OYIM Phase 2 Begins in Mexico City

OYIM Phase 2 Begins in Mexico City
Communication Department, ATCU

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More than 17 young people from the various unions across the Inter-American Division (IAD) along with 17 local youth from the Metropolitan and Aztec Conferences in Mexico City met in Mexico City on January 16, 2014 to begin phase 2 of the One Year In Mission (OYIM) program.

OYIM, which comes under the umbrella of "Mission to the Cities," involves young people being trained for and participating in community work and evangelism in the major cities of the world. The first phase was held in New York City in 2013. During the first phase, Carlos Sanchez from the country of Mexico was chosen by the IAD to represent the young people of the division in New York.

Having received the experience in New York, Carlos is now the coordinator of OYIM in Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world and the largest in the IAD. During the next three months, the young people of the Inter-American Division will be the hands and feet of Jesus in Mexico.

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Representing the Atlantic Caribbean Union (ATCU) is Paris Williams of the North Bahamas Conference. Upon her arrival in Mexico City, Paris expressed her gratitude at being selected to represent ATCU.

"I am filled with joy to know that I was given this opportunity to be here in Mexico City, not just to be a disciple but to enhance my spiritual growth by the classes I will be taking and the community projects I will be involved in. I thank God for giving me this experience."

On the first Sabbath, January 18, the young people took part in a spiritual retreat in preparation for the three-month project. The following day, they took a tour to become familiarized with the city of Mexico. For the next 6 weeks the OYIM participants will be in classes learning more about the mission and work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and, afterwards, will be assigned to various churches and communities in the city to engage in community work.

OYIM Phase 2 will conclude with an evangelistic outreach during the first two weeks in April of this year. In addition, one of the assignments for each participant during OYIM phase 2 is to work along with the union's youth director in developing a similar project to implement in his or her respective union territory during OYIM Phase 3.

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