On September 22-25 of 2016, BAUC youth department has organised Pathfinder leadership training in Daunoriai village, Lithuania. This much needed training was conducted by the team of Pathfinder leaders from USA. Leader of the team Jonatan Tejel (GC Pathfinder director) has brought along with himself three trusted friends Mark O’Fill (Bible teacher and chaplain at Atholton Adventist Academy in the Columbia Union, Chesapeake Conference), Lile Petry (A carpenter and an ordained elder of Ellijay SDA Church) and John Swafford (retired pastor and teacher who served as Georgia – Cumberland Conference Pathfinder/ Adventurer/ Children’s Ministry Director) who spent four days training leaders from all three Baltic countries. The group of almost 40 people was not only provided with the basics of starting the pathfinder ministry in their local church but also had an opportunity to ask questions and get guidance on how to better lead the existing pathfinder club.
In the words of the Jonatan Tejel: ‘This was an initial visit to Baltic countries without knowing much about the real needs and the context of pathfinder ministry. Our training was done in more general way. We are already planning our next visit to Baltic countries in 2018. And this time we feel that we will be able to provide even more useful service for our leaders since we now know more about the unique contexts of pathfinder ministry in three different Baltic countries.”
Leadership training event was also visited by newly elected TED pathfinder director Peter Bo Bohsen. His visit was also very much appreciated since it opened new possibilities for strengthening pathfinder ministry in future.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is committed to understanding young people and training its youth for leadership and service to humanity.