Instilling among the youth a greater appreciation for their God-given talents is just one of the many objectives of CFC Youth for Christ (CFC-YFC). Being a community of young believers eager to continue Christ’s mission and proclaim His love to the world, it cannot be emphasized enough how significant such gifts are in YFC’s mission of evangelization.
Music, in particular, has always been an effective tool in bringing the youth to Christ. Through a culture of praise and worship, Christ is introduced in an immensely creative, exciting, and enjoyable manner. Indeed, music has been an instrument for inspiring the youth and unearthing their passion to serve the Lord through YFC.
Over the years, the community has been content to borrow songs from other Christian groups to sustain such a culture. In the last few years, however, we have come to realize a need and calling to share our own God-given talents, not just in performing music to glorify the Lord, but also in creating such. After all, our community is rich, not just in talent for singing and playing music, but also in stories and experiences that can be shared through the gift of song. Thus, a campaign to live our lives loudly for the Lord by encouraging the youth to write songs and share it with the entire YFC began.
“You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance; you have taken away my sorrow and surrounded me with joy. So I will not be silent; I will sing praise to you. Lord You are my God; I will give You thanks forever.” –Psalm 30:11-12
The above verses serve to anchor this project, emphasizing the joy that has been brought to our lives because of God’s presence in it. YFC LIVELOUD is a campaign to inspire and encourage the members of the community to share their God-given talents in music by composing praise and worship songs for our ministry. It aims to enhance their abilities, not just in performing, but also in song writing. Also, the nature of the campaign allows even the most timid voices to be heard.
The all-original compositions of YFCs can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions (should include the chords, lyrics, mp3 recording, and short description of the song), are screened by the LIVELOUD core, then the CFC International Music Ministry Core. Once accepted, they are placed in a pool of songs ready for the community’s use.
These new and original songs are shared thru the YFC LIVELOUD PRAISECONCERT, which has been held annually in Metro Manila since 2009, with the hope of achieving unity through the songs we sing as a community. This activity has been a venue for sharing, teaching, and launching the new YFC songs on a grander scale. The vision for the YFC LIVELOUD PRAISECONCERT is for every strategic region/province/area to conduct their own to allow the new songs to be saturated at even the grassroots of the community.
But beyond the music, the songwriting, and the grand praiseconcerts, YFC LIVELOUD stands for living our faith, not just in our voices, but in our actions, and making every day and moment a proclamation of our deep and great love for God.