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Millions of Adventist Youth around the world united on March 16 to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they organized food and water drives and other projects.
Launched on March 13, 2013, “Global Youth Day” is designed as a day for youth from across the planet to join together in acts of community service, recapturing the reality of Adventist youth as a global movement mobilized for service, contributing to the proclamation of the everlasting gospel, and ushering in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. It is grounded in the words of Jesus in the parable of the Good Samaritan, "Go and do likewise." (Luke 10-25-37)
This year’s Global Youth Day (March 16) found a group of 26 Campion students, along with RMC Youth Department leaders at Vista Ridge Academy, geared up for some community service, and Casper, Wyoming youth volunteering at Food Bank of the Rockies.
The VRA volunteers split into groups to help with several projects, including picking up trash around the VRA campus grounds, storing playground equipment for the winter, chipping ice off sidewalks, and packing care bags with useful items for homeless people.
The Casper group of more than 25 volunteers, including youth and adults from the Casper Church and Mountain Road Christian Academy students, helped fill and pack 449 boxes of food under the leadership of Pastor Shayne Vincent.
Once the VRA volunteers completed their projects, they piled into buses and headed to downtown Denver where they split into smaller groups to walk the streets, talking with homeless people, sharing a care bag, and offering to pray with them. The youth had many interesting conversations with the people they met and sent heartfelt prayers heavenward.
Under the Global Youth Day theme, "Be the Sermon," Pastor Shayne spoke to the Casper group on practical ways we can be the sermon. "Do your actions teach love?" he asked. "Do they show compassion? Do you bless your family? Do you forgive and find the good in others? What is the IMPACT of your life? If you want genuine authenticity," said Pastor Shayne, "then your life must be based on something more than selfishness. It must be based on what is real, authentic, genuine."
Youth Director Kiefer Dooley connected by Skype with the NAD portion of the GC live broadcast for Global Youth Day while the group was still downtown and the students were interviewed by NAD youth director, Tracy Wood, about the projects they were involved in during the day.
When the VRA group headed back to the academy, they were greeted by pizza and ice-cream, followed by vespers with student-led music and a worship thought by Assistant Youth Director Brent Learned. The rest of the evening was spent in the gymnasium where they played hard.
After a successful event in 2019, the Youth Department is already looking forward to Global Youth Day 2020!
-- Shannon Werner and Gabriela Vincent; photos by Brent Learned and Tom McDonald