Kairos Arise was a life-changer for many, many people. Eric from Bangalore, India, and Sandra from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, report what God did for them, picking up on the key phrases of the event. And below, even more people speak about God’s action.
Eric – KA15 was a wonderful event to be a part of…and I would like to touch base on these few radical changes that I began to see transpire in my own life.
“Awake, O sleeper! Arise from the dead.”
My prayer life was almost non-existent prior to the KA15 experience. I found courage in my heart to tell God that I would commit myself to commune with him in my daily prayers. I have received silent encouragement by simply observing other brothers and sisters set aside their cares and burdens to spend time with him. By the grace of God, I began to pray to him, and this continues daily now! Thank You, Jesus.
“Let your light shine!”
Being appointed as a discussion group leader was a challenge for me because I am known to be sarcastic, impatient and indifferent when I am not fully invested in the words and emotions of others. However, this time, the grace of God led me to humble myself and listen to the words of my brothers. Somehow, what I thought were lectures turned into advice that I shared and not just dished out to them. I was talking to myself, too, reminding myself of how I must live with my God. My brothers in the discussion group shared things with me, and they were like angels who ministered to me. I continue to humble myself whenever I speak with people; everyone has their own, incredible lives, not just me.
“The Glory of the Lord has risen on you.”
To stop doing things out of my own merits, to stop seeking fame, admiration and appreciation, and instead to do whatever I have been called to do, for the glory of God. This is one of the hardest things I am called to do. Thanks to the Lord and the light he shone on me through so many others whom I have had the grace to meet and speak with during this event. I am in the process of letting the Lord transform me to this mindset. Lord, may You be glorified in my success and my failure, alike. May I do all things for your glory.
“If not me, who? If not now, when?”
These words echoed across the hall and across my own mind and own heart. I was not called to be a passive namesake Catholic. I am called to be the light of the world, the face of Christ to those around me. This realization made me shudder and re-think a lot of principles I had laid down in my own life. As it was emphasized during the conference, “It is time to be the light of the world. Not tomorrow, or after a while, but now.”
Thank you for the opportunity to share this. The Lord is working in my life, all glory be to him.
Sandra –… I was going through academic setbacks and personal struggles a few weeks before the event, I was locked in darkness. I lost my enthusiasm. I was glad to be at the event but somehow my heart felt empty and dark.
I can never choose just one instance, one talk, or one day that was most significant for me because each day at the camp was a piece of a bigger picture. It was as if each day was made to match the next one, like a perfectly sewn dress….After going through a dark time in my life, I was enlightened by the Lord’s messages through the talks, scriptures, worship, new friends, and even while playing games. His messages is summed up in Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ ”
I gained strength after I was encouraged by the Lord’s power that gathered 700 people from all over Asia. Imagine how powerful he is to have provided all the resources needed for this camp to be possible and for providing a weather that was very conducive for all the scheduled activities.
Lastly, I was excited for the journey ahead. I knew then and there that the Lord had something much greater in store for me. It was too wonderful that an ordinary person like me simply cannot imagine it yet.I came home from the week as a stronger and refreshed person….and the Lord allowed me to realize that I am not perfect. I have to accept imperfection and to humble myself before the Lord before I can allow his light to shine in my life. It is through our flaws that the Lord is able to work his miracles. Now I am serving as a committed member of CYA (Christ’s Youth in Action). The Lord was not kidding when he said, “Arise, shine out, for your light has come.”
And lots of others…
- I learned how to put the welfare of others first, before mine – Reyner
- I learned that I should be a man on mission and not just a boy at play. – Gerard
- I learned to pray more than before and to be more patient with others. – Orele
- To be with people from India, Malaysia and provinces of the Philippines in the households is really a blessing for me. This is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk, sleep, play, worship and be with these brothers. – Alfonso
- No longer will I hide my faith but to wear it proudly. – Alicia
- To seek the Lord before I do anything. – Avitra
- Forgiving those who have hurt me and at the same time praying for them. – Princely
- To honor others by listening to them and seeing the good in everything they do. – Pola
- Will go back to my country and commit my service to the larger community, not just the youth group. – Sonali
- It has not been easy to accept the things I cannot change but it has been well worth it. – Janice
- I used to be very shy when I worship the Lord and I’d be so self-conscious. But now, I feel free to give praise to God. – Natasha
- I have become more sensitive to the needs of others and have realized that I should also let others help me. – Kristianne
- I will love beyond my capacities and draw that love from the ultimate source of it: God himself. – Zette