed up the day’s activities for Global Youth Day 2018.
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