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Archive for December, 2008

Merry Christmas!

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GYNN-Asia wishes you a Merry Christmas! as we celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

~Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

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Wish You Were There

gymn-sri-lanka-138It was the last night of our level 1 training in Nepal, everyone had picked a corner to sit while waiting for the grilled buffalo to be cooked. It’s the guys’ idea of how to spend the 3 hours of no electric power since we could not proceed with the last sessions of the training. An electricity cut is a daily experience in Nepal and can happen anytime of the day. From the collected money that everybody gave, we were able to buy few kilos of buffalo and some packs of noodles (which they ate raw and crispy).

Then Herman and another guy started to sing and make music. Then everybody joined in. There was dancing (Eric danced…shhhhh…top secret), singing, laughing and making of different happy sounds. I remembered Sri Lanka. They did the same thing too during the last night of the training. I love the local songs, music and dances!!! As I was enjoying and savoring that moment that is now a wonderful memory to me, I quietly uttered to myself, “I wish they were here! How could they miss all of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences?” How could you? (more…)

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Nepalese Warriors

This post is by Eric Duane R. Pantig. He and 2 other GYMN trainers went to Nepal to train leaders for ministry last November 9-12, 2008.

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On our last night in Nepal we were invited by one of the deacons of the host church where the Youth Ministry Strategy Seminar was held. It was a blessed time of fellowship and the meal was satisfying. After dinner the topic of conversation was the bravery of the Nepalese warrior. The deacon who invited us over was a retired British army soldier. According to him the British saw the Nepalese people as brave and cunning warriors. The effect of this topic on me made me realize the importance of the training that Global Youth Ministry Network gave to the young people of Nepal. (more…)

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Sri Lanka: Level Up

Last November, Ghie along with GYMN trainers Herman and Eric went to two countries in Asia to train youth leaders. The following is a post on their time in Sri Lanka, the third visit of GYMN to train youth leaders here. This was written by Herman Dionson. As you will see, he is not only a great trainer but an avid bird-watcher as well.

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House Crow, Large-billed Crow, Common Mynah, Red-vented Bulbul, Yellow-billed Babbler, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Black-hooded Oriole, White-rumped Munia, Common Tailorbird, Little Egret

Mama Oyata Adderei!

It’s back to paradise! Lalantha sent me those words with their English equivalents.  Arriving at one o’clock past midnight of October 28, there was Lalantha beaming with the smile he always wears, somewhat thinner than last year. There was Pastor Rohan, too, wearing the same semi-white bearded face with the fashionable unkempt hair. Einstein-look is a fashion statement of the intellectuals.

The first two days were times of getting settled for me and Pastor Eric. Ghie on the other hand barely slept and together with Mr. Einstein went back to the airport to pick up Sheryl who was to join us. She flew from Singapore where she has been working for the past year.

gymn-sri-lanka-259I and Pastor Eric stayed at the suite of the Margaya Hotel. While Ghie was to be content at the home of those who hosted us. While the two of us devoured lavish hotel meals, Ghie and Sheryl have to content themselves with the good offerings of Sri Lankan meals. (more…)

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LinksMore youth ministry gems and yes, this is part 4. Check out older links 1, 2 & 3 here.

Tweak Before You Kill – Good questions to consider before you end that program (from the PDYM blog).

Veteran advice for new youth workers. A great series of posts, very helpful for those who’ve been in youth ministry two years or less. If you only have time to read one, read the first one. (Life in Student Ministry)

10 Ways to Get Teens Talking – A varied selection of things to try. (Rethinking Youth Ministry)

Girls and Guys: Facing the Facts of Sexual Struggles – to quote the author, “…if these battles are not dealt with honestly, our effectiveness as youth leaders is jeopardized.”

Top Ten Ways to Write Bad Worship Songs – We’ve been encouraging our youth to write the songs for worship so this caught my attention. (Worship Matters via Chris Kidd-Applied Youth Ministry)

Righteous Risks – The failure to risk may be the reason why we’re not getting to where we want to be. (Kuya Kevin)

The Circus, the Power of the Gospel and Youth Ministry – I like how Greg translates 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 into youth-ministry-speak. (Greg Stier)

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