Cayman’s Youth Benefit from International Support
Cayman’s Youth Benefit from International Support
Eighty-seven Cayman youth and youth counsellors depart for Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on Sunday (August 11) for an international “Pathfinder Camporee”, joining some 50,000 other Pathfinders from more than 100 countries.
Preparing Cayman’s youth for the five-day international camp in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Adventist 2019 Youth Congress (Friday-Sunday, July 26-28) held at the Lions Centre featured a 30-member visiting choir in the three-day programme. The weekend culminated in a multi-dimensional gospel concert on Sunday (28th).
The Camporee to which the large contingent of Cayman’s youth are headed Sunday is held every five years for members of the Pathfinder Club, a nearly two million-member global organisation aimed at “enlarging … windows on the world and building a relationship with God,” organisers said. The camp experience, organisers added, has become “a leadership and spiritual rite-of-passage for youth and adults.”
Meanwhile, choir member Chueyen McIntyre said that he had opted to be a part of the 30 visiting members of the 80-strong choir based at the Kencot Seventh-day Adventist Church in Jamaica because “It is part of our role as Christian youth to help other youth.”
“The idea of youth-reaching-youth led to the invitation to the Kencot Youth Choir (KYC) to lend their support to Pastor Henry Vaughan, Youth Ministries Director for the Cayman Islands Conference,” said KYC Director Dianne Boyd.
The choir sang throughout the three-day Youth Congress, organised by the local Adventist Youth Federation, in an initiative themed “Life in Transformation” (LiT).
The concert at Sunday’s finale featured a multi-media programme packed with dramatic interpretations of poems, ballet choreography illustrating gospel music, and high energy choir presentations drawn from a variety of musical genre.
The script for the programme, authored by Choir Director Boyd, captured the Genesis story of creation through to the Bible’s Revelation climax.
Joining Choir Director Boyd in creating the power-driven vibrancy of the event, author and poet Denise Simpson served as the evening’s mistress of ceremony.
Another Kencot Church member, Ms. Simpson invigorated the programme with her dramatic interpretations of poems and masterfully welded the evening’s diverse programme in a harmonious whole.
Commenting on the attendance at the Youth Congress, local Youth Minister Henry said that the weekend’s programme was considerably magnetized by the visiting choir: “The weekend event drew the largest turnout of young people I have seen locally—it was staggering.”
Beginning on Friday evening (26th) with a parade of youth from the various churches marking the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Adventist Church in the Cayman Islands, the Youth Congress continued on Saturday morning (27th) with breakout sessions exploring spiritual dimensions. Afternoon workshop sessions focused on topics such as leadership, conflict resolution, and youth and spirituality.
These activities were followed later on Saturday afternoon by a parade that included youth clubs such as Pathfinders, “I-Serve” and the Amplified radio ministry.
During this afternoon session the Youth Federation launched the “Adopt-a-Ministry” programme, in which youth organizations in the various local churches committed to adopting a street or community for youth engagement. Youth Minister Henry said that he envisaged that these activities would include health clinics, health fairs, and door-to-door contacts, among other possible undertakings.
“The Adventist Church in the Cayman Islands is making serious effort to energise their young people spiritually, reclaim their missing youth, and reach other youth,” Mrs. Boyd said, goals that boosted the opportunity for KYC’s ministry during their visit.
In addition to exercising their voices in choir appearances and the concert over the weekend, on their final day (Monday, 29th), KYC members volunteered for a work day at Cayman Academy. Helping to prepare the campus for the new school year, the choir members painted, cleaned and gardened.
Making it all possible for the 30-member visiting contingent, choir director Boyd said members paid half of their airfare, with the rest contributed by sponsorship and fundraising in Jamaica. Some financial support was provided by the Kencot Church and the East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
The local Youth Services Department of the Adventist Church arranged accommodations and transportation.
Mrs. Boyd, an educator and administrator and an elder at the Kencot Church, has directed the choir for almost two decades.
Discussing the choir’s range of activities, Director Boyd said that KYC’s ministry involves performing at religious and civic functions, opening and providing background music for local and international artistes in major gospel and fundraising concerts, ministering at events and services across Jamaica, and assisting with the physical and spiritual needs of children homes in Kingston.
Maintaining their spiritual tone was a priority, she said, adding that KYC’s in-reach activities for its members included a prayer and visitation ministry, a weekly Friday evening small group devotion and Bible study meeting, and an annual prayer and fasting retreat.
These activities, along with social support, supported “the maintenance of the spiritual vitality and community experience necessary for the choir’s ministry in the various initiatives,” Director Boyd said.
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