SACYN 2015 has successfully concluded in New Delhi with the eyes of its core leaders firmly focused on the journey ahead, including in mission-related initiatives involving youth groups of churches.
Twenty-four participants from South Asia gathered at the Gandhi Peace Foundation to map out the way forward based on reflective evaluation of the three years of training module which was completed in 2014.
The participants were from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and India. However, SACYN leaders from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan could not make it due to visa-related problems and other unforeseen circumstances.
The meeting, held from Oct 16 to 20, was themed Spirituality and Integrity in Youth Leadership. The participants shared their contextual experiences and reports on the impacts of SACYN in their own churches.
Raj Patel, the Asia Manager of CMS UK, played the leading role in the whole process of this evaluation and reﬂection.
Apart from Raj, Asia CMS, India Regional Coordinator Stephen Edison, SACYN coordinator Miranga Peiris, and Director of India Peace Centre Kasta Dip were also instrumental in organising the conference.
The 12-year-old SACYN, or South Asian Christian Youth Network, is a platform for interaction to better understand the challenges faced by youths in the region and help develop a generation of Christian children and youths.
SACYN training is one of the distinctive initiatives undertaken by AsiaCMS in collaboration with its partners as part of AsiaCMS’s mission in “Raising a New Generation of Mission Leaders”.