By Pat Oconer
CFC SFL Fulltime Worker
Feb 18 – 20 CFC Singles for Family and Life gather for its annual World Singles Congress in Tarlac City. Almost 1000 SFLs all over the Philippines and the world gathered for a weekend of experiencing Christ, and brotherhood and sisterhood amongst singles.
These years CFC FFL theme is taken from Isaiah 49:5 “ My God is Now my strength”, CFC SFL responded with the handle of Strong God, that we have a God that is strong and mighty, that we can depend on Him, that in Him alone we can find strength, that He is the source of all strength.
The weekend is packed with 4 sessions, and different workshops. The first talk is all about our identity as His children, that we are His, Cocoi Javier, KFL International Coordinator gave a very powerful testimony of Gods greatness in His life, and the many assurance and affirmation of His call as a missionary, as a husband and father to his kids. How the Lord has blessed him with so much, that despite the many trials and challenges in life, he remain His. The second session is divided to two set, those of 29 and below and 30 and above, the session is catered to discuss about finding strength in are weakness, that everything that happen to us is a purpose, that God can be our greatest source of strength in times of weakness and challenges, it is also the session that we get to discuss realities that a single person goes through.
Session three is about Strength in God, CFC FFL Servant General Frank Padilla gave a very powerful talk, affirming and telling everybody that only in Him we can fund strength, that He is the true source of strength, that we can depend on Him. The talk is also supported by 4 powerful sharers, anna who have found his vocation in life, and wanting to live a celibate life, marshal, who despite his physically challenge situation continue to serve God with passion and conviction, raine, a youth missionary, who desire to live a life of purity and chastity, and joji, SFL missionary, who despite two deaths in the family never doubted Gods way of loving and caring, and continued with the mission God has blessed him with. The session was ended by a worship and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament by Father Arlo Yap, SVD, SFL Spiritual director.
The last session given by JC Sarmiento, CFC SFL MM Head gave the singles the call to go out and evangelized, to be raised, to restore lives, and to reach out, it is also in this session that we get to see the bigger work ahead, and the fertile ground for evangelization.
At the end of the congress, 72 SFL Mission volunteers were prayed over, together with 4 SFL missionaries who will be going out on mission to Latin America and Indo China.
Over that weekend, the Lord has reminded us to remain in Him, to be dependent on Him, to recognized the many things He is doing in our lives. He is in control, He is the almighty, and He will never stop to show us, that with Him, who is strong and mighty, anything is possible, we just have to give our all, and surrender.
See you next year at the diocese of Paranaque!