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400 Allegheny East Conference Youth Attend National Youth Conference

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

Nearly 400 youth and their chaperones from all over the Allegheny East Conference recently attended the United Youth Congress (UYC) in Orlando, Fla. UYC, which is sponsored by the Black Adventist Youth Directors Association, operated under the theme “iServe” calling the youth to be “the visible hands and feet of Jesus” in the community. The congress drew some 2,800 participants. The youth participated in the Bible Bowl All-Star Playoff, community service projects, a Pathfinder parade and enjoyed a gospel concert and toured Universal Studios. Here is what some of the attendees had to share about their experiences there:

“My most memorable experience was the Sabbath sermon with Pastor MyRon Edmonds. The sermon was extremely powerful and real. I loved the pastor's honesty … That gave me a wake-up call. I was instantly moved and felt the need to be doing something/anything empowering for other youth.”—Amarachi Anucha, Germantown church in Philadelphia

“I really enjoyed the Sabbath sermon, which reminded us that we shouldn’t judge people by what they look like, but see what’s inside.”—Lateya Bynum, Marantha church in Fredericksburg, Va.

“My favorite part of youth congress was getting to meet new people and learning from the plays that Oakwood [University] performed. I learned that I can express myself through acting from the seminars, and that I can be a warrior for God.”—Milan Scott
Emmanuel-Brinklow church in Ashton, Md.

“It felt good to use creative ways to reach people who don't know Jesus. I want to start an iServe movement at my church to help us as young people to reach our community.”—Djuvane Martin, First church in Paterson, N.J.

“Competing in Bible Bowl was one of the major highlights of my experience in Florida. Playing in Bible Bowl at the iServe event was definitely an experience I will always value and treasure.”—Andrea Anderson, Germantown church in Philadelphia

“We did a lot of detailed planning to make [the congress] a success. We had a great team! God has really blessed our efforts, and we look forward to ‘greater works than these’ as iServe continues.”—Gary Banks, AEC assistant director for Youth Ministries