“Yu no save, mi mas i stap insait long haus bilong papa bilong mi”? “Why were you searching for me”, Jesus asked his parents, “Didn’t you know that I had to be in my Father’s house”? Luke 2:49. The occasion was a Evangelical Brotherhood Church Youth Convention organized by the Goroka District. More than 400 students attended the camp at Kasena, Asaro District.
The challenge given to the youths was to be sure that they are in their father’s house. Jesus was only 12 years old but he knew that he must be in his father’s house. Jesus picks up again in chapter 8:20 – 21; his brothers, sisters and mother are those who do listen to the word of God and apply it in their lives, in this particular case, those who were hearing him preach/teach. In chapter 14:26 the gap between his earthly relatives and his heavenly family becomes clear, pretty strong words to emphasis priority to him over our family and relatives.
Here, Jesus draws a clear line on how we should follow him in order to be effective for his ministry. The team praise God for the EBC leadership to arrange a convention to guide the young students at the end of a school year.
Our prayer is that those youths who attended the camp would continue to grow in favor with God and men as Jesus did as a youth 2013 years ago.
The CRMF Jesus video team emphasized that the youth of today face more challenges than previous generations and it is so important to have the right attitude that Jesus had; to be in their father’s house.
The night of the 14thof December 2013 marked the 21st Jesus Video show by CRMF staff members. This is a voluntary effort by staff members who love to share the Good News of Jesus via the video. We know that the Jesus video kit used in the ministry is just a tool for the Holy Spirit to do its work. We trust that the video will make an impact in the lives of some of the youth who came to this year’s camp.
At the end of the video an invitation was given for EBC youth to come to the CRMF Communications base to copy Jesus video, Wara Bilong Laip daily devotional; two students turned up on Tuesday morning with 8GB flash drives. These two did well to find ways to be in their father’s house rather using those flash drives to load something else that would take them away from their father’s house.