Keep the faith: reminisce of Northern Nigeria Union Youth Congress
For Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northern Nigeria Union Conference (NNUC), the future is assured, judging by the army of youths it has. Youths who will remain true to the faith. Youths who will serve as the moral springboard of Adventist heritage.
[Photo: Pastor Yohanna Harry, charging the baptismal candidates during the congress]
From every indication, Northern Nigeria Union Conference is committed to leading the young people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ as well as helping them embrace the call to discipleship.
On August 11th – 18th, 2019 the leadership of the Adventist Youth Ministries, Northern Nigeria Union Conference engaged young people in an intellectual, mental, physical, social and spiritual stimulating activities aimed at developing them for effective and efficient discipleship.
[Photo: Cross section of parade squad during the congress]
It was the second of its kind in Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Northern Nigeria – a senior youth congress that had over 2,000 participants drawn from the 18 northern states including the federal capital territory, Abuja.
Queen Amina College, Kaduna State, Nigeria, the venue of the congress provided the natural ambience for active learning, interactions and sundry activities. Tagged: “Keep the Faith", the one week program was instructive and reassuring.
In his welcome address, Pastor Daniel Chiroma Jnr., Youth Director, Northern Nigeria Union Conference explained that the essence of the congress was among other things to improve the mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing of the young people. He urged Adventist youths in Northern Nigeria not to cast off their faith but against all odds, holdfast to the word of God.
Sabbath worship at the congress was a delight as it had variety of spirit-filled programs. The youths evidently enjoyed the presence of the top ranked leaders of the church during the congress, which gave credence to the fact that total leadership support exists in Northern Nigeria Union Conference.
In attendance were, Pastor Yohanna Harry, President, Northern Nigeria Union Conference, Pastor Micah Nasamu, President, North Central Nigeria Conference and Pastor Yohanna Dangana, President, North West Nigeria Conference among others. They all advice and encourage the young people on the importance of keeping the faith in all ramifications as well as passing it on to the world around them. In his goodwill message, the President of Northern Nigeria Union Conference, Pastor Yohanna Harry is quoted as saying: “Let us hold steadfastly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another”.Heb.10:23-25
According to the North West Nigeria Conference President, Pastor Yohanna Dangana: “Leadership in Seventh-Day Adventist Church is developmental, hence the young people must make genuine effort to know and understand the operations of the church vis-a-vis its policy and procedural governance”.
Other dignitaries invited to the congress commended the leadership of the church in Northern Nigeria Union and advised the young people to be committed in every aspect of their lives.
[Photo: Cross section of participants in training workshop during the congress]
[Photo: Some of the pints of blood donated by the youth during the congress]
On humanitarian angle, the congress afforded Adventist youths in Northern Nigeria the opportunity to contribute their quota for service to humanity as over 150 youths including the Union Youth Director, Pastor Daniel Chiroma Jnr, and Union Health Director, Dr. Chikwe Amaike, voluntarily donated blood to the National Blood Bank during the event in Kaduna State.
[Photo: Mama Haske Ibrahim]
Mama Haske Ibrahim, 87 years old, a participant from Kafanchan District in North West Nigeria Conference was among the awardees. She was awarded for her resilience in Adventist youth ministries.
Mama Ibrahim appreciated the leadership of the church for the recognition, pledging that as long as the breath of life remains in her, she will not be tired of mentoring the young people to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of God.
To the glory of God as 22 souls were added to the church through the ordinance of baptism.
Par Ezinwa Alozie, Communication Director
Northern Nigeria Union Conference