by James TC Wong

Apr 22, Miri – The Youth Fellowship (also known as i-Youth) celebrated Youth Sunday in church with a simple yet meaningful worship service.

The congregation was joyously uplifted by the worship singing led by the youths.

Pastor-in-charge of Yi En MC Rev. Diong Pick Chiong was the guest preacher.

Recognizing the merits of the youths, Rev. Diong commenced her sermon by reiterating that the former were the church’s future leaders with great potential to influence the society at large.

“We should also take note of the issues our young generation faces nowadays. They face many temptations and challenges. They often have to struggle to make the right decisions. Therefore the Youth Ministry in the church is very important in playing the role to guide the youths in the right way.”

Rev. Diong also reminded parents to honor God and allow their children to participate in church-based activities instead of focusing on tuition classes.

“I am glad to know some parents take the effort to arrange schedules so that their children do not miss out any church activities,” praised Rev. Diong.

i-Youth President Joshua Lee in his report introduced the committee members to the congregation.

“Presently our average attendance is around 50, up from 20 plus a couple of years ago. I would to give thanks to God for this increase,” said Lee. “We hope to continue to make an impact among our peers.”

Lee also reported on the various activities of the i-Youth including the “Youth Aflame” series conducted every fortnightly. He concluded by thanking Rev. Lisa Ting and i-Youth Advisors Andy Chew and Siew You.

A hilarious satirical video produced solely by the youths depicting today’s young generation lifestyles and parenting skills delighted the congregation.

i-Youth Advisor Andy Chew thanked the parents for their love and support to the youths. He also invited the parents in the congregation to encourage their children with a written affirmation on a specially-distributed card. It was a touching scene as parents and youths hugged each other.

When invited to give a testimony, 14 year-old Stephanie Lai encouraged more youths to join the weekly fellowship. “Come and experience how much we can learn more about Jesus Christ,” she summed up.

Another Form Five student Grace Law said it was a struggle for her initially. “I thought I won’t be lacking since I come from a Christian family and moreover my Dad is a Pastor. But two years ago there was a transformation. I learned to be more interactive and I have become a more mature Christian because of this fellowship.”

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