Paris Williams Represents ATCU at OYIM
Communication Department, ATCU
On January 16, 2014, the Inter-American Division (IAD) will begin phase 2 of “One Year in Mission” (OYIM), an outreach program of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists that began in October 2011. According to the youth department of the IAD, the vision for OYIM is "to encourage young people to get involved in the mission of the church."
The first phase of the project involved each of the 13 world divisions of the Adventist Church sending one youth representative to participate in the evangelistic endeavor “Mission to the Cities” held in New York City earlier this year. The experience served as a model for the subsequent phases that will take place in each division, union, and conference/mission over the next two years.
In OYIM, Phase 2, a team made up of young adults from each of the 22 unions that comprise the IAD will be trained in three areas: evangelism, community service, and small groups. The goal is to create a working model that can be replicated in their respective unions and local fields during 2014 and 2015 respectively. Mexico City has been identified by the IAD as the host city for this second phase of the project.
During its recent year-end meetings, the executive committee of ATCU selected Paris Williams of the North Bahamas Conference to represent the union in Mexico City.
Paris Williams is a member of the Blessed Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Freeport, Grand Bahama, the Bahamas and currently serves as a Sabbath School secretary, assistant church clerk, and junior deaconess. She is actively involved in the youth department, holding the position of secretary of the Adventist Youth Ministry. Ms. Williams was the recipient of the Most Distinguished Pathfinder Award for the Blessed Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2011 and was the second place winner of the North Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventist youth speech competition in 2012.
Pastor Andrew E. Burrows, youth director of ATCU, notes that upon the completion of the OYIM project, Paris will be instrumental in helping to formulate an evangelistic plan for the youth department of ATCU based on the experience gained in Mexico and the model of OYIM.