By Pat Oconer
CFC SFL Fulltime Worker
It has been an exciting journey for the singles ministry of CFC FFL. Two years ago we organized ourselves to a group called CFC SFL, with the mission of proclaiming the name of God, His goodness, His majesty, and His greatness to the ends of the earth, to bring the CAUSE of CHRIST to single men and women around the world. The past 2 years has been an exciting journey, from the call of being ON A High during the World Singles Congress in 2008, to the Identified conference where we declared and revealed who we are as a ministry of CFC FFL, to the next World Singles congress, where we committed live out the conviction of AMEN..SO BE IT!
Last weekend we gathered once again, this time to claim our birthright, our destiny, and our purpose of existence, that we are Destined to Worship, Destined to Serve, and Destined to Witness.
The first ever Leaders conference of CFC SFL is attended by 308 Household servants from Metro Manila and Luzon Provinces, gathered in the mountains of Tagaytay. It was a weekend of acknowledging the goodness, greatness and majesty of God. A weekend of thanksgiving for the privileged of being called, formed and sent, commissioned by God to bring the Good News to the ends of the earth. It’s a weekend of declaring, and receiving the birthright of living a life of worship, service and witnessing.
The Destined weekend is anchored on the life verse of CFC SFL, John 15:16 “ you did not chose me, I chose you, to go and bear fruit “. In Session 1, Joseph Tesoro led the singles to a powerful worship, and a deeper understanding of living a life of worship. He reiterated that our Destiny is to live the life of worship and that worship life should manifest in our day- to- day life. It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the things that the Lord has done in our lives. This was followed by 2 workshops about the Eucharist by Fr. JP and Parish Involvement given by Tito Rey Sotelo. Tito Lachie Agana, gave the 2nd talk entitled Destined to Serve. He discussed that our Destiny is to serve God to the full, that serving God should be manifested in all areas of our lives: family, community, and workplace. He challenged everyone to take every opportunity to serve God with our best! The talk was followed by a re commitment Praisefest where SFL leaders had declared and surrendered to the cross their commitment to God and to the mission of God. It’s a night of letting go, giving up, a night of denying oneself and recognizing that it is all about God.
The last session is given by the Servant General of CFC FFL, Tito Frank Padilla, where he exhorted SFL leaders to speak about God, he stressed that the reason for our existence is to bring forth and push forth the mission of God and that we have to bring light to those in darkness, to claim every opportunity to speak and witness to other people. The work is big, and 308 people can make a significant push to the work of God, just like how the 12 believed and claim the world for God. It is the same call, and the same spirit that the Lord has prepared to each one of us. After the talk followed the powerful send off Praisefest led by JC Sarmiento.
We thank the Lord for a wonderful weekend, we truly brought home with us a lot of realizations as well as challenges, but with God, nothing is impossible. We might still be small in numbers to date, but it doesn’t matter, for we know that we have a big God who is with us, 308 SFL leaders can make a big difference, the world needs God, and we are blessed to be part of the great work of God! All for His greater honor and Glory!
CFC SFL: DESTINED!
See you all next year in Lipa, Batangas! WSC 2010.