This slideshow includes photos taken by Carrie and R'Love during the AKT 1 gathering in the Philippines.
This video shows photos and highlights from the AKT 1 conference in the Philippines. The video was made by R'Love, facilitator of CCT Teens in the Philippines and organizer of the AKT 1 conference.
In August 2016, the first global gathering of PEER Teens affiliates was held in the Philippines. The Advancing the Kingdom Together (AKT) gathering brought together PEER Teens from around the world and empower them to discover their spiritual gifts and learn about how they can extend the kingdom of God. The conference was attended by teens and facilitators from Uganda, Zambia, the United States, and the Philippines.
After a long day of travel, the AKT 1 participants arrived at the Selah Garden Hotel in Manila and were happy to meet fellow PEER teens and enjoy some much-needed rest. On the first full day of the conference, the PEER Teens and facilitators explored Intramuros, the old historic district in Manila. The teens enjoyed seeing beautiful churches and learning about the history of the Philippines.
After a delicious lunch of trying new Filipino foods, the teens went to Manila Ocean Park. They saw a sea lion show, a jellyfish exhibit, and the oceanarium.
In the evening, the teens gathered for their first discussion session of AKT 1. The topic was reciprocity and Carrie from the United States discussed Romans 1:12: "that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith." In the spirit of reciprocity, the teens shared the spiritual gifts of their countries.
Everyone woke up very early this morning to go to the airport and fly from Manila to General Santos, where the rest of the conference would take place. After a short flight, the AKT 1 delegates climbed into the back of a van for the journey to the CCT Malungon Retreat Center. They were warmly welcomed upon arrival by staff and children of the center, who dressed in traditional Filipino costumes and performed song and dance during the AKT 1 opening ceremony.
The delegates spent the rest of the day in discussion sessions that helped them develop as PEER Teens leaders. First, Mic from the Philippines discussed the role of teens in sharing the gospel. Then R'Love, also from the Philippines, led a workshop on how to discover your spiritual gifts. Zhingisa from Zamba closed the night with a discussion of the book Do Hard Things.
The morning began with fellowship and more discussion sessions to empower the teens. Denis of Uganda discussed how and why to share the gospel. Then Stella of Uganda led the teens in brainstorming unique challenges that teens around the world are facing today. The teens worked in groups to discuss possible solutions to these many challenges.
In the afternoon, the AKT 1 delegates visited the children in the homecare of CCT Visions of Hope at the Malungon Center. The teens enjoyed playing with the children and visiting their dormitories and classrooms. Then they continued to interact with the local children through a group oriented game, the Amazing Race. The PEER Teens and the children of the homecare worked together to solve clues and race around the retreat center.
Denis wrapped up the evening with more discussion of the book Do Hard Things. He encouraged the delegates to challenge the low expectations of teenagers today and do more than what is expected of them.
Another early morning - the AKT 1 delegates got up at 4:30am for a visit to the General Santos Fish Port. They enjoyed learning about the tuna industry and meeting the fishermen.
When the delegates returned to the retreat center, Carrie led a discussion about how teens can stay connected and continue to pray for their fellow teens around the world. In the afternoon, the teens visited the B'laan tribe for outreach and fellowship. Teens from Uganda and Zambia led praise and worship, and the Mic gave a message in the local language. Then the AKT 1 delegates enjoyed interacting with the local people and sharing their love of God.
In the evening the delegates enjoyed a Cultural Night, where representatives from each country performed a song, dance, or spoken word to represent their culture.
This morning, the AKT 1 participants flew back to Manila for the conclusion of the conference. Once back in Manila, they visited the office of CCT in order to learn more about the organization hosting the conference and interact with their staff.
In the evening, the teens rested while the facilitators came together to reflect on the week's activities, develop a communications plan, and consider the future of PEER Teens.
Today the AKT 1 delegates visited the children in the Visions of Hope homecares at the Magdalena and Rose of Sharon Centers. They played a spirited football game with the boys of the homecare.
For lunch, they enjoyed a "Boodle Fight" - a traditional Filipino feast.
During the closing ceremonies, teens reflected on what they had learned throughout the week and prayed for the future of PEER Teens. They received certificates for their successful completion of the AKT 1 program.
This morning, the AKT 1 delegates went to a Sunday service at Day by Day church in Manila. They enjoyed a final moment of worship and fellowship before driving to the airport for the journey home.
Overall, AKT 1 was a fantastic experience for the delegates from around the world to come together and learn about how to become global leaders. They enjoyed the variety of discussions and also experienced a new culture. The teens are looking forward to applying what they have learned in their PEER Teens chapters back at home.
