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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. Continue Reading »

Bench’s Happy Day!

Cake Blowing

Bench blows the cake.

Game Hosts

The games begin courtesy of our emcees, Jeff and Abby.

Testimony

Net shares her testimony.

Around the Table

Happy Birthday, Bench! We had a great time!

This post is by Jomesh, Youth Ministry Coordinator of the Himalayan Bible Study Academy in Nepal.

Eleven months ago, we, the youth ministry department of Himalayan Bible Study Academy were called to train youth leaders of the Tansen district. Tansen district is one of the districts out of 75 districts in Nepal, which situates in the west part of Nepal. It is about 275 kilometers west of the capital city Katmandu and takes 10 hours bus drive. We were asked to come and train their youth leaders during the rainy season. It is so risky to travel in Nepal during rainy season because there will be lots of landslides that will destroy highways and even cover buses.

Brother Samuel and I started our journey early in the morning from Katmandu. We booked our ticket in Micro-Bus which is faster than bigger buses. It was raining while we started our journey but we still moved on. After 5 hours, we were stuck in the place called Butwal because there was a huge landslide that took place recently. About 100 buses were stuck because of this landslide and there was no way to get across. It had smashed about 600 meters of the highway. We were stuck there for 8 hours. Then people started walking through that landslide even though it was still falling. It was so risky to make that decision because big stones and mud were still falling and anything could happen. But then we decided to walk because participants had already come from different churches.

We prayed but still with fear begun to walk. We were trembling. We would have to look up and walk to make sure stones wouldn’t fall upon us. We walked barefoot and stopped many times just to let the stones fall first. Wow! that was the most terrifying experience I ever had.

We made it. God helped us to get to the training location. There were 45 participants gathered from different churches and denominations of Tansen.

God was great that we could hold this training in the midst of all the risky challenges.

Asian Missions Video

Here’s a beautiful video that highlights the need in Asia for missions.

We showed this during the last night of our Bora Anniversary.

Remembering the 10th

Here’s a guest post from one of our Bora Participants, Georgia Jakosalem:

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The 10th year GYMN anniversary was a time of refreshing. Aside from the beautiful scenery in Boracay there is nothing like the place where GYMN participants, guests and staff gathered together to worship God in Faith Retreat Chapel. I’m so blessed with the worship and all the speakers. I’m thankful for every speaker, especially Ms. Carol for her message about “Christian Authenticity”. Her message somehow touched my heart in different ways.

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group timeThe session on the second day was superb! We had a wonderful session with Pastor Sur del Rosario, who discussed with our group the topic “New generations, new questions”. I got new insights from the group who somehow shared their experiences as youth leaders.

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Here he isOne of the most fun activities was the Boracay Challenge. Indeed it was very challenging. Non-stop running and our tag line was, “Where’s Josh?” because we had the youngest member in our group–the son of Pastor Jerome, who kept on wandering during the challenge and everyone was so concerned about him because we needed to do the challenges and run together as a group. It was tiring but I enjoyed it. We did not get the first place but for us we are the champions. We ran as a team, nobody gave up and we finished the race.

Congratulations GYMN!  Continue to be a blessing…

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Day 2 of our Boracay event was centered on the theme of equipping. We are grateful that God brought us the following teachers:

1. Sur del Rosario, director of the National Youth Ministries Network of Phil. Gen. Council of the Assemblies of God answered the question, “Why equip in and for youth ministry?” He also gave a discussion on issues that this generation of young people are asking.

2. Macky Sabayle, Youth and Evangelism Pastor of Bradford United Church of Christ, Inc. in Cebu City delved into “Having a healthy relationship with your senior pastor.”

3. Rey Dorimon, one of the most prolific GYMN trainers and a teacher at Bethel Bible College presented his views on modern worship.

4. Carol Potratz, Ministry Recruitment & Care Discipleship of the North American Baptist Conference put the spotlight on staying healthy in youth ministry. Later in the evening she also gave the challenge to be authentic Christians who change nations.

5 & 6. Denton & Elsie Bardoquillo, a husband-and-wife team whose ministry sheds light on the issues surrounding Same-Sex-Attraction and Homosexuality, how it can be prevented, and how they can be reached. They opened up the subject “Handling Same-Sex-Attraction in Youth Ministry.”

7. Chris Davis, GYMN executive director, talked on the need to focus on the heart of the leader. He pointed out, “What good is a toolbox of you don’t have a healthy heart to use the tools?”

8, 9 & 10. And then there were our three special delegates from other Asian countries, including Wadam Khong Khin of Myanmar and Jomesh Tamang of Nepal who gave us glimpses of what ministry means in their countries and challenged us to pray for and support the Christian endeavor there.

1. All the folk looking joyfully brilliant in their Hawaiian attire despite the rain.

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2. Herman and Macky lighting up the evening as emcees.

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3. The lechon (roast pig) coming in just as Herman mentioned that we had some special guests.

dsc_00504. Josiah, who turns ten this year, holding the cake and blowing the candles as we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to GYMN.

5. Rey singing, “Think Big, Think Global!”–his very own song composition.

6. Faith, Ryan, Jek, Epang and Grace trying to state what GYMN meant to them in 10 words or less.

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7. Chris honoring the GYMN pioneers: Revie, Macky, Herman, Rey and Ptr. Noel Dionson who started it all by asking Chris to bring the GYMN training to the Philippines in 1998.

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8. Chris talks about “trading up.”

9. We finally got the video on GYMN-Asia’s ten-year history to work.

10. Confetti rained on the food.

Bora participants, “What do you remember of our luau?”