By Arlou Carampatana
CFC SFL Kabankalan
My 2 days park with our Lord last CSW has brought me more closer and inspired me about missions because He has shown me His grace. No matter how many times I may fail or have forgotten and loss my sight, (sometimes due to worldly engagement of busy days), He has always been there for me. He consistently sends people to pursue me again and again and again, and be captured by His love. He wants to win us back and embrace us. He sent chosen people to us (like Ananias and Barnabas in our time) to help us fight a good fight, to give us strength and courage in times that we are low. They motivate us in finishing the race, leading us to be open to missions and keeping the faith like what Christ did to Saint Paul.
That we may reach towards the end of the earth. To the ends of the earth for me is my workplace where I was called to serve in our office and outside our areas of District in Negros Occidental, in areas and parishes of the Diocese of Kabankalan, in our household meetings and in CFC SFL community. My mission also includes the most nearest persons beside my heart and to the next Timothy that the Lord may send me to again – to pass the inspiration to others.
He refuels us always because His Grace is unlimited. I could always park anytime and ask the Lord to give us his fuel again – His Holy Spirit, freely given, freely driven, and freely to shared his blessings. I SAY YES to his calling and dedicate myself for the rest of my life in this greater cause to bring others and more people more closer to JESUS – to our home, our families, and my future family also. I thank you Lord for the CFC SFL Community because through this community, I’m growing through serving. I’m driven by His grace and will go on this long joy ride with the Lord even in pain, together with the persons sends me wherever He may lead me.
I really appreciated the venue, RETREAT FORMATION CENTER that serves our gasoline station. This is my second time in Iloilo for a retreat. I also dream as well to have it in our place. Retreat Center is necessary to keep us recharged in Spirit and to have time with the Lord’s voice inside our heart. Thank you again for preparing the CSW, the service team and to our missionaries.
May there be more missionaries to serve our brothers and sisters. May we all be missionaries in our local areas, in our home and towards others. To Saint Paul the Apostle of Christ and our missionary model, teach us, pray for us, and lead us to the Lord.