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YL Philippines Among Abing

To all our dear friends and supporters,

Unfortunately, next week would be one of those weeks that we dread as there will be no Among Abing issue for Sept 4. But do not fret: We will be right back in your inboxes before you even know it!

The main reason as to why we will not be publishing an issue next week is because the division-wide APAC Training will be in full swing in the City of Gentle People: Dumaguete! Close to 100 ministry staff from more than 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific Division will be gathered in Dumaguete for a week of learning, growing, and fellowship.

We could not be any more excited to have them all in our own turf!

And so for this week, we ask that you pray with us as we make the final preparations for this huge event. There’s still a lot of stuff to get ready, and of course we would need all the prayers for weather, travel safety, and health for all the participants, organizers, and volunteers!

We look forward to being in your inboxes again soon but until then, we hope that you pray with us for this amazing opportunity to learn from so many different cultures and ministries!


From all of us,

Your Young Life Philippines Family

True Rest

by: Heather Motts


John 1:1–5

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made. In him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”


Jesus is the Word and through him, all things were made. At the very beginning of the creation story, he made all things. And through him, all things are being made new. Through his work on the cross, he gives us new life.

Through every part of his life, his breath, his words, and his death, Jesus offers us real life, eternal life. He took on our sins, suffered our condemnation, our guilty sentence, and conquered death to reconcile us to life.

We celebrate this, but I wonder, do we really believe it? As I reflect on my own life, have I thought or acted like I believed I was no longer condemned?

Unfortunately, there have been times in my life when I’ve sinned, felt shame, and then hid. I was afraid that I would be condemned so I worked hard to fix myself, do better, and be better. That led to failure followed by more striving, more sin, more shame, and more isolation.

It’s a common cycle we see in addiction, right? People mess up, feel ashamed, isolate while they try to make themselves better, fail, and then start the process over again. People do some things that are entirely out of character in shame and isolation.

Instead of believing that Christ’s work was finished on the cross, my actions and thoughts showed that I was still striving to earn my salvation, trying to earn his love. I was attempting to follow the law, to be good, to do the work that was already done, and it always led to failure, disappointment, and shame.

Without realizing it, I was trying to escape the condemnation that I had already been freed from.

“For what the Law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:3

God did what I could not do.

Does that mean that because Christ freed us from condemnation, we should sin freely? No! If that’s the case, we are missing the point! Because Jesus died for us and loves us that much, and nothing is going to separate us from his love, fear should not be the reason behind our conviction over the sin in our lives.

Your desire to be righteous should not be because we are so afraid that God is going to condemn us. You should be convicted because your savior loves you enough to suffer and die for you, he would rather die than be separated from you. What could you do to break his love for you? If Jesus could take on the condemnation of all mankind, endure that kind of pain, and do that excruciating work on the cross, what could you possibly do to remove his love from you?

Therefore, you shouldn’t be convicted of sin in your life because you’re afraid of condemnation or that God is out to get you. It should be because of the stunning mercy and love of the one who says, “I’ve got you. I’ve already done it for you.”

Instead of striving to do work that is already done, I am learning to surrender my life to the Holy Spirit who I walk with out of joy, not fear of condemnation. I am learning what it means to abide in Christ. I find that as I live in the truth that the work is finished, I am able to find true rest in all circumstances.


Kevin A. Ponla | Aug 28 | Volunteer Staff, YL Cebu-North

Coleen Tingson | Aug 29 | Volunteer Leader, YL Cadiz

Genmyr Pitogo
| Aug 29 | Volunteer Leader, YL Cebu-North

Darlene Dawn Regalado | Aug 30 | Volunteer Leader, YL Dumaguete

Medelin Andicoy | Aug 31 | Volunteer Leader, YL Dumaguete

Maria Teresa “Antet” Antone | Sep 1 | Volunteer Staff, YL San Carlos

William Robert “Kuya Robbie” Yasi | Sep 2 | Consultant, YL Philippines

Jessa Singgit | Sep 3 | Volunteer Leader, YL Tanjay


Bacolod Southsyd

Bacolod City

September 16 to 17

*if you have any inquiries regarding any of the events above, just click on the organizing area to send an email to the staff-in-charge.


Please pray that the Lord grant me strength and wisdom throughout my Grade 12 journey this school year. Also, please pray that the Lord would bless my family abundantly, and that He would keep me and my family safe and in good health.


Please pray for everyone’s educational struggles and journeys (from grade school all the way to college-age students). Please pray for everyone’s safety and health, especially the Young Lifers.


Please pray Nanay Elsie Abordaje’s recovery as she recently had a mild stroke and was admitted to the hospital.


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