Victory U-Belt http://www.victoryubelt.org Every Nation. Every Campus. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:35:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3Every Nation. Every Campus. Victory U-Belt no Every Nation. Every Campus. Victory U-Belt http://www.victoryubelt.org/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpghttp://www.victoryubelt.org (Storyboard) April Victory Weekendhttp://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/storyboard-april-victory-weekend/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/storyboard-april-victory-weekend/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:38:32 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2312 Not all stories are told by words alone.

Storyboard is our attempt to tell a story in 7 pictures. Can you describe ‘the story’ of this month’s Victory Weekend through the pictures below?0 1 2 3 4 5 6

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Lifebox Leaders Camphttp://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/lifebox-leaders-camp/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/lifebox-leaders-camp/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:38:31 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2328 caliraya post

Summer is the perfect time to prepare students to gear up and have a vision for their campuses.

Six hundred pumped-up participants are all set to take part in this year’s Lifebox U-Belt Leaders Camp at the Caliraya Resort Club Inc. in Laguna from May 30-June 1.

The biennial Leaders Camp is Lifebox U-Belt’s three-day out-of-town camp held for student leaders, with the sole purpose of equipping them as they prepare for the upcoming school year with a bang.

The official hashtag for this year’s camp is #LeadersCamp2014.

With hundreds of thousands of students trooping back to their respective campuses each year, nothing fires up the hearts of Lifebox than to see young people get trained and mobilized to disciple the next generation of world changers in the University Belt.

The camp is the perfect avenue to see students and campus ministers from various campuses band together and rally behind one solid vision.

Led by OJ Mendoza, one of Lifebox U-Belt’s campus ministers, this year’s Leaders Camp has a unique setup as we see campus staff will work side by side with student volunteers, easily living out the theme for this year’s Camp: “Leadership Development”. 

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This year’s theme centers on the iLead principle where leaders have been identified. Campus ministers share the vision and give the platform for the volunteers to lead, while imparting principles on serving and excellence.

In fact, the process of training and raising the next generation of leaders has been rolled out recently.

At the core of Leadership Development is the vision of not just thinking of their own generation, but also do something that would “outlast” themselves by means of being a generational thinker. This gives students and campus ministers the opportunity to work together in reaching more students through the Gospel, grow together and even learn from one another as they see God move.

Part of forging a strong bond among the student leaders/ volunteers and the campus ministers are various activities like team building, games, fellowship, among others.

Participants for this year’s Leaders Camp will also have a corporate time of prayer and worship as well as sessions with various speakers whose hearts are completely sold out in seeing more  young people transformed through the power of the gospel.

Topics for this year’s camp include Leadership Development, Living a Life of Generosity and Compassion for the Lost. 

At the end of the camp, there is a high hope for more leaders to be excited and expectant of a greater harvest to be discipled when the school year starts. There is hope for students to rise up to leadership, pass on the DNA, see but also share the value of campus ministry, pass on the baton, empower leaders to empower others, live a life of generosity and have compassion for the lost, and never losing sight of the next generation and generations to come.

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Young World Changershttp://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/young-world-changers/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/young-world-changers/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:38:28 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2338 Young World Changers

Kids are never too young to make a difference.

At the age of 9, Dylan Mahalingam became one of the founders of Lil’ MDGs, an organization that seeks to use the Internet as a means to engage and to familiarize kids with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. His organization was able to mobilize millions of dollars and thousands of volunteers for relief efforts across the globe. He also became one of the United Nations’ youth speakers.

On the other hand, at the age of 8, Ryzza Mae Dizon a.k.a. Aleng Maliit entertained and captured the hearts of the Filipino masses all over the nation. She was able to host her own show, star in several movies, and even appear on billboard advertisements at such a tender age.

Her animated behavior and antics brought laughter and smiles to people from Batanes to Jolo. Today, Ryzza Mae is one of the Philippines’ most famous personalities.

Dylan and Ryzza are just two examples of kids who have influenced society at a very young age.

