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[uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright, useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, incorruptible].

Planted in the house of the Lord they shall flourish in the courts ,

of our God.

[Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] vendure [of trust, love, and contentment]. [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrightness in Him,


CONTENTS Editor’s Note - 2,3 Message From The Top - 4,5 Vision & Mission - 6,7 What Stamped Has Done For Me - 8,9 Youth Leaders - 10,11

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted and tended by the streams of water, ready to bring forth fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper and come to maturity

-Psalm 1:3-


EDITOR’S NOTE

I have always been fascinated by construction. As a child I would stare amazed at construction projects every time we drove past them. And while today, it’s a little more difficult (or more accurately, less safe) to stare at construction projects while I’m driving, I’m still completely fascinated by them.

But as a child, there was one thing about construction that always used to frustrate me. Take the following scenario as an example: Hoarding would go up around a piece of land. I would find out that a skyscraper was being built. Cranes, bulldozers, mixers, and everything to do with construction would be brought in. And for months, I’d see cranes moving, activity happening, but nothing rising out of the ground. It seemed as if they were building something, but something unseen. Then something would change. After months of seemingly fruitless activity, suddenly, a building would begin to rise. It would come up fast, and in no time, lights would start to appear at night, glass panels would be installed, and the building would be painted. Then, the hoarding would be removed, and soon after. a brand new skyscraper would open!

Eventually, I found out that the period that I hated the most, when nothing seemed to be happening, was the time when the foundation for the building was being

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laid. I was told that although most of the time you can’t see foundations being laid, it’s probably the most important part of the construction process. If a good foundation isn’t laid, then the entire building could have major structural flaws, or even end up collapsing.

As I’ve matured over the years, I have learnt to appreciate this critical part of the construction process. Furthermore, I’ve learnt that laying good foundations is not just important in the construction industry, but in fact, it is crucial in every facet of life. In order for us to build anything successfully, be it a person, a family, a church, a business, a nation, or whatever it is that we would want to build, we have to build solid


foundations that will be able to uphold what we build through whatever circumstance or situation it may face. In Matthew 7:24-27 and Luke 6:48-49 Jesus gives the example of a wise man and a foolish man. The wise man built his house on the rock, and when the rain, floods and winds came, the house stood firm. The opposite is true for the foolish man who built his house on the sand. In the midst of the rain, the floods, and the winds, his house collapsed. The point that Jesus is trying to make here is simple and clear- foundations are cruicially important. The theme of this minizine is based on the series that we are currently running at Stamped, called “Roots of Character.” The series likens the life and character of a person to a tree. Roots are the foundation system of a tree. They are crucial to a tree’s survival. Roots are what a tree uses to feed itself, to hydrate itself, and to keep it standing in the midst of whatever nature may throw at it. We have to ask ourselves, what kinds of roots have we developed in our lives? Have we allowed roots of bitterness, anger, immorality, guilt, or pride to be established in our lives? Because the roots we establish are the roots that nourish our lives. As a young youth ministry, and as a ministry that ministers to young people, we are continually understanding the importance of foundations and roots. We are passionate to see young people establish their lives on the Rock, that is Jesus Christ. We want to see young people that are rooted deeply in the Christ

& His word, so that when the seasons of life come their way, they will be able to stand the test of time and all its trials.

To me, the most interesting thing about foundations and roots is that while they are so crucial, they remain largely unseen. And because we naturally look to the visible things, the unseen things often times frustrate us. But I want to encourage you that it is in the unseen things that the invisible God is at work.

And I believe that God is very much at work. So at this time I encourage you to be faithful. When foundations are being laid, it may seem that nothing is happening, but remember, the most important things are happening then. Young people, if you’re already coming to youth, keep on coming. We’re on the verge of something awesome. If you’re a young person and you don’t come to youth, or if you don’t come regularly, I encourage you to come and be a part of what God is building. If you’re a parent, I encourage you to be faithful in sending your children to youth. I promise you that if you are faithful to send your kids to youth, you will eventually see the fruits of your faithfulness. I hope that this minizine gives you an insight into Stamped, and who we are. As we step into our fourth year, we are excited for what God’s got planned for us. We hope that you, whoever you are, will be a part of what He’s doing at Stamped. The best is yet to come.

Live Awesome, Soon Seng

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MESSAGE FROM THE TOP Stamped Youth Ministry, the youth ministry arm of River of Life Sanctuary turns three this year. Stamped was born out of a burden for the struggles and pressures faced by young people today. All of us are constantly bombarded by the internet, television, music, newspapers, movies and all forms of media that today’s technology can afford us, that to conform to everything that the media sells is cool; that parents are irrelevant, out-of-touch “has beens” who cannot understand today’s youth; that sex, lust and immorality are perfectly acceptable as long as one is honest, responsible or in love. “Generation Y” alludes to a succession from “Generation X” born from the 70’s to the 90’s, reflects a change in the sexual openness of the younger generation. “MTV Generation” is also a term used to refer to people heavily influenced by the advent of MTV, and even a catch all term for youth of the late 20th century.

