Prime minister opens Independent Baptist Youth of the Caribbean Conference

POSTED: 07/18/12 12:48 PM

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the Independent Baptist Youth of the Caribbean Conference on Monday evening at the Browlia Maillard Campus of the Methodist Agogic Center in St. Johns Estate. Governor drs Eugene Holiday and a representative of the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Silveria Jacobs also attended the opening.
“As I look at your faces as you were getting prepared for this evening’s event the thing that most crossed my mind was to tell you to smile! Smile because you are on St. Maarten. Smile that you, as a young person are here at this event making a difference and engaging in something positive. You who have chosen to be part of the Independent Baptist Youth of the Caribbean and to make this event a part of your summer holidays have chosen to follow your values and to direct those values to those whose lives you want to positively impact. Your challenge is to maintain your focus in pursuing those values and about being a leader in knowing where you want to go and where you want to take others towards Christian excellence,” Wescot-Williams said.
The prime minister also stressed the need for young people to embrace technology in a positive way and use it positively in their own lives and to impact the lives of others.
“With new technology being developed at such a staggering speed there are some challenges for young people like yourselves. However, I would also like to encourage you to use that technology to your advantage in spreading your ideals and commitments through social media and other technological means. I myself have the Holy Bible on my BlackBerry for example,” the prime minister said.
The conference lasts until the end of the week and features all of the Caribbean countries and territories with an Independent Baptist Youth Council and the prime minister has wished all participants an exciting and fruitful conference.

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