United Methodists around the world are being invited to join the 80 Days to 80K fundraising challenge to provide scholarships for young people to attend the 2018 Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) in Johannesburg, South Africa. GYPC, the most extensive global gathering of United Methodist young people, is held every four years by Young People’s Ministries (YPM), a unit of Discipleship Ministries. It is a time for worship, fellowship, leadership development and conversations about pressing issues and challenges facing young people. YPM launched the 80 Days to 80K challenge on July 27, and all funds raised will provide scholarships to those selected to represent their jurisdiction or Central Conference as voting delegates. These scholarships are critical to ensure a fair representation of young people from all locations of The United Methodist Church.

The voices of young people are incredibly valuable, and finances should not stop them from being heard. YPM is inviting United Methodists to find fun ways to participate in the 80 Days to 80K fundraiser, like riding a bike for 80 kilometers or organizing an 8k race. The goal is to be creative and join people around the world to raise support for GYPC scholarships. More information and signup details can be found at UMCYyoungPeople.org/80days80k. The fundraising event will wrap up on Oct. 14, and YPM is planning a big ‘80s party in both Nashville and Manila, Philippines, to celebrate and raise donations. Others are invited to host their own gatherings on the final day of fundraising around the world.