Kids have the capacity to change the world. They can set an example for others to follow. This is one of the reasons why we believe that it is not too early to disciple kids. Kids do not have to wait until they are in their teens or even older to know God, grow spiritually and even share the Gospel.

At Victory, the primary avenue for discipleship is through what we call the Victory Group. It is where God-honoring and meaningful relationships are developed. A Victory Group usually meets every week to discuss God’s Word and pray. There are Victory Groups specifically designed for kids.

In these particular Victory Groups, kids are able to grow in their love and relationship with God and with other kids. They are being trained to honor God and make disciples at a young age. They are also being equipped to make a difference in this generation and the next.

Cheska, one of the hundreds of kids who are currently part of a Victory Group at Victory U-Belt, is also making a difference at the age of 11. Blessed by God with a strong inclination in Science, Cheska had the opportunity to represent her school in the regional level of a science quiz bee.

Cheska also wrote two articles for Junior Inquirer.

Despite the achievements she reached at her age, she humbly gave all the glory to God.

In fact, in a letter Cheska wrote to her Kids Church teachers, which included her Victory Group leader, she expressed her gratitude towards those who discipled her, acknowledging that God deserves the glory.

Truth is, discipleship is not just for adults. But it is for kids, too.

There is no minimum age requirement in honoring and knowing God. Being young is not an excuse to be exempted from discipleship. God wants kids to know Him and understand how much He loves them. Kids can be used by God as channels of blessing to their families, friends, classmates, teachers and more.

As the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 4:12,

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

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(Video) Easter Sunday Teaserhttp://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/video-easter-sunday-teaser/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/video-easter-sunday-teaser/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:08:25 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2359

Find out where the King has gone as we celebrate Easter this Sunday in our 9am, 11am, 3pm & 5pm services. Invite your family and friends!

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Welcome To Our Victory U-Belt Websitehttp://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/welcome-to-our-victory-u-belt-website/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/welcome-to-our-victory-u-belt-website/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:01:04 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2222 welcome

As Victory celebrates its 30th year, it is an opportune time to launch the website, so that YOU can continually be a part of what’s happening in Victory U-Belt.

The first Victory church was birthed in 1984 right at the heart of Manila’s University Belt. Victory started as a church in U-Belt, with 120 full-time students, mostly from the provinces. A lot of “church experts” said it was not the most strategic move to start a church.

Thirty years later, from 120 students, Victory has grown to around 70,000 people in Metro Manila alone, meeting in 15 different locations. Overall, there are now with 9,064 victory group leaders. Victory churches were planted in 59 cities/provinces across the country. Filipino cross-cultural missionaries were sent out to over 73 nations. 230 campus missionaries were sent in 800 campuses nationwide. For everything, there was no one worthy of the credit other than God, who made all things grow. (1Corinthians 3:6-7)

Here’s to 30 years of responding to God’s calling to the campus, and to the next 30 years of doing the same. This is who we are. This is Victory U-Belt. To quote from Pastor Steve Murrell’s book, 100 Years From Now:

“..some way, some how, we must reach students with the Gospel. Woe to us if we don’t.”

We’re hoping that this website would connect the campus & young people to YOU – whether you are overseas, at home, or at work. Together, we can shape a brighter future.

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The Songs We Sing: More Than Just a Songhttp://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/the-songs-we-sing-more-than-just-a-song/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/the-songs-we-sing-more-than-just-a-song/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:40:11 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2219 Untitled-2

Songs are not just lyrics. As the saying goes, “Music is medicine for the heart and soul”.

Over the past few weeks, we have been singing songs purposely picked because of the message it brings – a message of hope, a declaration of faith and victory in Christ. These songs are meant to make us understand and go deeper in our relationship God.

In my maiden blog, there are three songs that I will be discussing. My hope and prayer is that after reading this, you will be encouraged and inspired as you face the challenges a believer meets in life.

The first song, In Jesus’ Name, was written by former long-time Hillsong worship leader, Darlene Zschech.  The song is found in the album Revealing Jesus.

