Never Too Young to Reach Out

Never Too Young to Reach Out

AG, a 12-year-old girl from Kids Church, made her own tool to share the gospel to her friends in a language that is easily understood by children.

 

AG first attended Kids Church when her mother was invited by a friend to a worship service at Victory Fort. At first, she did not know that she was attending a church. It was more like a school and a big playground for her. She enjoyed learning new things while gaining new friends. Aside from having fun with other children in church, she was also happy to spend some quality time with her mother and sister every weekend. Going to church became their weekly bonding moment.

Not long after, AG heard the gospel and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. People in church helped her grow in her faith, and AG knew she needed to tell her friends about the gospel, too. She did not know how at the time, but she never stopped praying. The desire to be used by God simply grew in her heart.

Though afraid that she would fail to say the right words, AG resolved to share the good news with her friends. Inspired by a tool given out at Victory Fort, AG started creating her own version that she thought would help the young girls in her group.

AG’s ‘Best Map Ever’, an evangelism tool she made herself so she could share the gospel to her friends.

According to AG, the image of a map came to her mind one day while she was in Kids Church. She realized that every time we sin, we take a few steps away from God’s plan; we head toward the wrong direction—and the only way for us to get back on track is through repentance. AG believes that each time we repent, we allow ourselves to see the path that God has laid out for us.

Fueled by her passion and desire to share the good news, AG showed her tool to her younger sister and preached the gospel to her. She also boldly shared it with her mother, who was in awe of how God was using AG to make Jesus known. She had never thought it was possible for a girl as young as her daughter to make such an impact.

Today, AG continues to reach out to more kids in school and in church. She knows that being used by God this way is a privilege, and she wants to be a willing instrument of His mission.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16

Like AG, as followers of Christ, let’s tell others about who God is and what He has done for us. No matter how old or young we are, God can use us to fulfill His plan of salvation and redemption—His mission, His heartbeat.

Youth Camps For Summer 2016

Youth Camps For Summer 2016

Youth Summer Camps For 2016Every summer, KIDS Church, the kids ministry of Victory, organizes summer activities for our kids! We aim to train the next generation of leaders to honor God and make disciples through fun activities, Victory groups, summer camps, and games and presentations at our weekend services.

This summer, we invite children ages 3 to 12 to have fun under the sun and enjoy three summer camps that offer fun, fellowship, food, and faith-building activities.

Here’s a quick run through of the camps at Victory Fort:

  • “Me and my Dad Camp” is a special two-day outdoor camping trip for fathers and their kids aged 6 to 9. It will be held from May 6 to 7 at the Clear Water Resort and Country Club in Pampanga. Thrilling games, enjoyable bonding activities, and memorable Bible lessons await the participants of this summer camp. The registration fee is Php1,200 per person.
  • me&mydad2010“Vacation Bible Camp” is an interactive and fun-filled program that offers children aged 4 to 8 the opportunity to discover something new about themselves and their relationship with God and others. It also teaches kids the important values from God’s Word. Taking place from May 11 to 13 at the Every Nation Building, this year’s Vacation Bible Camp is chock-full of engaging games, storytelling, crafts, and meaningful practical lessons. Registration fee is P800 per participant.
  • “Boot Camp”  is an annual retreat for preteens who are ten to thirteen years old. Truly an exciting time of fun,  fellowship, and developing leaders, the camp aims to empower our preteens to provide a positive influence to their peers and communities. Boot Camp takes place from June 2 to 4 at the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park in Cavite. The registration fee is Php4,000 per participant; interested parties may register on or before May 8.

Other Victory congregations throughout Metro Manila may have their own schedules for summer camps, so please contact the KIDS Ministry where you attend, to find out more about their summer camp schedules. We believe that our children are never too young to serve God and be examples to their classmates and friends. Join us at a Victory location nearest you to know more about our KIDS Church summer activities! Gear up for a fun-filled summer ahead!

Never Too Young To Serve God

Never Too Young To Serve God

victory-christian-fellowship-samantha-garcia-soloFor as long as she can remember, nine-year-old Samantha Garcia has attended KIDS Church every Sunday. She started when she was two years old, and that was how she learned about God’s saving love.

“Ate Michelle shared the gospel to me through my ONE 2 ONE,” she shares, referring to her KIDS Church teacher, Michelle Orosa – Ople. Sam also attended Victory group meetings, wherein she met her first mentor, Ate Weng.

“Without my parents, and Ate Weng and Ate Michelle, I would not be here. They taught me to love God,” Sam says.

She knows that God is changing her. Ever since she put God at the center of her life, she realized that she’s kinder to her sister, and more obedient to her parents now.

victory-christian-fellowship-samantha-garcia-group“Sometimes, I ask God to help me not get mad,” she admits.  

At present, she is a volunteer who is part of a praise and worship team for KIDS Church at Victory Greenhills, with teacher Michelle Ramos as her music ministry leader. When she was younger, Sam had already developed a love for singing, a God-given talent that she is now using to bless other people and honor God, despite her age. Through her singing, she hopes to inspire people and bring them closer to God.

Sam is scheduled to undergo Victory Weekend soon, and she is happy and excited to learn more about God in the process. She looks forward to the day that she will also make disciples, which she believes is important, so that more people will know and love God too.victory-christian-fellowship-samantha-garcia-family

 

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Have a discipleship story you’d like to share with us? Please visit http://victory.org.ph//mystory and share what God is doing in your life!

 

Finding Fulfillment in KIDS Church

Finding Fulfillment in KIDS Church

Teacher Michelle teaching kids at Victory Greenhills“I always end up learning something from them,” Michelle Ramos says, when asked what it’s like to disciple children.

