LCMS Hmong Youth Newsletter Greetings from the Youth Board! As Spring approaches we hope that you are all doing well. As for the youth board, we have been working hard on plans for conference and visiting different youth groups in Wisconsin. Currently, we are almost finished visiting the youth groups in Wisconsin and are hoping to visit the youth groups in Minnesota. Since our last newsletter, we visited two additional churches. The first one we visited was Hmong Pilgrim in Green Bay. We met with the youth members during Sunday School, attended service with them and stayed after church to eat pizza and to play the Wii. The second group we visited was Hmong Outreach in Oshkosh. We met the youth members during Sunday School, played icebreakers, attended service with them and stayed after church to eat and share about conference. We would like to thank all of the youth groups that we have visited so far for theirINSIDE THIS hospitality.ISSUE:Conference Keep an eye out, we may be visiting your youth group next!!! 2What is Easter? 3Words of 4EncouragementContact Us
LCMS HMONG YOUTH NEWSLETTER PAGE 2 Conference 2012 By this time many of you should have already received some news on Conference. Our previous newsletter covered basic information and between Christmas and now many things have been added or changed. Here are a few changes/updates:Conference Information 1. There will be a picnic on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. We will have food, games, sports and a little praise and worship. Dates: If your parents/guardians are hesitant to let you come a day July 19—21, 2012 early, let them know that there is a Pastors Conference that day and so there will be adult supervision. Place: 2. Need a moment during conference? Visit the prayer room!Our Savior Lutheran Church For those of you who do not know what a prayer room is, it is 7910 E. St. Joe Hwy a room that is set up specifically for quiet time with God. Our Lansing, MI 48917 goal is to make it a comfortable room for reflection and prayer. We will have posters available where prayer requests can be made anonymously. Theme:“Prepare the way for the Lord” 3. Feel a little disconnected from the other youths? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This year we have Encouragement posters. These posters will have the Churches listed on top and any one is free to give them encouragement and prayer. Best of all, the churches get to take this home as a reminder of conference! These are only a few new developments! We are sure there will be more to come, but we would love to hear what you all would like to see at conference. Let us know, so we can better serve all of you.
LCMS HMONG YOUTH NEWSLETTER PAGE 3What is Easter? This is a question that many people ask throughout their lives. Many people see Easter asthe time our Lord and Savior rose from the dead after three days in the tomb. This is correct,but Easter is a little more than just our Savior rising from the dead. First, Easter proves thatChrist is the Son of God and shows that all of Christ’s teachings are true. Easter shows thatGod accepted Christ’s sacrifice as atonement for the world and that all who believe in Him willrise to eternal life. Easter is the fulfillment of God’s promise to save man from sin, death and the devil(Gen. 3:15). It is a time when Christ descended to hell and preached to the dead in hell(1 Peter 3:19). Easter is the time we celebrate our Savior rising from the dead and usheringus our eternal life. Furthermore, Easter reminds us of our baptism. We were once enemies ofGod, but in our baptism God forgave our sins and took us in as His own children. In ourbaptism, we were buried (died) with Christ and raised (come to life again) with Him(Gal.2:12). Easter is the seal of guarantee of our salvation. St. Paul said in his first letter tothe Corinthians that if Christ had not risen from the dead, our sins would not have beenforgiven, our faith would be futile (1 Cor. 15:17) and we would still remain in our sins. Finally,Easter also gives us hope that one day all believers, past, present and future will all rise onthe last day to eternal glory with God. Therefore, whatever challenges our days may brings,we know with certainty that the Lord Jesus will never forsaken us. May this Easter season brings us joy and happiness in our Lord Jesus Christ.
LCMS HMONG YOUTH NEWSLETTER PAGE 4 Words of Encouragement As a college student, life can seem so hard. There are many worries and the list of thingsto do never seems to shrink. Homework, projects, student organization commitments and workseem to take importance over spending some quiet time with God. Though we try not to, God isput on a backburner and if we have time that day, then we will give a moment to God. Every day we experience events that test our faith and we stumble. In this world, we aresurrounded by earthly things that are attractive to the eye but can be damaging to the soul. Inaddition to this, we may also be surrounded by those who want to pull us off the path we arewalking on by questioning the existence of God. It is so easy to be a part of this world that weforget that there is something bigger and better for us. We forget that we are temporarily mak-ing our home here. We forget that we are constantly on a mission field whether we are students,workers, parents or any thing else. We forget to put God’s will before our own. Though we may fail God in many ways, by His Grace, He uses imperfect people to do Hisperfect will. In this world we will find trials and sorrows, but in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christwe will always find peace. This Easter season we are reminded again of what Christ did for us onthe cross and how He rose again from the dead on the First Easter Sunday. All Glory and Honor to God, our Father."But I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. Here on Earth you will havemany trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33 Written by: Abie Vang Contact Information If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact us!! President Vice President Secretary/Treasurer Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Abie Vang Nina Vang Peter Vue Kristine Her 920.527.1699 262.729.7799 414.839.2489 414.520.7680 VANGA18@uww.edu Vang_nina@yahoo.com Peter_vue829@yahoo.com email@example.com Keep in Contact with us on Facebook: LCMS Hmong Youth