Only believe God’s report

Have you ever been told that you’ll never succeed or amount to anything in life? And did you believe it?

Reality is that, there are people in this world who try by all means to demotivate us with their negative statements or those who are try to destroy us by being negative in whatever we want to do or achieve. They think that they know us or can predict our lives.  It is sad that some of us are not living the lives we desire to live because we have listened and believed these negative people.

The truth is that, the only person who completely knows you is God Almighty (your Creator). He knows everything about you, your dreams, vision and purpose. He knows all that you’ll come across in life, the setbacks, the pain, the challenges, the good times and all that you’ll go through before you arrive to the future He has prepared for you. But worry not for He will be with you all the time.

He said: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I blessed you.” Jeremiah 1:5

Why do you believe what people say about you and your life over God who created you?
He formed and blessed you. He says with Him all things shall be possible in your life but you choose to believe people who says, nothing shall be possible in your life. Why?

Your days have been recorded before you were even born by God who created you for a reason with a purpose to fulfil. He has plans and greater things in store for you. Why then do you believe what people say about you and your life over what God who created you says about you (His beloved Child)?

Don’t let what others say to you destroy your vision.
Don’t let their words hold you back in life.
Don’t let the negativity they spread about you pull you down.
Don’t let their small thinking grab your attention.
Stop believing people who knows nothing about you over God who knows everything about you.

I wish you a blessed day and productive week. May all your plans and dreams come true.

#PowerTalks Back with A BANG!

We are happy to announce that our weekly #PowerTalks are back with a BANG. Catch the first edition in 2017 on the 6th of March 2017 from 7am. Visit www.aym.org.za/powertalks to be part of our mailing list.

Please note that you will also have them on our website on www.aym.org.za/category/power-talks

For more information, email powertalk@aym.org.za

Get Your Empowerment on our platform

Agape Youth Movement (AYM) is giving you an opportunity as an organiser to publish and promote your youth empowerment event on our Events Portal. All you need to do is to simply send us an email on events@aym.org.za with the following:

  • Name of event
  • Event Organiser (s)
  • Date (s) of the event
  • Time (s) of the event
  • Venue of the event
  • Poster of the event

God has not abandoned you

Many times when you come across demotivated, depressed and stressed people or when you come across people who have been struggling and suffering for a long time, maybe with sickness or unemployment, when you start telling them about God and how great He is, some of them will ask you, where is God when I am suffering like this, why is He not helping me, why has He abandoned me?

Truth be told, God has not abandoned you for He said in His word that, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He is faithful to His word, when He says He will do something, trust Him for He will surely do it. Being in the situation you’re in doesn’t mean God doesn’t care about you, it doesn’t mean He has abandoned you. He has His reasons why, He has a purpose to fulfil in your life with all that you’re going through. Learn to have faith in Him, to trust Him and to be still knowing that He is God who can do exceedingly abundantly above all that you asked for.

It’s challenging, it’s painful, it’s disappointing but let it not separate you with God, let it not destroy your faith but rather let it help you grow closer to God.

God is able, don’t stop trusting Him just because your life is challenging and complicated.
Don’t give up praying just because you feel like you’ve been praying for a long time and God is not answering you.
He hears, He sees and He responds.
Your appointed time will surely come, wait patiently for it.

I wish you a blessed and a successful day.
May all your plans and dreams come true.

Be Expectant

During pregnancy, a woman is forced to quit all bad habits which some include smoking, drinking and eating fast foods. There is a lot of pain that is experienced at times. There is a lot of sacrifice that needs to be done however you can draw a lot of lessons from pregnancy. Some lessons include patience, care, health and faith, just to name a few.
Another term we use to say that a woman is pregnant is pregnant is that “she is expecting”. This means she is expecting something – a gift – a baby. One important other lesson to draw from a pregnant women is that you need to learn is to be expectant.
“cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.” – (Romans 12:12 MSG)
Often times we are not on the receiving end. We have faith that God will do miracles, however we are not expecting something to come our way. When a woman is expecting a baby, she makes sure that her health is up to scratch. She makes sure that nothing harms that which is coming her way (a gift from God).
Maybe one of the reasons why you haven’t received your blessing is because you are not expecting it. By expecting a blessing, there certain things you need to do. You do not sit there and expect something to happen when you are not preparing yourself for it. The bible say you must “wait on the Lord.” Whilst waiting, you need to gear up. Just like a pregnant woman, you need to get rid of the many things that might cause a blessing miscarriage.
Some of the things that may cause your “blessing miscarriage” include doubt, negative talks, impatience, shame, thanklessness, hopelessness and pride (we will dwell on this subject in detail).
Maybe one of the reasons why you haven’t received your blessing is that you are not at the receiving end. Yes, you might be waiting on the Lord, still standing firm, but your position might be incorrect. When God opens the windows of heaven and pour out His blessings to you, will the blessings find you in the right position with him? Do you have a right-standing with God? Are you righteous?
There are many “blocks” preventing your healing, health and blessings. A sober conclusion would be that you need to walk in “Love and Truth” with God, ourselves and our fellow man, there will be NO blocks! You need to make sure that at all times you are expectant.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:1 NLT)
God has great plans for you, plans not to harm you but to give you hope and future. As much as He wants you to wait upon Him, He also expects you to be expectant. Be ready to receive the blessings of God. Don’t wait without hope and the right standing with God.

