InsideOut

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On this section, we will be posting writings/essays solicited from our apostolic youth to inspire others. To start with, we will be posting selected materials from InsideOut with due acknowledgement. InsideOut is an official publication of the General Youth Division of the United Pentecostal Church International.

It is our objective, to have our talented Filipino young people write and share their stories, testimonies, inspiring articles to bless the church, the youth ministry in particular.

We welcome your contribution.  Do share your essay or composition. Send it  to any of the following:

 

Faye Gamayon
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Buds Camora
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Have you ever had someone stare you down? Not even a friendly stare; just a look that makes you feel like you don’t belong. Some would tell me if I just did this or that, not so many people would do that to me, but I disagree.

Some people say my life is dull and not worth living. Honestly, that’s just a matter of opinion because I don’t think so at all. Although it’s had its moments, life has treated me pretty well. I am better off than many Americans, to say the least.

Being different just comes natural to me. All my life, I was raised in a Pentecostal church. Like most Pentecostals, I stand out. At one point, my hair was to my knees before I grew a few inches. I live by all the Pentecostal standards. My life pretty much revolves around church, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being different makes my life very colorful.

The NABQT— the North American Bible Quiz Tournament—is a time where the best Bible quiz teams in the nation meet to compete. This year, it was held in Saint Charles, Missouri, with the fancy title of “Relationship and Revelation,” covering the Book of John for intermediate quizzers and the Book of John, the epistles of John, and Revelation for experienced quizzers.

Many times, Bible quizzers think of the NABQT as a time to meet other Bible quizzers and make new friendships that will last rather than the competitive tournament their coaches know it is. As a Bible quizzer myself, I know the fellowship is often more entertaining than the quizzing itself. When one quizzer was asked about the first word they think of relating to nationals, the answer was “fun.” Fun, I think, is something many non-quizzers don’t realize happens at the national competition. The fellowship and interaction with other quizzers is fun, yes, but even learning God’s Word and using it to glorify God in a quiz is fun.

As odd as it sounds to say it, winning is not everything in this ministry. Is it exciting? Yes. Does it make you feel accomplished to win? Yes. However, the more you win, the less time you have to do anything other than Bible quiz. Many times, Bible quizzers will get together and hang out late into the night in a hotel lobby if they don’t have to quiz the next morning. I know many of my friendships I have made have been at one of those night hangouts, where quizzers can relax and be themselves around each other instead of the courteous, “we’re-about-to-quiz-each-other” face we put up. Don’t get me wrong; winning is not a bad thing, Yes, you get a trophy, but sometimes you miss out on an opportunity to meet the wonderful members of the Bible quizzing community.