Because I Love

 

I aim to do my best for God in my God‐given capacity.

 

Not because I am the best at what I do,
Not because I am the worst and pity is taken on me, Nor because I want to prove a point,
I aim to do my best because I Love God,
I aim to do my best because I Love His Son Jesus Christ,
I aim to do my best because I Love the Holy Spirit,
I aim to do my best because I Love the youth and adults I am called to minister to.
I believe that as I surrender to the Holy Trinity, I will be used to bless the people I Love and reap a reward at the end for doing my best and playing my part.
I Love the LORD,
I Love the people,
I Love the work.
‘I Do’ because ‘I Love’.

You and Me Report


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You and ME | True Love Never Dies

Held on the 18th February 2012

At Apostolic Faith Mission Bexley Hall

4PM

Organised by Apostolic Faith UK Youths

 

Event Rationale

The nature of many families in this environment spurred the Youths to organise a dinner to re-ignite the flame of love among our couples. And with the Valentine’s Day, we thought to show our love an appreciation to our parents by organising this love-filled event.

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Event Structure

  • A mock-tail of special drinks started the event
  • Couples were made to hold their spouse while entering the hall
  • Husbands were given flowers which were presented to their wives; raffle tickets were presented to each couple
  • Couples had photo booth sessions
  • Games kicked off after the opening prayer was offered by an attendee
    • Who is my Spouse? – The couples worked together to fill in the sheet given to them. Time 3 – 4mins. The questions were bible couples.
    • How well do I know my Spouse? – Two random table numbers were picked and a spouse from each couple was asked to leave the hall. The others left were asked questions about their spouse.
    • Who Rules? – Blind fold selected couples. They were given 2-battens, 1-blue, 1-red. Questions were asked and they had to think which one of them it applied too.
    • They had a delicious meal of special rice dishes. It was a three course meal
    • After dinner, they were made to hold hands and look at each other for two minutes to remind them of intimate moments that could be shared
    • The five love languages was shared
    • Biblical verses shared were Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Ephesians 5:21-23, 25, 28, John 15:9-11
    • A short video of the young people wishing their parents a Happy valentine’s day was played; the smiles on their faces told the story of their hearts
    • Gifts were given from us to the couples and two Couples won the raffle; they were given very special gifts with the five love languages book included.
    • It ended with Prayer and appreciation from the Pastor, Rev. Isaac Adigun and many more thank yous from couples to the young people

 

Gratitude

We are most grateful to God for such a great turn up and success of the program. We look forward to better days and also to our future homes.

Sharpened Tools – 1 May

Sharpened Tools

“If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” – Ecclesiastes 10:10

It was a beautiful fall day, and my father and I were working on the construction of some farm buildings in southern Oregon. We usually had our saws sharpened in town, but this day a man came by and gave us an offer that we could not pass up. After he left, all of our saws were freshly sharpened and we were encouraged that someone would be so accommodating as to come to the jobsite and sharpen our tools.

However, it did not take us long to realize that what we had thought was a good deal was actually a bad one. All of the saws were sharpened, but without any set in the teeth. As we tried to draw the saws through boards, they would bind up, making the use of the saws an effort in futility. It took all of our strength just to saw one board. The next day, we took our saws to town and had them sharpened again, and you can be sure there was a set in the saw teeth!

Our focus verse speaks of the importance of having tools with the right edges for particular tasks. If a tool is not properly sharpened, the workman has to use great strength to accomplish an easy job. With a little wisdom, however, he will simply sharpen the tool correctly and save himself much labor.

Just as a saw must have the proper edge to work efficiently, so our conversations must also be “sharpened” for God’s use. When we speak to others about the Gospel, it is better to say five words that are meaningful and convicting than ten thousand words which are empty and not understood. A great deal of effort would go into those ten thousand words, yet the result has almost no effect. Conversely, a Spirit-led conversation will administer grace to the hearer, no matter how few words are spoken. And those listening will only have to remember a few words!

We do not want to leave people with the impression of just wordy explanations for our faith. Rather, we want our lives and conversations to be governed by wisdom and understanding, and our words to be Spirit-anointed, so that the words we speak can be effective for the Lord’s work.

Father, Thank You for the prayer of the Psalmist that can be a model for us all: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight” (Psalm 19:14). Amen.