The annual Chuukese Youth Rally was held in St. Joseph June 15-18. This four-day rally brought together between 500 and 600 Chuukese youth (youth being understood as young adults in the Midwest) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) from across the US and Micronesia. The entire event was punctuated with praise, joyous singing, and dancing.
This year’s theme was: “Come Follow Me,” with four sub-themes, “Value People, Connect People, Serve People, and Influence People.” The theme was incorporated in all parts of the rally but was a particular focus of sessions held on Thursday and Friday. Rev. IS Phillik, Pastor of Chuukese Christian Church in St. Joseph and one of the organizers of this year’s rally; Rev. Terrell McTyer of Hope Partnership; Rev. Brian Kirk, pastor of First Christian Church in St. Joseph; and Regional Minister Team member Dr. Larry Colvin delivered messages and/or presented workshops.
Saturday was devoted to sporting competitions, games, fellowship, and other interactive events which included good food. Even a Midwest thunderstorm with heavy winds and hard rain did not dampen the festivities.
Closing worship Sunday was a day of exuberant celebration. In addition to the continuation of praise, singing, and dancing, there was much more. A feet washing was performed in order to prepare leaders from various states so they are able to lead as all join to, “Follow Me.” There was a blessing of women as they were celebrated for the special ministries they perform in families and congregations. A laying on of hands and prayers were offered for nine new pastors as they begin their ministries across the US and Micronesia. Of course, all celebrated in the sharing of the Lord’s Supper. In all, the four days was far too short.
Article by Dr. Larry Colvin
Photos by Dr. Larry Colvin, Rev. Terrell McTyre, and Debbie Colvin