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Committed Ourselves To The Service Of The Lord

When we completed the Life in the Spirit Seminar (LSS) for married couples in 1981, we had no idea where the Lord was about to lead US. We were 16 couples - all filled with the Holy Spirit, all imbued with the love and joy of being brothers and sisters. We were very close, not wanting to separate ways and longing to know more about each other.

The elders of the community that organized the LSS prayed for guidance on what to do with us 16 couples until they gave us a name - Couples for Christ, an outreach of Ligaya ng Panginoon Covenant Community. The next batch of couples invited to attend the program was given the Christian Life Program (CLP) instead of the LSS which we attended earlier.

In June 1981, we were formally organized as a community of Couples for Christ under the pastoral care of Ligaya ng Panginoon.

Just like today, we were grouped into households of five to seven couples. Our household head guided us in our spiritual journey and was always there for prayers and other help. We became very close with the members of our household that we sometimes felt that we were blood brothers and sisters. There was pastoral care and guidance given to each member of the household. We looked forward to every household meeting and we were always excited to share our life, our victories and concerns. We were eager to attend the “First Friday Prayer Meeting” not just to see the people we loved but also so that we can hear God's directions for the community. We were always there during teachings and fellowships.

Our household celebrated every occasion - birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas. We loved to go out for picnics and swimming every summer. We developed so much bonding that when the first re-organization happened and our household broke up, we cried and protested. Later, we saw God's wisdom on why we had to be in another group within the community. With this, we grew more spiritually and learned to accept God's directions for us through our elders in the community.

We developed more friends and some brothers and sisters became so close to us that even if we did not belong to the same household, we still saw each other regularly. We were always excited to share our joys and sorrows and found comfort in each other's company.

We found life in the community. We were eager to evangelize, to let our friends experience the happiness and peace we experienced with God's people. We grew in love and Christian maturity as we said “yes” to any service that was given to us. God has given us so much and we felt that we had to give back time, talent and treasure to Him through our service in the Community.

Changes?

It's been several years, and we're still actively serving in the community. Changes? Yes, there are so many changes, but the basic love and support for brothers and sisters is still there. The basic structure is still there. The household group is still composed of five to seven couples under one couple leader. The culture is still there - same household meeting format, same general assembly prayer meeting, fellowships, showing honor and respect to one another.

The changes have mostly been on the governance structure as CFC grew in numbers; integrated the family and social ministries; and evangelized rapidly nationwide and worldwide. There are more and more committed leaders and full time pastoral workers. CFC is now more involved and integrated in the parishes.

As we experience these changes, God's constant love provided us with the inspiration to continue serving in the community. We are not overwhelmed by the many things CFC is now doing in fulfillment of its vision and mission. We just obey what God wants us to do through our elders in the community. We find fulfillment, peace, joy and love as we serve the Lord, as we give Him our all.

CFC is already our way of life. Our children know of no other way of life as we have brought them up in CFC. We were privileged to be in a community when we were just starting our family and the values that we got from it have been a major factor in our formation as a family. We have had our share of difficulties and adjustments but they have all been worth it. We cannot imagine how our life would be without CFC. We have committed ourselves to the service of the Lord in CFC until the end of our days.

As we were celebrating we saw the many thousands of brothers and sisters joyfully worshipping together, we could not help but be awestruck.

This is truly God's work! As we see the future and where it is going, we continue to say with Joshua …. “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Manny & Ditas

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