The Verbum Dei Youth Cebu once held again their annual #KamustahanWithTheYouth2018 at the Old Sacred Heart School in Genmaxilom, Cebu city last July 15, 2018 with a theme "Explore the other side." This activity was first held in 2017.
The word "Kamusta" is a Filipino term of "How are you?" in English. Thus, Kamustahan with the Youth is an activity which aims to:
- bring back the youth
- bringing them closer to Jesus
- instilling a sense of belonging in them
- giving them the opportunity to feel at home with the Verbum Dei community, - as well as getting to know their realities in life by listening and sharing with them.
Flow of event
This event consisted of different activities:
1) Praise and worship,
3) Testimony of Life
4) Sharing with the youth.
The year the event was participated in by around 50 young people from the different universities in Cebu City. There were talks and testimonies, music and dynamics, a photobooth, and the Eucharist.
The #KamustahanWithTheYouth2018 started with an opening number by the Verbum Dei Youth followed by a Getting-To-Know-You game. After the welcoming remarks, the highlight of the event, 'Praise and Worship', was set. Different songs were sung, all in line with the theme, and talks, testimony of life, and inputs were given in-between the songs. The event ended with the celebration of the Holy Mass and a simple salo-salo.
This event was spearheaded by the General Events Coordinator of Verbum Dei Youth, Jhovann Arellano and with the aid of the adviser of the youth group, Fr. Lucio Arellano.
Aims of gathering
The aim of the gathering was to provide an avenue for young people to discover the love of Jesus for each one of them. The event was both fruitful and successful for all concerned – for the organizers and for all the participants. Indeed, smiles and joy were seen on the faces of everyone.
There are lots of young people around the world. This is the stage of life where they love doing everything that makes them happy, at the same time chasing for their dreams. Life tends to offer a lot of things but not all are wholesome. In this fast-paced life, young people are engrossed in so many things making their lives busy in school, with their families and friends and even in their personal needs.
The event was hosted and organized by the Verbum Dei Youth-Cebu. This is a group of young people coming from different universities, gathered in one community, providing a venue of accompaniment, prayer and holistic formation of young people; aiming to give witness to Christ through their testimony of life and ministry of the Word.
Summing up …
This event awakened the hearts of the young people to recollect themselves and discover what God wants for their lives. It's never wrong to explore many things in life as long as Jesus is by our side. In chasing our dreams, desires and passion in life, we, for sure, will get tired and slowly lose the fire in our hearts. Yet, God is inviting us to take a break, pause and rest with Him for He gives us the power and strength to fight and continue reaching for our dreams. Indeed, it's more fun with the Lord!
Here is a link to a video clip of the Kamustahan event:
(Opens the Verbum Dei Cebu, Philippines facebook page)
Here are some photos of the event:
(More photos can be found at our Facebook page.)
With thanks to Kleer Philomena (a member of the Youth reality in Cebu) and the WordNews team