European Youth Rally to Evangelism, Commitment
Approximately 1,300 Seventh-day Adventist youth from several European nations assembled in Mannheim, Germany from April 5-9 for an annual prayer and worship conference called Youth in Mission. This year’s included guest speakers Dwight Nelson, pastor of Pioneer Memorial church in Berrien Springs, Michigan; and Martin Pröebstle, a pastor and theology professor at the Adventist Seminary Schloss Bogenhofen in Austria.
CROWD OF WITNESSES: Some of the hundreds of young people and adult participants in the annual Youth in Mission conference, which drew young Seventh-day Adventist adults from around Europe to Mannheim, Germany.The results of the event can be captured in numbers, but only as a beginning: 180 participants decided to spend one year working for Jesus, 140 decided to get baptized, 37 said they want to become Adventist pastors, and more than 600 are going to study Ellen White’s book The Great Controversy during the next 12 months. More than 800 young people joined the outreach on Sabbath afternoon and visited people in the city of Mannheim.
“God changed me inside out during this congress,” said Fabian Raudies, from Bietigheim, Germany. “I got answers to so many questions, felt welcome in this unique family, and was looking forward to every sermon. I got to know similar thinking people, people with similar questions, and I could talk to them and get encouragement.”
Added Johannes Waniek, from Kraichtal, Germany, a conference organizer: “In my heart the YiM conference holds a very special place. God talks to me, talks to other people through me, and [this] is where I catch fire for this task. This is where my place is, this is where I want to be.”