I remember attending a church 4 years ago, and you know how when you’re new to a church especially a big church the feelings that emerge, the feeling of being an outsider, or when the worship team starts and whole church is dancing and you just feel like everyone is watching you because you're a “first timer”. Maybe some of you reading this felt that way towards your home church when you were starting. Now i’m not saying that it’s the fault of the church or the leaders of the church, what i’m stating is a fact of life that when you are in a new place there is that certain feeling of “you don’t belong” and you can’t really fully control that feeling.
As I was clapping my hands and singing with the whole church and observing what people did during worship time, and when the music slowed down into a keyboard background, one of the leaders of the church went up on stage and welcomed everyone and while he was talking I noticed a statement that he said that just got me curious and stuck with me for 4 years before I really got to use it. The statement was “You Belong, before you Believe”. 4 years ago I didn’t really understand what it meant until now, and I praise God for that experience that just totally changed my perspective towards the cause of Jesus.
During this season for YouthLab we are introducing “Belong Groups”, and I really believe that when you want to impact a person’s life and as our ultimate calling as followers of Christ we do discipleship and what better way to do it than to have an avenue for it, and Belong Groups come in that picture. Through this ministry we are giving everyone a chance to minister to young people in a much more intimate way, discipling them and just adding value to their life, well this needs to be our battle cry anyway, love God and love others! And as of now we have 16 Belong Groups and the goal is to have 60 Belong Groups by December, and not that we value numbers and standings but as always we want to trust God with what He is doing and being sensitive to what His plan is.
We believe in the statement: “You cannot give, what you don’t have” and as leaders of this ministry we the core team also have a weekly Belong Group session with some of our KIM Missionaries. and also have our own BGroups with some of our leaders/volunteers in YL. From left to right, AJ, Mark, Arman, Arnold, Mary, Emily, Sophie, Bette, and Amber. ---->
<----This is the BGroup of Sophie Metante one of our missionaries who is the lead of YL Kids. Together with her is Dhiana, Chin, Alondra, Abe, Rhon, Gemmalyn, Cassandra, Roxane & Daniela. Amazing young girls who are involved in a-lot of ministries in YL and also leading fellow young girls in the community.
This one is the BGroup of Arman Metante, also co-lead of YL Kids together with his wife (Sophie Metante). His boys are as follows, from left to right. Bryan, Daryl, JC, Cedric & Johnloyd. One of the challenges that we have is not having enough guy leaders but God just works in mysterious ways and provide us with awesome guy leaders! ---------------------->