Having been part of Victory Greenhills since 2011, Michelle first served in the music team as a singer, until she was invited to observe KIDS Church. As she watched the children that day, she felt a stirring in her heart, and knew God was telling her to surrender her involvement in the music team, so she could put her time and efforts toward KIDS Church. 

Michelle wrestled with the idea. In her mind, she still wanted to sing. Nevertheless, after praying and fasting, God revealed to her his heart for the children and gave her Mark 10:13-14, “And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”  

Then and there, she knew God was stirring up something in her heart for the next generation. “It motivates me knowing that I am part of what is in the very heart of Jesus–to let the children come to him,” she shares.  

AVictory KIDS volunteers enjoy their time togetherfter a few weeks of teaching kids, God surprised her when He gave her the desires of her heart and paved the way for her to be a part of the KIDS worship team.

Despite it being her calling, Michelle faced challenges as she ministered to children, who are naturally very vocal and honest with their opinion.

“There was a time when a kid said “it’s boring” during praise and worship,” she recalls.

Apart from being their worship leader, she also preaches the gospel to the children. For this, she prepared extensively before class, hoping she would keep their attention during huddle time–only to be met with silence when she asked them if they learned anything. Michelle also tried to start a small group for the kids, which fizzled out due to inconsistencies with the schedule. This series of setbacks led her to doubt her calling.

Thankfully, she has mentors whom she can look up to. “They never failed to cast the vision to us KIDS volunteers.”  God continued to work in her heart, and she found herself being comforted that her work is never in vain, even if she couldn’t see the big picture yet. She recently had the opportunity to disciple a young girl, Nicki, which proved to be a fruitful journey for her.

Teacher Michelle and Nicki enjoy learning from each other.Children are naturally inquisitive, and they speak their mind out. This challenged Michelle to dig deeper into God’s Word, so she can answer Nicki’s questions. She also went out of her way to know more about Nicki’s hobbies and favorite things (Shopkins!), so she can share her joy even in the little things. “But the best thing is when you hear straight from her how she acknowledges lordship and salvation. It makes me excited for the next generation!” Michelle shares.

While her job as a KIDS church teacher is crucial in discipling children, she believes that her role takes a step back from the role of the parents. She explains that children catch what they see more often than what they’re taught. The way parents live out their life will make a huge impact in their kids, whether or not they attend KIDS church. Michelle wants to remind parents that discipleship starts at home. It is where children should first learn how to pray and read the Bible.

Michelle envisions an army of young worship leaders, who will rise up and lead the next generation. She’s also believing for more volunteers to step up and disciple kids, so they will also be disciple makers in the future.  The task of reaching out to the next generation is not easy, but it is a responsibility that Michelle has embraced, a calling that she considers a privilege.

Training and Leading the Next Generation

Training and Leading the Next Generation

We are privileged to be partnering with parents in training their children to be leaders of the next generation. Read this testimony from one of our Kids’ Church volunteers and know how God is changing the lives of our kids.

One of our teachers asked a ten-year old boy why no one was fetching him after the service. He told his teacher that he visited Kids’ Church alone and he lives in Fairview. He saves up his daily allowance so he has enough fare to go to our church.

When asked why he kept on coming back, he said, “Kasi po, alam ko (pong) may magandang plano si God sa buhay ko.” He also no longer picks fights with his siblings, among other things.

I’m just amazed with how God has touched the hearts of our kids. I’ve witnessed how much He loves them. I now fully understand why Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

– Sharon, Victory U-Belt

Aside from our weekend services, our Victory locations also hold Kids’ Church services catering to children aged 0-12 years old. Join us at a Victory location nearest you to know more about it!

Gearing up for a Fun Summer!

Gearing up for a Fun Summer!

Our KIDS Ministry aims to train the next generation of leaders to honor God and make disciples. We believe that our children are never too young to serve God and be examples to their classmates and friends.

Every summer, our Victory locations organize summer activities for our kids! Check out the list of our activities here:

  • Me and my Dad Camp is an opportune time for kids aged six to nine years old to spend two days of roughing it with their dads.
  • Vacation Bible Camp teaches our four- to eight-year-olds important values from God’s Word. It will be an exciting three days of craft-making, storytelling, and games!
  • The Boot Camp trains and equips our preteens (10-12 year olds) to be leaders who would be a positive influence among their peers and communities.
The heat is on! Me and my Dad Camp participants enjoy fun, games, and bonding with their families.

Here’s a testimony of one of our participants in our Me and my Dad Camp:

“In the summer of 2011, my second child asked her dad to bring her to Me and My Dad Camp. I was really apprehensive about this because Miko, my husband, openly expressed his disapproval about going to church. By God’s grace, Miko agreed to go with my daughter and everything changed since then. During their first night in camp, my daughter called me and said that God answered her prayers because her dad agreed to go to “big church” with me on Sundays.

Miko has been actively attending church since then. To my kids, this clearly captured the truth that God answers our prayers.

I am blessed that my children know God in a personal level. They’ve grasped that He is very involved in their everyday lives. They are able to pray with so much faith about their concerns. They want to make disciples in their own way. I see the difference in my two small kids who are part of Kids’ Church.

I know that there are more than enough seeds planted in my children’s hearts that will lead them to the life that God planned for them to have. KIDS Church is an answer to my prayer that my kids will grow up to be men and women after God’s own heart.”

– Gladys, Victory Greenhills

Join us at a Victory location nearest you to know more about our KIDS Ministry summer activities! We meet at fifteen venues in Metro Manila and in different provinces across the Philippines. Gear up for an exciting summer with us!