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Adventist Youth Ministries Hold 2017 Sports Festival

Posted June 28, 2017 • By Geronimo Viernes Jr. for Adventist Youth Ministries

The much-awaited young people’s event of the year—the Conference-wide Sports Festival—sparked much thrill upon the participants’ physique and camaraderie in the four-day event themed “KALARO: Kabataang Adbentista Lumalarong Aktibo, Responsable’t Organisado” on June 23-27, 2017 in Malolos Sports Complex, Malolos, Bulacan.

With the young people’s determination to participate in the activity, the Adventist Youth Department enlisted up to 1,400 members of the church including children, parents and ministers. The organizers were driven to instill and educate in the young people of this generation the importance of camaraderie through sports, characterized by playing actively, responsibly, and orderly.

The sports festival didn’t only focus on physical games but also included soul inspirations to fill the delegates with motivations from God’s word. Resource speakers include: Pastor Laudimer Gatus, director for the Youth Ministries in Cavite Satellite Field Office, on the importance of having a right relationship with God; Dr. Tam Mateo, health advocate, uphold the essence of health in spirituality; Pastor Marlon Ramirez, district leader, gave pointers on the right attitude of young people; Bro. Erico Trono, student from Northern Luzon Adventist College, inspired them with the meaning of true happiness; Pastor Eliezer Barrientos, executive secretary of Central Luzon Conference (CLC), highlighted the involvement of the young people in God’s work; and Pastor Rene Montoya, CLC Sabbath School/Personal Ministries director, shared the role of young people in evangelism.

True to its objective, the 2017 sports festival aimed to develop within the young people the spirit of camaraderie and not competition. Sports discipline can be a sure way to address Total Member Involvement because most of the games introduced needed teamwork. In other words, the sports festival emphasized that playing isn’t just about wining but rather developing unity and cooperation among mates. Winning the game is just complimentary—the most important thing is that one enjoys the play while playing.

One of the highlights of this event is the compassion activity conducted by selected young people represented by the 11 areas of the Conference. They went to different sites in Malolos City such as hospitals and streets to visit patients, give them towels, fans, bottled waters, tracts, and some serenading. Intentionally, the compassion activity was integrated during the event to make sure that our young people would understand that sportsfest is not solely for playing games but rather a means to perform acts of kindness.

Aside from the games, we also did some team building activities to promote friendship among members in other areas. The 777 United Prayer was strictly followed with people assigned to lead the prayer.

Certainly, this sportsfest was organized and done because we want to inculcate in the minds of our young people the very need to have a closer communion with the Maker. That’s why several devotional worships in the morning and afternoon were incorporated.

Here are some of the comments from our youth:

“This might be my first time to join this kind of activity, but it really helped me to become friendlier and more active in the church.” –Maria Erizza V. Trono.

“Because of this sporsfest, my shyness lessened.” –Joshua Pablo.

“The atmosphere is very relaxing that it soothes our physical tiredness. At sana ‘yung nakilala ko, siya na rin ‘yung aking forever na binigay ni Lord,” –Harris Dave Amatorio

Surely, when there is unity, there is Total Member Involvement. Without the support of everyone, this event might not achieve its goals and objectives. Every body worked, youth leaders did their best to promote this event with the help and support of our local church leaders and pastors. By God’s grace, I’m looking forward with hope that the next Conference-wide sportsfest would give way to baptizing young people and bringing them to the foot of the Cross. Evangelism it is!

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