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Monday, March 22, 2010

Conference Report

National Children's Leaders/Workers & Parenting Conference Report
17 - 20 March 2010 ( Wednesday - Saturday ) at Dream Centre

This was a great conference, able to stick with most of the workshop I was initially chose to attend, the only one I made changes was because they had made a printing mistake on Workshop 32 "Puppets 4 ( Understanding the Preschoolers), the moment I walked into the hall, Mrs Jane Koh made her clarification by saying this is only for those who are interested on preschooler not puppets, therefore I quickly went and look for a workshop I can replace with this, hence I was in Pastor Andy Loh workshop titled "Go! (Outreach)" on Friday morning session.

Workshops I attended are:
  1. Mentoring the Internet Generation Online & Offline (MIGO2) Session 1, 2 and 3, shared by Pastor Daniel Tan from SIBKL, these 3 workshops were on the first day.
  2. Go! (Outreach) Shared by Pastor Andy Loh, a youth pastor from SIBKL.
  3. Writing Clown Material/Skits, shared by Pastor Randy Christensen, a children pastor from U.S.
  4. The Joy of the Lord, Shared by Pastor Randy Christensen.
  5. Writing Kid-relevant Sermons, shared b Pastor Randy Christensen.
Mentoring the Internet Generation Online & Offline (MIGO2)
Shared by Pastor Daniel Tan and his comrade Keith, a professional gamer, Keith shared with us many of the useful information that kids and adult nowadays get hooked with, and as a professional gamer, he found that there is nothing wrong with gaming, as long as we have a good character and right attitude towards internet and gaming, he unlocks the myth we have had over playing violent video games will make the person becomes violence in nature, instead, he said most of the kids behave violent and aggressive due to their family background and brought up. There are many reasons lie behind when a kid get addicted to internet, the main issue is not on the internet and games.

Parent have to start discipline, tuning their behavior and character while kids are still young, setting boundaries; and it is challenging to parent in the real world when most of our children's time is spent in the virtual world. We may not be equipped to deal with issues such as excessive gaming, Internet pornography, cyber-bullying, and Internet relationships. Yet as parents, we still hold the keys to help our children develop in the Internet age. We have the life experiences and strong values to guide our hildren to make sound decisions on the Internet that will benefit them for life. We just have to find ways to "bridge the technology gap" in order to influence our children.

Go! (Outreach)

Shared by Pastor Andy Loh. I was encouraged by their team, bring love to the world, teaching kids a life long lesson, teaching them the right values, enhancing their knowledge, as well as building up their character, good job to the servant of our Almighty Lord. Equip ourselves with The Armor of God, belt of Truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, helmet of Salvation, and sword of the Spirit (God's word), to go forth and bring blessings to the world, to the unreached!

Writing Clown Material/Skits and Writing Kid-relevant Sermons

Both workshops given by Pastor Randy, I am now have a better idea and clear steps on writing skits, and kid-relevant sermons, these are all my beginning, a good beginning, will press on and work on the gifts that God has given to me!

Joy of the Lord
Also shared by Pastor Randy, a new perspective over Jesus' teaching, creative and funny. God wants us to be joyful as he is, God wants us to serve, to eat, to share, to dance, to walk, to work, to do everything with the joy of the Lord, a very good faith lifting workshop.

Beside these workshops, we had 1 1/2 hour plenary on every morning, shared by Pastor Nancy, Pastor Andy and Pastor Nicholas for each. Some interesting insights, I believe all of us enjoy the time with Pastor Nicholas especially.

Not to forget to mention, the food and drink were sufficient for us and they were delicious, they have done a very good job from registration to stage performances, great job to them. I have no complains. They are well done.

Unless the LORD builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchmen stand guard in vain.
Psalm 127:1

Praise be with the Lord.

Jane Lee

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