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Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay | APRIL/MAY 2018 29 teen moms who were raised in abusive homes learned to be caring and conscientious parents. She saw God at work as shelter residents graduated high school, went on to further study, and took steps toward independent living. "I am so grateful for all of the support, encouragement and gener- osity that made it possible for me to serve as a Young Adult Volunteer," Young said. Young completed her year of YAV service in 2017, but she continues to see the Spirit move in her home in Hawaii. Thanks to a grant from the Presbytery of the Pacific, Young is involved in a 10-month internship working with Micronesian youth at LanĂ¡i Union Church in Lanai City, Hawaii. In her ministry, she is inspired by what she learned in Peru. "God is not just in church," she said. "Much of the time, we find God outside the church." She stresses the need to work for the kind of world God wants and urges the youth to nurture their relationships with God and others. Faith in the world Because of the forces of globalization, today's youth readily see both the vastness and the connectedness of God's world. How do they make sense of their faith in such an environment? That was one of the primary issues addressed at Faith in 3D, held on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend last year. Amid the international showcase at Walt Disney World's Epcot, more than 2,000 youth from three denomi- nations, including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), saw a snapshot of the world through the lens of faith. Through a special arrangement with Disney, the youth entered the park before it opened to the public. "We had discussions with the kids about what it means to be a Christian in the global world and to be a global citizen," said Adam Bowling, associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Morganton, North Carolina. "We talked about what it means to love your neighbor and what does 'being a neighbor' mean. We discussed international mission partnerships and partner- ships with mission co-workers." Nurturing a beloved community and working for nonviolent change, themes that permeated King's life and ministry, were woven throughout the programming. Mason Streppa, a high school junior from First Presbyterian in Morganton, said he was struck by the relevance of King's message for the present day. "What he said back then (about racial justice) is still very much on the minds of people today, and it is still being heard today," he said. Streppa's involvement at Faith in 3D set him on a course that led to his ordination as a youth deacon for mission and outreach. Prior to his ordination, he went to Guatemala on his first international mission trip and discovered that what he had learned at Faith in 3D proved helpful. "At Faith in 3D, I could stick my foot in the water of foreign cultures," Streppa said. "When I got to Guatemala, things started coming back to me from Faith in 3D about the different cultures, languages and food." Bowling has taken three youth groups to Faith in 3D since 2009. "The preaching is always excel- lent, and it provides a witness to Dr. King's legacy and the plan and dreams God has for you," he said. He has seen youth reorder their priori- ties and even change career ambi- tions after attending Faith in 3D. "From childhood through young adulthood, ministries supported by the Pentecost Offering are making transformation possible," says Bryce Wiebe, the PC(USA)'s director of special offerings. "The Pentecost Offering helps put children, youth and young adults on a course to reach their fullest potential with a founda- tion based in their faith. Gifts to the Pentecost Offering make a difference now and in the future." Pat Cole is a communications specialist with the Presbyterian Mission Agency. LEARN MORE For resources for your congrega- tion, go to specialofferings

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