Bishop Ward discusses her trip to the Philippines this week for the Global Youth and Young Adult Convocation, where young missionaries will be commissioned for service and youth will discuss the future of The United Methodist Church.
I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world and as you hear the sound of my voice, I’m actually half-a-world away in the Philippines with six youth and young adults from the North Carolina Annual Conference.
Here together, we are at the Global Youth and Young Adult Convocation of The United Methodist Church – a global gathering indeed. Missionaries will be commissioned, young adults will enter into two years of service from everywhere to everywhere. Two of these young adults are from the North Carolina Conference and one will be serving in Washington state and the other in the Caribbean.
We give thanks for the opportunity to engage this week in the preparation of these young adults for mission service and it’s a delight to share with them and to speak together of our Wesleyan heritage, of our call to personal and social holiness as we prepare to send them forth into all the world.
Through this same miracle of communication in our age, we will be skyping to ACS this week at Methodist University and there, it’s our prayer to connect with the youth in the North Carolina Annual Conference who are also giving witness to Christ alive in their hearts overflowing out into the world, in pursuit of justice and peace in every place.
Thank you for your prayers this day for young people who are hearing the call of Christ; for young people who are engaging in mission in the world. Your prayers are a means of grace. May Christ be with you this day wherever you are, for indeed, Jesus Christ is the savior of the world.