I became a member of Singles for Christ (SFC) and finished the Christian Life Program (CLP) back in 2000.
Our service team were from SFC Makati and we had the 12-weeks program in Parish of the Holy Cross.
One of the notable speakers during our time was Ms. Janice Jurado, a sexy actress in the 80s who became a drug dependent.
She shared her story of conversion and how her loving relationship with God changed her for the better.
We were more than 100 young professionals when we started the CLP. But, every week the attendance dwindled down.
Many are called but few are chosen and only few responded positively.
There was no social media, no mobile phones and person to person invitation was the only way.
The Dedication Ceremony was unforgettable because our group presented a blacklight ‘The Mission’ song interpretation. It was so unique and a trailblazer for some talent showcase.
After CLP, I was integrated to the household group but I became busy with corporate world and flew to Riyadh, KSA for a greener pasture.
In 2007, I was reintegrated to SFC after doing again the CLP.
Same talk, different speakers and venue but same commitment- to bring more young adults closer to God.
Yes, we have an SFC community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that respects the customs and traditions of our host country.
From being a member, to being a household head then unit head and a chapter head – service was never easy.
There a lot of difficulties – member’s commitment, limited logistics, co-servant leader’s attitude and so many more.
I was grateful for all the challenges.
I was humbled by the experience.
I learned to trust God more and love others more.
Because of SFC, I am who I am today.
More faithful, loving and committed.
Valentine’s Day 2018 was a fruitful one.
During the day, we served at the Ash Wednesday mass together with the PLM Campus Ministry team.
At night, I attended the 25th Anniversary Grand Reunion of SFC members all over the world.
This also includes those who joined SFC since 1993 and those couple coordinators who served the ministry.
It was a great time to reconnect and rekindle friendships made through the years.
We represented SFC – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (SFC).
For the past 25 years, through SFC – we are personally and uniquely called by God.
If it is the work of the Lord, He will sustain. If it were simply by our own efforts, we could not have reached this far.
Bro. Gelo Saludo from Canada led the closing worship and exhorted: “What makes Singles for Christ (SFC) unique is that we are not after what is easy. Because in SFC, we do not only worship. We also serve.”
Indeed, great is God’s faithfulness in the SFC community.
As we look forward to the next 25 years, let us remain steadfast in our mission.
Like what St. Therese of Avila said:
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”