The church leaders consulted include: Michigan Conference leadership (under Jay Gallimore), the then President of the Lake Region Conference and Professor at University of Michigan (Dr. Norman Miles), the then General Conference Education Director (Dr. Humberto Rasi), the then and present General Conference Youth Director (Dr. Baraka Muganda) and the then General Conference Associate Youth Director (Alfredo Garcia-Marenko), who was recommended by the GC Youth Director.
April 27, 2006-After receiving another email inquiry about GYC from a credible official at the General Conference (who had been contacted from Europe), the Director of CAMPUS (Samuel Pipim) phoned the GC Youth Director (Dr. Baraka Muganda) about the rumors, asking whether it was true that the GC had issued a statement against GYC.
NOTE: In subsequent email communications with the GC Youth Director (Dr. Muganda) following the receipt of the "World Youth Advisory Statement," Dr. Pipim expressed his personal dismay and disappointment over much of the factually-challenged "World Youth Advisory Statement.
has also shared his
concerns with me.
Ultimately, we are all on the same page.
It is the enemy that seeks to divide us.
will not win.
Copies of his email were sent to the GC Youth Director (Baraka Muganda), the EUD President (Ulrich Frikart), EUD Treasurer (Peter R. Kunze), and EUD Secretary (Gabriel Maurer).
June 7, 2006-In a letter to the Director of CAMPUS
(copied to the above key leaders of the Euro-Africa
Division) the GC
Youth Director wrote to register his
"concerns" that the "GYC Statement of Clarification" had been shared with enquirers from the Euro-Africa
"I am writing to you to register my concern in what you have done sending to the whole world a 'Statement on the Clarification to Baraka Muganda'
That document was from you to the General Conference office only and it was not to be sent out to the world church.
Who asked you to send it.
The clarification is to Baraka
and it is not to the world church.
Baraka Muganda (GC Youth Director)
Baraka Muganda, the Youth Director of the World Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Upon consultation with Dr. Baraka Muganda, the Youth Director of the World Church, it was agreedthat the leadership of GYC should draft a "Statement of Clarification" to help facilitate better understanding among denominational leaders, church members, and youth around the world about the aims and objectives of GYC and its relationship to the church and other youth movements overseas.
In March 2005, the GYC
leadership had already met with the North American Youth leadership and provided it with such information in a 21-page document.
recognizes that not all world divisions are similarly informed.
Moreover, the world youth leaders may not be well-informed about the exact nature of GYC's relationship with other emerging grassroots youth movements overseas.
For these reasons, the GYC
leadership welcomed Dr. Muganda's
gracious request and respectfully submits the following "GYC
Statement of Clarification" with a prayer that it will help remedy any misunderstanding created by a lack of knowledge about GYC.
Baraka Muganda, Youth Director of our World Church, on May 3, 2006, with a request that it be disseminated among youth and church leaders]