Zschech explained in her video blogs that the song’s purpose was to teach people the importance of declaring the name of Jesus in every situation, as well as singing it out with authority.

Jesus said in John 16:33 (NIV) that, “…In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

In Christ, we can and will overcome. Standing on this truth, believers need to reinforce that victory by declaring His word in whatever circumstance we face today.

When Darlene recorded this song for her live worship album in September 2012, she declared that God is fighting on our behalf, reminding those who specifically have cancer that God is for us and is fighting for us. That in Christ, sickness will bow and that He has conquered everything.

Darlene was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2011. Amazingly, God  used this same revelation to Darlene as she sings the song and declares God’s healing over her condition and over the lives of many people as well.

As the chorus goes:

I will live, I will not die
The resurrection power of Christ
Alive in me and I am free
In Jesus’ Name
I will live, I will not die
I will declare and lift You high,
Christ revealed and I am healed
In Jesus’ Name

God has given us the authority to overcome the disappointments, discouragement and frustrations in life.  In Christ, you and I can overcome.

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The second song I want to talk about is The Anthem by the Planetshakers, taken from their Limitless album.

This song is a powerful declaration that the death of Jesus on the cross guarantees our victory, freedom and worship.

Guilt and condemnation are two of Satan’s powerful weapons to keep a Christian ineffective and unproductive, but through what Christ has accomplished on the cross, we are victorious and we can reinforce that victory in our situation.

Here’s a portion of that song…

By His stripes we are healed
By His nail pierced hands we’re free
By His blood, we’re washed clean
Now we have the victory

Are you sick? Then, by His stripes, declare that you are healed!

Do you feel the guilt of your past sins and mistakes? Be reminded that the blood Jesus shed on the cross has completely cleansed you.

The Scriptures says in 1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

What Christ has done for us is far more important than what we do for Him.

Here’s the chorus of the song:

Hallelujah
You have won the victory
Hallelujah
You have won it all for me
Death could not hold you down
You are the risen king
Seated in majesty
You are the risen king

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Finally, the third and last song I’d like to share to you is  from the Planetshakers’ title track album Nothing Is Impossible.  Here’s a portion of the song’s lyrics:

Through You,
I can do anything,
I can do all things
It’s You who gives me strength,
Nothing is impossible
Through You,
Blind eyes are open,
Strongholds are broken,
I am living by faith,
Nothing is impossible

The message of the song is loud and clear – that in God, we can do all things; that in God, nothing is impossible.

Relying in our own strength won’t be enough, instead, we need God’s strength everyday in order for us to overcome the challenges we face.

It is a strong anthem of trust and confidence in God, declaring what He can do in our lives:

I’m not gonna live by what I see,
I’m not gonna live by what I feel
Deep down I,
Know that You are here with me
I know that, You can do anything

Oftentimes, the pressures of life can deal a crushing blow to our confidence, but then again, let this song be our war cry, that in God, nothing is impossible. That as Christians, we will live by faith and not by sight.

Sometimes, we may feel like our prayers are not being answered by the Lord, or nothing seems to be happening in our situation. Yet, leave it all to God. For He is faithful and trustworthy.

Three songs. One declaration: Christ is above our circumstances. And He is our strength. What He has done on the cross assures us of victory, freedom and the authority over sin and condemnation.

Moment of Reflection:

What circumstances seem to overwhelm you these days? Are the waves of doubt crushing your confidence?

Do you feel like you are facing a dead end?

As you take a moment to reflect on these questions, let me leave you with this verse in Luke 18:27:

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

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(Storyboard) Crazy Lovehttp://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/storyboard-crazy-love/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/storyboard-crazy-love/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:34:19 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2231 As not all stories may be told by words alone.

Storyboard is our attempt to tell a story in 7 pictures. Can you describe ‘the story’ of Crazy Love (Last February’s Youth Message Series) through the pictures below?

