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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Voices of the leaders - Youth Leader's Camp II 2013

Compiled by DSst

97 young leaders from across the four parishes of the Diocese of Sandakan attended the five day YLCII from 23rd - 27th January 2013 held at Holy Trinity Church Tawau. Below are some sharings from the young leaders of the various parishes.

Miszy, St Martin's Church, Telupid
I am so glad that I made the right choice by attending YLCII. It is an awesome experience that formed part of my youth, a part that I will cherish and carry with me what it means to be a servant leader. It was an opportune occasion to build friendship and a closer relationship with God. It has really helped me to strengthen my faith. I am so thankful for everything I have learned.

Harl Joenie Migu Joseph, St Dominic's Church, Lahad Datu
Bekerja dalam satu kumpulan dengan ahli yang berbeza latar belakang amat sukar, apatah lagi berjumpa dalam masa yang singkat. Tetapi dengan semua sifat yang ada pada diri masing - masing digemblengkan dan dapat diguna pakai sebagai senjata untuk rintangan yang dihadapi ia pasti akan menjadi satu kuasa kuat untuk memajukan gereja kita. Tidak semestinya orang yang berani berdiri di depan boleh menjadi pemimpin yang kuat dan tidak semestinya orang yang hanya duduk dan mendengar tidak boleh menjadi pemimpin. Oleh itu, kedua-duanya harus digabungkan agar membentuk satu kumpulan yang hebat.

Mark Lai (St. Mary's Cathedral, Sandakan)
(Give.. Give.. Give until it hurts - Mother Theresa)

I love the commisionning mass. It started when I received my cross. When I received it, I reflected how Jesus gave himself to us on the cross. I was also pondering the word of God on Mark 8:34, 'Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.' My heart sank and I cried because I know, I will bear His wondrous cross and continue His mission. That epiphany moment ~ I will really treasure it forever. Thank you Jesus for your love. Thank you YLC organizer. Thank you to "YOU" for making this program amazing.                                                                                     

(Julio with spectacles from St Jude, Semporna)
I am truly blessed. I was challenged to be a good and better leader, but I will have to make myself believe that I am prepared and worthy to hear His calling. After joining YLC, I now believe that I am worthy in every way; that I am worthy to be His disciple. I believe that the burden I carried now is heavier than before, but it is a blessed burden for God will never place a burden on us that we cannot carry. I will be committed in serving Him and when I fall, He will use the people around me to help me to stand up again and continue my journey. Overall, I am truly blessed with the knowledge I've learned and the friendship built during YLC. I will strive to be an effective leader guided by Jesus. Amen!

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