On the 29th of November, 2015, the 1st Mind Lecture Competition was held at the IYF Nagaland Center.
There was one reason this Mind Lecture Competition was held.
It was carried out according to God’s heart to produce 1 million mind lecturers, train the students with the mind education and hold a mind lecture competition.
This is not simply a mind lecture competition, it is the footstep taken by the 4 lepers with the will of God, “Tomorrow about this time.” Likewise, it is God’s will to produce 1 million mind lecturers and filled the world the world with the gospel.
The competition was held after the Mind Education Camp and 100 school Principles said the students were in the final exams and so they could not attend. As time passed by, the circumstances seemed even more impossible.
Until 10 days before the competition, there were no external students that applied. In a situation where it seemed as though it would not work out, God gave us the Words in Exodus chapter 3 and 4.
God began to work miraculously.
We introduced the goals and purpose of the Mind Lecture Competition and its vision to the Mayor. We showed pictures of our activities all over India, in universities and organizations in Nagaland until now, and the mind education that is changing the entire world.
The Mayor exclaimed on the spot, “If it’s something like this, I will support you as much as possible!” and sponsored us with 200,000 won worth of Samsung smartphone, Mayor’s Award, and promised to give a welcoming speech at the opening ceremony.
On that evening, the Superintendent of Mt. Mary College, Ms. Esther who had been helping us until now called to tell us that a meeting was scheduled with the Education Minister of Kohima City on the next day at 8 am. The Education Minister’s sister was Esther’s close friend and through that friend, the way had opened.
Having started from Dimapur at 4:30am, we met with the Education Minister, Mr. Yithachu at 8am.
After explaining the vision and goal of the Mind Lecture Competition for 30 minutes, he replied, “How can I help you? Such competition is very good. It is not politicians that change this nation but people with the right mind. Such competition is very much needed in Nagaland. If I go to Dimapur in December, I would like to discuss in more detail about working for the youths with the IYF.”
He also supported us with the Education Minister’s Award for the Grand prize winner, a 400,000 won worth of camera, and a congratulatory message by video.
Besides this, we were also sponsored by a dentist clinic, KFC, and big restaurants.
As the prizes started to include the Education Minister and Mayor’s Award, the value of this competition suddenly increased. In 3 days, the number of participants rose to 40 people and we received full support from principals and professors. It felt like a dream and we were very happy. Seeing God work irrespective of our circumstances, only his will, we prepared the competition with a glad heart.
We prepared with a praying heart since it was the first event and we had little data or knowledge about how to prepare. God poured us with His grace at each and every moment as well as with wisdom to prepare everything.
He enjoyed the lectures given by the students and the Mayor was joyful as he heard the mind lectures of students who will become future leaders. After he watched the first half of the students’ lectures, he had a short meeting with Pastor Chil Shik Moon from Korea for about 15 minutes, and made an appointment for breakfast the next day. The Mayor had stayed an hour longer than scheduled, discussed this and that about working for the youths with the IYF, and opened his heart wide towards us.
Lecturer, Pastor Chil Shik Moon delivered a message saying, “When the hope of the father flows into the heart of the hopeless son’s heart, hope arises. That hope made him get up and walk, allowing them to escape the desert. As the stream of water from Colorado flowed into the deserts of LA, it turned into the best city to live in. We do not need the streams of Colorado but the heart and hope of God.
The heart and hope of God flows inside the IYF. When this stream of water entered your hearts, you will change. If you exchange and learn within the IYF, you will experience a wondrous change, and grow to become a leader that will lead the next generation.”
In the morning of the day after the competition, the Mayor having been invited for breakfast visited the IYF Center again at 9am. After an hour of serious consultation on faith and how to discussion on how to proceed with the mind education and training in the future, he expressed his interest in learning more about the Korea World Camp.
While holding this Mind Lecture Competition, we were able to see the Education Minister, Mayor, and many other education leaders show an extremely positive reaction towards the IYF. This event has been a great turning point in letting IYF’s status known across Nagaland.
When we first prepared this event, we simply began believing in the word of the servant of God to hold mind lectures. God had prepared everything and opened up the door. When we stepped forward with the Words, we were already inside the promise. We thought it could have been wicked of us to have given up on the competition simply by looking at our seemingly impossible circumstance.
We are hopeful to think of the 1 million mind lecturers that will be produced through the Mind Lecture Competition and change this world by giving hope and dreams to people. We give our praise and glory to God.