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Sharing Jesus In the Most Unusual Places

To share Christ and His gospel to the people undergoing dialysis—this is the advocacy of Art and Ellen Gabriel, chapter head of CFC Batangas and Verde Island.

 

Art and Ellen are now conducting a Christian Life Program (CLP) for patients undergoing dialysis in St. Camillus de Lellis Hospital, Batangas City. The CLP started last September 11, 2017, with a total of 14 patients and nurses participating in the said program.


The CLP is an integrated course intended to lead the program participants into a renewed understanding of God’s call to them as Christian couples or individuals. It runs for a total of 12 separate sessions, usually held once a week. Most sessions consist of three basic ingredients: a teaching, a group discussion, and fellowship. 


In the Gabriels’ case, the CLP is conducted every Monday. “Ang advocacy naming mag-asawa ay mapalapit ang mga patients sa Panginoon, lalo na doon sa mga hindi pa nakakakilala sa Kanya,”Art shared.


Art leads the CLP while his wife Ellen serves as facilitator and prayer warrior, and is also in charge of registration.The capacity of the hospital room is limited and only seven patients at any one time are allowed to undergo dialysis, which is why only two couples are allowed to serve during the CLP. Their participants, however, are not all Catholics.


Despite the pains and difficulties the patients face during the dialysis, Gabriel is glad that they are in the CLP because he knows that they are receiving Jesus. He added that he sits with each and every participant to impart the message that God loves them and that their only response is to get to know and to love Him. 


Art is grateful to his cluster heads for choosing him and his wife to lead this CLP, and is amazed that it was the hospital that requested for the program itself. At first, the Gabriels said they found it difficult to conduct the CLP because of the lack of facilitators and the limited capacity of the room. But now, more people are volunteering to assist and help them.

 

“God is indeed very generous,” he said . “Noong una, nahihirapan akong humanap ng mga facilitators. Ngayon nagkakagulo sila. Though hindi naman pwedeng pagsasabayin. Pero sila’y very willing makapagserve sa ating mga kapatid” he added.


The CLP isn’t just a mision for the Gabriels. It has also brought lessons and realizations that allow them to continue serving. Gabriel encourages the CFC community to continue sharing the gospel, wherever or to whoever it may be and to be joyful in serving and sharing Christ, especially to those who are not part of the community.The CLP for dialysis patients will end on November 27. (Andrelene Veloso)

Added on Monday, October 23, 2017


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