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Love More! The 2015 CFC International Leaders’ Conference
Friday, February 27, 2015
THE Mall of Asia Arena became a sea of red last January 10 as thousands of members of Couples for Christ, clad in their red Love More shirts, filled the venue to attend the community’s first major global activity for 2015.

Held annually during the second week of January, the Leaders Conference, the biggest gathering of CFC missionaries from all over the world, had the theme LOVE MORE, inspired by John 21:15-17.

To formally start the event, the PNPA Marching Band played the CFC Theme to accompany the Parade of Flags of 128 countries and 7 territories where CFC is active.

Davis Abuel, SOLD Provincial Coordinator of Leyte, led the crowd in a powerful opening worship. To help the CFC community remember God's faithfulness, El Gamma Penumbra performed an exceptionally moving shadow dance depicting the victories and trials of the previous years.

Session 1, titled Love, was delivered by CFC Executive Director George Campos with sharers Cynthia Campos and Rachel Arguelles who both inspired the audience with their personal love stories with the Lord.

ANCOP Scholar Eugene Rubio thanked the community for giving him the chance to have a better future through the gift of education. As a token of gratitude for the community's generosity, he promised to do well in school and make CFC proud of having him as a scholar.

CFC Chairman Joe Tale gave the community's marching orders in the second session titled Feed My Sheep. Picking up from Campos’ bold statements that to love more means we are to pray more, study more, serve more, fellowship more, and hunger more for the sacraments, Tale shared that the true measure of loving our God is when we fully commit to obey His command and feed His sheep.

Glenn Santayana, CFC USA serving in South America, inspired the crowd to be bold enough to say yes to the Lord despite uncertainties, knowing fully that when God calls, He equips. Aileen Serrano, wife of the late Bob Serrano, leader of the 29 AD Band and core member of the national music ministry, moved the audience with a powerful insight called "finishing grace"—dying in faith, dying with joy, and becoming everything that God wants you to be.

The sessions ended with the members of the International Council leading the community in a Prayer of Empowerment, recognizing that CFC cannot move forward as one and cannot accomplish anything without the grace of God. This was followed by a spirit-filled praisefest led by young couple and KFC FTPWs Chino and Gretchen Santos.

The event concluded with the highest form of worship, the Holy Mass, officiated by Most Rev. Guillermo Afable, Bishop of Digos, Davao del Sur, with CFC Spiritual Director Msgr. Allen Aganon, Fr. Socrates Mesiona of the Pontifical Missions Society, and other brother priests who have become partners with CFC in renewing families and building generations of Christian leaders. (Aiza Garnica)



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