Adventist Young Professionals (AYP) Embark on Mission Trip to Florida 

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Young Professionals from Six States & Two Countries Gather For Five Days of Service and Outreach in Miami, Florida

By: Xiomara Perdomo, AYP Assistant to the President for Mission

MIAMI, FLORIDA – Adventist Young Professionals (AYP) recently concluded an impactful mission trip to Miami, Florida, where over the Memorial Day weekend young professionals from six unions across the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists & Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, passionately took on a transformative project at Echard Seventh Day Adventist Church and Miami Union Adventist Academy. The initiative included cleaning and organizing closets, garages, polishing floors, and helping to clean out and dispose of any unnecessary items, leading to a renewed pristine, welcoming environment. Yard maintenance was also performed, along with the emptying of classrooms to allow for new flooring to be installed prior to the upcoming school year.

Church Restoration

“The Echard SDA Church is beyond grateful for the generous donation of the time, energy, and talents of the Build & Restore / Adventist Young Professionals volunteers,” Pastor Siam Joseph of Echard Church remarked. “They were able to complete several projects to beautify our church plant and to help us better serve our church community. Their joyous service and enthusiasm was both contagious and inspiring, encouraging us to continue fulfilling our mission and service to the people of our community.”

School Restoration

“Miami Union Adventist Academy cannot repay the assistance received by AYP. Each member of the team who helped our project oozed passion, an attitude to serve, and a love for ministry.” said MUAA Principal, Edward Scille. “Our home has become their home, and they will see in heaven how the work they performed at MUAA impacted a whole community for generations to come.”

Service and Outreach

In addition to the restoration work, AYP members were able to share Jesus with the local community by praying with individuals, engaging in prayer walls, and distributing bags with CDs of the Final Days and Steps to Christ in several Miami neighborhoods.

“The 2024 AYP Mission Trip helped me to recognize the power of God and use of young people for His purpose.,” shared Eddie Hyatt, a software engineer from Orlando, Florida. “I believe that God has called for this generation to step up and be a shining light and a beacon to a world that is corrupt and soon to pass away with fire (2 Peter 3:10). Let’s stay committed to God’s will in each of our lives.”

Community and Networking

Beyond the work, young professional participants also bonded deeply through shared worship, collective prayer sessions, cherished moments in nature, and sightseeing some of Miami’s most iconic locations. On Sabbath, the group led Sabbath School and Divine Service at Echard SDA Church, fostering a spirit of unity and spiritual growth among the congregation.

Anthony Perdomo, a young adult college student from New York, New York, shared how the relationships he built during this trip were special for him: “I started the mission trip being in my own bubble and I quickly found myself getting out of that bubble. I have built lifetime friendships and I found a new connection with God.”

Tangible Impact

The work done over the weekend at Echard SDA Church and Miami Union Adventist Academy and in the surrounding communities will enable the local Adventist congregation to extend its outreach programs and serve as a beacon of hope in the community. It tangibly demonstrates the power of collective effort and community spirit.

This mission trip underscores AYP’s unwavering commitment to service, community enhancement, and spiritual growth among its members. By engaging in such impactful projects, AYP motivates young professionals to translate their faith into action, promoting unity, deepening their spiritual connections, and creating lasting positive changes in communities worldwide.

“As AYP grows to now serve over 10,000 young professionals, it’s a privilege to see the missional impact of AYP continue to multiply”, shares Tim Kosaka, AYP President. “Spending this power-packed weekend alongside Adventist young professionals from across the United States was truly a blessing, and I pray that the lives of participants, project partners, and community members have been deeply impacted. I am prayerfully looking forward to how God continues to work through AYPers as we serve Him together in mission.”

About Adventist Young Professionals

Adventist Young Professionals (AYP) is a global organization that fosters Christ-centered community through faith development, authentic connections, and ministry engagement. AYP globally unites and locally connects over 10,000 young professionals through a digital social network, virtual groups that foster intentional Christ-centered discussions, and local city-based chapters that collaborate with churches to facilitate spiritual gatherings, service activities, and social meetups. With an emphasis for missions, AYP seeks for all its programs to unite, engage, and inspire young people to glorify God. Beyond fostering intentional community, AYP educates young professionals for missional impact through an annual convention, mentorship, and inspirational devotional resources. For more information about Adventist Young Professionals, visit www.AYP.me/about.

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