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The on-going pandemic is causing continued unemployment leading many poor families to go hungry. With the help of generous sponsors, we were able to provide 75 families with rice, monggo beans and vegetables. Our feeding program ministry is supported by 7 generous volunteers. We continue to pray for those who go hungry in this time remembering the words of our Lord, “I was hungry and you fed me” (Matthew 25:35).
Calling on all our VD artists!
Join our Logo and Song Writing Contests for our Online National Family Encounter 2020, with the theme "Gifted to Give."
You may want to draw inspiration from the CBCP's guidelines for the celebration of the 500 years of the arrival of Christianity to our country.
Check their website!
Deadline for submission for Logo Contest entries is August 15, 2020 and for Theme Song Contest is September 1, 2020.
Forming Apostles Online
If the Verbum Dei Missionary Family is a ship, many understand that the cutting edge is to form apostles. With this awareness we have tried to be active in pursuing our School of apostles, even in the time of lockdown. This weekend, in our Zoom SOA (Saturday 9am-11am), Marichelle, a Verbum Dei apostle, shared to us the talk of “To Be Christ.”
The core of tis truth of faith is that we are called to be Christ in the world of today. The secret is the loving dialog with Jesus which TRANSFORMS US.
She emphasized that in the middle of a challenging moment in her life, she was doing an outreach to children and realized that to be like Christ is the MAXIMUM FULFILLMENT. She also reminded us of the importance of PERSEVERANCE and to “fix our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2). Finally, she underlined that we can be good shepherds and help form Jesus in others.
The dynamism of the School of Apostles is vital as our mission. Our Verbum Dei founder, Jaime Bonet, would often state “Jesus does not need more adorers or admirers only, he needs imitators.”
There is hope for us all that God will transform and change us from caterpillars to beautiful butterflies!
Zoom In, Bloom Out
This was my first camp experience ever. There were a lot of activities that helped me grow in my spiritual life through prayer and reflection. We had a number of talks and all of them helped me discover more about myself. Aside from sharing with each other about our prayer, we also had fun games requiring teamwork and creative thinking. We also had enjoyable workshops which included cooking, sewing, and origami.
I am most thankful that I finally got to encounter plenty of people after a long time in lockdown. I realized I missed spending time and interacting with others. The camp gave me an opportunity to make new friends from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
As I mentioned earlier, there were a number of talks that helped me learn more about myself. These talks addressed the different parts of my life and led me to have a better mindset during this quarantine. The activities were also very informative - I learned about time management and effective communication among others. I was able to practice patience, problem solving and logical thinking. We also got to hear about what was happening outside the Philippines with the Global Teens Meet-up, sharing our experiences with teens like us from Mexico and the USA.
When I entered the camp, I was confused about this pandemic. I felt insecure, sad, and distracted. But through all the talks and lessons, I feel more in control and at peace. I pray I continue to bloom by using what I learned through my camp experience to help share the word of God.
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14)
My name is Glydel Mae Amoroto and I am from Olango Island, Cebu. Prayer Camp 2020, was one of the best. At first, I didn't expect it would be that nice because it's an online camp and I expected that there will be more hindrances but because of the most creative and passionate hosts with the help of Jesus, it was very successful. Though it's not the ideal camp we want where we can see each other personally, but, at least we did try our very best to communicate and interact with each and every one. I've experienced a lot of things in the five days of camp like, I was excited to wake up every morning because I am going to see everyone through video chat, and I also learned from fascinating talks and experiences from different people, sharing of other teens, and most especially the friendship that we created even though some of us haven't met before, but because of the camp we become friends/FB friends.
One of my most memorable moments was the part where we tried our best to cook churros and that time was also my father's birthday. A lot of people were watching and waiting for the churros because they also want to taste it and it's really quite amazing because as we shared it to them fortunately, they also liked it. After all, I've realized that no matter what happens to the world, we must continue watering our faith with buckets of God’s words. I am hoping that it was not the end but rather the beginning of more camping, whether online or actual, but I guess everybody wants the latter one. I'm thankful to be with the people who helped me grow spiritually. See you soon guys. Stay safe. I love you all.
Here are some photos of the online event:
With thanks to Santino Bautista, Glydel Mae Amoroto and the WordNews team
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