Letter P

The 6 Ps that torment people

1. Power
People that crave for power. People will go out of their way just to obtain power. Miseries have been caused, widows came and orphans have been crafted because people are chasing for power. A number of families were destroyed, friendships, relationships were destroyed in the process because people were craving for power. Don’t let power get to your head. You will crash!

2. Prosperity
People will go all out to prosper. People are told to do extreme things for prosperity. They will tell you that if you can sacrifice a child, your business will grow. If you can just bring your cousin’s eye just so that you can prosper. A number of people died because they want to prosper. Don’t be too anxious for success that you even lose yourself in the process.

3. Protection
That’s another P. There are so many families that would go all the way just to strengthen their families. People spend thousands of rands just to protect themselves from evil spirits and guard their houses. Knowing that you have a God who is a protector, you shouldn’t be worried about spiritual battles for He will prepare you and strengthen you for war.

4. Popularity
Others just want to be popular. Just to be seen on TV, Magazines, and Newspapers and they will do whatever it takes to see themselves being popular and people always talking about them. People go to the extreme just wanting to be famous. Ladies would even go out to be naked just to get some attention on social platforms. We need to run away from the obsession of being famous.

5. Presence
Others for presence. “When I come, people must sense me that I’ve arrived.” People would do anything in their power to make sure that people feel his/her presence. Stop over entertaining people. Be your best and people will love you still. Don’t go out seeking attention. If you are doing something good, people will give you attention.

6. Pleasure
They would sacrifice a number of things just for pleasure. People would sacrifice their dignity just to have pleasure. I was shocked to hear young people claiming not to have money to register for the next semester but they stiff have money to go see DJ so and so play and get drunk on that weekend. Priorities are not set right when pleasure is in the lead.

We need to learn not to let these 6 Ps control our lives. We need to learn how to draw a balance between all of them. Failure to do so, you will temper with your future and the happiness of people around you.
I want you to look at yourself today and introspect. Do you have any of the Ps? If the answer is YES, then you need to go on your knees and ask God to help you conquer that P.

Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk 2016

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2nd Annual Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk

Theme:  The 1976 of 2016.

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the Youth Uprisings in 1976, a symbol of youth leadership in the South African history. In celebrating the anniversary, Agape Youth Movement (AYM) in collaboration with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and the City of Tshwane, will host their 2nd Annual Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk (TYLT).

TYLT is a dialogue with youth leaders, a platform to discuss youth leadership with a special focus on youth development. This programme aims to capacitate the youth, within institutions of learning, with elements of leadership. The youth needs consciousness of the struggle of their generation. The event programme features panel discussions by prominent South African Youth Leaders and high school RCL members, keynote address under the theme: The 1976 of 2016.

The TYLT is an initiative and element of a learner-leader programme that provides learners in leadership positions with leadership training and mentorship in high schools, with an aim to create a platform on which learners can understand their high school challenges, the role they could play and be mentored in implementing solutions.

With that said, we would like to invite you for media coverage of the 40 Years Commemoration of the Youth Uprisings in 1976 at our event, through pre and post-event profiling.

The programme will feature a keynote address by the Deputy Minister of Department of Basic Education – Honourable Enver Surty and the CEO of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) – Mr Khathutshelo Ramukumba followed by two panel discussions with future leaders on the role they could play to better the education system.

