The United Methodist Youth in the Philippines envisions to be relevant young people in being and making disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world. To achieve this vision, regular seasons of equipping young leaders with the necessary skills are needed.
As the cold “Ber” months lurk, we know that the Christmas Institutes (CI) will soon be conducted in our districts and/or Annual Conferences (ACs). In this regard, to prepare those who will in turn equip CI leaders in the Districts and in the Annual Conferences, a National CI Leadership Training will be conducted on 22-24 September 2017 at Jesus Reigns United Methodist Church, Pila, Laguna.
The Institutes are the flagship programs of, by and for the youth for holistic development. And, for this biennium, the National United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines (NUMYFP) is the one in charge of offering possible and usable conceptual frame for the Institutes throughout the country and providing Bible Study Guide to that effect. This is ultimately aimed in creating, sustaining and ensuring a common ground of understanding among and between the members of the Fellowship throughout the nation.
For the Christmas Institute 2017, the NUMYFP seeks to frame and mould it as a ministry that supports the Nurture area of our Church ministries. Therefore, Christmas Institute 2017 seeks to advance the fact that every believer is endowed with spiritual gifts. In this end, the delegates will be equipped and edified to use their faith in the service of the Church and of the society. This is related to the objectives of Summer Institute 2017 themed “NetWork” that is affirming that every individual is essential in the Body of Christ. Further, this is to develop the UMYFers into mature Christians who are mobilized in ministry in such way that their unique gifts are maximized.
As approved in the 34th National Youth Conference, the theme for the Institute is “Am-Power!” This is a quasi-derivative of the word “empower.” The word, taken as a verb, means “to give official authority or legal power to act.” The word play transform “empower” to “Am-Power” because the Great “I AM” is the source of Power for us to be able to do ministries in His name. Thus, the theme seeks to convey that for us to be able to do something, we need to have or receive an official authority or legal power from someone more powerful than us- from Jesus of Nazareth, the King of kings and Lord of lords!
Isiah Marie C. Rasalan, 20 years old, is the eldest of three children of Marcel and Fil-Amie C. Rasalan. She has a little brother and a little sister. The Kamuning First United Methodist Church in Quezon City is her home church. She is currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at the University of the Philippines Los Baños. She had been an officer of the Kamuning First United Methodist Youth Fellowship for the past 5 years, and is currently the vice president of the group. She is also involved as the vice president of the Ichthus, the UMYFP Movement of UPLB. She is about to end her term as the Finance Executive of the Young Entrepreneur’s Society UP, and is a member of the UNESCO Club UPLB.
Her life, however, does not really revolve around where she studies or what she is taking up. In fact, she does not have plans on pursuing medicine; instead she is really eager to take up law. Her heart has always been passionate about it, as she has always pictured herself entering public service. What really drives her is her love for the community. She has always been inspired to help other people, especially children and those who are in need. She finds joy in teaching Sunday school and community – hopping with the Ichthus group to teach children in the community.
In everything she does, she always tries to be vigilant that she acts the way God wants and instructed her to be. For the rest of her life, it will always be a joy for her to serve the Lord in any way she can. And for all the achievements she may have, it will always be for the glory of God, and God alone! For everything that is mentioned above, it is God that she wishes to be glorified.
Janeson Agtarap Maggay is a youth leader from the North Central Philippines Annual Conference (NCPAC) and the son of the former District Superintendent of the Isabela North District, Rev. Nena A. Maggay. An alumnus of the University of the Philippines Los Baños with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology Major in Microbiology. He, by the grace of God, will be an incoming Medical Student this August 2017.
Along with the youth leaders in their church, they are in the frontline in discipling the youth in their community. As they are developing their program for their covenant discipleship ministry, they encountered difficulties with materials and other relevant tools for their programs which pressed him to seek support from different people and organizations. Eventually, his non-stop insistence to people to actively answer to God’s call for action paid off and he along with other leaders are now writing materials not only for devotion but for discipleship as well.
Currently, their programs are actively being implemented in their church resulting to a great increase of dynamic and dedicated youth in the service of Christ. They are now hoping to expand the kingdom of God through their works and encouraging other UMYF to be with their journey as well.