Port Moresby Youth Conference
Papua New Guinea | 5-7 July 2013
When the friends in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, learned that the historic gathering they were organizing in their city was to be one of the first of 114 youth conferences to be convened around the world, they responded with great enthusiasm and anticipation.
Some days before the conference was to begin, groups of friends from diverse parts of the region undertook long journeys to travel to Port Moresby. Those from Woitape walked for three days and three nights from their community through the rugged terrain of the Central Province of Papua New Guinea. They packed simple food for sustenance, worked to shield themselves against nighttime rain, and had to cross six rivers, all on foot. In recognizing the significance of the occasion, young people from Port Moresby spent the days before the conference cleaning and decorating the venue.
And when the moment came, some 470 youth came together with a degree of excitement that electrified the air. They gathered together, full of joy and gratitude, in a government building in the Waigani suburb of Port Moresby to reflect on the contributions that their generation can make to the building of vibrant communities in neighbourhoods and villages. “I feel so blessed to respond to the call of the Universal House of Justice,” related one youth, “I am so happy to be able to attend [this conference].”
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Youth Conference - Bahá'í World News Service