By Megan Uderian
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
This is a passage that I continually thought about while at the Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) training in St. Louis, MO, March 15-18. I was blessed with the opportunity to go last year as I learned a lot about and grew in my faith. This year’s training was called “Share Hope” and based off of Ephesians 4:15: “Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ.” I learned ways in which I can talk to others about my faith and share God’s truth with gentleness and respect.
I feel that the Executive Team, along with Jessica Bordeleau, did a really good job of teaching the material to the participants and being there for us offering guidance and support. One concept that they used to teach the content was the comparison of the boxing gloves versus the blanket. When talking to others or confronting them about something will you use boxing gloves or a blanket?
It was an interesting experience also due to the fact that I was the only Canadian there. I got to learn more about Americans and their culture and meet many new people. We were together at the Pallottine Renewal Center for four days, so I definitely was given the opportunity to make friends. Even from last year, it’s been proven that these friendships can last even while people are in different states – and a different country in my case.
Overall, the training not only helped me grow in my faith, but it helped me grow as a person as well. My worldview – a word that was explored at the training – has broadened. It will take time to internally process all that I got from the training, but I know for sure that it was a unique experience, and I am very grateful to God for having had the opportunity.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Megan Uderian is the representative for the English District for Lutheran Youth Fellowship. She is a member of St. Luke, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. If you have a mission or ministry story you’d like to share, please submit for consideration via email to Lynne at firstname.lastname@example.org.