After over 10 years of dreaming and praying, Filipinos will soon experience TeenStreet as it finally kicks off in the province of Cebu on October 28 2017.
Dubbed “TeenStreet PH,” its organisers from OM Philippines aim to work and learn alongside the teenagers from various local churches to ‘focus up’ by deeply knowing God and ‘focus out’ by serving others.
“This is a dream come true. For how many years we’ve been praying to really have our very own TeenStreet Philippines – now it’s coming true," said OM Philippines Field Leader, Sally Ababa, during the TeenStreet PH launch last March. "Though it requires hard work, we will stand tall.”
In previous years, OM Philippines has sent teens to join TeenStreet Malaysia, it being the closest event. Now, OM Philippines is making the significant effort to see this long-time dream come to completion.
“TeenStreet is uniquely designed. It has a unique teaching style that allows the teens to hear, experience, craft and verbally process a lesson all within an hour’s time,” said Dan Potter, who founded TeenStreet with his wife Suzie, in a previous interview.
Each day’s lesson is incorporated through different teaching elements to demonstrate the theme, while at the same time engaging the entire audience no matter their learning preference. Each of these elements is carefully designed to give teens a wider array of opportunities to encounter God – whether in the Art Zone, Throne Room, evening worship sessions, workshops or even during Shhh-time.
“24 hours [after a teaching] people will remember 6% of what they heard, 66% of what they saw, but 80% of what they experienced,” explained Suzie. “So if we can use as many senses as possible to teach them, then the teens remember much more.”
Aside from community sessions, the teens gather daily in small groups with five other teens of the same age, gender and language with one adult labelled as their coach. The groups pray, process and discuss together what they’ve learnt during the day or in a specific session.
Dan and Suzie Potter, commonly known as Duzie, are the main speakers at the first TeenStreet in the Philippines. Together with Duzie are 50-60 Filipino volunteers who will serve as coaches, worship team members, event organisers and in many other roles.
“This generation has to be allowed to be unique, but they also want to be accepted by their community for their uniqueness,” Dan said.
As a movement, TeenStreet also partners with local churches and youth groups to support their year-round ministry to teenagers – fully equipping leaders to serve their teens well after the event has finished. TeenStreet focuses less on the event, and more on the discipleship that happens afterward.
TeenStreet PH desires that each participant leaving will have a living and true relationship with Jesus and be reflecting Him into the world. Please pray for the right participants to attend the event and for safety for all as they travel. Pray too that this event would empower the local leaders in attendance to disciple and build up their youth even more.