More than 500 young people from the Mesoamerica Church of the Nazarene celebrated World Youth Day in an online event called “LINK” on August 12.

The 5 fields of the region; Mexico, North Central, Central, Caribbean and Haiti were represented.  The event was held in 3 different languages ​​(Spanish, English and French) through Zoom and Facebook Live, and lasted 2 hours.

The purpose of the event was to generate a space and opportunity to create a connection in a virtual way.  In addition, invite and promote the union and connection between the different generations that make up the regional Nazarene Youth International (NYI).

Participants heard from Dr. Milton Gay, regional NYI and Evangelism coordinator, about generational change, and all that God wants to do through the youth leaders to serve, guide, and accompany the new generation of teens.  The group was motivated to be part of a generation that grows and accompanies others in their journey with God, through mentoring.

“In this decade, the Mesoamerica NYI has a new approach and vision, it is paying attention to the care of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17,” said Ada García, who is part of the Mesoamerica NYI team.  So, in this celebration, this group of teens were welcomed.

The celebration included special songs from the Mexico and Haiti Fields, activities, and important announcements of upcoming activities and available resources.  Also Rev. Kamil Paul Bunsee, coordinator of the NYI for the Caribbean Field shared the theme “Living with the end in mind”.

“Personally, I had never been to an event at the regional level, and I thank God that in the distance I can see a church that challenges us, inspires, equips and provides opportunities to worship in community,” said Arcelia Tercero, a student from the Youth Pastor program in Mexico.  “Thank God and all the organizers for giving us and inspiring us in this experience of enjoying worship and coexistence online.”

Source: Ada Merari García Riley Mesoamerica NYI