January 22, 2019 | Cavite City
By David B. Morado
at Adventist University of the Philippines campus. The four-day camporee themed Campus Ambassadors in Words, in Action, and in Faith was organized by Pastor David Morado, Youth and AmiCUS director of North Philippine Union Conference (NPUC), in collaboration with the NPUC AMiCUS officers led by their president, Dempsey Mae Corbito.
Affirming the importance of every participant, the event aimed to remind AMiCUS members of their role as ambassadors of Christ in their campuses. Emphasizing the key text in 1 Timothy 4: 12, each has the responsibility to be salt and light to their classmates and friends. The text states, “Let no man despise your youth; but be an example of the believers in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” To equip them in their mission, the camp provided symposium and plenary sessions about personality development, spiritual enrichment, social relationships, leadership, reaching communities and many others.
Due to unexpected heavy rainfall and flooding of the camp grounds, the delegates moved to AUP gymnasium for their safety and for the continuation of the programs. Pastor David Morado who was the speaker for the combined opening program and vesper service welcomed the delegates, visitors, and PCM directors.
The Sabbath program started with the sessions led by the PCM directors on Total Youth Involvement, Youth Leadership, Reformation, Voice of Youth, Righteousness by Faith and Communication/ Social Media.
“I have been blessed with new insights that are helpful for my leadership and relationship with my family and community,”commented Clarise Galvan, a BS Aquatic Biology student and a delegate from Palawan Adventist Mission.
Dr. Winifredo Paez, Vice President for Student Affairs of AUP delivered the divine service message, which focused
on biblical examples of youth who served as Ambassadors for Christ. They were Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (commonly known as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego), the Little Maid and many others.
Mrs. Irelyn Gabin, Women’s Ministries Director of NPUC talked about Love, Courtship and Marriage as well as Mental Health Awareness. She emphasized the importance of loving God first before falling in love with somebody. Meaning, having an intimate relationship with God will lead to a good relationship with self and others. After her talk, an open forum followed. A number of participants voiced out their concerns and asked questions related to the symposium and plenary topics. The speakers gave their comments and answers to every query, doubt and issue raised by participants.
For closer relationship, AMiCUS members joined the games, marching and fellowship during the social program on Saturday night.
Sessions continued on Sunday morning featuring Congressman Neil Abayon who talked about the rights of the students regarding school activities and examinations held on the Sabbath day. The presentation was very informative and inspiring especially to students who are studying in non- Adventist institutions.
Highlighted also on that day was the plenary session on Safety and Preparedness by Mr. Mar Manalili. Participants learned about what to do in emergency situations. They joined the Amazing Race where they went around AUP campus while looking for their respective stations.
On the last devotional meeting held at AUP Centennial Park, Alexa Eline Tajud shared her experiences of God’s grace that helped her overcome the trials she encountered while she was still in school and during the preparation for the Dentistry Licensure examination. Her commitment to God, attributed her first place rank for the Dentistry Licensure Examination.
The event was not complete without the photo sessions, selfies and groufies. Everyone would like to have a souvenir of the meaningful event.
Bro. Gen Siyabu gave the message for the commitment service which focused on the experience of Hananaiah, Mishael and Azariah. The awarding ceremony followed, certificates were given to the pastors and president of each Mission and Conference. For the closing ceremony, NPUC-AMICUS president, Dempsey Mae Corbito shared God’s message. She looked back on how the camp was opened by a heavy rainfall and how she asked the Lord to guide and help her in everything all throughout the camp. “Her message has touched our hearts. God is really good to us for giving us protection and memorable experiences,” expressed a group of participants.
Pastor Dave Morado led the closing oath and the camp was closed by a prayer of commitment.
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