Two weeks ago, LifeYouth tribes had their 2nd Tribal War which was meant for team building and outreach purposes. Four tribes sent out a total of five (5) teams and debated on whether we should allow 15-year-olds to start dating. Other topics debated were: ‘Thanos’ ideology is justifiable’; ‘divorce has no effect on children’ and ‘weed should be legalized and sold like cigarettes’. Tribe ‘Audacious Wolves’ came out winners for both Secondary School and Campus categories. And one of their team members, 15-year-old Christopher Siew, wrote about their experience:
The alarm rings, the group chats roars, the fateful day of the historic, LifeYouth Tribal War #2 has arrived and has spiked the spirits of all participants, in reach of the boasting rights against other opposing Tribes.
We the ‘Audacious Wolves’ have long prepared for this momentous event, discussing about the strategies and game plans every opportunity we get, be it during ‘makan’ gatherings or simply in the morning while some members were still in the washroom getting ready for showers. Blood, sweat and tears were poured into the preparation of this Tribal War #2 after our near triumph in Tribal War #1. (Previous winning team was the ‘Elite Monkeys’).
During preparation, we researched countless amounts of articles and websites, cited different sources and videos while compressing and summarizing the available content onto an online file that was accessible to everyone in the group, inviting new ideas and for members to chip in thoughts, arguments or possible counter points to our arsenal.
On Battle Day, we gathered up to four (4) hours prior to the main event, utilizing and squeezing every bit of available time left to refine and perfect our arguments the best we could. We were also very grateful to our endearing and meticulous sponsor Hana, who brought us food and drinks to keep us awake and energized. She has contributed much to the preparation of the event, digging through every nook and cranny of our strategy, finding potential flaws and mending it for us.
The time has come, as we enter the arena, notes were blasted across the rooms, sweat ran down our sideburns, other groups tried to intimidate us but we remained firm. A final prayer was said as we gathered together, reminding ourselves that this War was all about fellowship and praise of God, bringing us together in a competitive spirit while focusing on the common core of serving God.
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18: 20)