Young adults prepare for MWC summitBy Kristina Toews Mennonite World Conference
AKRON, Pa. — Preparations for the 2015 Global Youth Summit and transitions within the committee marked the annual meeting of the Mennonite World Conference Young Anabaptists Committee May 23-28.
The committee, known as YABs, welcomed Lani Prunés of the U.S. as the new North American representative, replacing Kristina Toews of Canada who is now serving as the MWC web communications worker in Bogotá, Colombia.
“The transition into this group was at first overwhelming,” Prunés said. “I didn’t know what to expect from this group of international Anabaptists. However, from day one I felt not only warmly welcomed but a part of a group that respected me and cared about what I had to contribute.”
Latin American representative Rodrigo Pedroza García of Mexico was affirmed as the new committee chair by the Executive Committee, though he was unable to get his visa in time to attend the meeting.
The YABs Committee communicated with Pedroza frequently via Skype. However, “the lack of face-to-face communication was greatly missed in our discussions,” said Asian representative Sumana Basumata of India.
The meeting included decisions and preparations for the third Global Youth Summit, to be held July 17-19, 2015, just before the MWC assembly July 21-26. The committee toured Messiah College in Mechanicsburg and confirmed the college as the location for the next summit.
The event is open for all young adults, aged 18 and older, to learn from each other, build relationships, worship and be the church together.
The theme is “Called to Share: My Gifts, Our Gifts.”
“We all have something to share, all the Global North and the Global South,” said African representative Tigist Tesfaye Gelagle of Ethiopia.
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