This September 21, the global PEER Teens network is celebrating the International Day of Peace by sharing their prayers for peace in the world. Here are some of their prayers:
Most everlasting God and Father of all, I am horrified at violence in so many parts of the world. You are the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, hold back the hands that kill and disturb the peace of your people, turn around the hearts that hate to the hearts that will love and cherish. Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace - peace that passes our understanding but changes lives, Make your ways known upon the earth oh Lord God, and your saving power among all people. Renew your Church in holiness and help your Church to serve you with joy. Guide the leaders of all nations that justice may prevail throughout their land. Let not the needy be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Make us instruments of your peace and let your glory be over the world. I pray for peace in our communities oh lord Almighty; I commit to you all those who work for peace in the world, and those who work to uphold law and justice. I pray for an end to fear, for comfort and support to those who suffer. I decree our streets and cities to be calm, that people may go out and work to earn their living, I pray this believing and trusting in Jesus’ name Amen.
Dear God I Want to commit this celebration season unto your care and protection. I ask that you use this moment oh God, as a launching platform to the success of the PEER teens, I pray for the success of the event in Jesus's name. AMEN
Dear loving father, may you please bless the world we live in with peace. May wars stop in our world. May child abuse be removed from the world. May the death rates decrease and please God may you provide the people of the earth with hearts of good deeds. O Lord may your will be done. Amen.
Our father in heaven, I have come in your presence humbly praying for peace in this world. Father I pray for your protection in different countries. Let this world have peace and freedom in Jesus's name. Lord, I pray for the leadership in different countries, let all the leaders be God fearing and when they lead an exemplary life.
Lord, I pray for all sick people. Let them get healed and I pray that our leaders may build more hospitals and other health centers to improve on our health. I counsel all internal and external countries between the citizens and different countries. Lord, let the countries live in peace and harmony with each other.
Lord, I put all the youths in your hands. Oh Lord let them save you when they are still young and may they lead an exemplary life. Let them not to be taken by worldly desires like partying, wearing short dresses, taking drugs and let school drop outs be reduced among the youth because they are the leaders of tomorrow and they can glorify your name
Lord, supply food and water to the needy and countries which are attacked by famine and drought. I pray for different families in this nation, let them have unity and joy among them. I rebuke all the disagreements between the parents and children. Lord I pray for the businesses of the people in different countries. Let them succeed and employ other people who are jobless so that they improve on their standards of living.
I rebuke all the evil plans in this world and all the devil worshipers. I pray that God can change them and turn them back to the Lord our father. Let the Holy Spirit protect our nation and lead us in whatever we do so that we may not sin but we just glorify your name in Jesus's name. AMEN.
Esther Katuutu Olive
Prayer for peace in the world: Dear kind and precious, loving father. I have said this prayer to kindly request for peace in the world. Due to wars, quarrels and many others, there is no peace in the world.
There are many wars in the world, children suffering, children dying due to the absence of peace. Oh God, please turn the hearts of the bad people from hearts of stone to hearts of flesh. Please make them merciful. Due to mercy in those people's hearts, there may not be orphans, dead people and others in the world. Oh God, also guide us when promoting peace. I also thank you for helping to promote peace in some countries. AMEN.
Oh Lord my father, I come in your presence praying for peace in the whole world. I pray for the leadership in the whole world. I pray for married people in the world. Lord help them in decision making in their families such that they live a settled life. I pray for them to be an example to their children such that their children are proud of them.
I pray for all the youth in the world, those who are in school to remain focused for them to have a better future, those who dropped from school Lord help them to get jobs or go to school, and those who were taken by worldly things like dressing, taking drugs, Lord help them to know and to stop such because those drugs can lead to death.
I pray for all the citizens of each country. Lord help them to be good citizens such that they can elect good leaders who will help them in every challenge.
Lord help our world like in countries like Somalia where there is a drought. Lord help the citizens in that country to be hard working and help them pass through the challenge. And in countries where there is war we seek for freedom in the country, you solve the matter with them. One of the countries is Sudan. Lord help the people who are sick, they're in bed and they can't move, they can't eat. Lord there are times that a doctor says "there is no hope" but you will never say that, the best doctor can heal them in Jesus's name. I pray for people who practice homosexuality and that the Lord show them the way they can pass through. Lord help students get good friends who can help them perform well.
Lord let the world have peace in Jesus's name. Amen.
My name is Kobusigne Abwooli Mercy Prescilla. From the bottom of my heart, I pray that you will soften the hearts of evil men and women in the world. They kill others just because they want to take their property and this causes suffering and unhappiness. Please God, guide orphans, street children and the homeless. Oh God, loving father, provide money to orphans and the street children. Make those rebels love God as much as they love themselves and there will be peace in the world. In Jesus name I have prayed.
About PEER Teens Global
PEER Teens is made up of many different chapters around the world. On this page, we share updates of PEER Teens events that take place across chapters, connecting teens around the world in extending the kingdom of God.