Discipleship, Leadership, and Community
Service Training Main Focus of iATL
ore than 100 Seventh-day Adventist young adults from several countries have descended upon Georgia, ready to IMPACT Atlanta (iATL). The young people involved in iATL, running concurrently with the General Conference session, June 23 through July 3, 2010, at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, have gathered together for discipleship training and community service. These delegates hail from Australia, Great Britain, Jamaica, Japan, Malawi, the Philippine Islands, Russia, South Africa, Zambia, and across America.
IN THE COURTYARD: Dericka Webster, volunteer coordinator and community service administrative assistant, shows the recently upgraded outdoor recreation area of The Salvation Army’s Metro Atlanta Red Shield Services, to iATL delegates on June 24, 2010. PHOTO: Kimberly Luste Maran/AR
Each day, after a morning of discipleship and leadership training, community service leaders in Atlanta take time to outline and explain outreach efforts, and show delegates the ways they can help by having these young adults actively participate in service programs.
In addition to partnering with local churches, charitable organizations, and humanitarian agencies in Atlanta, iATL delegates are also being introduced to worldwide relief and support efforts, including the enditnow campaign of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
These young adults from around the world will continue to sharpen leadership and compassion skills—and, it’s hoped, take something back with them when iATL concludes. “While IMPACT Atlanta is young adult-oriented, everyone is welcome to attend our specialized morning training sessions and our evening Encounters Café,” says A. Allan Martin, iATL coordinator. “We want to impact the city of Atlanta. But beyond this, when we leave we want to be able to say, ‘God was there when we were there—and our lives were transformed.’ ”
The 10-day event will culminate in a weekend of worship with more than 3,000 people attending a GODencounters conference held July 1-3, 2010, in the Georgia Ballroom, Georgia World Congress Center