Guatemala

Youth Directors Prepare for IAD Youth Congress 2014

Youth Directors Prepare for IAD Youth Congress 2014
Communication Department, ATCU

From July 29 to August 2, 2014, the city of Guatemala will welcome thousands of Adventist young people from across Inter-America for the Embrace Guatemala Inter-American Division (IAD) Youth Congress. In preparation for the historic youth congress, a planning session was held in Guatemala during February 2-6, 2014.

In his opening charge to the union youth directors and members of the planning committee, Pastor Benjamin Carballo, youth director for IAD shared the objective of the youth congress.

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“We are at the threshold of another Inter-American Division youth congress and those of us who are at the forefront of our new generation of youth must realize that our young people need to feel loved, included, and valued,” said Pastor Carballo. “Furthermore, they need to be trained, challenged, and sent to mission. We cannot supply these needs of our youth, but we can create the environment and work hard as a team so that the Holy Spirit performs a transformation in their lives.”

During the planning meetings, the youth directors toured the Fraternidad Cristiana de Guatemala (Christian Fellowship of Guatemala), the venue for the meetings. The center is the largest mega church facility in Latin America, having the capacity to seat up to 15,000 persons in the main auditorium.

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Reports shared during the meetings indicate that more than 5000 young people from outside of Guatemala along with thousands more in Guatemala will impact the city during the five-day event. At least 50 young people and youth leaders from the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) are expected to register for the event.

Pastor Andrew E. Burrows, youth director of ATCU, is encouraging the young people of ATCU to be a part of youth congress 2014.

“Having travelled to Guatemala and seen firsthand the venue, the various sites, the hotels, the people, and the city itself, I believe that this event is a must for as many young people in our union as possible to attend. I want to challenge our youth and youth leaders to take advantage of the opportunity the Adventist church has given,” Pastor Burrows said.

Persons interested in attending may contact their Adventist youth leader for information.