"Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them.’" Ecclesiastes 12:1
For the first time in the Philippines, Open Doors organized one big Shockwave event last March 1, 2013 in Grace of Life City Church International in Batasan Hills, Quezon City. Attended by 200 youths from different churches, groups and denominations, the Filipino youth was able to join the world in making waves of prayer for the persecuted church!
This year’s theme focused on the plight of our brothers and sisters in Christ living in restriction for following Jesus in China and Nigeria. China, dropping significantly in the 2013 World Watch List at #37 from being #21 last year, gives more and more freedom to the church, but still has tight control in some areas. Nigeria, still at the #13 spot for 2 years now since 2011, experiences more and more violence especially in the northern part of the country. Through Shockwave 2013, Open Doors gave updates and specific prayer points and led the youth in intercession for these nations.
Shockwave 2013 also launched the newest member and ministry of Open Doors Philippines- the Open Doors Youth Philippines or ODYP! Shockwave 2013 was their first project and hopes to organize more activities for the youth like fun runs, concerts, sports events and many others, all to raise awareness, prayer and funds for the persecuted church. The attendees were challenged to be part of ODYP, regardless of church affliation, denomination and group.
Here are some testimonies that night:
"...I am inspired by them on how they fight for their faith." -Anjanine, GO-Life
"My role is to be an advocate for the persecuted. My desire is to share to other Filipino youth the plight of our persecuted brethren in the world." -Frances, Higher Rock Christian Church
"I feel challenged, and thank God for the freedom He gave me..." -Elvira, FFBC
"(My role is) to help in mobilizing the youth for prayer and unity for persecuted Christians..." -Ptr Jasper, NAC Youth Pastor
"I learned...that I don't exercise my freedom I found in Christ." -Holijah, CCC
"I learned that my prayer is powerful and heard by the Lord..." -Grace, KKSJ
"...I was reminded that I can be part with other youth all around the world through praying for them. Praise God!" -Raphaelli, FFBC
Hope to see more youth next year for Shockwave 2014, as we create waves of prayer here in the Philippines, to reach the persecuted church worldwide!
Thank you very much for your prayers!
Grace of Life City Church International-Uprising Generation
Central Missionary Baptist Church (CMBC)
Cornerstone Community Baptist Church (CCBC)
Fairview Fundamental Baptist Church (FFBC)
Fairview Baptist Academy (FBA)
Peace International Community Church (PICC)
Kapatirang Kristiano sa San Juan (KKSJ)-Living Stones Youth Fellowship
Cornerstone Bible Christian Fellowship
One Heart Gospel Church International
Capital City Alliance Church
Thanks too for those who got our Shockwave 2013 DVD:
God's Grace Community Covenant Church
Proclaim His Name Christian Fellowship
Novaliches Alliance Church
San Juan Bible Church
Berean Gospel Church of Quezon City
Calvary Christian Fellowship
Fairview Christian Fellowship-One Wave
Capitol City Baptist Church
The Lord's Church
Jesus Flock Academy
Philippine Christian Bookstore (PCBS)
Xaris Faith Bible Church
Guiding Light Christian Church
Small World Christian School
HOPE Christian Academy
St. Stephen's Highschool
Balut Christian Church
Special thanks to TOOTH SOLUTIONS DHS and KRIS & STACY! Please like their Facebook pages, and ours too: OPEN DOORS YOUTH PHILIPPINES!
Looking for a unique YOUTH ACTIVITY every March as you plan your yearly acitivites? Have your own SHOCKWAVE! Email us at email@example.com or SMS +63908-1707843.
How to do SHOCKWAVE:
1. Mobilize your youth group on the first Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday of March.
2. Pray through our Shockwave Inter-active DVD where you can watch and play videos, read and share stories, and many more suggested activities on how you can do Shockwave. Contact us to get this one for free!
3. Give us a feedback! How has the Lord used Shockwave to bless or challenge your youth group?
Questions! Contact us so we can assist you!
About Open Doors Youth Philippines (ODYP)
OPEN DOORS YOUTH PHILS IS A movement responding to the cry of the persecuted church. WE ARE a voice that tells their story, a group of walking billboards that unashamedly stand up for those who suffer. WE OFFER OUR TALENTS AND GIFTS TO GOD AND TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO NEED OUR HELP. WE ARE ORDINARY YOUNG ADULTS, SOME OF US ARE WORKING, WHILE SOME OF US ARE IN COLLEGE, having RESPONSIBILITIES too in our CHURCHES but also helping OPEN DOORS AS A GROUP in fulfilling the casue of THEIR MISSION.
WE AT OPEN DOORS YOUTH Phils long to see our persecuted family being supported by YOU, the young people OR THE YOUNG ADULTS, THE NEXT GENERATION – as part of one body carrying a message of love, hope, faith, forgiveness, suffering and grace to the world.
We aim to initiate a youth movement which empowers young people to identify with, and make a biblical response to the persecution of Christians worldwide.
Our focus is to impact a generation who:
SERVE the Persecuted Church
1 John 13:35
STAND with the Christians who are suffering for their faith
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
STRENGTHEN those who are going through difficulties because of their faith and at the same time our own faith are being strengthened.
SEND resources, support and prayers
1 John 3:16-18
SHAPE a generation of people who are one in Christ
Visit Open Doors Youth at: http://www.odshockwave.org/