Itel batch 5
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved. A worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
Itel Batch 5 Graduation
The fruit of sweet victory comes after a hard-fought battle.—
This is what the seven hundred and six Graduates of Intensive Training for Emerging Leaders Batch 5 profoundly experienced.
Their journey, up until their graduation, was marred by seemingly insurmountable challenges brought specifically by the pandemic — total lockdown of Churches, group gathering restrictions, employer’s demands, struggles to attend classes held online due to lack of privacy and time because of their employers and cares having work and classes at home, add peer pressures, too, and others needing to take make-up classes because they weren’t allowed by their employers to go out or even go to the church.
But they persevered.
It took them two years to finally reached to the finish line.
But they never gave up.
This year’s Commencement Exercises of the Jesus Is Lord Church Hong Kong’s Intensive Training for Emerging Leaders Course (hereafter referred to as ITEL) were conducted on July 17, 2022 at JIL Hong Kong International Centre.
The biblical theme of this milestone is found in 2 Timothy 2:15 – “Do your best in to present yourself to God as one approved. A worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
The President and Spiritual Director of the Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide, Bishop Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva’s admonition is for everyone to become a part of the generation of history-makers whose ultimate joy is to please the very heart of God of which ITEL is made for this purpose.
These golden words were echoed by Rev. Pastor Bart Itong as he served as the keynote speaker of the event which were attended by JILHK Church Pastors and Outreach Coordinators, Church Education Ministry Heads, and 706 graduates from different district churches and outreaches of JIL Hong Kong, whilst following the protocols set by the government as a precautionary measure.
Every graduate responded to their calling and is now embarking on a new path paved to achieve greater heights that God has intended for them. While this journey looked like an uphill battle, it didn’t hinder their commitment to complete the race, instead, they remain steadfast until they are fully equipped to become the next leaders of their generation for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The whole experience definitely changed the life of every graduate.
The final message conveyed to them is to lead a consecrated, courageous, and competent life. After ITEL, the important part is just beginning to unfold – their fulfillment of the mission and personal dedication to God.
This ITEL journey is indeed one for the books where God’s imprint is all over it.
And with that being said, may we give Him all the glory, honor, praises, and thanksgiving!