In the past decade, starting around 2006, a lot of Social Media sites started breaking into the mainstream. Blogs, Facebook, photo-sharing, and video-sharing sites started attracting hundreds of thousands and millions of users around the world.
As expected, young people led the way in adapting and finding various uses of these technologies. Some built blogs that earned the money, some started building their online following, and observers around the world were fascinated with the immense possibilities that these new media technologies represented.
Before long, these technologies were used for writing and airing personal opinions, on religion, politics, business, and other less controversial topics.
Looking back from 2018, these technologies definitely provided a venue for young people’s voices to be heard.
This article was originally published at The Filipino Magazine. As a church, we are good at in ministering to and educating children through Sunday School, Vacation Bible Church, Children’s camps, and many other ministries. When these children enter puberty and
Right before the Christmas vacation of 1993, my father, who was assigned as the Pastor of Roxas UMC at the North Central Philippines Annual Conference, told me to attend this gathering of church youth. I was 11 then, one year
In my line of work (youth and young adult ministry), we often talk about the age range of youth and young adults. It varies in different places around the world. With our church in the Philippines, the age for youth
I served as the National President of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship in the Philippines between June 2006 to May 2008. It was a great experience and helped me develop into the person and leader I am today. On November
Long time ago, The United Methodist Church in the Philippines had a monthly publication called The Filipino Methodist. It was a newsletter printed on newsprint and sent to subscribers by mail. It folded in 2010 after being in existence since 1969.
In the age before the Internet, the Filipino Methodist newsletter was the main way for Filipino Methodists to read about ministry news and features from all over the Philippines. Because of the increasing costs of printing and sustainability issues, it had to shut down.
But now, 7 years after it folded, the Filipino Methodist is back as a magazine. Kudos to Tita Phebe G. Crismo, publisher, Kuya Fort Nicolas, editor, and their team for working hard to bring this publication back.
Since we moved to the USA in 2015, I’ve been thinking of advancing my education in my chosen field–youth work. After some consideration, I decided not to pursue youth ministry, but instead pursue a Master’s degree in Youth Development. I only discovered this program when I did a Google search about educational opportunities related to youth work.
As United Methodist, I am looking forward to the Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC), which will be held on July 18-22, 2018 at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This is the largest, most extensive gathering of United Methodist youth and young adult leaders from all over the world. We are expecting between 300-400 delegates. Here’s the purpose of the GYPC from the Young People’s Ministries website.
Celebrating the mission and vitality of young people in the United Methodist Church
Raising the joys and concerns of young people from the global community
Developing young people as leaders for effective ministry in local churches and communities of faith
Highlighting emerging trends in youth and young adult ministry
Providing a common forum that embraces the global reality of the church.
#80Days80K Fundraising Campaign
To ensure that all the regions of the church are represented, we are raising funds for GYPC scholarships. I am participating in the #80Days80K fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $80,000 within 80 days! I know it’s challenging, but with the support of United Methodists around the world, we can do this.
Here’s what I am doing to help support this campaign:
I will ride my bike for 800 kilometers. I am hoping to raise $1,600 (PhP 80,000). This means that each kilometer is worth $2 or PhP 100 (Philippine Pesos).
I love listening to podcasts. They help me learn new things about our world and they also entertain me some. Read my post on how to subscribe to podcasts if you have not done so yet.
Here’s a list of the podcasts from the Philippines, or by Filipinos that I listen to. I provide a sentence of two of what I like about them and links to some of the best episodes I have listened to.
I had a podcast back in 2014 and it ran until I moved to the United States in early 2015. There were only a handful of us, independent podcasters. Sure, there are several radio programs made available as podcasts such as “Good Times with Mo,” and some Love Radio programs. But I am glad that there are more and more podcasts that came out since 2015. Here’s a list of the home grown podcasts that I listen to.
Podcasts are an awesome way to learn and be entertained. They could keep you company on a long drive, or when you’re stuck in traffic. They could also keep you entertained and laughing by yourself (though I wouldn’t recommend that when you’re in a public place.)