Student leaders seek righteousness and humility

1 10 2012

BAU – From 15-17 September, 65 student leaders from 10 schools under the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS), namely Kolej Abdillah, SMK Balai Ringin, SMK Jalan Arang, SMK Lake, SMK Penrissen No. 1, SMK Serian, SMK St Joseph, SMK St Teresa, SMK Sg. Tapang and SMK Tebakang gather at Catholic Memorial Pilgrimage Centre (CMPC) Mt Singai, Bau for a 3-day 2-night annual Leadership Formation Camp (LFC). The theme this year was “Seek Righteousness, Seek Humility”, with Bible verse adapted from Zephaniah 2:3.

Following the YCS Methodology of SEE-JUDGE-ACT, students were guided to SEE the reality of being a Christian leader, JUDGE leadership qualities and values, and ACT as leaders in their own school cells. Sessions were facilitated by the Student Animators with short inputs and group activities, under the care of Kuching Archdiocesan Commission for Youth (KAYC) Youth Coordinators Lucy Gumek and Monica Lisa. Aside from sessions, the students were introduced to Taize prayer and Praise and Worship session, and they were involved in respective camp committees to ensure smooth-flow of the camp program. Sunday Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr Felix Au, which was joined by some local parishioners.

The overall conclusion from the camp is that being a Christian leader requires great listening, humility and patience to journey with fellow members or followers. The ultimate model of a leader is still Jesus, as portrayed in the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35).

Testimonies:

Saya mendapat pelbagai pengetahuan tentang sejarah YCS dan mendalami agama Kristian Katolik. Malah, saya semakin sedar betapa mulianya kasih dan pengorbanan Tuhan Yesus kepada kita semua. Puji Tuhan! Alleluia! Amen! – Roselinda Tiam, 16, SMK Tebakang

Saya menyertai kem ini kerana ingin memperbaiki lagi kepimpinan saya. Sepanjang kem ini, banyak pengalalman menarik yang saya dapat, seperti mengenali ramai kawan baru daripada pelbagai sekolah dan mempelajari bahawa sebagai seorang ketua, saya harus menjadi seorang pendengar yang baik, tidak melakukan sesuatu secara terburu-buru, merendah diri, percaya kepada rakan saya, bertoleransi dan sebagainya. Semua ini akan saya kongsikan kepada rakan-rakan saya yang lain. – Jopinna ak William, 16, SMK Serian

During this camp, I learnt more about leadership skills. Before this, I have no confidence to handle our YCS gatherings. Now, I know how to handle it in the proper way and be confident. From Luke 24:13-35, I learnt how to be a good leader as the qualities of leadership come from Jesus Christ. – Anna Bella, 16, Kolej Abdillah

Untuk menjadi ketua, kita haruslah bersabar dan merendah diri, mendengar pendapat dan mempercayai rakan. Best camp ever! – Amyline, 16, SMK Penrissen No. 1

Saya berasa gembira kerana banyak mempelajari perkara yang baru yang tidak pernah dilakukan. Kem ini mengajar saya mengenali Tuhan dengan lebih mendalam dan memperbaiki kelemahan saya. Saya akan lebih yakin lagi untuk menjadi seorang pemimpin yang lebih berani dan berdedikasi seperti Tuhan. – Maritha Peter, 18, SMK Balai Ringin

During this camp, I have learnt so much about leadership. There are many unexpected qualities that a leader should have that I didn’t know about. I hope to share the things I have learnt during this camp to the people around me and my school mates. – Roffina Rane, 16, SMK St Teresa

Melalui kem ini, saya telah belajar bagaimana menjadi seorang leader yang baik. Through this camp, I also met new and old friends. It is not easy being a leader without giving and gaining trust from group members. A good leader is a good LISTENER, and HUMBLE. – Santoniya Ranes, 16, SMK Lake

During this 3-day camp, I have learnt a lot on what it takes to be a leader, mainly the YCS methodology of SEE-JUDGE-ACT. This review of life serves great importance especially when handling situations in life and being a good leader. On top of that, I made really great new friends and I am really blessed to be chosen to attend this camp! God bless! – Samuel Law, 16, SMK St Joseph

Saya sangat enjoy menyertai kem ini. Kalau berpeluang, saya ingin menyertai kem seperti ini lagi. Rasa tidak mahu balik saja.. I miss Team 4! – Flora ak Henry, 17, SMK Sg Tapang

I have learnt to be alert and not lazy, to trust my friends or teammates, and that action must be carried out to create changes and not mere talk. I also made many new friends! – Gregory Chin, 16, SMK Arang Road