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8 October 2019 | Katerini, Greece [Moses Siwale]  

As a last opportunity before school and university, Adventist youth and their friends from across northern Greece met for a weekend at the Adventist Centre of Influence, POLIS, in Katerini, just a 45-minute drive south of Thessaloniki.


Youth participating in the service during the camp in KateriniYouth participating in the service during the camp in Katerini.Throughout the second weekend of September, youth took time to recharge their spiritual batteries with fellowship, activities, practical advice on personal growth, and spiritual insights. It was the perfect way to end their summer.

The second youth conference in the north of Greece, the aim was to demonstrate to youth, in a very practical way, church and youth ministry activities. A special invitation went to children who have Adventist parents but who don’t regularly attend a church. In addition, friends of regular church going youth were warmly welcomed and introduced to the Adventist church.

The theme of the conference was ‘Advancing Youth’ and was coordinated by the Greek Adventist Mission and run partnership with the Hellenic American College in association with the European Union. This project seeks to empower young people and young adults to become the better version of themselves in today's world of uncertainty.

Youth listening to the speaker at the camp in KateriniThroughout the weekend the speaker, Miriam Siwale tackled topics concerning self-worth, self-value, self-confidence, each individual’s strong points and weak points, how youth see themselves and how others see them, as well as setting up goals for themselves. Through a variety of activities, they were also able to open up about themselves and learn about and appreciate others.

Adventist youth pastor and youth leader, Moses Siwale, organised the event, and was the spiritual guide creating the intellectual connections between the practical advice offered by the seminar and active faith.

The local church helped with the organisational needs, especially by offering accommodation for the 35 youth both in their homes and in the local church building.

Group photo at the northern greece youth conference
Fourteen-year-old Maria Daniela stated, “I learned that, when I put a goal in my life and for my future, I need to take certain steps first to accomplish and achieve them.” She also confessed to having “lots of fun and made more new friends.” She concluded, “I believe I got closer to God throughout this seminar, and I would go again and even bring friends to share this experience too.”

Viktoria, a seventeen-year-old stated: “The conference in Katerini included one of the most important discussions about our age and helped me to decide on self-improvement and seek fulfilment of the goals developed at the conference.”

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