KUCHING – A parenting session was organised by the Empowered Ministry (St Joseph’s Parish Youth Ministry) on 23 November at St Joseph’s School AVA Room. The session was facilitated by a well-sought after motivator and speaker, Martin Jalleh.
This parenting session, a part of Camp Empowered 2008 programme, was also made available to all interested parishioners. The session was well participated by some 130 individuals, young and old parents, and even single adults.
Martin, in his own unique and humourous way, invited all parents to take an in-depth view of the impact of present-day changes on the family and challenged everyone to a real, personal and practical way towards making necessary paradigm shifts in parenting. Focusing on the theme of ‘Family of Hope’, Martin shared from his own experience in motivating and guiding young people for over 30 years.
The session ended the same afternoon and was followed by the celebration of Mass together with the campers and youth of Camp Empowered. The night ended with a ‘Family Nite’ where all families present were dedicated to God through prayers, songs and fellowship at the St Joseph’s Parish Gallery.
A recording of the Parenting Session will be made available. Please place your orders with the Empowered Administration (EmpowereD Hotline | 014-694 5414 | E-mail | firstname.lastname@example.org | Website | empoweredministry.multiply.com). Benedict Lo
Many participants shared that the sessions were interesting, funny and enjoyable.
“An unforgettable evening where we experienced God’s overwhelming love for us. The atmosphere was simply electrifying as teary-eyed family members embraced each other in a spirit of reconciliation, forgiveness and renewal of their Christian faith. In this hectic and materialistic-driven world, core family values are often eroded as parents and children have less time for each other, leading to challenges in communication and expectations on one another.
The ‘Family Nite’ created a common platform where parents and children ‘heard’ and ‘saw’ each other in God’s presence and communicated openly in a language of love. The evening also witnessed the candid presentation by Martin Jalleh, prayers by Fr Joseph Chai, lively musical performance by the Music Ministry and an impromptu presentation by the children.
This is one event not to be missed! Children will love it, parents will cherish it and the family will be better four it !!!! – Edmund Lee Ah See, father of a camper.
True to its name the youth were empowering! I wish to congratulate all the Empowered youth for organising such a successful event.
Martin Jalleh’s idea was to bridge the widening generation gap between parents and children, especially teenagers.
Before I attended this seminar I was bogged by the dilemma of accepting a job in Kuching and giving up my high-paying job in Kuala Lumpur. Being separated from my family is tough but the grip of materialism is so overwhelming. I have to ‘downgrade’ my lifestyle if I were to return to Kuching. I was overwhelmed with emotion on the concluding night. I believed the Lord, through a humble servant called Martin Jalleh, managed to reaffirm me to give up my job in Kuala Lumpur and return to work in Kuching so that I can be with my family.
To conclude, thank you Lord for speaking to me through Martin Jalleh. “Lord I trust that you being the great provider will provide for me and my family.” I also thank the Empowered youths for bringing me to understand our Lord’s plan for me as a parent to my children.” – (Roger) Ganeng Kucha Lichok, father of an Empowered Youth.