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(Doodle Verse) “Rebirth”http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/doodle-verse-rebirth/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/doodle-verse-rebirth/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:30:09 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2277 artwork 001

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Real Friends in the Real Worldhttp://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/real-friends-in-the-real-world/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/real-friends-in-the-real-world/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:21:09 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2203 IMG_8810

You would easily know that the graduation season has arrived when you start seeing tons of photos of “newly-grads” uploaded in their own Facebook accounts.

College graduation, in particular is one major milestone that students celebrate with their classmates, friends and family members.

And usually, graduates celebrate this momentous event of their lives through a graduation ball, graduation gifts from parents and awards from university or college.

Everything seems to be a whirlwind, though once the graduation euphoria dies down, the next logical thing is to find a job while going up against more than 700,000 graduates this 2014.

But college graduates are not left on their own devices as evident in the annual Singles Crossover event held on March 15 where graduating students from Lifebox were welcomed by their “kuyas” and “ates” from the Singles Ministry.

Over 180 graduating students from Lifebox receive “real world” survival tips as a young professional like how to get that first job and having a vision for their future.

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Varsha Daswani, a public speaking teacher, shared helpful tips for starters, particularly on how to face job interviews, coming up with an excellent, up-to-date curriculum vitae (commonly known as resume) as well as being sharp and snappy when being interviewed.

Below are some of the highlights from Daswani’s talk with the graduates:

Know that God has the best job in-store for you. You don’t have to act in desperation and settle for something less by immediately jumping for a seemingly tempting offer. Be secure that God has “plans to prosper and not harm you…” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Be brave and ask God to close opportunities that are not for you. There are numerous job vacancies everyday, but God has a specific job waiting for you. You only need to ask Him and claim it in prayer.

As a fitting end to the annual Singles Crossover, Victory U-Belt Senior pastor Gilbert Foliente shared three kinds of visions for the graduates: vision of survival, vision of success and vision of significance.

Ptr. Gilbert said that people who are in a vision of survival tend to narrow their dream, settling in a “survival mode”, and in the process, failing to reach their full potential.

On the other hand, people who have the vision of success see themselves the way they want to be and are convinced that they can achieve something in life.

However, the vision of significance is considered as the most important among the three visions.  Why? Because by having the vision of significance, each work day would be far more fulfilling and exciting, knowing that you are doing something that will outlive you.

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After being shielded in the confines of their classrooms, graduates now face the real world. But they don’t have to be alone, so long as they connect with their new friends in the Singles Ministry to help them transition smoothly to the professional world.

If you are one of those who graduated this 2014, we encourage you to get connected to the Singles Ministry, It is more than just “connecting for the sake of getting the right connection”, but it is finding the right people who can get you “continually connected” to God through a Victory group, as you enjoy your new chapter in life.

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Tuloy ang Laban ng Mendiolahttp://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/tuloy-ang-laban-ng-mendiola/ http://www.victoryubelt.org/2014/04/tuloy-ang-laban-ng-mendiola/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 15:19:47 +0000 http://www.victoryubelt.org/?p=2213 Due to its proximity to the Malacanang Palace, the official residence of the Philippine president, Mendiola has occupied a place in the history of our country, having been the site of several bloody demonstrations in the past.

The small street that begins at the intersection of Claro M. Recto Avenue and Legarda Street and which ends at Jose P. Laurel Street, just outside Malacanang, houses campuses such as San Beda College, Centro Escolar University, La Consolacion College Manila and the College of the Holy Spirit Manila.

Its significance can never be underestimated, considering that some of these campuses mentioned have produced their own fair share of heroes and leaders in our country, like President Noynoy Aquino, Sen. Gringo Honasan, former Pres. Fidel V. Ramos, the late Sen. Raul Roco, among others.

So armed with the passion to reach the next generation through the Gospel, Lifebox-Mendiola has embraced the call by initiating the move to establish Victory groups in these campuses, while adding San Sebastian College along Recto in its target.

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After countless prayer meetings and the effort to mentor students in these campuses, in less than five years, LifeBox-Mendiola, which began with just six student members grew to around 220 since. Five campuses currently have Victory groups – Centro Escolar University (CEU), College of the Holy Spirit Manila (CHSM), La Consolacion College Manila (LCCM), San Beda College (SBC), and San Sebastian College-Recoletos (SSC-R).

