February 26, 2013
You may remember a post from last April about the formation of a youth committee in the church (and then again, you may not, so here’s the link! http://lemuelministries.blogspot.com/2012/04/youth-beach-trip.html). Some of the youth from the church on their own initiative organized themselves into a group called N.O.V.A., which (when translated from the French) stands for a New Orientation Towards the Future. It has been an incredible blessing to observe them engaging the things that have been poured into them over the years and taking initiative in the church and community.
This year, they undertook the annual youth retreat held during the period of Carnaval (perhaps better known to some of you as Mardi Gras). They did an excellent job! How different it was for the administrative staff to play mere advising and supporting roles as these developing young leaders took charge of the planning and executing of the retreat. Here is a brief re-cap:
The theme of the retreat was about setting and pursuing objectives. For young people, this is quite a popular topic in Haiti. Wilson Cupidon, who started with Lemuel near the beginning as one of its young leaders, spoke to the youth from God’s Word about their objectives in life. I don’t have a picture of him speaking, but he is seated below holding the microphone while overseeing one of the round table sessions. These round table discussions allowed the youth to ask questions and to dialogue about the things they were learning.
Besides being a setting for learning and growing spiritually and socially, retreat is FUN!! There was plenty of joyful singing.
C) pour the water carefully into the bottle. If you think its funny to get your teammate all wet, that wasted water may cost you the game, since the first team to fill the bottle wins!
I had fun teaching them how to play “Four on a Couch.” Unfortunately, we had a lot of people (all of whom had never played before) and not enough time, so we never did fill up our couch. However, Agape (pronounced ah-gah-pay…or just “the red team”) won with two.
We praise God for what we see Him doing among the youth. Please pray with us that this momentum would continue, that God would persist in moving in their hearts, stirring up in them a desire to know Him and follow hard after Him. Pray that the Spirit of God would use what was spoken from God’s Word during the retreat to produce fruit in their lives.
Pray especially for NOVA. One day, they will be the leaders in this church and community. Please help us in praying that God would not only grow them in maturity, competency, and leadership skills, but that He would also develop in them a true desire to serve and glorify Him, along with humility, love, wisdom and unity.