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  • Writer's pictureClarissa Rosario

Fun in Youth Class

Eric Walsh has been talking to the youth this week about God’s love, grace and the power of forgiveness. He has also highlighted the benefits of the Adventist health message as well as the dangers of music and media. Each night has been biblical, engaging, and practical. His wife and daughter have been singing for each meeting as well. There have been many alter calls with dozens of young people coming forward every night. On Wednesday, they all went on a whitewater rafting trip together.

On a bright morning, over 50 eager teenagers, aged 15 to 18, gathered for a day of excitement and adventure. At around 9:00 a.m., they boarded a bus under the guidance of Pastor David Wright and his wife, Elizabeth, ready for an aquatic escapade that promised both fun and challenge.

After a 20-minute drive, the group reached their initial meeting point. Here, they were equipped with essential safety gear, including lifejackets and paddles. They also received crucial safety instructions, ensuring everyone was well-prepared for the adventure ahead. With anticipation building, a second bus transported them to the hiking trail leading to the river.

The rafting journey covered an impressive seven miles of the river, with the cold water adding an extra thrill to the experience. Partway through their journey, the group made a pit stop to enjoy a well-deserved lunch. Refueled and refreshed, they continued their aquatic journey, taking in the beauty of the surroundings and the exhilaration of the rapids.

Among the adventurers was Abby Santiago, a 15-year-old experiencing water rafting for the first time. Despite her initial nerves, Abby found the experience to be incredibly fun, concluding that she would definitely be up for it again next year.

Pastor Wright and Elizabeth expressed their joy in seeing the teenagers bond and overcome their fears together. The trip not only provided an adrenaline rush but also fostered a sense of camaraderie and personal growth among the participants.

-—Clarissa Rosario

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