Mindanao, A Land of Promise

(some of the SFL delegates of the MYMC)

Last October 29-30, 2011, the young ministries of the island of Mindanao gathered at the Girl Scouts of the Philippines in Toril, Davao City for the Mindanao Young Ministries Congress. Now on its second year, the MYMC turned to be a true life-changer for the 180 CFC KFL, YFL and SFL delegates who attended the said event.

Bro. Manet Pilay, CFC FFL Family Ministries Coordinator for Davao, in his opening remarks, reminded everyone of the MYMC’s significance in uniting and in strengthening CFC FFL Mindanao. The weekend was a clear manifestation of God’s faithfulness to His promises for the island!

CFC KFL, YFL and SFL held separate programs simultaneously. KFL echoed down the program of their Kid Possible World Kids Congress while YFL conducted the Gripped Mindanao Youthfest. SFL, on the other hand, had a retreat-type assembly in their Radical Committed Servants Weekend. There may have been different sessions, activities and workshops for all the MYMC delegates, but clearly, each one was enlivened by the same spirit.

The first day was capped off by the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament leading to a Praisefest by Joji Ibuna, SFL Full Time Pastoral Worker for Mindanao. A fellowship night closely followed for all the participants in celebration of their identity, calling and mission as YFL and SFL. The Live Pure Movement was also launched that evening.

The MYMC ended with the participants worshipping the Lord in a Praisefest led by Julius Eguia, YFL Full Time Pastoral Worker for Mindanao. He encouraged everyone to be radical in proclaiming Christ as He has been radical to us by dying on the cross; no matter what happens, His grace will always be sufficient.

Awards were given for the most inspiring (CDO), most vibrant (Davao), most organized (Bolul, Koronadal) and most persevering (Ozamiz) delegations.

Undeniably, the Mindanao Young Ministries Congress was a life-changer for everyone who attended that weekend. Hearts were moved. Spirits were lifted. Lives were changed. Asked on how he was blessed by serving in the MYMC this year, John Aguila, YFL Mission Volunteer, has this to say, “It reminded me to keep my focus on Him; that He alone is enough, and I must grip unto His promise.”

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