was middle of 2009, in one of our monthly WWP core
meetings, that Rene Evidente (our WWP ministry head)
suggested the idea of publishing a daily bible reflection
guide for our beneficiaries. I was receptive to
the idea since this will literally bring the ‘good
news’ to the poor. So the targets were set.
We should be coming out with the booklet by December
of 2009 in time for the start of the New Year 2010.
it was hard to start this new project considering
that the CFC-FFL community has yet to come up with
something similar. I realized this was spiritual
warfare. Oppressions came our way. One was ‘negative
enertia,’ as Rene calls it. Something like
your mind says you like to do it but your body does
not feel like doing it. Thoughts like, “it
is a difficult task and it will take so much time
and effort, so, I won’t do it anymore.”
I realized that being the only fulltime worker in
WWP, I would be tasked to spearhead the project.
I realized that if I will give in to these thoughts,
the devil will be victorious. December 2009 came
and no prayer guide. I just continued to pray for
guidance for the project to materialize.
in January 2010, I was convinced by my wife and
kids to join the social network Facebook. I started
getting messages from friends. After a few weeks,
I received a post from other fulltime workers about
an online Bible. I went to the link and saw that
it has a Bible in downloadable word format. I realized
this was the thing I needed to facilitate the project.
After downloading, I immediately got hold of the
Ordo (the Catholic liturgical guide) and got the
needed bible verses for the 3rd quarter of 2010.
This was our new target date for the project. I
spent the next week or two copying & pasting
the needed scripture readings.
February, I was ready to distribute the scripture
readings to selected writers for their reflections.
In our core group meeting that month, we already
decided that Rene Evidente, Jett Reyes and Ave Veran
will take charge of a month each of scripture reflections.
Due to Jett Reyes’ business responsibilities,
I had to take over his assignment. What I did was
to farm out the scripture reflections for the month
to the members of my household. But for one reason
or another, no reflections were submitted to me.
One member was hospitalized, another was busy doing
mission in the province, and another had personal
problems. I just saw these as obstacles to this
project, so I did the one-month scripture reflections
myself. Fortunately, my assignment coincided with
the Holy Week, and so it was a very good opportunity
to go into deep reflection. After writing the reflections,
Rene and I had to sit down for one whole day to
rewrite some to make sure that the message for the
day was properly explained.
due time, the reflections were complete. It was
now layout time. I was not worried because my eldest
daughter, Bianca, is one of the layout artists of
the Philippine Collegian at UP. She ‘obediently’
volunteered to do the layout. But when she was about
to start work on the layout, my laptop that she
was using broke down. She transferred to our PC
at home but it, too, broke down. I just thought
it was a ‘satan-sent’ virus stopping
our work. Repairing the computer was not part of
our planned expense because enrolling our children
in school was our priority at that time. But we
did not give up. Instead, she did the layout together
with her presswork at UP. We did the editing at
the home office using EFI’s laptop but we
had to schedule it because they were also using
the laptop to layout our Sound The Trumpets magazine
which also running on a deadline.
end of May, we were finally ready for printing.
Rene Evidente had reservations on printing when
we received printing quotations submitted to the
Home Office. The beneficiaries may not be able to
affordthe book. I looked for other options. The
Lord led me to Recto St. in Manila, to a printer
with a brand new risograph machine, delivered only
a week before I came. This meant that we can get
a clear risograph printing job at a less cost compared
to the cost of an offset printing job.
first week of June, the printed ‘Gabay sa
Pagnilay’ copies were already with us at the
Home Office and the CFC-FFL Shoppe. By God’s
grace, we overcame the obstacles. We have done our
part and answered God’s prodding.
I pray that the CFC-FFL general membership will
also support this project. The purchase of one copy
will help subsidize a copy for our poor brethren
in our Restoration & Mission Villages.
be to God.
personal sharing of:
Isaias ‘bonjie’ Bonjibod
Fulltime Pastoral Worker
CFC-FFL Work With the Poor