Egypt Field | Middle-East North-Africa Union
On August 8-14, 2022, nearly 180 youth, young adults, health directors, pastors, youth leaders, and other ministry directors came to Alexandria, Egypt, to attend a Youth Alive facilitator training followed by a Youth Alive Conference. The event was hosted by the Middle East North Africa Union (MENAU) and co-sponsored by the General Conference. Sixty-five youth and adult leaders representing Turkey, Sudan, UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, Albania, and Egypt, among others, attended the facilitator training, eager to learn and launch it in their territories. GC leaders joined Egypt field and MENAU ministry leaders to offer seminars, plenary sessions, and spiritual messages during the training and conference that followed. Seminars included topics related to relationships, sexuality, mental health, addictions, spiritual growth, mission, physical health, and dating violence. The youth participated in small friendship groups where they encountered a safe space to share their struggles and experiences, play cooperative games, worship and praise God, learn about risky behaviors, be inspired and commit to living a healthy life with purpose, while serving together. On Sabbath morning, several youths shared their testimony about how God spoke to them through the event. Among them, a young lady from another faith shared the spiritual blessing she received from God by being there, and how she felt welcomed and loved by the group. The Sabbath afternoon was a time for service where groups were divided to collect trash from a nearby public beach, minister to vulnerable children of an outreach project, or create handmade cards for refugee children.