Congrats 2017 Youth Speakers!

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2017 MBCLA Youth Speakers Team

(Back Row) Jay, Jaden, Evan, Daniel, Josh, Arthur
(Middle Row) Abigail, Katherine, Judy, Abigail, Clara, Rebecca, Sandra, Michelle
(Front Row) Harmony, Megan, Ashley, Angela (exhibition speaker)  (not pictured: Josh, Sissi)

Well, once again, God came through and changed minds, perspectives, and lives through the CA So. Baptist Youth Speakers Tournament process.  With two weeks less of preparation than usual, and a younger team than usual, neither coaches nor speakers were really sure they would be able to be ready in time for the tournament.  With a couple of speakers dropping out in the early weeks, a couple of more on the verge of dropping out halfway through, and coaches experiencing discouragement, the morale of the team was shaky.  But through prayer and perseverance, late nights, group chats, one-on-one conversations into the wee hours of the morning, Saturday practices, the team began turning the corner and began to build camaraderie, a team spirit, and a genuine enthusiasm and support for one another.  To say this was a 2 1/2 month spiritual boot camp would not be an overstatement.  There were tears, self-analysis, conviction, Aha! moments, humbling, encouragement, overcoming fear, understanding the gospel for the first time, surrendering to Christ, personal “demons” being slain.  You name it.  But the rewards of spiritual freedom and empowerment in Christ were well worth it.

In the end, true victories were had all the way around, and that’s what really matters. God moved. God slew. God held on. God embraced. God empowered. That’s what He does through the “Speakers Process” and this year proved no different.

We are extremely proud of each speaker and for what each of them had to overcome to complete this process.  You are true winners.  And sadly, we say goodbye to our seniors, Joshua Chang, Joshua Chuang, and Harmony Hung, who provided great leadership for our team this year.  You will be missed.

2017 CA So. Baptist Youth Speakers Tournament

As far as the actual Youth Speakers Tournament results, we’d like to congratulate Josh Chang and Michelle Chen for winning their respective tracks!  They are the latest in a long line 20170408_113941 of MBCLA Youth Speakers Tournament winners that will be charged to steward their entrustments well:

One track only:

2006: Kathy Hung (12th)
2007: Christine Winarko (12th)
______  Runner-up: Eunice Im (12th)
2009: Nathaniel Hsieh (10th)
______  Runner-up: Vincent Puu (10th)
2010: Clara Wong (12th)
______  Runner-up: Randall Hsieh (10th)

Two tracks:

2011: Isabel Shen (12th)
2013:       Runner-up: Daniel Hsieh (10th)
_______  Runner-up: Harvey Gan (12th)
2014: Daniel Hsieh (11th)
____  Joseph Chang (12th)
____  Alexandra Tagami (11th)
2015: Megan Lee (12th)
______   Runner-up: Aileen Wei (12th)
______   Runner-up: Judy Wu (12th)
____  Andrew Shi (12th)
______  Runner-up: Joshua Chang (10th)
2016: Angela Hsieh (10th)
2017: Joshua Chang (12th)
____  Michelle Chen (11th)

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