The Members Church of God International’s (MCGI) two-day International Youth Convention Sports Edition has gathered the youth congregants across the globe together for a multi-sport activity, consultation, battle of the bands, and team building, from April 30 to May 1, this year.
Held at the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, where thousands of MCGI youth convened, the IYC celebrated its 16th anniversary. Those who cannot make it to the convention center attended the event in all coordinating centers, where live satellite feed and live streaming were provided.
IYC has the theme ‘Kabataang Kristiano’, which speaks about encouraging the youth of the Church to have a different perspective about sports, games, discipline and winning.
Sportsmanship with Christian Perspective
In his opening remarks, Assistant to the Overall Servant, Bro. Daniel Razon said why it is important for the participants of the youth convention to understand the essence, the content, and how it will benefit the attendees.
He then expounded that the life of a servant of God revolves around trusting the word of God, then he uttered “that is why, ‘He that is of God heareth God’s words;’ (John 8:47).” Bro. Daniel then explained why the life of a servant of God revolves around God’s wisdom by reading Philippians 1:27.
Further to his opening remarks, Bro. Daniel also encouraged the youth to have a different perspective when joining or participating in games or sports. He elaborated that Christians do not merely join sports activities in order to gain trophies, which are temporal, but to aspire for those which are eternal.
“In everything that you are doing, do all these in glorifying God,” said the veteran broadcast journalist, then adding what was written in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
As the second day of event was dedicated to a live consultation to address youth concerns, delegates sought counsel from the Overall Servant of MCGI, Bro. Eli Soriano.
The much-awaited part of youth convention started as early as 6 a.m. with consultation with Bro. Eli. The consultation segment was brief at just four hours, yet the participants, who asked their questions of faith and other concerns, to Bro. Eli, were evidently satisfied with the international televangelist’s answers.
In his closing remarks, the preacher advised the youth about living a life in moderation and self-control.
The biggest winner was the National Capital Region for bagging five golds, three silvers and one bronze medal, making them the Overall Champion of IYC Sports Edition 2018. Their rank was followed by Rizal Region and LBMR Region, respectively.
The multi-sport event comprised of basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, darts, board games, cheer dance competition and other group dynamics. Apart from hosting a sporting event, IYC held a blood donation drive at the lobby of ADD Convention Center, where youth members can donate blood.
Other participants who were unable to join the major sporting activities, enjoyed the fun-filled recreational activities such as Open Games, Traditional Filipino Games, and Carnival Games.
The youth event also treated the participants with light entertainment, including the performance of the Wishful Five finalists of Wish 107.5 online singing competition. Other guest musicians include, Plethora Band, The Voysing and Tawag ng Tanghalan Semi-Finalist, Adelene Rabulan.
Social Media Trending Effort
In support to one of the biggest youth events in MCGI, members of Youth Ministry from different parts of the globe participated in the online discussions. In social media, members were asked to tweet their greetings, experiences, learnings, and fond memories of the event, using the hashtag #MCGISportsEdition2018.
The official hashtag was first spotted at No. 3 spot in the Philippines’ Trends at 9:29 AM PHT on April 30, 2018.
Written by: Mary Jane Yonzon