Georgetown, Guyana – (November 25, 2018) Minister of Public Affairs, Mrs. Dawn Hastings-Williams, on Friday, declared open the annual Upper Mazaruni District Youth Congress where she urged participants to excel.

During the opening ceremony, Minister Hastings-Williams handed over a number of sound and musical equipment as well as sports gear to the youth on behalf of President David Granger. She told the participants that the provision of equipment is a demonstration of the government’s commitment to the development of the nation’s youth.

“I ask that you use it [the equipment] … may you use it to pass on the gospel to your community,” she said.

The three-day event, which is being held at Kako Village, Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) aimed at allowing Adventist youth to collectively fellowship, assess performance and to be part of fun activities, is being hosted by the Guyana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Minister Hastings-Williams commended the participants for their commitment to taking part in the annual congress.

“You are Pathfinders leading the way…leading others. I want to encourage you, as you are young, to use your energy to pass on the word of God and to make a difference,” she added.

Meanwhile, Guyana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Youth Director, Pastor Marvin Smith said he was pleased with the number of participants at this year’s Youth Congress, noting that participation has increased significantly over the years.

“This year is a historic year for the Upper Mazaruni…when you come to this activity you never leave the same. You are investing your time and your money you cannot come here and remain the same I believe after your investment God will do something great in your lives,” Pastor Smith said.

This year’s congress was held under the theme ‘Pass it on’. Youth from Georgetown, Kako, Phillipai, Jawalla, Waxcreek, Paruima, Waramadong, Kaikan, Arau, Maurak as well as a visiting delegation from Venezuela are participating in the event, which will feature an investiture ceremony and youth social.

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