The Testify to Love rally held at Catholic Junior College on Feb 18.

Thirty-one youths from Singapore parishes and two from overseas recently completed a seven-week programme to help them to be effective witnesses for Christ.

The 4th School Of Witness (SOW), held from Jan 4-Feb 21 at the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre, aimed to help participants discover their true identity in Christ and the Catholic Church. They were also given an experience of community life and challenged to leave their comfort zones.

The highlight of the programme was an outreach event, Testify to Love, held at Catholic Junior College on Feb 18. About 600 young people attended the event which included mime, faith testimonies and Eucharistic adoration.

Participants were also invited to respond to the call of Christ and approach prayer teams for prayer. The Sacrament of Reconciliation was also administered to those who felt the need to come back to Jesus.

After experiencing seven weeks of intensive community life, teachings, prayer and outreach sessions, the participants were commissioned by Archbishop Nicholas Chia on Feb 21. He encouraged them to witness to their friends, families, and in their parishes and schools.

Many participants said the programme was a life-changing experience for them.

“The time that I spent in SOW must have been the first time in my 23 years that I have consciously walked right next to Jesus every single day,” said Wesley Lye from the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

“Be it through the sessions, or the mimes or daily personal prayer, or the times of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, I saw how God was present in each and every one of our lives.”

“SOW has helped me to forgive, to have faith, to trust and hope in the Lord, to surrender and to pray – things I thought that I knew but never quite sustained – to form a true friendship with God,” said Stefanie Conceicao from Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

SOW is conducted annually at the beginning of each year by the Youth Ministry office in collaboration with the Institute for World Evangelisation (ICPE Mission).

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