Consecrated for Service
Dan Jackson Address GNYC YouthBy: Eion Williamson
The Manhattan Seventh day Adventist Church in New York, New York, was packed to capacity on Sabbath, November 20, 2010, for the annual consecration, investiture, and graduation service for Greater New York Conference Youth Ministries Department. Families, friends, and supporters all gathered to express their support for the 184 graduates representing the largest graduating class in the history of the conference’s youth department. The graduates stood ready, as duly qualified beneficiaries, to receive their blazers and insignias. The graduates were comprised of Certified Adventist Youth Leaders (AYLC), Master Guides (MG), Adventist Youth Emergency Services (AYES Corps), Pathfinder Leadership Awardees (PLA), Pathfinder Instructor Awardees (PIA), Adventurer Leadership Awardees (ALA) and the first-ever, and Adventurer Instructor Awardees (AIA).
Delivering the main address, Daniel Jackson, president of the Seventh day Adventist Church in North America, charged the graduates to be faithful like Moses. He cautioned that self-directed leadership will fail because spiritual leaders are always called and directed by God. “If God lights the fire,” he said, making reference to the burning bush, “He will keep the flames burning. It is never about you,” he told the graduates, “it is always about God.” During the service, the youth ministries department also recognized the secretaries who served in the department. Those receiving recognition were Tina DeFranco, Mira Perez, Diosalma Melgar, Merisol Forrester, Joanne Cortés, and Veronica Chang.
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—Eion Williamson, volunteer assistant to youth director, Greater New York Conference