In response to the perennial call to mobilize and be the hands and feet of Jesus through acts of kindness, the young people of ASACCI (Association of Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Central Iloilo) and some students of West Visayan Academy conducted a Global Youth Day (GYD) program at the town proper of New Lucena, Iloilo on February 21, 2016.
Grounded in the concluding words of Jesus in the parable of the Good Samaritan, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:25-37), the theme of the GYD Program was “Be a Sermon” where the youth became the sermon as anchored from the following objectives:
- Recapture the reality of the Seventh-day Adventist Youth as a Global Movement;
- Lead our youth to rediscover the sense of belonging to a global army;
- Reposition mission at the heart of global youth ministry; and
- Provide a much needed positive and constructive response to perceived fragmentation.
The event was initiated and realized through the leadership of the WVC youth director, Pastor Julieto Gonzales in empowering the youth. Hence, the concerted effort of the youth made the following activities possible:
1) house to house visitation and prayer;
2) mob choir singing and distribution of religious music;
3) telling bible stories to children and giving of simple snacks and tumblers;
4) cleanup drive around the town plaza; and
5) painting sheds of a building. It was then concluded with a debriefing activity where everyone was given due time to share their respective experiences.
It was with fervent prayer that “with such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world! How soon might the end come – the end of suffering and sorrow and sin! How soon, in place of a possession here, with its blight of sin and pain, our children might receive their inheritance where ‘the righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever,’ where ‘the inhabitants shall not say, I am sick,’ and ‘the voice of weeping shall be no more heard.’” (Ed 271.2)
Geric Von V. dela Cruz is currently serving as a media ministries volunteer of West Visayan Conference.