Global Youth Summit (GYS)

Life in the Spirit: Learn, Serve, Worship

34 delegates: 4 from North America, 4 from Europe, 11 from Asia, 6 from Africa, and 9 from Latin America.

In delegate sessions, some common challenges for young people that surfaced were loneliness and the need for belonging, the need for good leadership, bridging the generation gap and the need to redefine church in a way that the function of it can shift to the spaces where young people are present.

Delegates also brainstormed solutions so they could be a part of bringing change by building relationships and sharing resources.

More than just discussing, the delegates and participants enjoyed their time learning from their different cultures, sharing snacks from their countries, sharing words of encouragement and strengthening, and praying for each other.

“One of the most impactful moments of GYS was after the delegates shared their conclusions with the participants and we spent time praying for each other’s countries on a large floor map, as well as for each other personally. The Spirit was very present as we united in prayer, and people authentically prayed for the change they wanted to see in the world and in themselves,” says Ebenezer Mondez, YABs Committee representative for Asia (2015-2022), YABs mentor (2022-2028).

This article first appeared in Courier/Correo/Courrier October 2022.