KOTA KINABALU, (Likas): Despite the rain, youths from two different parishes came together for the handing over of the Sabah Youth Day 4 (SYD4) Cross on Aug 15.
Some 40 young people, led by St Simon Church Likas Youth Ministry leader Mirina Lim, were on hand to welcome the Cross to the parish.
Jessica Goh, 24, said it was “awesome” to see so many young people from St Thomas Church, Kepayan, coming to the parish to present the SYD4 Cross.
“I feel that the Cross will give the youths hope and a sense of belonging,” Jessica said, adding that she was pleased to see youths from different backgrounds coming together “as one in Christ”.
“Its presence here gives us a chance to connect on a personal level with Christ,” she said on the privilege to have the Cross in the parish for a week.
Another youth, Judy Chang, 21, said the symbolic handover of the Cross from one parish to another is a “blessing”.
“It helps us remember the love Christ has for us,” she said. “It will also help the youths to grow deeper in faith.”
Olivia Gomes, 21, who claimed to get “goosebumps” on the arrival of the Cross, hoped the younger generation can come together for the event.
“I hope God can touch the youths in different ways during the SYD,” she said.
Among the activities that day included testimony from St Thomas Church youth, adoration of the cross, and fellowship, among others.
Earlier, two buses packed with youths from the visiting parish arrived alongside a small truck which carried the SYD4 Cross.
It was followed by a speech exchange between the two Youth Ministry leaders from the respective parishes.
Among the events lined up for the youths during the duration of the Cross’ stay at the Likas parish are workshop, Mass and praise and worship.