Monday, February 17
Once every three years, member churches of CANACOM (Caribbean and North America Council for Mission) bring together young adults from across the Caribbean and North America. In July and August of 2012, this event, held at Camp J. J. Philbert in rural Gran Couva, Trinidad, brought together more than 30 individuals between 18 and 30.
This group of Young Adults in Mission (YAM) would spend the next two and a half weeks in morning devotions, afternoon Bible studies, work projects, and, of course, having fun. Discussions would blossom about ways to strengthen their communities, get youth involved in the life of the church, reduce violence and abuse, and have better relationships with other Christians around the world.
The camp theme—“Strike Up di Riddim, Mission Is wi Beat!”—became a metaphor for our own service in the great life God calls us to live together. Music, singing, dancing, and instruments—with their different timbres, volumes, colors, pitches, and emotions—came to represent the vast diversity present at the camp.
CANACOM has been bringing young adults together in this way since 1994, when the first camp was held. This past summer, in conjunction with the YAM Conference, CANACOM held a camp reunion. Alumni arrived from all over North America and the Caribbean to reconnect, share their stories, work alongside old friends, and connect with other YAMmers from their national churches. Alumni expressed the desire to form a network of YAM supporters to help mentor and usher in a new generation of young adults that, through the YAM experience, will discover “the wardrobe and the wonders of Narnia” for themselves and be forever changed by it.
—Jessie Jennette and Sanya Beharry, 2012 YAM participants
Let us join in prayer for:
Caribbean and North America Council for Mission (CANACOM): Rev. Nicole Ashwood, education in mission secretary • United Protestant Church of Curaçao: Johannes Cornelis de Lijster, chair • Presbyterian Church in Grenada: Rev. Dr. Osbert James, moderator • Guyana Congregational Union: Rev. Paulette Hannibal, gen. sec. • Guyana Presbyterian Church: Rev. Kayshena Dyal-Khusial, moderator • Presbyterian Church of Guyana: Rev. James Sampson, moderator • United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands: Rev. Norbert Stephens, gen. sec., Mrs. Rose Wedderburn, deputy gen. sec. • United Theological College of the West Indies: Rev. Dr. Marjorie Lewis, pres. • Church of Scotland in Trinidad: Rev. Garwell Bacchas, moderator • Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago: Rt. Rev. Brenda Bullock, moderator
Member churches of CANACOM
Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba, United Protestant Church of Curaçao, Dominican Evangelical Church, Presbyterian Church in Grenada, Guyana Congregational Union, Guyana Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church of Guyana, United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Presbyterian Church in Trinidad and Tobago, Presbyterian Church of Scotland in Trinidad and Tobago, PC(USA), Presbyterian Church in Canada, and United Church of Canada
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Sharon Castillo, BOP
Let us pray
Loving God, may we be and see others as bridges of hope and transformation. Amen.