Coming & Going – CFC-FFL Nat’l. General Assembly

COMING & GOING : CFC – FFL National General Assembly

September 09, 2011 – 21st Century Private School

 

AWESOME IS THE LORD MOST HIGH!!!!

“How awesome is the Lord most High” … this line keeps resounding in my head & became my LSS (Last Song Syndrome) right after the National Assembly. It makes me believe that I was so high with the music of the Lord. Not just me, but I think everyone else in the event was taken by storm with this assembly. Such a wonderful feeling, such a lovely day, such a rewarding moment it was! 
 
 
Awesome is the Lord most High! The 188 attendees & counting, all Praised to the Lord almighty for arranging our entire schedule in this memorable gathering of Coming & Going in Christ.

Coming & Going

 
This was the topic on this day. Our speaker, Tito Raymon presented these two ways that our faith has to go through, he then presented the subject in a manner easily understood & reflected.
Let’s start with “Coming”; Sub-topics are: Coming to Christ, Following Christ, Resting in Christ & Faith in Christ are the factors that has left everyone into the thought of why are we coming to Him. To pursue Him is to give up all our comforts, to deny & willingly submit or surrender our self to the Savior. Jesus said in Luke 9:58 “Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to rest”, it makes me reflect that we, as his servants ought to follow his ways as we aim to be Holy like Him. Thus following him entails a lot of prayer, personal relationship & an expectation that with his grace may our faith be greater than anything else in life. May we have that expectant faith of moving mountains, of walking into the sea like Peter or that of a child.
Commitment to Service, Work of Evangelization & Work of Formation, these are the 3 that comprises our “Going”. Often we compare ourselves to a glass, we fill our lives with our “coming” and when we are full, it is worth enough to do our “Going”. This is the time when we give back what we have gained. “Without cost we receive, without cost we have to give”. As reiterated by our speaker (Tito Raymon) “We are not friends, we are more than that, we are Brothers & Sisters in Christ.” And as a family we experience the normal process or relationship each family has been through. At one time were bonded, at one time we are happy, at one time we also have our misunderstandings, but then at the end of the day, we still run into each other, as we know that no one else better but those who are members of our family. May we instill in our hearts that being in this community is not about seeing the negative things of our neighbors, but the focus should only be to our Savior.
Most of us, wants to see a proof to have the assurance in getting something, even in our faith, we ask for signs & ways to fully grasps what is being written in the holy book. Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to God except through me. So here are some of those of have come to Him & has been guided:
Our Sharers: Brother Aladin, Sister Cecille, Brother Gerome & Sister Jenny, Brother Paul & Sister Vidalyn had their moments in inspiring & sharing their lives to inspire more people!
One of the most exciting parts of every General Assembly is the Praise & Worship time. The time when our limited words are transformed into music and lyrics that simply represents our thoughts & emotions. The time when we can express everything that we would want to say to Him, the time when we sing, dance, cry, laugh, smile in our heart & become Crazy for Christ! The time when the Holy Spirit praises with us all for His Glory!
Praise Feast Moment: Ignoring the heat, our Hearts Rejoicing, Praising, Glorifying, Honoring HIM!
 
ABU DHABI Music Ministry: His majesty has bestowed upon these servants the grace & blessing of the talent of singing, not only that, He has also blessed CFC-FFL Abu Dhabi with the new instruments. May we use these blessings all in exulting Him glory!
 
This event was hosted by the energetic couple Brother Manny & Sister Jacque. A group sharing was also done in discussing our “Coming & Going” in the community. While in my group this line from Brother Mervin (SFL-AUH) has struck me “Service is the Rent we pay for our life on Earth” Indeed so true! There is nothing else we can do to surpass God’s gift of life to us, but simply by following & serving him, in our case, Evangelization is the best way to serve him & spread his good words! I do believe that during that sharing we all have our own lines/statements that somehow affix in our mind & heart.
Birthday celebrants & Couples celebrating their anniversaries have been prayed over & some additional announcement has been advised by our Country Servant Bro. Luis Portugal.
May every Assembly be an inspiring day to each member & be an event to look forward to for more Spiritual blessings! May the Almighty God, Awesome & Great be praised!

 

 

 

Triangle Diamond & Heart

Triangle Diamond & Heart : A KFL’s Friendship Night

  
8 Sept. 2011
Hotdogs, Chips, Ice cream, Spaghetti!!! Some of the perks of joining this activity seemed to be so interesting for the kids!
13 KFL, 7 boys & 6 girls joined together in this 2nd time event for a sleep over!

Although quiet a while these group of kids have known each other, this night allows them to demonstrate their affection to their friends, and have shown it in a special way. Let me tell you how, in a while…
The night starts with teaching of action songs; (SFL) Tito Pong played the guitar & practiced 2 songs while Sister Lou guided them with the lyrics & steps. They sang & danced willingly without hesitation, they simply enjoyed.
 
Activity proper was spearheaded by SFL Brother Darrelle, a short film about Training a Dragon was played & afterwards they were asked to share what have they seen & learned from that clip.
 
 

 

Different opinion arise . . .

“Friends are helpful, playful & like a brother” – Maynard shares.

“Tito , a friend is nice & good, di laging nang-aaway” Yanna added.
Further descriptions come along & each of them has agreed to the statements.
A grouping was done for the kids to list down the qualities they would like their friends to have, each group was initiated with 1 SFL Tita/Tito; Sis JM with Group 1, Bro. Pong with Group 2 & Sis Sasa with Group 3.
Each group chose a representative to share in front what traits have they come up to be an ideal friend; Joyce for Group 1, Maynard for Group 2 & Jon for Group 3.
Positive attitudes like; respectful, patient, honest, gentle, thoughtful, respect & love his/her parents, does not bully, understanding, always listen & keeps secret, kind, unselfish, concerned & a whole lot more tops the list.
 

Triangle, Diamond & A Heart.

These 3 shapes represent how they feel about their friends. The kids were asked to write a name & a short note to their friends with each shape as:
  • Triangle – Sorry – for the things he/she have done.
  • Diamond – A way of telling a friend, that I would like to know you more & be closer.
  • Heart – A Thank you note.
At first they were hesitant, afraid to show their true feelings, but then after a while, you know that they were very sincere with how they feel. This is how they express their love to their friends.
One particular part was when Jon wrote a sorry letter to his older brother Maynard, he was then cheered up by everyone around to hug the older brother, he was shy, but the kind older brother was sweet enough to do the action first & to hug Jon :).
 
Engrossed & Interested!
Maynard blessed the food.

 

Prayer Time.

 

          Guiding a Lost Friend Activity.

More activities side by side; how they make friends, drawing their best friend, guiding a lost friend & recognizing their friends by the voice; Jesus and Lazarus’ story was played in the last session, a short movie on how much a true friend could give to show his love and faithfulness.
The night was filled with laughter & fun that has made the kids value friendship. This is such a rewarding feeling for the SFL to serve these kids. A night of learning not just for them but also for us!