The climax of the whole day’s activities was the official opening of the 2016 IYF World Youth Camp. The Righteous Stars (a dance group of the International Youth Fellowship), opened the curtain followed by a display of cultures of countries from South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The occasion was graced by one of the Minister of States, Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah (Minister of State at the Presidency), and representatives of the Minister of Communication and the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Madam Patricia Dovi Sampson and Hon. Rita Odoley – Member of Parliament for La Dade Kotopon respectively.
Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah in his speech congratulated the organizers of the program and most importantly the founder of IYF, Rev. Ock Soo Park. His speech was centered on the theme of the program, “Transformed Youth, Our Pride” and added that real transformation will only come our generation will change their mindset from the world .
“The president cannot stop you from littering, backbiting, and pull him down attitudes unless you have changed your mindset towards one another, and that is the only way for the country to be transformed intimated the Minister of State. When we are transformed, we can in one accord change the country”.
Gracias choir mounted the stage afterward and treated the participants to beautiful melodies. They sang lots of Ghanaian tunes to the delights of everyone present.
Pastor Ock Soo Park later delivered a heartwarming message for the night entreating everyone to have a transformed mind through the word of God. He shared a revealing thought on the world of the heart. According to him, those who limit themselves to easy things will not have a strong heart to surmount difficult and challenging moments of time. He shared with the youth his experiences in his country some years ago. As a victim of the Korea – Japan war, his generation suffered so much hunger but they decided to sacrifice the harsh times to build a better future for their younger generations. They were of the view that their children should never be victims of hunger and poverty.
“The future of this country and the world belongs to the youth, therefore, we must speak hope to the despaired and broken hearted and show love and happiness towards one another. The world will change if we do these things.” He said.
The over 3000 youth who were present, were blessed to have been part of the program.