The 3rd World Conference on Youth and Community Service (WCYCS) has officially started.
Note: I have now moved to a group which is composed of the youth "staff" of the conference. We have the musicians, production stage managers, and others. (will show in pictures later)
Monday: July 8
After getting in really late the previous night, were instructed to be ready to be picked up by 10am so that we could be brought back to St Georges. I had quite an adventure discovering just how BIG the University of Pretoria really was (and this was just because I sort of "got lost" in trying to find my way back to the gym).
We rehearsed that day, and to make the story of the LOOONG day short, we got to the Opening Ceremony... had a parade of flags (and the Philippines' which had only an IPAD... courtesy of Pastor Bong Fiedacan) had the numerous speeches.... had a mini concert from the SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR (not SDA) ... and a performance from a "stomp-like" group... and finally we got to sing our 2 songs... then we heard from Pastor David Asscherick who expounded on the "table of truths" we have as Adventists, but gave a new meaning to the statement definition that the apostle John gave... that... GOD IS LOVE.
Getting back to the university was pretty adventurous... and our group thought we had a special bus to take us home... instead we had to fight our way through the 1600 people who were supposed to go to the UP that night. I ended up riding in the last a bus... with only 8 people.
All in all, it was a confusing day... I hope that tomorrow will be better (apparently, we're supposed to be picked up by 6:30am tomorrow).
It doesn't matter how it started... but this day truly marks the beginning of the REAL Impact South Africa...
The day started very early but one could feel that things would be done very differently today.
Got to the UP cafeteria at 6:10am... had to line up... got food only to be told that we had to leave in 5 min...
Got to St Georges.... hang out at the lounge coz it was too early for sound check... met Annie Lust... discovered that Nicola and Marcel Weiland was a common friend with Simone Thiel (our flutist from Germany)...
Sang for the morning devotional... then went to breakfast with Arnolds Arins where we met Auntie Cherry Negre...she was very nice to take us to Pick n Pay when we told her we needed to buy some stuff...
Manned the AIIAS booth that morning... had rehearals at 12:30-2:00pm... attended 2 sessions that afternoon... then headed back to the Marble Arch (main auditorium) for sound check.
That night... I felt and saw the Spirit of the Lord move through the auditorium of more than a thousand youth leaders... and the sight brought me to tears... and I praise You Lord for allowing me to be able to personally witness it.
Allelujah! Allelujah! For the Lord God Almighty rains...Holy.... Holy.... are You, Lord God Almighty... Worthy is the Lamb... Amen.
David Assherick reminded us tonight that " Love is NOT what you can GET... but what you can GIVE". And THAT should be the CONSTANT on the TABLE of TRUTH.
Am back at UP... and I can still hear some people singing "Worthy is the Lamb" here in the dorm.
Lord, let this spirit permeate through the next couple of days... and Impact a generation that will finish the work You have commissioned them to do.