Contributor of the Month
Blessie Joy S. Balatico. She is the first born child of the family and was given the name Blessie in short for blessing which means God’s favor and protection. She is usually called “Bojoy” in Mindanao as her nickname. She is a youth leader from Mindanao Philippines Annual Conference. She is the Associate Editor for Davao Episcopal Area of the Pananaw Newsletter. She is currently working as a College Guidance Counselor in her hometown. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of Southern Mindanao and Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling at San Pedro College, Davao City. She likes to write, take photos and play basketball. As a counselor, she loves to extend her help to people who are in need. She hopes to put up her own clinic where she can accommodate and support people to help them deal with problems and make important decisions for free as part of her advocacy. She will be forever grateful to God Almighty for all the talents and skills He had bestowed her. With this, she will continue serving the people, the church and the Father until the end of time.
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Contributor of the Month
Jasmin Crismo, 25, is on her last year of being a UMYFer and is grabbing every opportunity to be involved in the ministries of the fellowship. She is a member of The Francisco Homes United Methodist Church in Bulacan where she serves as organist and youth Sunday school teacher.
Jasmin is an Education graduate and worked as a Math teacher for two years. She then worked as a Bible translator in Philippine Bible Society, which she considers a great plot twist in her life. She is a part of the team that translates the New Testament of the Bible into Pinoy version—a version that reflects how we use language in daily conversations. The team finished the project last December 2017, and so right now, Jasmin is in her transition period.
Being a girl with many dreams and random ideas, Jasmin is excited on how she will be spending the first five months of 2018 as she waits for the next school year to start. She hopes to be used by God during these months, particularly for Vacation Church School trainings around the country and for UMYF ministries.
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INTENTIONALITY IN DISCIPLE MAKING
Agtarap’s Challenge to GO and MAKE
January 5 – “Making Disciples is not a Program. It is a PROCESS” At 10:00 AM this morning, Rev. Dr. Bener B. Agtarap, Associate General Secretary of the Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church, started his lecture on INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP: A Strategy to New & Vital Church Development. He started the discussion by reiterating the message of the passage from the book of Matthew 28:18-20 and asked this question, “Why Discipleship?” He quoted two important words in the passage, and that is to GO and MAKE.
He also stated the 3 C’s in Jesus Model of Discipleship. The first C is “CALLED”, we are called by Jesus to be His disciples, to respond to His call and to share that call to others. And in order for us to justify this calling, he added, we must believe that we are called. Second C is “COMMUNITY”, Rev. Bener emphasized that the relationship happens in the community. He used John Wesley as an example wherein our founder started by building communities of faith during his time. And the third C is “COMMISSION”, he highlighted that the actuality of us being commissioned is not just to be gathered but to be scattered as well. This model is our guide to go and make other disciples.
Making Disciples is OUR MAIN THING. During this presentation of his lesson, he wanted us to talk with our neighbours and answer the following questions, IN WHAT WAYS DOES THE CHURCH ENCOURAGE ME TO “OWN MY OWN GROWTH AS A DISCIPLE? IS OUR CHURCHDOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TO OFFER OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISCIPLES TO GROW AND MATURE? ARE WE INTENTIONAL? These are the questions that challenged the delegates both clergy and lay of the NAFAUM.
Making Disciples WITH A THANKFUL HEART. In this part of the lesson, he showed us the kind of disciples that we should be, DISCIPLES WHO GROW TO GO. DISCIPLES WHO MATURE TO MAKE DISCIPLES. And, DISCIPLES WHO TRANSFORM THE WORLD. To do this, we must share the love of God to many. We are not to promote the church but we are to promote the love of God to others. Knowing our purpose and how to live it out will help us big in understanding our task.
And finally, as he ends his lesson, he shared 5 ways to vitalize congregation. 1. Be a Leader. 2. Extend Yourself. 3. Notice God’s Activity. 4. Engage Your Church to do New Thing. 5. Refresh Yourself. …“If you try to build the church, you will rarely get disciples. But if you will make disciples, you will always get the church.”-Mike Breen