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YFC Oceania Sets Sail for a Great Adventure
Monday, February 19, 2018

Twenty-four young people from Oceania, members of Youth for Christ, came to the Philippines to experience the Oceania Great Adventure Tour (OCGAT) 2018. The two-week Jesus Experience ran from January 5–19, 2018 and saw the GAT-ters immersing themselves in ANCOP areas in Manila, Albay, and Iloilo. 

During their immersion, they underwent training from, and bonded in fellowship with, the CFC community and YFC ministry in the areas.OCGAT heads Ira Juntereal and Mac Quinto did the orientation and setting of expectations at the CFC Global Mission Center in Cubao, Philippines together with YFC leaders Abi Halal, Alvin Genese, Dar Manalo and Jep Calumag. 


After their GMC orientation, the team organized a fellowship night at the Pastoral Center of Pinaglabanan Church, with performances by YFC Central A Band and Chorale.The great adventure tour continued with a week-long ANCOP immersion in the province of Albay, made all the more memorable because of the ten-hour bus ride which strengthened the group’s bond and geared them up for a week of sharing and experiencing 


Christ in the ANCOP Taysan Community. Each GAT-ter was hosted by a family with whom they lived for the entire week, soaking up local culture. The young people experienced pumping water from the deep well (poso) for their bath water, washing their own clothes, washing dishes, cleaning the house, eating with their bare hands, and embracing the simple lifestyle, with Mt. Mayon providing a majestic and glorious backdrop to their day-to-day life. 

The whole week also saw the youth conducting a Kid’s Assembly at the ANCOP Community, attending the Mission with the Poor Weekend Retreat, getting engaged in various team building activities, prayer sessions, and getting to know His Excellency Bishop Bong Baylon of Albay. The delegates also did a G-Project immersion through a tree planting activity at Sto. Domingo, seven kilometers from the foot of Mayon. 


The Manila leg of the tour included meeting the YFC Fulltime workers and Metro Manila YFC Leaders and Couple Coordinators, experiencing other YFC advocacy immersions, and attending the CFC Leaders Conference at the Mall of Asia Arena where the team witnessed firsthand the bigger mission they belong to. 


The GAT-ters, still bearing the new fire in their hearts, flew to Iloilo on the last leg of their tour, where they shared the love of Christ with the elderly at Asilo de Molo. It was a heartwarming afternoon, with young people serenading the lolas and lolos and listening to their stories. 

It was not all work for the team as they also saw the grand beauty of the Gigantes Islands and other famous tourist spots in Iloilo. As a fitting end to their tour, upon their return to Manila, the GAT-ters were treated to a surprise farewell kiddie party at Jollibee.


With the theme Novus Ignis, a Latin term that means “New Fire”, the 24 delegates of the YFC Oceania Great Adventure Tour 2018 experienced a rekindling of the fire in their hearts, making them grow further in their spiritual life and giving them renewed vigor for the mission ahead. (Text by Sarah Abigail Halal; photos by Kenneth Santos)


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