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Saturday, May 10, 2008

End of Summer Balikatan 2008, The

Just got home from Summer Balikatan 2008! And what an experience it was!


I had to go home earlier because i have to prepare my stuff for our trip to Visayas this coming Tuesday. The graduation is scheduled on Wednesday, but I had to go out earlier. It is a sad decision for me because i really want to finish the camp, but my family will be leaving on Tuesday and I don't want to travel alone. haha!

I have learned three things in Summer Balikatan 2008! And they all talk about being a man of God (also pertains to female), it's your behavior, your attitude, your character that matters most in facing everyday challenges, one of the preachers there mentioned in his sermon that the difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. Whatever your ministry is, it all concludes to the way of your thinking.

First thing i learned is RESPECT, to be respected, you must learn to respect first. As many people always say, that you cannot beg for respect for it is given freely to everyone that deserves it. You cannot say to a person, "you have to respect me" for it is his own prerogative to respect other people if they only deserve them. Respect begins from within and will eventually manifest in how we interact with other people. Even the Lord know this:

Psalms 138:6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
Respect is usually given to older people, persons in higher positions, someone who did something good for other people, and of course anyone you love and care about. But i also learned that respect can also be given to people you hate, and for people who are lower than you. For respect is like an echo, you won't hear it unless you shout first.


Second is HUMBLENESS. According to King Solomon

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.
The Bible teaches us to be humble, meek and lowly, but wise as a serpect. The military people in CBBC-CSI are high ranked officers, there are Colonels, Sergeants, Liutenants, even Generals, coming from the different branch of the Military Division of the country. But when they are in the Church, they are ushers, song leaders, area leaders, one of them leads the calisthenics, security officers, they sweep the floors, collect hymnals for safe keeping, and many more. They are mere simple individuals when they come to Church. Outside they are highly respected, but when they go to Church, they are the one who respects the man whom God sent, the Pastor. Being humble is always hard to do when you know that you already reached and attained so much. But through God's help and through constant Bible reading and prayer, you will eventually learn about it. There is always a calling for humbleness in God's work.

Last but not the least is OBEDIENCE. As well as any other organization, club, company or any group; there are rules to consider. In God's Church, there are many rules that we Christians must follow. These rules and guidelines are being based from the Word of God, that's why direct obedience to them is of high regard. Consequently, obedience to superior officers must also be observed. They are placed by God in the church as our leaders, most especially our Pastor, who has the direct connection with God, and is directly responsible to us. So whatever the Pastor's vision is, we members must support and whatever his command is, we must follow. For he knows that is profitable for God's ministry. The Bible says something about obedience:
1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
We ought to obey God at all times, and it includes obeying the men and women He placed before us to lead us.


These three, i have learned from Summer Balikatan, i do hope that many people would be able to read this article that i have written so that many churches would join Summer Balikatan next year. A cheap priced summer camp for young people, but with good and surprising effects. As for today, there are about 250 young people there. And almost all of them has a decision now, their Final Option is to serve God as long as they live. Many of them surrendered to the fulltime Christian service. Some joined different ministries for their churches. Everyone learned the art of soulwinning. Many found their purpose in their life, that they had constantly searched in their barkada, in sex, in alcohol, in cigarettes, in cinemas, in television, in the internet, and in other vices, but found it not. In less than 30 days they have learned that God was just waiting for them the whole time. They just don't know.

The camp taught us that Jose Rizal was not exactly correct in what he said, "Ang Kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan." For we know now that, "Ang Kabataang may takot sa Diyos at sa Banal na Biblia, ang pag-asa ng bayan."

Thank you to Pastor Gil Laurena for the concept of the camp, and for all the preachers that God used. May God bless them abundantly.

EDIT: A few weeks after the conclusion of this camp, someone from the Media Ministry of CBBC-Taguig came across this article. He printed it out and let Pastor Gil read it out for the congregation to hear. Many were blessed that day. Praise God!

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