By Ate Cora Pangyarihan
The Youth Ministry held its 1st Youth Assembly for the year 2012 from 2-7 PM last January 23rd, attended by almost 40 youth from the different ministries. It was held at the Nishizaka Hall which was prepared for the occasion by Kuya Nico Garcia. The talks which were conducted by Kuya Anton Mamawag and yours truly centered on spiritual and personal preparation for Lent. Every activity was sealed by a prayer of commitment by each individual in front of the Cross.
A highlight of the activity was when the youth were asked to open up to the Lord at the prayer stations prepared by Kuya Nico, with the help of Mark Morato, Dina Obias, and Ellen Bautista. Tears flowed and sobs were heard through out. Even dinner time was part of the process. Each of us brought 1 canned good to share. We ate “kamayan” style on banana leaves to remind us to be generous but simple and humble.
Finally, the body made an evaluation of the past year, which was the main objective of the assembly. Everyone shared their ideas, needs and what they thought could be added to the programs for the Youth in the future. A post-evaluation of the assembly will be held by the Core Group in the following days.
It was truly a worthwhile experience for all. We prepared as best as we could, then the Holy Spirit took over.