For the members of COLLECTIVE, “euphoria” is not just a word; it is a season, a period of challenges, a time for realisations and many moments of decisions that the youths make for the kingdom of God. To us, “euphoria” is not just intense excitement or happiness. EUPHORIA is our youth conference; a season of empowerment and life-changing stories — this is one of those stories.
It started with Daniel Kuilan and his team appointing me as one of the game coordinators for EUPHORIA 2016. Then, I only knew that my role as a game coordinator would require commitment in always taking the time to oversee the games and make sure that everyone was doing their part. I was only half right.
Through that process, I learned that when you have to deal with people with different backgrounds and different opinions, someone is bound to be dissatisfied with your decisions and compromises would have to be made.
Reality presented itself the moment Euphoria season started. Being a game coordinator requires a lot of attention to detail. At first, it was the game mechanics that I always had to think about, constantly weighing the pros and cons of my planning. I had to be mindful of decisions that might have instant results, but would cause more problems in the long run, and be tactful in making decisions that will yield the best solution even when they were difficult.
EUPHORIA 2016 saw a total of 14 games. To better execute these games, I learned to communicate and work with people from all walks of life. Through that process, I learned that when you have to deal with people with different backgrounds and different opinions, someone is bound to be dissatisfied with your decisions and compromises would have to be made. In the end, it all boils down to the importance of keeping everyone well informed. From tribe leaders to the media team and the medal or trophy suppliers, I made sure everyone was clear on the details and any changes that came after.
Every time this happened, I reminded myself and the team what the core purpose of Euphoria is; to save the lost and get them rooted in church.
As the season progressed, I was soon in a cycle of preparing for the game, relaying information to everyone, overseeing the game as it commenced and solving problems as they came; you never really know what would go wrong. I began to feel pressured and burdened by the constant need to make sure everything ran as planned and that everyone understood the mechanics. The whole process was becoming too much for me and, at times, I would find myself breaking down because I felt so drained and demotivated.
…but in the end, I had nothing to worry about because I have a God who knows what I don’t.
Every time this happened, I reminded myself and the team what the core purpose of Euphoria is; to save the lost and get them rooted in church. Every time I feel like I had used up all my energy, I remember that it is not by my own strength, but by God’s. I began to shift my perspective and focus on God. Every time I became upset and blamed myself that something did not go as planned, I remember that while we will always have our flaws, God will always be there for us. That is why, despite the constant challenges, I chose again and again to believe in Him and give my all to further His kingdom through seeing to the success of EUPHORIA. I was only half right about the commitment that running this conference required, but in the end, I had nothing to worry about because I have a God who knows what I don’t.