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First FamCon excites Kids for Christ and families
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Kids for Christ from the different provinces of the Visayas Region, together with their families, gathered together in Dumaguete City for the first-ever KFC Family Conference held at the Open Hall of St. Paul University, Dumaguete.

The first day started with the Kids Praise led by Provincial ROCK Facilitator Cris Cordel Daron of Negros Oriental. This was followed by the Family Challenges, where the KFC members, KFC coordinators and the older Youth for Christ members whose responsibility is to take care of the kids, moved and sang their hearts out in the Family Dance Showdown, Family Can Duet, Pitch Perfect Family, and Family Acoustic Band.

Others joined the sports competitions, like the Family Basketball shootout, the Obstacle Race, Badminton, and Table Tennis, while others bested one another in the Family Catholic Quiz Bee, Family Amazing Race, Family Art Project, Top Model: Family Edition, and Family Saints.

As the conference was about and for families, one of the highlights of the FamCon was the testimony of Neil Balite of Bohol, together with his family. He exhorted the families about how to honor one another, emphasizing the value of showing love to one’s family by saying, “I love you.” The first day ended with the closing Kids Praise led by JM Zamora, KFC FTPW from Metro Manila, followed by the Family Praise Parade.

With colorful and dazzling costumes, families rocked the dance floor as they performed the festival dances of their hometowns. 

In the second session on Day 2, the kids and their families learned that Jesus’ greatest gift of Himself is the Eucharist. Angel Letigio, KFC FTPW from Cebu, reminded the kids about the importance of receiving Jesus, the Vine who gives strength through the Holy Eucharist. The session was immediately followed by the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Cyril Juarague, who exhorted the kids to always pray and rejoice and always be thankful to the Lord for all the graces He showers upon them.

After lunch, the 1st KFC Parenting Summit opened simultaneously with the Kids Fun Booths. In the Parenting Summit, Nino Guerrero told the parents that the Lord uses their children to proclaim His Good News and to relay His message to them. Michelle Alignay, a registered psychologist, also talked about parenting as not just an ordinary mission, but a God-given one. She also pointed out some disciplining errors parents make and gave out notes and pointers in effective correction.

And what’s a Kids for Christ conference without the most anticipated fire hose bath, which was a welcome treat for the kids after enjoying the outdoor booths?

In the evening, Manny and Anne Licup of CFC Leyte, with their daughter Agnes talked about family prayer. The families prayed together during this session and ended the day with the Lord’s Day Celebration to thank and praise God for His goodness and for giving each one a great gift—the gift of family.

The session highlighted that prayer is a way to God’s heart; that it is talking and listening to Jesus Christ.

Afterwards, Kuya Dondon Buntod, KFC FTPW from Luzon, led the Closing Kid’s Praise and reminded the kids to make their parents proud by the way they serve Jesus and the way they love them.

After the evening session, all R.O.C.K. ates and kuyas attended the R.O.C.K. Forum, led by the KFC International Coordinator, Adrian Enaje. He reminded the R.O.C.K. ates and kuyas that their purpose in serving Kids for Christ is to lead the kids to Christ. The day ended with the R.O.C.K. Facilitators’ bonfire activity where they shared their reflections within their respective groups.

Bishop Julito Cortes from the Diocese of Dumaguete celebrated the Sunday Mass. In his homily, Bishop Cortes shared that kids should pray for one thing—to know, to love, and to follow Jesus more closely.

Ian Talisic, KFC FTPW Visayas Coordinator, led Session 4, which was all about giving thanks to the Lord as a family. He reminded the delegates that the reason that they dance and pray is to make God happy. He also asked the families to make a Family Dream Board where they can place all their dreams and visions for their families.

To end the session and the entire conference, Talisic led all the delegates in a Closing Kids’ Praise and assured them that they can achieve their family dreams together with Jesus. (KComm)


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