Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The other day in the youth meeting, we read Proverbs 28: 17-18. It said, "A man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit; Let no one help him. Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved, but he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall."
At first, I didn’t even get it. I was like what does ‘a man burdened with bloodshed will flee into a pit’ even mean?! But the pastor was saying how it’s someone who is loaded with guilt because they’ve done so many bad things. So because of this, they’re basically doomed - there’s just no help for them!
And it’s so true! Remember that guy from your brother’s school that got sent down? He did so many bad things, that’s what he was known for in your area wasn’t it? But look at him now, no one can help him...he really is in a pit! How long will it be until he’s released? I think that’s what it means when it says ‘burden with bloodshed.’
I guess when we live well, I mean like doing what is right, we will be saved and we’ll have a pretty good life here too.
You know what, out of everything the pastor said in the meeting, what I understood is that a devious life is a doomed life. If we do stuff that are wrong and choose not to follow the right way, there is no way out for us.
What did you get from the message?
I’ll see you next time at the youth meeting.
P.S: Don’t be late!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Bringing youths from different cultures or backgrounds together has never been easy. Today it is all about code area, blacks against whites, whites against Latinos, Latinos against blacks and so on. All this in order to get some recognition, respect and power. And as we see almost every day on TV and newspapers, it never has a good ending. Someone gets shot, stabbed, punched, raped, KILLED! The list goes on.
However the YPG Texas organized a summer camp entitled John 3.16 Camp. We traveled all the way into the middle of… nowhere. Literally. The place is called Forest Glenn in Huntsville, Texas. We took time with the youths in order to invest more in our relationship with God. We held meetings with them and we also played sports, did archery, went blobbing, fire camp, etc. It was awesome!
We told them that they had to leave the camp on Sunday in a different way. We made sure we put youths from different branches together so they could get to know each other. It was very positive. We did so many things that I can’t explain everything with details; otherwise I would need three pages to do so.
Believe you or not, there wasn’t any misunderstanding whatsoever. Nothing like boys and girls fooling around somewhere in the forest. NOTHING! Even if there was someone there with a carnal mind that person had no choice but to gel with the rest of the group as everyone else had one thing in mind, get closer to God.
So you see, it is possible to put a lot of youths from different backgrounds together and still have a lot of fun.
Whenever someone tells you that you will lose by giving your life to God, they really don't know what they are talking about.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Before sharing with you guys the messages that God has inspired me to give to you, I want to talk a little bit about how my passion for working with youths started. Believe you or not I never ever thought of working with young people at all.
When I was called to do this amazing work back home in Brazil I knew what I was doing, sacrificing my will in order to do my Father’s. But when the time to work with the youth group came, more precisely the VYG (Victory Youth Group) in England, I had no idea what to expect. I knew it was going to be demanding and I also knew it was part of the work I had committed myself to but with no clue on how to work with you. Hence the Holy Spirit must dwell in us so we can do the things that cannot be done by our own natural resources and human knowledge. Because of that I was ready and excited concerning the task ahead of me.
Five years later I was breathing, eating, drinking, dreaming youth group. The situations I came across during those 5 years were many. Some of them were really sad due to the problems some of you were facing in your family, personal life, etc. Other situations were sadder because I saw many youths coming to the youth group full of issues, in need of help but not so determined to fight for a change and turn their lives around as you were. They never came back. But I also had very, very good moments. Trips, messages, competitions, events and the most important to me, TESTIMONIES.
Seeing many of you guys arriving in the youth group one day with your lives completely destroyed and your dreams shattered by the many problems you faced and working hard to change, and not only changing behavior but becoming leaders, helpers, assistants, it was great!
That is why I am more than ever determined to work with you for many more years to come. I know face a new challenge, the youths of America. They are as thirsty and hungry for attention as the youths I met in England. And I know many of you here in the US will be very soon sharing with others what God has done and will do for you .
This is what I have to say for now. I hope and pray that you guys may feed your spirit here in this blog. It is simple but written with an immense desire to help you all. Or should I say ‘y’all’?