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Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. After three days the officers went throughout the camp, giving orders to the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it.”
Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.”
– Joshua 3:1-5
Ahhhh…first day of classes today. For the students, it’s time to mingle again with their friends and also to meet new ones. And this is the first stop to reach out the campuses.
As the classes start, this is also the time that God will put us on a place in our life that we don’t know. For example: At a point in our life, God will use us to preach the Word in front of your classmates. First, it’s uncomfortable because you know, there will be always the possibility that your classmates will tease you and they will bully you. Or this scenario: God has called you to go to the administration of your campus to preach the Word for opening the doors of your campus. I know that will scare you crazy.
First, you will think of your fears and the things that lack on you. For example: “Shy type ako eh. Paano ako makakapag-salita sa harap ng marami?“, “Baka i-expel nila ako.“, and many other concerns.
When that time comes, here’s what to do.
At verse five, Joshua said to the Israelites to consecrate themselves. During their time, consecration means to take a bath, and change their clothes. This time, it means that we need to free ourselves from everything that will hinder us in our walk with God; maybe its pride, fear, worries, or a sin that tangles you. And what’s next? At verse three, Joshua ordered that follow the ark. And what’s that ark? It is God. In short, FOLLOW GOD. Because God will guide you when you are already on that place that you don’t know.
Still thinking on how God will use you on that place? Do not think about it, because God will give you something that you will going to use. It is not all about you anymore, it’s all about God now and how God will work.
Do not worry. Fear not! Just follow God all the time.
Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, he is the one you are to fear, he is the one you are to dread,
– Isaiah 8:12-13
Tonight, Victory Caloocan has “ended” its Youth service for this semester and it will resume on April 8. From 7pm, it will be at 5pm, just for the whole summer vacation only.
Okay, time for the true message of this post. Hahaha!
Several months ago, I dreamt a scenario that I was in a Youth service, but not in Victory Caloocan. And I saw Ptr. Jay-R Ramirez preaching. But, the scene that struck me was all people that was in there, and those who I’ve sat down for a Victory Group session was all guys (Yes, all men) wearing the PE uniform of University of the East. When I woke up, I realized that it was not a dream, but a VISION.
And, in our “last” Youth service for this semester, I saw people from University of the East – Manila joining with us. And when I saw all of them, woah! They almost occupied the upper right side of our center.
What is this all about?
God has given all of us a vision of the growth, a great harvest. As leaders, God has shown us on what will happen in our Youth of this generation.
For me, it motivates me more to reach out for the campus, not just in my campus, but to other campuses. All the things happened in the Youth ministry of Victory Caloocan is just a beginning of a great harvest. As great as it is, we are going to need more to reap in our great harvest.
To change this world, it will going to start in the campuses. So, arm yourselves with the Word of God and get ready to reach out for the campuses.
Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
– Matthew 9:37-38
EVERY NATION | EVERY CAMPUS
The Youth of today are the most adventurous people. We love to discover new things that we might enjoy on the long run. When I met God last 2007, I saw the fire of other Youth for God and to others that don’t know God. And I think to myself: “What is wrong?”
You know what, as I progress to my walk with God, I’ve found out why and I’m very disturbed on what I’ve found. I listened to Ptr. Robert Hern’s preaching about reaching the campus, and by that, I’ve got this statistics. Some of the data are disturbing. But Ptr. Robert said that it will help to open your heart for our Youth today.
As of 2009:
We have 21,000,000 Youth here in the Philippines
- 50% (10.5M) of that are SMOKERS
- 2.7M are in PRISON
- 4.7M that are DRUNK
- 30% (6.3M) are under the influence of DRUGS
- 1.7M are PUSHERS
- 78% (15.5M) have seen PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS
- We have the highest percentage of TEENAGE PREGNANCY in Asia
- 1.7M are being RAPED
- 28% (5.8M) of men preferred to be a woman
- 30% (6.3M) of women preferred to be a man
- 49% says that there’s no way to tell which religion is true
- 83% (17.4M) believed that the truth is relative
When I’ve learned about this, I felt that God has deposited a seed in my heart. And that seed is to reach out the Youth of this generation. I tell you today: WAKE UP! This is the time to change these statistics. How? I have a question: Where you can see those Youth? Answer: They were in the CAMPUS.
As a campus leader, I am involved to change the statistics. I am calling all the campus leaders to join the movement to change this world – a world that will honor God. I am calling not just the campus leaders, I’M CALLING ALL OF YOU TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR OUR YOUTH.
It will going to start on us first. Then, we can reach our classmates. After that, the whole campus. And then, the whole community, the city, this nation, AND THE WHOLE WORLD.
Every Nation | Every Campus