Columban Lay Missionary, Britain
...” Fan into a flame the gift of God that you possess.. 2 Timothy 1:6-8
This message from the Bible has inspired and renewed me as a Christian as we, together with the young people from St. Joseph's Parish joined and celebrated the Flame National Youth Congress 2012. It is the biggest Catholic Youth event held in Wembley Arena, London last 24th of March. There were more than 8,000 young people coming together across UK. There were speakers like Fr. Timothy Radcliffe OP, Young Athletes from Kenya, Stef Reid and Debbie Flood who shared their experiences of faith, courage and determination. We have enjoyed the gathering with live music, faith-sharing and prayer. The whole theme of the congress evolved around the values of the Olympics namely: Respect, Friendship and Excellence.
We were very moved by different stories of young athletes who won Gold medals in their respective sport in the Olympic games. The story that struck me the most is from Stef Reid, a Paralympian who holds the World Long Jump Record (2010), won Gold in the London Disability Athletics Challenge. It was indeed a quite journey despite the disability that she got through an accident, but was determined to stand up and jump to life no matter what.
A young man of 19 from Korogocho, Kenya named Abdi Dima has also inspired us as he shared his incredible story that in spite of his problems and hardship in life, he was able to find hope in sport. He said that through dedication and focus, our goals will be achieved. He has won medals in Provincial Championships as a member of the National Karate Team.
The congress was indeed great, fun and life-giving to us for we have heard the message of Christ that neither win or lose in the game of life, a life with Jesus you are a sure winner!..
“ So let the flame burn bright, ablaze with love and light,
With power to ignite this heart of mine.
I'm here to run this race, I'm moving on by grace,
Lord Jesus Christ, light of my life, come and shine! “