SMSJB Youth South Africa Mission – Aug 05 to 19, 2013

o Under the leadership of Fr. Daniel Bessada, the Undergraduate, Graduate group and the High School Youth embarked on a two weeks’ journey to Johannesburg, South Africa.
o 27 of our Youth ventured in a mission for charity work, humanitarian service and self-spiritual development. They raised around $14,000 in cash donations and took over 50 suitcases of various clothing, school supplies, christian gifts, and medication.
o They were joined by a group of Youth under the leadership of Fr. Dawood Lamey from Egypt.
o As a Charity Mission, they served 7 perishes, visited 3 monasteries, a hospital, 3 orphanages and 13 schools.
o As a Spiritual Mission, they had the blessing of meeting Bishop A. Markos, Fr. Abdel Messih and Fr. Takla as well as some native priests.  They prayed 3 Liturgies.  They held a Pre-Baptism seminar at a
church in Soshanguve for potential converts and atheists.
o During their stay in KwaZuluNatal, they partook in house visitations, Bible studies and Youth Groups.  Following each Liturgy, Sunday School classes were held by this group, for all ages.

To give you a little background about the Youth Group at our church:  They are a group of University and College Students and Graduates that have come together as one under this church.  The Youth Group are active in the church and its services.
This is a group of young adults coming together for their love of one another, their love of God, and their love of service!  The Youth Group welcomes all those interested in becoming part of this group to join them in any of their meetings and services.
“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let they heart cheer in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment” (Ecclesiastes 11:9)