Campus leaders go for training

“So let us not become tired of doing good, for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest” Galatians 6:9 was the theme of the Malacca-Johore Catholics on Campus’ (MJCC) Leaders In Training (LIT) Camp that was held from September 14 to 16 at MAJODI Centre.

Oct 12, 2018

By Maegan Fletcher
“So let us not become tired of doing good, for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest” Galatians 6:9 was the theme of the Malacca-Johore Catholics on Campus’ (MJCC) Leaders In Training (LIT) Camp that was held from September 14 to 16 at MAJODI Centre. Eight Catholic Students’ Society (CSS) and Christian Fellowship (CF) groups namely BASIC, CHRIST, GIFT, MCG, ROCK, FLY, EPIC, and FIRE each sent committee representatives that tallied up to 66 participants in total.

It kicked off with Ice Breakers, followed by a Praise and Worship session. Sister Shanti then gave a talk titled ‘Why Am I Here?’ to better understand our purpose of being present there. The night ended with High Low God moments among group members, over supper.

With the aim of providing a holistic experience and formation for the leaders, four specific elements were focused on throughout the camp namely, the Human Formation and elements on Intellectual, Faith and Pastoral.

I am who I am was the basis of Sr Shanti’s second Session. She said the journey of finding yourself will lead you to God. “If I find myself, I will find God.” She also creatively grouped us into four groups of animals – buffalo (Luke – Sacrifice), fish (Matthew – Jesus Incarnation), eagle (John – Logos from above) and lion (Mark – Christ the king), each representing diverse personalities to recognise our leadership styles.

Uncle Henry, on the other hand, taught us about paradigm shifts – self-awareness. Our world views are easily influenced – if it changes, so does our decision. “The key is not to prioritise your schedule but to schedule your priorities” – Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He also touched on checkbook balancing. Just as we should balance our expenditure, we should also balance our worldly activities and our spiritual life.

Moving on, Faith Formation by His Lordship Bishop Bernard, followed by a Healing Session, touched our souls. “I had a strong feeling from Him after the Healing Session,” said Bosco from MCG, “He wants me to find my way back to Him, to experience His love and joy once more.” “God walks with us (Emmanuel)” reminded Bishop Bernard. “Genuine faith brings us closer to one another” — despite coming from different walks of life.

 Furthermore, Matthew Wee stated that though we may feel pain at the start of our life long journey to Heaven, we must persevere and push through because the pain will not last but the fruits of our efforts will be sweet.

“We were not made for comfort, we were made for greatness” is a quote Daryl lives by and wishes for us to bear in mind as well. He also (re)introduced the Discipleship Roadmap and the Spiritual Multiplication Depth Chart to help us better recognise where we stand in our spiritual life.

The three days two nights camp gave the participants from all CSS and CF a platform to get together to strengthen their bonds with each other which is not offered elsewhere.

The camp also allowed for Games and Siesta so the participants wouldn’t feel the weight of all this corporal work on their shoulders. “As a leader, it is not always going to be just work, work, and work,” said Natalie Rachel from BASIC.

Participants allowed the Holy Spirit to work with and through each and every one of them to make the camp a success. “Even though this will be my last time joining LIT, I look forward to having more camps as fun and exciting as this for future leaders,” said Eva Glenn from EPIC. “This camp succeeded in uniting all our brothers and sisters in Christ and acted as a platform to empower us not just in leadership but also aided in helping us to grow in the faith together,” commented President of the MJCC Committee, Joe Baxter.

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