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Photo courtesy of Ashley RynearsonBy Ashley Rynearson
[Excerpts from Ashley Rynearson’s blog http://arynearson.tumblr.com]

I thought now might be a good time to share a little bit about myself and how I got to be the voting delegate from the Desert Southwest Conference.

I live with my family in Las Vegas and we attend First Henderson UMC and have been at this church since 2006. I am a young adult in the church and I have started the Candidacy process to become an Ordained Elder in the church.

I remember coming across the application to go to GYPCLA [Global Young People’s Convocation] on twitter and after talking to some mentors of mine, I decided to apply. Shortly after I received word that I was chosen to attend the event!

Once it finally sunk in that I would be traveling to the Philippines in the summer, I knew I would need to do some fundraisers. My church family has played a huge part in raising the money for the trip. I cooked for the congregation and served baked potatoes with all the fixings, with the help of the awesome youth group, we held a car wash and the Trustees committee held a yard sale with the donations going towards my trip. Two Saturdays before Easter, our church has an event called Walk For Christ where members walk around our community waving palm branches to let everyone know about Palm Sunday. The walkers get sponsors and they graciously donated the funds to my trip as well.

I am looking forward to representing the Desert Southwest Conference at this event and getting the opportunity to meet young adults from around the world. I am looking forward to working with them on topics and matters that are important to us within the church.

This is the part where I am going to ask for prayers… Not just for safe travels but that during my time at this awesome event, I, along with the other young adults experience growth and a sort of bonding.

[Update: Organizers of the Global Young People’s Convocation have moved the event to a venue called Island Cove near Manila, due to damages caused by Typhoon Rammasun at the venue in Tagaytay. Everyone at the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) is safe and accounted for. Bishop Rodolfo Juan, president of the College of Bishops of the Philippines Central Conference said, “We assure the whole world and our connection that everybody will be safe and we will do everything to find a better venue.” Read the rest of this report at http://tinyurl.com/ChurchYouthTakeShelter.]

[Visit Ashley’s blog at http://arynearson.tumblr.com/ to find out more about her journey. Find out more about Young People’s Ministries by contacting: Billie Fidlin, Director of Outreach Minstries – ]

 

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