Technology, the Internet, and postmodern thought have been shaping our worldviews, and the youth are most prone to its adverse effects. Proverbs 22:6 says,“ Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Thus we need to join with God’s mission in winning their hearts back to loving God, loving people and loving His Word, with the deepest hope that they will grow so deeply rooted in Christ as they grow in years. With this in view, what is God doing in building up the next generation of disciples and disciple-makers? Let me share my heart on the matter.
First, I had the privilege of witnessing a group 50 children and a team of 18 staff gathered last May 4 to 6 at Rizal Re-Creation Center in Laguna for their Children’s Camp called, “Mission Possible”. We had the opportunity to lead the kids in singing songs of worship, in doing fun team-building activities, in the study of the Word, in small group discussions and in prayer times. The study on the life of Jonah allowed us to look at the big picture of what Scripture is teaching about God’s plan of redemption and restoration leading up to His clarion call to make disciples of all nations (ct. Matthew 28:18-20). We also learned that only through God’s empowerment could we say that the mission is possible! In hindsight, as a person who has hardly experienced any camp for children, Daily Vacation Bible School (DVBS) nor attended any Sunday School class in the first fifteen years of his life, it is just overwhelming for me to know that our church family has been blessed with such ministry platforms for our young children that will help them shape their core values in life. Seeing them experience and enjoy these opportunities brings profound joy in my heart.
Secondly, as I write this to you, I am in Baguio City to help out in the “Momentum” Leadership Camp for pastors, workers and youth leaders from North Manila churches (mostly, from Quezon City) under the umbrella of the Conservative Baptist Association of the Philippines (CBAP), where GCF South Metro is likewise affiliated with. Having the privilege of being part of the teaching team in the Youth Ministry Foundations track, our focus is to engage leaders to study the life and ministry of Jesus Christ then contextualize these principles in building disciple-making movements in the Philippines and beyond. All these are driven by a passion to help bring back the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) and Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40) in the heart of the Church. Similar to what we desire to see happen in GCF South Metro, let us pray that this leadership camp would indeed create a momentum for the local churches to walk in faithful obedience to the ultimate call of loving God, loving people and to multiply authentic disciples of Jesus Christ.
Finally, we are on our last leg of preparations for “The Game Changer” Youth Camp this coming June 5 to 7 at Rizal Re-Creation Center. One lexical definition of a game changer is, “a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way”. In our context at The Hub (the name of our Youth Ministry), our prayer is to see a growing wave of students/youth who are centered on God and who will serve as catalysts of positive change in our society by passionately extending the love of Christ to the homes, the campuses, to the communities and beyond. Our camp registration is ongoing and there are limited slots to fill, so we encourage the families to visit our booth at the Ground Floor lobby as soon as you can. Our team would be very happy to accommodate your queries and other registration needs! This is indeed an exciting season for our NextGen so please continue to uphold us in your prayers! Should you have the burden to partner with us in any of our ministry opportunities, please do not hesitate to approach me.
Above all, in our efforts to invest on the lives of our people and build platforms for multiplying disciples, my heart cry is to see every ministry of our church have prayer dependence on God at the bedrock of everything that we are and everything that we do. As we push forth in the 40 Days of Prayer as a church, let us not give up on praying for one another, for GCF South Metro, for our surrounding communities, for the country and for the nations who are still have yet to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for allowing me to share my heart on the matter, and with much prayer, I hope that all these would resonate in your heart of hearts as well.