September 11 Statement from Pastor Jose Cortes Jr.
Today 13 years later, the Adventist Youth and Young adults of the Atlantic Union Conference join with the rest of our nation as we commemorate another anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the City of New York and our country. We also remember those fallen on that day. On September 11, 2001, we lost several of our beloved Youth and Pathfinder Leaders: Lissy Martinez, Michelle Nelson, and Maxima Jean-Pierre; we also lost Steve Buning and Jorge Velasquez. We miss them dearly and will always remember them with love till the beautiful resurrection morning.
On this day and often, we think of the first responders, several of whom were and are Adventist young adults; like Felix Hernandez, who sacrificed his life, and others who still live but sacrificed their health, in their heroic efforts to save many and recover the remains of the fallen at Ground Zero. We honor these heroes today, some rest awaiting the Second Coming of Jesus. We also join in prayer for those who still struggle with their health.
I would like to encourage each youth and young adult group, and each Pathfinder and Adventurer Club across the Atlantic Union, and especially in New York, to use this time to minister hope and to touch those around us with Compassion. On an individual level, I would like to urge you to Hug someone, Pray with someone, Help someone, and Encourage someone today, and always.
God Bless You!
Always remember, actions are better than words, and they speak louder too.
Blessings and Love!
Pastor Jose Cortes Jr., Director
Adventist Youth Ministries Department