Maya Reynoso, the campus minister of LifeBox-Mendiola, attributed the spike in active student members and leaders to God’s move in this historical place in Manila.

“God caused the growth. He brought in the people,” said Maya.

LifeBox-Mendiola actually started in just one campus, having just one campus minister back then along with six students in 2010.

But for Maya, their size hardly mattered as she started casting the vision to these students, challenging them to believe God for students, whose hearts will be opened to the Gospel, who will be discipled and eventually become leaders.

Soon, several young professionals from Victory U-Belt volunteered also to help the leaders of LifeBox-Mendiola, serving as mentors to students in their relationship with Jesus.

By April 2011, another campus minister was added to the team in Cy Maano. At that time, there were around 20 members from CEU. Cy focused on establishing a campus ministry in SBC. Students from CEU also helped the campus ministry in SBC. It was ingrained in the minds of students from LifeBox-Mendiola that they are not just going to go and make disciples in their campus, but they will also go and help establish Victory groups and disciples in other Mendiola campuses.

At present, CEU has 42 Victory Groups, 38 Victory Group Leaders, and 155 Victory Group members. SBC has 9 Victory Groups, 9 Victory Group Leaders, and 23 Victory Group Members. LifeBox-Mendiola is currently praying for Victory Groups to exist inside CHSM, LCCM, and SSC-R.

Both Maya and Cy admitted that it was God who made Lifebox-Mendiola grow tremendously. “Honestly, we don’t know what we did. We just followed the 4 Es of discipleship (Engage, Establish, Equip and Empower) and God brought in the people,” said Maya.

For Lifebox-Mendiola, the campus ministry growth was inspired by what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:6 (ESV) “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.”

The roles of a campus ministry and its leaders are to “plant” or to prepare for the growth that God is going to bring, and to “water” or to care for and nurture what God has given. LifeBox-Mendiola was able to prepare and nurture the growth in the context of teamwork and prayer.

Teamwork

Maya explained that when she became Lifebox-Mendiola’s campus minister, the first thing she did was to create a team. She recognized the importance of having a team. Seeing thousands of students from the campuses in Mendiola discipled can never be done by an individual. Instead, it takes a team of leaders with a vision for the future to do it.

Teamwork is visible in LifeBox-Mendiola. For instance, in youth services, when students from Lifebox-CEU meet students from SBC, they automatically introduce them to the leaders of LifeBox SBC. Ownership of Mendiola was strong among the campuses, so much so that they were able to establish strong bond over time.

Prayer

“Prayer is our best strategy. That’s our mantra now,” said Cy.

He explained that ever since they prioritized prayer as a team, students kept coming in. Prayer developed within them the compassion to reach for students through the Gospel, added Cy.

The students from Mendiola hold prayer meetings regularly and organized prayer walks every Saturday morning around Mendiola.

Apoll Bolong, a dentistry student in CEU currently leads the prayer team of Lifebox-Mendiola. She said that even their prayer team experienced growth.

From just four members at CEU by the end of 2013, Apoll said her campus now has 15 committed members. A culture of prayer has been developed in LifeBox-Mendiola.

Maya acknowledges that God used prayer to build them up spiritually as individuals and as a campus ministry. Prayer constantly reminds them to depend on God.

While Lifebox-Mendiola now has more 200 students, who are being mentored and mentoring others through various Victory groups, the mission to disciple more students continues.

Just imagine, if God can grow the campus ministry in Mendiola from just six to more than 200 students today, what will happen a decade from now if these current batch of student leaders continue to disciple others?

These students could possibly become the next Noynoy Aquinos, Raul Rocos and Fidel V. Ramoses – people who will take the lead in seeing a nation that is transformed not by their own brilliance, but by the power of the Gospel.

So for 2014 and beyond, the battle cry remains the same: Tuloy ang laban ng Mendiola!

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