Yesterday was the pearl anniversary of the CFC community. Pondering about things, blessings, gifts, concerns, happiness, sadness and most of all HIS unending graces, I couldn’t stop crying in awe of HIM… It was last May 4, 1996 when my parents joined CFC, way back then being their eldest, I was then also encouraged to join a kid’s camp in 1999. That time, it was just all play for me. But maybe the Lord really wanted all of us to be in this community. In the years 2001 & 2002, me and my brother joined the youth ministry. And as they all said, what happened next is history. Being in the community taught our whole family the value of relationship which is based upon LOVE, TRUST, HOPE, FAITH & most especially ENDURANCE.
It was in the year 2009 when the Lord allowed us to carry our redemptive cross; it was a year or crisis for me and for my family. But as I also remembered, I have not questioned HIM and it’s was all God’s grace that we were able to accept that what happened was really part of His plans for me and for my family. This had me realize more the importance of family, love and faith towards HIM and HIS PLANS.
February 2011 is the day the Lord has made, His promises were kept for our family and our 2 year- family prayer & wish were granted. These experiences made us the family we are today. And CFC community is HIS WAY of channeling HIS graces towards us. I wouldn’t be the same Ira I used to be if it wasn’t for my parents who first said YES TO HIM & HIS CALLING TO SERVE HIM IN CFC and eventually taking us, their family to this cause. Me and my brother, would always be and forever grateful and honored being their children.
The Lord loves me this much and my family. And as my favorite life verse entails in Jer.29:11, FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU, PLANS FOR YOUR FUTURE & NOT WOE. I am always excited and ever ready of what greater and exemplary things HE is to do with me & my family. And I know whatever His plans, I would always have HIS blessings and graces poured upon me & my family.
Again, Happy 30th Anniversary CFC! Continue touching and renewing families to illuminate God’s radiance present in each & everyone.
*In photo: Ira Seguenza (CFCYFL District Youth Servant, Laguna)