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European Youth Respond to Global Youth Day

From the UK to Slovenia Adventist youth share their faith

BY TEDNews staff

Adventist youth from around the world mobilized to perform acts of service for Global Youth Day on March 15. The initiative, coordinated by the General Conference Youth Ministries, included 22 live video reports from all of the Adventist Church’s 13 world divisions. Each program was hosted by young people showing activities of the youth in their territory.

The Trans-European Division (TED) hosted two live reports, one from Vik, near Oslo, Norway, and one from Newbold College in England.

In TED, church groups from the very north in Alta, Norway linked through to the Oslo transmission, while cities in Croatia and Albania in the south featured as part of the Newbold broadcast. Other participating countries featured included Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, and Sweden. Greece and Serbia also took part in the day with activities.

Individual projects were varied widely. In the Netherlands, they used a nationally known saying “carrying the egg” as a means of people sharing their stresses and writing something appropriate on a real egg. In many other cities across Europe, waffles and fruit with Bible texts and other literature were distributed; some youth made the community a better place by picking up litter. Others visited a children’s home, gave blood, exchanged cigarettes for pieces of fruit, sang at a senior citizen facility, fed the homeless, prayed for people, and gave away free hugs.

In the UK a group of young people helped open canal locks for people in boats. Other groups helped to clean up neighborhoods and beaches, donated clothes to the British Heart Foundation, and gave gift bags to senior citizens. An iconic red Routemaster bus was transformed and parked in a busy London street offering free health and dental checks as well as prayers.

Globally the effects of GYD have been very impressive. One member of the public in London commented, “You are just great. God bless you all.” The youth that volunteered also gave positive feedback, “It’s a different way to reach out in ministry–perfect, actually, and it needs to continue.” All across the countries young people took part in the day’s events and reports of these activities are still coming in.

Participating as part of the Oslo program, TED Youth Director Paul Tompkins saw the action first hand and said, “It was great to see so many young people excited and motivated to share their faith in a practical way and to participate in an event that linked youth throughout the world.” Reports have shared that 58,000 computers worldwide were logged on during the Nordic hour alone.

The impact of Global Youth Day has been huge and next year it will be repeated on Saturday, March 21st which will also mark the commencement of the international week of prayer. [tedNEWS]


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