Inter-America Youth Serve
1 Million Meals
eventh-day Adventists in the Inter-America Division (IAD) helped feed one million of the neediest people in their cities and communities on October 10.
The division-wide second annual Day of Kindness and Compassion is designed to promote awareness of hunger, leading up to the United Nations World Food Day, observed worldwide on October 10, regional church leaders said.
Donations of U.S.$2 or less by each church member in the region financed the event, which was organized by the division's youth ministries department in coordination with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) offices across the region.
The event reminded participants of "what it means to give and what it means to be committed," said Bernardo Rodriguez, IAD youth director and joint organizer. "I think this initiative opens the way for a church united in the future through service," he added.
Rodriguez estimates that more than half a million young people participated in this year's Day of Kindness and Compassion throughout most of the 17 church regions located in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the French Antilles, Colombia and Venezuela.
Organizers said the event seeks not only to motivate Adventists, but involve entire communities in identifying and responding to needs.