On January 1951, the first National Youth Conference (NYC) of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines (UMYFP) was held under the leadership and supervision of the General Conference Board of Education. This 4-day conference which gathered three hundred United Methodist Youth Leaders from all over the Philippines elected our fellowship’s first National President, La Verne Mercado, who later became a Bishop of our church.
Throughout the years, the NYC has been a foundational leadership training program of our fellowship. Each NYC, a great number of youth leaders from all over the country gather together to share experiences, contribute new ideas and build relationship that help our organization in achieving and fulfilling our supreme task: To know Christ and make Him known.
The NYC has a proven track record of producing equipped and empowered leaders not just of our fellowship but of our church as a whole as well. It provides great opportunities for the young leaders to be engaged in the different ministries of our church – and paves a way for some of its delegates to recognize and answer God’s call to enter the full-time ministry as pastors and deaconesses.
And that is why as we convene the National Youth Conference this biennium, we aim to uphold its legacy of equipping and electing National youth leaders that are committed and dedicated in fulfilling the vision, mission and goals of our fellowship and of our church. Produce and train youth leaders emulating the example of Jesus Christ who came to serve although He was God’s son and was thus more powerful than any other leader in the world.
Noe L. Cenal is a Global Mission Fellow of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving for two years with the Center of Hope, the health agency of the United Methodist Church in Mozambique. The Center of Hope, based in Inhambane Province, coordinates the health ministries of the Mozambique United Methodist Episcopal Area. Much of that work is rural and focuses on community programs and disease prevention. Noe serves as a Community Health Education Assistant.
The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.
Noe is from the Philippines, where he is a member of the God is Love United Methodist Church in Marikina City, in the Rizal Philippines Annual Conference East. He is a former Vice President for Manila Episcopal Area of the National United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical psychology from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila. He has worked in the area of psychosocial therapy and clinical training.
We are not opposed to the government’s efforts to curb and eradicate the problem of illegal drugs. But after having said that, we ought also to assert that since human beings are created in the God’s image, their lives are sacred and therefore everyone’s right to life should be respected and protected by law, divine and human, especially the life of the innocent.
Board of Church and Society – Philippine Central Conference The United Methodist Church
Dorothy Angeles is from Bulacan, Philippines. She is a 21 year-old worship leader, guitarist, youth leader, a disciple and a disciple-maker. She loves music and travelling. Dorothy finished Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration major in Management. She believes that every young people must know and be trained how to handle their finances properly, regardless of their status in life and their age.
At present, Dorothy is a freelance translator while starting to engage in an international business with her mentors. Her personal mission in life is to always add value to people. She is a dreamer and she loves supporting people in getting their dreams.
Her life verse is Joshua 1:9: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, never get discouraged. For I, the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”