Streams of memories flooded, racing with the rays of the shy sun that peeped through the eastern horizon; bathed me with warmth.
“12 years and 10 months seemed just few days ago”, I uttered as I gazed around. “Ah nothing’s changed…same old Teacher’s Camp!” quite a soliloquy. I grinned. Nice to reminisce my first visit in Baguio City.
February 12th was anticipated with mirth. Aside from the gaiety that my boss gave me 4-day off from work, I was excited for my third visit in the country’s summer capital. Wished I had more chances then, but chances are, it wouldn’t be that exhilarating and surprising!
It wouldn’t be that exciting if not for the Philippine-wide Youth Summit dubbed as CLAY (Christ Living in Adventist Youth) on February 13-16, 2013. Not just mere excitement to meet young people all over the country and other reasons, it’s simply thrilling to fellowship and to serve the Lord and the community.
My initial plan was to attend the summit as a delegate. But I am more grateful to be part of the staff. As much as I appreciate my iDREAM friends’ selfless service, I also appreciate the responsibility given me. It was a rewarding experience beyond almost sleepless nights and pressure from unexpected circumstances.
To work with the team was truly remarkable! I’ve been through several youth events then, but I found it very providential. We’re understaffed but there were delegates who extended their help especially during the registration. Sometimes plans fail, expectations disappoint, but to always look at the brighter side is truly great. We fervently prayed, intuitively planned, shed some tears, sweat our sebaceous glands out during preparations. We could only look back and praise the Great Potter continually. He molded us in way we could ever imagine!
I appreciate more of God’s miracles done. Throughout the entire event, we felt God’s sustaining grace for all delegates, especially for the guest speakers: Pastor Hiskiah Missah, General Conference‘s Asso. Youth Director, and Pastor Jonatan Tejel, General Conference’s Pathfinder Director. They’re busy Adventist World leaders, tired from travel and yet they enthusiastically fed our hungering souls with heavenly manna. In line with the theme, they shared powerful messages that moved everyone, both young people and young at heart — 537 registered delegates from tri-union conferences (143- CPUC, 90- SPUC, 304- NPUC).
As much as I consider the event a grand history, it’s more of HIS STORY. His story that keeps inspiring our youth directors and leaders in pursuing the advancement of His work. The Great Potter is truly at work, everyday, to mold us into divine vessels fitted for the oil — Holy Spirit. Much appreciation for the sacrificing endeavors of Pastor Jobbie Yabut, SSD Youth Director, Pastor Ron Genebago, NPUC Youth Director and Pastor Sherman Fiedacan, CLC Youth Director, and the collaboration of the youth directors from SPUC and CPUC.
“Be a clay that is fashioned by the Potter’s Hands in the divine mold.” ~Pastor Jobbie Yabut
I won’t forget that Sabbath afternoon when we had commitment service. Each of us has a clay, and we’re asked to mold it to something that signifies our dedication to God. I formed a heart. I knew I got broken because of sin, recent heart-wrenching family crucibles (death of my ate Leah) and other unnecessary heartaches. I have nothing to offer to God, lest I surrender my heart — dirty and broken. I shed some tears. I felt something wonderful after. That’s the very reason the youth summit swept me off my feet! Isn’t the Wounded Healer wonderful?
For weeks I suffered from writer’s block, overwhelmed. But grateful for the musings. Simply nostalgic!
*Here’s the link for the CLAY Youth Summit files (video clips, slide presentations, etc.) You can download it: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ytq8xtey5z0u5z3/Youth%20Summit%202013.zip?m
Here are some video clips from HOPE Channel Philippines. Kindly watch and be blessed.
Theme song: “POWER OF ONE”
Photos immortalize awesome moments:
The film explores the filmmaker’s convictions by showing how love and faith in God can turn the world upside down. *It was shown for two nights during the Youth Summit (1st half & 2nd half); very moving!
© 2013 LAF
Note: Photos credit to Brënt Pollito, Jhay Apostol & Rudolph Albert Eser Masinas. For the sole picture with the clay heart – thanks to Ren Licayan Ayuban. Videos credit to HOPE CHANNEL Philippines – Luzon & Direk Dan Dalida. This blog has a copyright . The article and photos should not be used, reproduced and manipulated by any means without a written request and consent from the author.