Close contact weekend with Jesus

KAMI Kudus (English) was held from June 11 to 12 at MBS Recreation & Training Centre with the theme “A Close Contact Weekend with Jesus Christ.”

Jul 01, 2022

The English speaking youth with Frs Simon Lau and Michel Dass.

By Leah Lopez and Sabrina Smith
KAMI Kudus (English) was held from June 11 to 12 at MBS Recreation & Training Centre with the theme “A Close Contact Weekend with Jesus Christ.” This weekend renewal programme, hosted by ASAYO Kuala Lumpur, saw about 90 participants from all over the Archdiocese. The purpose of the programme was to have an opportunity for a renewed encounter with Jesus and also to provide space for connecting with friends and the community. Ultimately, they were there wanting an experience of faith with their peers, wanting to explore their desire to serve and be in ministry and also wanting to be potential and future leaders.

Following a brief keynote address, participants were led to a variety of outdoor activities. Each activity taught a lesson, making it not only entertaining but also eye-opening. My favourite takeaway from the games was the importance of being a proactive follower of Christ, rather than a passive one.

Later that night, there was a repentance and conversion session during which participants were invited to repent of their sinful ways and be open to receiving Jesus into their lives. Fr Simon Lau, who led this healing session, used the analogy of a house and how we should not confine Jesus to one room but, rather, allow Jesus to roam freely throughout the house. The house represents our lives, and we must allow Jesus into every room to see the full effects of His marvellous works in our lives.

The following morning, the participants gathered in groups to share their prayer requests and pray for one another. It was a beautiful time that allowed the new friendships formed that weekend to be strengthened through the power of prayer.

On Sunday, the two sessions were centred around the Holy Spirit, specifically baptism in the Holy Spirit and how to live a life in the Spirit. During one of the sessions, we were reminded that we are sent out into the world wearing God’s Armour: the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Gospel of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit. Putting on the full armour of God entails applying the whole Gospel to your entire life.

The two-day programme concluded with the celebration of Holy Mass by Fr Simon, concelebrated by Fr Michel Dass. It was the perfect ending to the weekend, as it was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity and fit perfectly with the theme KAMI Kudus.

In a nutshell, there was so much to take, even though the time was limited. To actually see many young people physically after two years was indeed a blessing! They may have their own struggles and differences but coming together as brothers and sisters in Christ and seeing God present in each and every one of them was just so overwhelming.

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