“Global Millennials” are the offspring of the 21st century, a world in which fertility rates have generally been on the decline, especially in the developing world. Nonetheless, the number of young people around the world who are currently under the age of 30 is still huge, more than half of the world’s population. In 2005, the median age of the world’s population was 28 and falling. Estimates suggest that the number of people in the world in their twenties is over 1.1 billion, or nearly 17 percent of the total population. The “Millennial Generation”, like other generations, has been shaped by the events, leaders, developments and trends of its time. The rise of instant communication technologies made possible through use of the internet, such as email, texting, and instant messaging and new media used through websites like YouTube and social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter, may explain the Millennials’ reputation for being somewhat

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peer-oriented due to easier facilitation of communication through technology.This trend of communication is continuing into “Generation Z” (otherwise referred to as the “Internet Generation”). In every generation, the young people are impressionable, easily influenced and are constantly pressured by the media and their peers to conform to the standards and lifestyles of the world and to be accepted by the society within which they live in. Why? To the world, it is for financial exploits at the expense of the spiritual, emotional, mental or physical well being of our youth. To our young, it is a case of wanting to be loved and accepted; or simply to fill an empty void in them or to fill an idle mind out of plain boredom! Sadly, even young people who profess to be saved are largely responsible for pressuring other Christian young people to live like the world, act like the world, talk like the world and dress like the world. How are we to respond to these pressures?

First, we all must realize that the ideas and philosophies of the world are completely opposed to God’s will and plan for us. The world tells the youth to “live it up” as young people while they can, that life comes around but once! The immorality and worldliness embraced and practiced by many of their peers are often excused even by those who are older than them who say, “They’re just kids,” or “They’re only young once... let them live and enjoy all the world has to offer while they still can.” But notice what the wisest man who ever lived wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Ecclesiastes 12:1. King Solomon wrote: “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.” Notice that Solomon did not say: “Live it up while you are young, and later on you will have the opportunity to serve and glorify God.” No, he said exactly the opposite. He tells young people, “Now is the


time to focus on your relationship with God, the opportunity entrusted them to serve. Hence it is Creator of all things.” often with awe and reverence that they approach their duties, whilst their sense of craze, fun and Many people tend to think of today’s youth as even absent-mindedness, a testament true the leaders of tomorrow. But Scripture never to their age is never far off. A commander in places them in such a category. It never instructs charge of barking orders at them on a weekly our young to wait until they are more mature basis, guided by a service run sheet, helps to or knowledgeable or skilled before they should remind the young people to serve their weekly begin to take God’s Word seriously and consider duties faithfully and honorably before an even what plans and purposes the Lord has for their greater Commander in their lives, God Himself. lives. According to God’s Word, young people are to be leaders even today as they learn to be Much of this willingness to serve stems from the loved and accepted and to have the empty void ministry platform given to them to be with other in them filled by our Almighty God Himself. young people their age every week, in service to God and one another. In this environment of Paul told Timothy, a younger man in the love, trust and acceptance, the young people faith;”Let no man despise thy youth; but be are drawn out of their comfort zone to learn to thou an example of the believers, in word, serve God with their gifts and talents, without in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, fear of making mistakes or a spectacle of in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12). God specifically themselves. In such circumstances, even the commands young people, to be leaders—to most unwilling and unmotivated, will venture lead by example. We are to understand God’s to give their assignments a try, when they see instructions for the young generation and let the friends and peers handling similar assignments world see that a different standard is possible with passion and dedication every week. even for the heavily media-influenced, IT-savvy young generation who walks with the Lord. This hopefully in turn gives them inspiration and confidence to achieve the vision of Stamped Following the exemplary attitude of Paul towards which is, to establish a marked generation for Timothy, all Stamped youth and their team God. Our mission is to connect young people to leaders, despite their tender age, are encouraged a real relationship with God, a loving relationship to serve the Lord as if they are leaders of the with their family, their role in their local church, church today, albeit as on-the-job and to their society and the society around us trainees. At Stamped youth (Desa Sri Hartamas & Mont Kiara). service every Saturday, the entire service from the pulpit Love in Christ, ministry of praise & worship to the preaching message, Steven & Lysanne Yip to the non- pulpit ministry of ushering, ice breaker Stamped Youth games, and hospitality; Coordinators are conducted by the young people who regularly attend Stamped. Needless to say, these young people are much encouraged and thrilled by the

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Establishing a marked generation for God

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by connecting young people to: [ God ] [ Family ] [ Church ] [ Society ]

al priesthood, a holy nation, a people for possession,

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WHAT STAMPED H When I first came to Stamped I wasn’t sure how I could serve God. I loved sport, and music was also starting to mean more and more to me. For about a year I was quite content to just attending the weekly service without any real responsibilities. But over the last few months, I have slowly been give roles such as leading the icebreaker which is always exiting. But then, I still had more to offer. About two months ago, two others and myself were asked to become leaders. I wasn’t sure about it though. I didn’t know whether it was what God wanted me to do, or whether I could handle the added pressure to my academic studies. But, I prayed and eventually accepted to put in the effort. Being a leader is all about offering what you can to best serve God, and through Stamped, I think I’ve grown in many ways, especially in confidence, which has always been difficult for me as I have always been an anxious person. So all in all, Stamped over the year I’ve attended has always been great fun and very rewarding, and that’s why I encourage anyone to come and be part of a marked generation. -Hugh Bendor-Samuel

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HAS DONE FOR ME What Stamped has done for me is priceless! My life used to be very dull and boring before I attended youth. Then my life totally changed, a 180 degree kind of change! Youth has helped me get closer to God, and helped me understand him better. Whenever I’m at Stamped, I feel so pumped up and excited. Plus, our leaders are awesome, awesome people! To put it simply, youth (Stamped) has helped me in lots of ways. STAMPED YOUTH FOREVER! -Brenda Low

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YOUTH LEADERS

Aren

Annemarie

Hugh

Steven & Ly Brenda

Jean

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Joshua Nick

Silas

Rachel

ysanne Yip

Soon Seng Samantha

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Inside Stamped: March 2010  

A look into what Stamped is about, and what we've been up to