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Adventist Youth in southern Asia-pacific region to celebrate Global Youth Day, March 15

On March 15, Adventist youth in the Philippines will gather at 1:30 pm for a compassion walk in a busy Metro Manila district  from Luneta to Harborsquare as they share Jesus in the streets during the second annual Global Youth Day.

There will be four prayer stops, each of which will have a different emphasis: the people of Manila, the Philippine government officials, the spiritual and religious leaders in the country and finally HopeManila2014, a revival initiative by the church that calls for big cities like Manila to find hope and peace in Christ. HopeManila2014 will feature a week-long revival series in May with speaker Ted Wilson, Adventist world president.

The compassion walk will end at 3pm at the final destination of Harborsquare. It is the site of a 2-hour live internet stream that will connect the youth in the Philippines to the rest of the world from 3-5 pm.

Throughout the day, over 80 youth groups will demonstrate acts of kindness in creative ways in the cities of Quezon, Pasay, Taguig and Pasig and surrounding areas. These creative acts of kindness include giving free hugs, sharing bookmarks and stickers, giving away free food and water and offering to pray for individuals in the streets. Such acts will challenge the youth of the church and the nation to actively impact people’s lives and bring love, hope and peace to the country.

"I encourage every Adventist youth within the SSD to participate in the 2014 global youth day in their area in a way that would significantly impact their communities and culture," says Jobbie Yabut, director for the SSD Youth department.

Anthony Stanyer, representative for the ‘One Year in Mission’ (OYIM) of the Adventist church in southern Asia-pacific region (SSD), leads a group of youth under the guidance of the SSD Youth department. These youth who represent different SSD territories are learning to develop programs for youth to impact society. They are Keiko Le (Vietnam), Alvianus Saleppang (East Indonesia), Lokash Ridoy Gabil (Bangladesh), Mariano da Cruz (Timor-Leste), Zaw Min Htike (Myanmar), Kham Phouliphan (Laos), Sophal Sen (Cambodia), Deonnel Peren (Southern Philippines), Junianson Siagian (West Indonesia), John Michael Docot (Northern Philippines), Ephraim Arriesgado (Central Philippines), Atif Arif (Pakistan) and Janath Dananjana (Sri Lanka).

The OYIM team will help in different assigned tasks that would lead to the success of the global youth day.

The global youth day is an international mobilization of Seventh-day Adventist youth through social media to inspire hope through community service worldwide.

A global youth day free app on iOS and Android is made available for this event where participants can upload content on the acts of compassion happening throughout the day.

To closely follow the global youth day and the compassion walk, on social media type #gyd14 #compassionph and visit www.globalyouthday.org

[Gay Deles]

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