Members of the Christian Brotherhood International (CBI) from various local congregations in the Ecclesiastical District of Malaysia virtually gathered via videoconferencing on May 23, 2022 to learn about how to deal with peer pressure.
CBI is the organization inside the Church Of Christ for brethren who are in high school and college. Under the Christian Family Organizations (CFO) office, it launches various programs that aim to help brethren perform well in school and at the same time, safeguard their membership in the Church.
Eenah Caymo, a Children’s Worship Service teacher, served as the resource speaker. In the webinar, she defined for the attendees what peer pressure is. More importantly, she clarified to them that although generally viewed negatively, peer pressure can be dealt with in a way that it brings about positive things. This, she said, is what matters.
“As a teen, I really have so much on my plate. Between school expectations, parental guidelines, the desire to fit in, and the influence of our peers, it is really easy to be overwhelmed,” said Zandra Faye Sanggalang, district CBI president. “Through this seminar, I learned more about different types and effects of peer pressure and how we can deal with it the healthy way.”
“Through this activity I felt the love and concern the Church Administration has for us, caring not only for our spiritual but also mental health. I am so thankful,” enthused Angelyn Grace De Vera, another CBI member. “I learned that peer pressure urges one to behave in a certain way, either good or bad. But being an active Church member by holding duties and my decisions are guided by God’s teachings, I am less likely to be influenced by other people.”