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For the past four Saturdays (June 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2009) at 1 past noon to 7 in the evening, four GYMN trainers (I, Ethel, Eric and Aboy) have been teaching the Level 1 material to leaders of “Youth Alive” the youth department of Word of Hope here in Quezon City, Philippines. Here’s a glimpse into the event:


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Camarines Norte Training

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A month ago, May 9, just a week after our Boracay anniversary I found myself on a bus coming from Manila on an 8-hour trip toward Labo, Camarines Norte, a place me and my companions had never been to before. Finding yourself in far-out places is one thing that comes with being involved with GYMN.

Four of us came from Metro Manila, me, Rey Dorimon, Bennette Pena and Ronnie Astrologo, chairman of the National Youth Commission who was instrumental in coordinating this training. We were invited to Labo by E.R. Villagomez who heads the CANICEF youth department in Camarines Norte.

And then there were the 26 representatives of different churches across the region who spent three days in the intensive seminar that is our Level 1 training. (more…)

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PCEC Training, Day 3

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February 7, 2009–the third and last Saturday of the training. The atmosphere was warm with the smiles and greetings of the participants. We could sense the bond that had been built by one another, despite the short span of time and the fact that the 39 participants come from 20 different churches of different cultures and background.

Goals on Paper

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The last day was the whole year planning! Each church did the integration of their goals,  assessing their current youth ministry and evaluating the strong and weak ministry areas. Time to pause and pray, for the goal setting was timely as well as they start the year with the clear vision and direction in their respective YMs. (more…)

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PCEC Training, Day 2

It’s just the second Saturday of our event and I can already tell that the youth leaders who have attended the training are a really dedicated bunch.

For one, a lot of them came early. Specifically there’s Jon, Cindy and Leslie of Joy in Christ Church in Cavite. There’s the CYouth-Gen Team of Makati Gospel Church (J.J., Elmer, Ken, Edriane & Kuya Jun) and there’s E.R. who comes all the way from Camarines Norte.

Secondly, the group was very responsive and dedicated, even intense at times as they listened to the trainers.

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But they were also game–participating in the activities and discussions.

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Also, you can tell it from their t-shirts.



We’ve also brought along two other GYMN trainers: (more…)

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PCEC Training, Day 1

On a calm Saturday morning, January the 24th we had a great day. Our long awaited training hosted by the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches-National Youth Commission (PCEC-NYC) finally came to pass.

We had a varied crowd of students, some coming from Metro Manila and others coming from neighboring provinces. There was even one person coming from Camarines Sur (eight hours away by bus). At last count, there were 38 youth workers coming from 20 different churches.


Also, we had the presence of Ghie Qaisar at the seminar to teach the first and second sessions. Wow, finally an international speaker for our Philippine seminars! 🙂 (more…)

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In Iligan CityA GYMN training occurred last Dec. 16-19, 2008 in Iligan City in Mindanao, the huge southern island that makes up a big chunk of the Philippines. This place also holds special meaning for me in that this is the land I have spent much of my ministry years before coming on board GYMN.

I and Ethel came a week earlier to meet with friends from the local church only to find out that the training was in danger of being canceled due to a low number of confirmed participants. The week we had originally scheduled was an extremely busy week as most of the churches were engaged in Christmas events and anniversaries. To top it off, the host church was also busy preparing for a Christmas concert to be held the coming Sunday. After talking with the hosts, we decided to move the training to the following week and spent the time before that meeting up with our contacts, promoting the event to pastors and inviting fellow youth leaders to join the training.

And so our Level 1 training begun on the Tuesday afternoon of December 16. (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.



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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