GYC Report from 2010 GC Session

As President of GYC, I was sent to the GC Session to represent the vast network of young people who make up GYC. But it’s from the perspective of a regular Seventh-day Adventist layman that I want express my views. And that’s because, of all that I saw, few things touched me more than the fact that, however impressive our church structure is – it’s the lay people, youth included, who are the heart and soul of God’s Remnant.

For starters, unless you’ve been to a GC Session, you can’t even begin to grasp the sensory overload. Even for a young person such as myself – immersed amid the sights and sounds of smart phones, iPads and iPods, laptops, etc. – it was, at times, overwhelming.

It was overwhelming in an inspiring way, because amid all the energy and hubbub, you could sense the dedication, the commitment and the enthusiasm of our members. And though the place was teeming with “church bureaucrats,” I still came away convicted of the role laity has in doing the work that God has called us to do.

I was also impressed by the sheer volume and diversity that makes up the Adventist church. It’s amazing, laypeople and church leaders from all over the world, from all walks of life, people who would have nothing in common were it not for the truths that we have been given.

I also couldn’t help be amazed, too, at how the church operates. It was the democratic process at work, big time. It was fascinating to watch, in fact, the delegates – which included lay people – vote down a measure that the church leaders had really wanted to pass! That’s democracy, and our church without a doubt has it.

The highlight, though, was Elder Wilson’s sermon Sabbath morning, and his appeal to the church to move forward in the truths that we, as a people, have been given. You can read the sermon, you can see it online, but it was thrilling to experience it in person. The place sizzled; that’s the only way I can describe it.

There’s a lot more I could talk about. But, again, in the end, it’s the lay people working with our church leadership who are going to accomplish through God’s grace the mission that we have been given. Thus, I appeal to all the young people involved in GYC to dedicate themselves to the mission Elder Wilson outlined that amazing Sabbath morning at what was, truly, an epochal General Conference Session.

  • rosie soto

    Attended GYC for the first time this year and I have to say it exceeded my expectations. As a new adventist it made me realize that I made the right choice in my spiritual journey and it made me feel like I was at home. I enjoyed every aspect of it and I just wanted to let you know that you are a powerful speaker and may God bless you with more bright ideas.

  • Iris Perez

    Wonderful love of God. Thank you Justin to post this message in here. God be with all of you. That is all we need at the end of the time, people that can put the Word of God first, without fear, taking the Seventh Day Adventist Message to everyone in this planet. I am so proud of you. KEEP THE FAITH BURNING. We will go home soon. Blessings.

  • john

    why does gyc exist?

  • Dr. Ron Stone

    Althouth I have not attended GYC, I have watched numerous meeting broadcast on 3ABN. Proof of how God is leading your group is in the viscious attacks you have gotten from Adventist Spectrum, especially from Ervin Taylor. Keep up the great work!

  • Stephanie Ehrhardt

    What are the ages for GYC participation?

  • Magaly Gonzalez

    No había escuchado sobre este grupo hasta esta noche. Desde Venezuela mando un gran saludo a ustedes. Espero seguir recibiendo noticias de todas sus actividades. Dios los bendiga. Jesús viene en esta generación y la juventud debe prepararse a nivel mundial, y me emocional el saber que muchos jóvenes estén interesados en prepararse para este magnánimo evento. Los apoyo y oro desde hoy por ustedes. Adelante.

  • Poria

    I’m amazed at the extent of devotion towards the work of God at the GYC and CAMPUS. God bless you. I know how stressful it can be sometimes, but I also know that we will get our reward someday.

    Keep up the good and work and stand firm in the faith.