August 1, 2010 was the date of the 1st DYF for the conference year 2010-2011 with the title “Faithness First” held at the DAHHA Covered Court (Behind PUMC). With a theme of strengthening and building the foundation of Christian faith in our MYF the new set of youth officers from the QCPACE-NWD led by Jeremia Ladia from Good Samaritan UMC, organized the 1st DYF entitled “Faithness First”. The title “Faithness First” was inspired by a famous health club group “Fitness First” that emphasizes on physical fitness. Changing the 1st word Fitness into “Faithness” entails that as Christians, spiritual fitness must be the priority, but also giving importance to physical fitness, making the activity as a “sports” themed activity filled with fun games that has lessons behind it. One of the goals of the MYF Officers of the QCPACE-NWD is also to give a different and dynamic approach to every activity that it does, and coming up with a sports-themed activity for the 1st DYF for the conference year 2010-2011 was the reason behind it.
Matthew 18:20 says that “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” As officers we just want the activity to be focused on JESUS not really caring of whether, “Sana Madaming umattend, Sana masiyahan sila”, we decided upon ourselves that there is no such thing as a perfect event but there is such a thing as being UNITED in having one goal, which is to Glorify God. God is really true to His promise that He will add everything to us if we seek Him first (Matthew 6:33) and God is really great that He did gave us everything that we needed, from the big attendance (200+ young people), attendance from all the nine churches of QCPACE-NWD, the budget and support form the nine churches, (especially to the Puno UMC for sponsoring the venue and for lending its equipments) and positive feedback from the youth regarding the program. We were able to acquire all that we needed and all of that is because of our one Goal to Glorify God.
Rev. David Sablan Jr. of Puno United Methodist Church was the speaker for the DYF. His message focused on faith and emphasizing that one can’t have that faith without accepting Jesus as their Personal Savior (4 young people accepted Jesus as their personal Savior during the altar call). The Northwest District Band and the PUMC Band led the praise and worship for the 200+ in attendance.
Building a strong, healthy and growing church is only possible if its foundation is centered in Christ and all of its people are united in that foundation. The MYF as part of the United Methodist Church believes that their contribution in this foundation in Christ is essential, and having activities like the DYF will surely be a contribution in uniting the young people in building a foundation that is centered in Christ.
CHRIST ABOVE ALL!
– Ace C. Acosta
Christian Nurture Formation Head
QC PACE-NWD MYF