SFC Metro Manila Conference Dagupan 2011 – STRONGHOLD
July 15-17, 2011
1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself, restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
An immense spiritual revival transpired in Dagupan for SFC Metro Manila during the STRONGHOLD Conference. Thousands of single men and women were shouting and singing their praises to God, crying and rejoicing after hearing the talks and sharing of the speakers.
The whole conference revolved around Peter’s exhortation about God’s Grace. Grace is pure gift that we truly don’t deserve and yet our unworthiness does not stop God from giving it to us. All we are asked to do is accept what He gives.
God’s Grace though given freely, requires us to fully cooperate with its movement in our lives. And that is what the book of James meant by Faith and Action (Works).
Looking back in my life experiences, God has poured me countless moments of Grace and I’d like to share how God has restored, confirmed, strengthened and established me through His gift.
Back in 2007, that was one of the darkest years of my life. My CFC Community broke-up in two, my former SFC Chapter, who was dwindling in number died because of leadership problems and partly because of the community split, I had no source whatsoever for my spiritual nourishment and yet I was still busy serving in Gawad Kalinga… which eventually gave me a spiritual burn-out and led me back into sin. That year, I was also worrying about my off-tracked career path.
In 2009, God was pruning me once again. This time, in my relationship. When I’ve had something I’ve always wanted, I wanted to hold onto it so tight and not let go even though it was a toxic relationship. I didn’t know I was hurting myself more by holding on to it with tight-clasped fingers.
Through God’s Grace, 1) He led me to a Christian company that offered spiritual nourishment I needed during September 2007. 2) I could finally say that I have a good relationship with God and I know God more when I’ve finally finished reading the whole bible. 3) This group honed and trained me to become the photographer I am now. And with God’s help, I now have my own photography company. 4) God also appointed me to take care of his flocks in SFC Brookside Chapter. He gave me all these resources to use and share to other people and the time to serve my community in whatever way I can do in the best way I can. 5) Lastly, God gave me the grace to understand that happiness is not found in looking for your life partner. Happiness is found in accepting who you are and that even when everyone has already left you, God is still there standing beside you, loving you and waiting for you. Today, I am happy and contented, burning with passion to lead, and evangelize other people.
With God’s Grace, I am now Restored and Strengthened.
Talk 1 starts – God of All Grace
Reflection time – what are your moments of grace?
Talk 2 – Battling Against Grace
Here are my chaptermates (L) and the SFC Docu Team (R)
Grace For the Moment Workshop
Before Session 3 starts, Bro. Alain Guerrero leads another rejuvenating Praisefest
Talk 3 – Jesus: Stronghold of Grace
Talk 4 – Graced
The Breakfast Household
Celebrating the Eucharist as part of the last talk
Rob prays over the Coordinators, Mission Volunteers, FTW’s and Chapter Heads/Leaders
Everbody singing and shouting “God of All Grace”….
Well, here are my chaptermates (L) and Me, Allan and Pat (R)