 

Event Details

Date:                           25 June 2016

Venue:                        National Library of South Africa (NLSA) Main Hall

Address:                     75 Thabo Sehume Street, Pretoria 0001

GPS Co-Ordinates: -25.742686, 28.189628,15

Time:                          8:30am – 4pm

Promo Video:                        https://youtu.be/u4SETK-HjXQ

Hashtag:                     #TYLT2016

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About Agape Youth Movement

Agape Youth Movement is an award-winning and most innovative youth-led Non-Profit Company (NPC), with an aim to own the challenges of youth in South Africa and work alongside government and private sector to bring innovative social solutions.

The organization was established in 2009 by a group of young visionaries within Gauteng and today it has extended its impact to numerous provinces in South Africa. It has five focus areas in Education, Entrepreneurship, Green Economy, Arts and Culture and Social Development.

Over the years, AYM has demonstrated its proficiency of successfully and cost-effectively organising local economic development, active citizenry and educational programmes that are purposefully harmonized with the organisation’s five (5) cardinal pillars (www.aym.org.za/pillars) and overall vision of advocating for youth and community development.

With the growing impact that the organisation is creating in various communities across all the nine provinces of South Africa and the large pool of young people following us on major media platforms and subscribing to our newsletters on a daily basis ranging from 16 to 35 years of age, it goes without saying that the organisation remains one of the most fastest growing youth-led organisations in South Africa. This is because we are attracting and developing a cohort of young leaders in our generation.

Visit www.aym.org.za to read more about Agape Youth Movement.

Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk 2015

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Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk

Pretoria, Wednesday, 10 June 2015 – Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk (TYLT) is a programme of Agape Youth Movement (AYM). TYLT is a dialogue with youth leaders, a platform to discuss youth leadership with a special focus on youth development. This programme aims to capacitate the youth, within institutions of learning, with elements of leadership. The youth needs consciousness of the struggle of their generation. TYLT in partnership with National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and the City of Tshwane (COT) this youth month will host a special seminar for young leaders in various structures.

The programme will feature a keynote address by the Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation – Honourable Buti Manamela, the executive mayor of the City of Tshwane – Cllr Kgosietso Ramokgopa, CEO and National Librarian: Professor MD Rocky Ralebipi-Simela, the founder of Kara Heritage Institute – Dr Mathole Motshekga and two panel discussion sessions with a good combination of industry experts, media personalities and academics to tackle issues affecting leaders and how to pave way for a new breed of thought leaders in South Africa.

Coupled with the Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk, our leaders Abuti Rams (President) and Tshepang Pule (Deputy President) will be launching their much anticipated book titled “Beyond Inspiration”. Beyond Inspiration is a book aimed at activating leadership and highest level of human potential. The book covers a variety of subjects sequentially crafted to help young leaders to live significant lives, because “success is not enough, you need to move beyond inspiration.”

First panel discussion will focus on “The state of youth leadership in South Africa”, panellists will include Lesego Makhubela (ANCYL Chairperson in City of Tshwane), Khulekani Skosana (Secretary General: COSAS), Zukiswa Ncunyana (SED: City of Tshwane’s – Research & Innovation) and Tebogo Sebolai (Board Member: City of Tshwane’s Youth Development Unit), Ndumiso Hadebe (2013 Winner of One day leader season 2) and Cllr Mabusela (MMC for Health and Social Development in City of Tshwane).

The second panel discussion of Youth Thought Leadership coupled with a book review of Beyond Inspiration. The speakers include Abuti Rams (Thought leader & president of AYM), Tshepang Pule (Thought leader and deputy president of AYM), Sanele Zulu (author, inspirational speaker and entrepreneur), Mandla Matyumza (CEO of NLSA – Centre of the Book) and Nonhlanhla Mnisi (Author, Speaker and Producer).

 

Event Details

Date:                           27 June 2015

Venue:                        National Library of South Africa (NLSA) Main Hall

Address:                     75 Thabo Sehume Street, Pretoria 0001

GPS Co-Ordinates: -25.742686, 28.189628,15

Time:                          9:00am – 2pm

Web Page:                 www.aym.org.za/tylt

Official Harsh Tag:   #TYLT2015

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About Agape Youth Movement (AYM)

Agape Youth Movement is an award-winning, most influential and the fastest growing youth-led organisation in South Africa whose vision is to advocate for youth and community development. Over the years, AYM has demonstrated its proficiency of successfully and cost-effectively organising local economic development programs, active citizenry programs and many other projects that were purposefully harmonized with the organisation’s aims and objectives.