Last February 28, 2015, the High School Based Program of CFC YFL held their MX Schoolfest 2015 at Lourdes School of Mandaluyong Quadrangle. Students from different areas gathered and watched performances from their favorite bands like There’s ERA, Fiona, Harlequin Carnivale and Gracenote. MX Schoolfest also featured the comeback performance of Hale and a special performance from the LSM Dance Troupe. MX Schoolfest 2015 is the first Schoolfest of the High School Based Program.
It began with a yes. When asked if we could pull off an event like this given the jam-packed schedule of February we had to juggle along with the planning, we gave our yes. We committed, and the High School team decided that we would embark on our biggest undertaking yet. It was going to be difficult, but in all this we would trust in God – trust that he would see us through, trust that he would guide us every step of the way.
Event day. After only a month of preparation, the day had finally come. It was such a surreal feeling knowing that this was it. This is what we have been preparing for. This is where we would see the fruit of our hard work, fueled by the strength that came from God. This was the day the Lord had made for us – the day we see once again how great he’s been. I went into the venue with high hopes for what we would be able to deliver to the young high school students – another Jesus experience that they could treasure – and prayed that God would bless the whole event.
However, things didn’t turn out the way we hoped it would. There were many bumps in the road, and more were the times I felt like giving up. Unforeseen circumstances would spring up left and right, and it really had me praying: “Lord, is it really going to be this hard?” In all the commotion that was going on, I knew I had to pray hard right that moment. I sat down quietly and prayed to God, asking for the strength once again, like how I always do when I’m faced with uncertainty. I couldn’t rely on my strength alone, because I knew that it wouldn’t be enough.
I knew at that moment that God wouldn’t let all our efforts go to waste. He allowed us to make it to the end, and finish the whole event regardless of what the team had been through. As the music from the guitar faded away and the beats of the drums slowly died down, the Schoolfest 2015 drew to a close. It was over, and after a long day it was a cause for celebration in itself. We claimed the victory, despite the challenges presented to us.
When I really got to reflect on the recently concluded event, I was reminded of the verse “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor 2:9)
I realized that at the end of it, the verse God had reminded me of would take on a whole new meaning. Yes, nothing in this world could ever prepare me for the things that God had planned for me that day. It was hard. It was so hard to think that all the preparations would be jeopardized due to crazy situations. It was so hard thinking that it turned out like this. It dampened everyone’s spirits. But there was something great at work – something unimaginable. And this unimaginable happiness would come right after the event, when EVERYONE started talking about how this event was a huge success. They would talk about how great the bands were, the awesome music, and how much fun they had after it all. It was crazy, because I never thought that I would receive that feedback. God is really a God full of surprises. He surprised me, just like He always had. With this, my passion for serving in the High School Based has really burned bright. Personally, this is the kind of thing that keeps me going, knowing that through the service I gave, lives were touched and souls were able to meet Christ even in the most unconventional way. By God’s grace and with constant prayer, I will continue to serve God with the strength that comes from Him.
Shared by Kuya Paolo Magtibay
Mission Volunteer, High School Program