Economic justice. Equal opportunities. Care for orphaned children. More knowledge about mission and how it helps the church act dynamically.
In an honest sharing of challenges and hopes, 20 indigenous youth from across the world and from diverse faith traditions gathered for a pre-conference held in Arusha, Tanzania from 5-7 March. The event preceded the Conference on World Mission and Evangelism organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 8-13 March.
“This mission conference is very significant to us as a group of indigenous youth; we are here not only because our voices need to be heard but also to pave the way for the future,” said Lesieli Samiu (Methodist Church of New Zealand).
Elizabeth Yamath from Tanzania said she would like “economic justice and equal opportunities for all, along with great care for the thousands of orphan children in the country.”
Cindy Kobei, a law student from Kenya, said, “I am excited and expect to meet great theologians from all over the world to help me develop further my mission knowledge and bring it back to my country,” she said.
Rev. Dr Katalina Tahaafe Williams, programme executive for Mission in the WCC, with a special responsibility for the connections to the churches in the Pacific region, said the group of young people deserve visibility within their societies and their churches, “always in connection with their existential and identity issues they are struggling with in a daily basis.”