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Christmas Institute Reflection

6 March 2010 76 views 0

by Minchie Sy Quimsiam, QCPACE UMYF

Hundreds of young people gathered together to worship God during our district’s most-awaited Christmas Institute. It was held at Union Theological Seminary in Dasmarinas, Cavite. As a second-timer, I was eager and excited for the things that would happen in my five-day stay. With the theme “Siya Mismo”, Ptr. Cedillo expounded on Acts 17:27-28: “God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, we are his offspring.”

The Christmas Institute was used by God as an instrument in molding us to be His better followers and servants. For as His offspring, we must prepare and be ready to be builders of God’s Kingdom. By grace, I was able to learn new habits that allow me to dwell in Him more. Words are not enough to express how much I was blessed in this camp. As others would probably complain: Bitin! This is true especially to first timers who can’t get enough of the Christmas Institute. But I knew that it doesn’t end there. It is in reality the beginning of a new journey with God.

I was also happy meeting new friends from other local churches and to see people who have the same belief as mine. There I found new brothers and sisters who serve as my partners in the ministry. Truly, CI was life-changing. It refueled my faith. It was a revival to the new generation of the UMYF as we live with the challenge “Siya Mismo: ang simula at pagbabago.”

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