Web Site Expands Reach of Let’s Talk Initiative                               Main Story

uring the Let’s Talk satellite broadcasts, Seventh-day Adventist young people have the opportunity for a one-hour, no-holds-barred dialogue with their world church leader. And they’ll get to do it again on March 15 at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama.

But long after the cameras have been turned off and the students have gone home, world church president Pastor Jan Paulsen wants the conversation with Adventist young people to continue.
The Let’s Talk Web site was created in late 2004 to keep the lines of communication open between Adventist young people and church leaders. The site, which invites 15- to 25-year-olds to contact the office of the GC president with their questions and comments, aims to make the Let’s Talk initiative accessible to those who have no opportunity to participate in one of the broadcasts.
More than 1,000 young people have received personal replies to their questions through the Let’s Talk Web site since it began 14 months ago, according to Jennifer Stymiest, who manages the site. “Young people from some 30 countries have accessed the site so far,” she says. “The questions and comments we receive every day show that the vast majority of these young people are eager to get involved with their church--to know more about their faith, and to become more active in their local congregation.” She adds that Pastor Paulsen wants the site to challenge and encourage young people to “step up and get involved.”
The Let’s Talk Web site allows young people to ask questions of their church leaders and share photos and information about themselves, as well as contact one another through a pen pal database. To join the conversation, click here.

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