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Encountering Love in Leyte

OVER a thousand members of CFC from Leyte and Southern Leyte gathered for the spirit-filled “Love More” Retreat last July 12, 2015 at the VSU Convention Hall, Baybay City, Leyte.


The conference centered on CFC’s 2015 theme “Love More”, taken from John 21:15-17. Davis Abuel, CFC Leyte SOLD Provincial Coordinator, led the opening worship.


A stage play, which is an adaptation from the movie The Encounter, introduced the sessions, with the characters portrayed by some members of CFC Metro Manila South B. The story highlighted problems that are usually encountered by CFC members and leaders, until they are eventually resolved because of their strong faith, trust and love for God.


Arnel Sacris, Cebu Provincial Area Director, delivered the first talk (It is too Little) with great simplicity and humor but the message was very clear—Jesus should be in every service, for without Jesus, one’s efforts will prove to be too little. In her testimony, Neneng Sacris recounted that the service she and her husband Arnel rendered for over twenty years is still too little. As couple, they continue to accept whatever new assignment is given to them as they are called to serve the community passionately. 


The second talk titled Come Have Breakfast was delivered by International Council member Lito Tayag, with King Lariosa, a member of Area G, as his sharer. Lariosa shared his painful childhood experience, causing him to have so much hatred towards his father. But God healed him as he learned to forgive his father. His story was a call to action for all members of CFC: to continue the mission of evangelizing more couples as it may help prevent, if not totally eradicate, the cases of child abuse.


The afternoon session started with a mass with Rev. Fr. Brian Flandez of Holy Spirit Parish as celebrant. Before the final blessing, Jude Abenoja, Leyte Provincial Area Director, and CFC Southern Leyte Provincial Area Head, expressed his thanks to Rev. Fr. Brian Flandez, as well as the speakers and music ministry from Metro Manila South B, headed by Raymond Bucu, CFC Leyte Provincial Area Head, who selflessly gave their time to be part of the Love More Weekend.


The third talk titled Do You Love Me More Than These was delivered by Ramuel Garcia, UAE National Council Director. He openly shared his unfailing love for his wife whom he fondly calls “giliw”. His wife Beth, a nurse by profession, shared the hurdles both she and Ramuel experienced as CFC leaders in UAE.


The last talk (Love More) was delivered by Middle East Regional Coordinator, UAE Country Coordinator and Central Luzon Regional Head Romy Alfaro. The story shared by Victor and Wilma Laurel, KFC Leyte Central Couple Coordinator, of the deep love that abides in their family, filled the venue with laughter and tears.


As a fitting ending to a great conference, the 1,400 delegates all cametogether for a vibrant praisefest. (Maricel Ngo)


Added on Friday, July 31, 2015



 

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