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Year End report: Youth Ministries

By David B. Morado

January 2018 |

Towards Sound Spirituality and Active Discipleship

Our Mission: “To lead young people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and help them embrace His call to discipleship.”
Our Vision: “An Army of Youth who, in the context of the last day events of the closing scenes of earth’s history, are deeply committed to a loving relationship with CHRIST, prayerfully nurtured and equipped in the church according to their spiritual gifts; and joyfully and wholeheartedly reaching communities through various means that will bring thousands of souls in God’s kingdom.“

Consistent with our vision and mission, NPUC Youth Ministries organized three (3) major events in 2017:

2nd NPUC-wide Church-Based Pathfinder Camporee

On April 12-16, 309 Pathfinders marched to AUP campsite for a four-day Church-based Pathfinder Camporee. Delegates from the different conferences and missions expressed how they have been revitalized by the lectures and activities which mainly focused on the theme, “Empowered to Involve.” The program has 3 segments: 1) listening to lectures; 2) performing skills required to gain Pathfinder honors; and 3) investiture of qualified Masterguide trainees.

Young and old found their place in the camp. Baby Morado, a five-year old adventurer and the youngest delegate was all ears and eyes as resource speakers discussed and performed various Pathfinder skills. Meanwhile, the husband and wife MG Jun Fiedacan, 78 years of age and MG Lettie Fiedacan, 75, only seemed to have grown fonder of the club they’ve been part of for 57 years and counting. When asked whether they plan to retire or take a break from joining Pathfinder-related activities, they responded in unison, “As long as our senses and health don’t fail us, we will join every Pathfinder camporee there is and involve in the different trainings.”

The camporee ended with crisp closing ceremony savored by a dramatic mizpah and a promise to meet again in 2020.

First NPUC Wide AMiCUS Youth Camp

The first NPUC-wide AMiCUS Youth Camp welcomed over 200 delegates from all over Luzon on August 18-21, 2017 at the Adventist University of the Philippines, Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite.

The four-day camporee with the theme, “Campus Ambassadors in Words, in Action, and in Faith” was organized by NPUC Public Campus Ministries (PCM) Director Pr. David Morado in collaboration with the NPUC AMiCUS Officers led by Dempsey Mae Corbito, president and AMiCUS CLC, the conference chosen to host this year’s program. The goal is to instill in the mind of each student that they are to be salt and light in their respective school as campus ambassadors for Christ. In order to equip them in their mission of representing Christ to their fellow classmates and teachers, symposium and plenary sessions led by speakers who have rich experience in dealing with the youth were invited to share knowledge and give encouragement. They challenged them with Paul’s admonition to young Timothy, “ Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12, NKJV).

Due to unexpected heavy rainfall and flooding of the camp grounds on the opening night, the delegates were advised to evacuate to the University Gymnasium for their safety, where they stayed all through the duration of the camp.

PCM directors tackled topics such as: Total Youth Involvement, Youth Leadership, Reformation, Voice of Youth, Righteousness by Faith, and Communication/Social Media. The sessions imparted insights beneficial for their spiritual, personal and relational growth.

Corbito, NPUC-AMiCUS president, in her closing remark recalled the heavy downpour that welcomed the attendees and how she asked the Lord to intervene. And He did.

A closing oath and prayer led by Pastor Morado capped the event.

2017 YP Convention

“Neither distance nor storm kept the Yuppies from attending the 2017 Convention.”

“CALLED” to follow God and be a minister is the theme of the Young Professionals Convention held on Aug. 25- 28, 2017 in Baler, Aurora. It also marked the election of new set of officers facilitated by the NPUC Youth Ministries Director, Pr. Dave Morado.

About 80 young adults made their way to Diguisit Resort despite the forecast of the oncoming storm, “Jolina,” which became just as providential in keeping them together, both in fellowship and in prayer. While Baler, Aurora was being washed by heavy rains, so were the Yuppies’ feet as they took part in the communion service and the agape feast in the opening program.

They were soon joined by the guest speaker and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Marfeal Santiago, who faithfully endured 8 hrs. of butt-numbing road trip from Silang, Cavite. How apostle Paul responded to God’s call provided an example to

the young professionals as they prepared themselves to the ministry they have been called to perform.

Workshops were also offered on topics young professionals find special interest in: social media, finances, relationship, and singlehood and dating. The participants from 7 missions and conferences were dispersed into groups of 5-7 members, giving them the chance to get to know each other more as they seek to be inspired together during the morning and the evening devotional sessions.

Balite Eco-Park, Ditumabo Falls, and Sabang Beach, didn’t miss a visit from the yuppies. The Baler tour complemented the convention, followed by a feastive boodle fight among the staff, participants and youth directors at Baler SDA church-school grounds. The third night provided them the time to recognize the efforts of the organizers, as well as, an opportunity for the much awaited fun and games.

To officially close the convention under incumbent president, Jenica Dizon, representatives from missions and conferences prayerfully deliberated for new set of YP officers 2018-2019. Gleslie Juntarciego, AY mainstay from CLC was elected to take the helm of NPUC YP and serve for a two-year term from 2018-2019.

With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a cruci- fied, risen, and soon-coming Savior might be carried to the whole world! (Education, p. 271).

Evangelism: Reaching the world with His message is the ultimate goal of our Adventist youth ministry.

With our focus clearly on Salvation and Service, we need to provide evangelistic opportunities for our own young people to make a decision for Jesus, and then involve them in evangelism--both traditional and non-traditional--that will give them the opportunity to share His message with others.

There should be an earnest desire in the heart of every youth who has purposed to be a disciple of Jesus Christ to reach the highest Christian standard, to be a worker with Christ. (Ellen G. White, God’s Amazing Grace, p. 284).

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