Youth summits in Australia East, Malaysia focus on social issues

By ANTONIO G. CAÑAVERAL JR. and VINCE T. BASCO

Date Posted: November 20, 2023

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The Christian Family Youth Summit in the Ecclesiastical Districts of Australia East on October 22 and 23, 2023, and Malaysia on October 29, served as eye openers for the KADIWA and Binhi members regarding current social issues.

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In Australia East, all local congregations held the said activity at their respective places of worship; those from the Local Congregation of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at their house of worship.

In every venue, the young members watched a video presentation on how to communicate with people of varying sexual orientations. The brethren were taught to respect the beliefs of such people, however, they must not be influenced by it, especially when these go against God’s teachings they received.

“The Youth Summit today provides valuable insight in terms of how I should view the matter at hand,” said Aaron Ventura, Binhi member from the Local Congregation of Townsville, Queensland. “Other people can expect my respect of them, but I will not conform with their beliefs. Instead, I will always stay true to the biblical teachings being upheld in the Church Of Christ.”

Resident ministers and ministerial workers capped the activity with a spiritual advise on how the young members should share the true faith and biblical values to other people.

“True Christians must stand their ground. I will grab every opportunity there is to explain to my fellow brethren, and to nonmembers as well, the teachings upheld inside the Church Of Christ,” said Lenard Wong, the KADIWA president in Kuala Lumpur.

Delpiero Granger, a newly-baptized member, said in the interview, “I will not compromise God’s words I’ve received, even if my friends and loved ones got influenced by the complexities of the modern world. On my part, I will continue steadfastly obeying God’s commands.”

“This activity is very timely because it provides a lot of information especially for the youth on how they can interact with other people,” Brother Marvin Razon, resident minister in Townsville, said. “Social issues affect the youth wherever they are, whether at school or even in the workplace. The biblical guidance through activities like this is what they need, for them to make sure that they will not be swayed by other people’s beliefs and ideologies that go against the teachings of our Almighty God.” — With reports from Morgan Goodfellow and Aizhel Tabudlong of INC News Section