North Georgia Youth Attends Global Young People's Convocation in South Africa

8/2/2018

“Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
 
By JESSICA BRADFORD

From July 18 to 22, United Methodist young people and adult workers from around the world gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the fourth Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) of The United Methodist Church.
 
Each Jurisdiction and Central conference was represented by five youth delegates, five young adult delegates, and two adult workers. During this conference, youth and young adults had the privilege of coming together for worship, fellowship, leadership, and conversation. Among the Southeastern Jurisdiction's representatives was 13-year-old Daya Brown from Impact UMC in North Georgia.
 
With encouragement from her mom, youth pastor, and the entire Impact Church family, Daya applied and was chosen for this incredible opportunity. Daya says one of her many goals is to travel the world, and that getting to do so at a young age is a blessing.
 
“Not many of my friends have had an opportunity to go outside of Georgia or out of the country,” she said. “I went to meeting after meeting, and I finally understood what this trip is really about. It’s about experience and having a voice, it’s never too late or too early to just live.“
 
While at GYPC, Daya learned about Roberts Rule of Order and how to conduct a meeting. She left with an understanding that the church will have to accept people no matter their differences if they want to grow, knowing that this is a different generation.
 
“I’m glad that I shared this experience with people I love dearly. I met people from across the world that I will have a relationship with for the rest of my life. Through this opportunity, I felt God through the people, different cultures, and even the things I experienced,” Daya said.
 
Daya shared that visiting Johannesburg was an eye-opening experience and from the moment she stepped off the plane. Tears were brought to her eyes because it did not feel like reality. 

“The people who lived in Johannesburg welcomed you as if you were their own," she said. "They always had a delightful smile as they said hello.”
 
Global Young People’s Convocation was established in 2006, occurs every four years and, so far, has been held in three different locations: Johannesburg, South Africa; Berlin, Germany; and Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Jessica Bradford is a communications specialist with the North Georgia Conference. Contact her at jbradford@ngumc.org. 


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