2010 "AWESOME" Community Conference
CFC-FFL family hit the ground running as it kicked
off the new year with its first community conference
for 2010 last January 9 at the Ynares Sports Center
in Pasig City. Hundreds of leaders and members from
all over the country, together with some CFC-FFL brethren
from different parts of the world, came united in
spirit and love, geared up as one community for a
promising , exciting and challenging year ahead.
afternoon opened with a very spirit-filled worship
led by Bro. Roy Maturan (District Servant of Marbel,
South Cotabato). During prayer, white doves were released
to symbolize the offering of thanksgiving for the
blessings of the past year, 2009, and the freedom
to pursue the directions and plan of the Lord for
the community for 2010. This was followed by an equally
energetic community dance led by the YFL dancers.
To the upbeat techno music of “Our God is an
Awesome God,” the program emcees, Xavy Padilla
and Denice Price invited everyone to learn the whole
dance sequence that consisted of only ten easy steps.
Everyone enjoyed watching the members of the Body
of Counselors and District Servants lead the assembly
in the community dance.
Servant General, Bro. Frank Padilla, delivered the
first talk that helped everyone gain a better appreciation
of this year’s theme taken from Job 37:23. We
were invited to see God as He truly is –
“The Almighty! Just and righteous is He.”
Job’s questions, God responds by pointing Job
to His awesome majesty. And to our amazement His greatness
leaves us responding in humility and reverential fear
as we try to live just and righteous lives. However,
the more we strive to grow in holiness, the more we
will experience affliction of every kind. It is in
these trying times that we are called to hope, trust
and find joy in the Lord. We are drawn to a deeper
relationship with Him and our hope becomes genuine
when we choose to keep the faith even when there seems
to be no longer any reason to hope. To persevere in
carrying our cross is an opportunity to experience
redemptive suffering. Hence, we have reason to rejoice
for the privilege of walking the way of the cross,
the way of Jesus.
second talk was rendered by Bro. Jerome Protacio,
our new CFC-FFL Mindanao Region Coordinator. It was
a highly exhortative session that focused on the kind
of posture we should adopt as we internalize the message
of the Book of Job. The inspiring testimonies of Bro.
Jess Lumbao and Bro. Stephen Ramos (both from CFCFFL)
as well as Ronald Repolona (from CFC-SFL) gave much
encouragement as they shared about their faithful
witnessing through regular attendance at households,
tithing and evangelization in their workplace. All
these they persevere to do despite the the attendant
Holy Mass celebrated by His Excellency, Bishop Gabriel
Reyes gave the event a meaningful ending. In his homily
the Bishop exhorted the CFC-FFL community to take
action in transforming society by conquering sin.
Gaining victory over sin will entail suffering. But
when this suffering is endured for the love of God,
then it brings true joy. We can do all things in God’s
name, for He is truly “The Almighty!
Just and righteous is He.”