Paris Williams Returns From OYIM, Mexico

Paris Williams Returns From OYIM, Mexico
Communication Department, ATCU

On Monday, April 14, 2014, Paris Williams of the North Bahamas Conference (NBC) returned home to Freeport, Grand Bahama after spending three months in Mexico participating in the One Year in Mission (OYIM) initiative which was organised by the youth ministries department of the Adventist world church.

The comprehensive mission-oriented program realised approximately 40 young persons from Adventist churches throughout Inter-America converging in Mexico for mission training, community service projects, evangelism, and small group ministry. Paris, who represented the Atlantic Caribbean Union, reminisced that the experience really changed her spiritual life.

“I did things that I never thought I would be able to do, such as have an evangelistic campaign for a week, stand in the front of a group of people and tell others about God, do Bible studies, and have worship on trains and in public buses.”

On Sabbath, April 12, at a special service held at the Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Paris along with the other OYIM participants were awarded for their hard work and commitment to youth evangelism by Elder Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Upon her return to Grand Bahama, Paris was warmly greeted and welcomed back by her family and local church leaders of NBC. However, for Paris her work continues.

“My work is not finished as yet. I have to prepare an article for Vision, the Adventist youth magazine, and a sermon. Also, in July we will do a mission project in Guatemala for one week. I will always be a missionary, as our motto says "o sereis misioneros o no sereis nada" which means "you are a missionary or you are nothing.”

In 2015, Paris will assist Pastor Andrew Burrows, youth director of the Atlantic Caribbean Union, in organizing phase three of OYIM which will be conducted at the union level.

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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