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Welcoming the Verbum Dei Spanish Mission Group
The Verbum Dei-Tagaytay community welcomed the visit of the VD Spanish Mission trip group
beginning August 20 until August 26, 2019.
One of the first highlights of their trip was their visit at the Tagaytay Teachers’ Housing Project or Pabahay community nearby.
The Pabahay area houses a diverse groups of people, composed of professional workers, housewives, skilled and small business owners with their respective families and relatives.
During their visit, the Spanish mission group went around the area and gathered the children living there, from ages five to ten.They were delighted to see and meet the Spanish missionaries and disciples. The children’s active participation and big smiles during the games they played and other activities amused and inspired the group to continue bringing Jesus in their midst, so to speak.
At first, some of the little kids were hesitant to join in the fun games, but when they saw that all the other kids were enjoying and having fun imitating the actions, dancing and cheering of the Spanish group, the other children eventually joined in the fun. They were then given light snacks
at the end of the activities.
All in all, the Spanish mission group together with the VD Tagaytay Missionaries and some Adult disciples, made the children very happy and elated as they experienced the joy of being one with the community. On this first day of the Spanish mission trip, the children felt how to have fun with people they have met for the first time, and sharing the simple joys of just being with others.
With other activities of the Spanish mission group lined up we are looking forward to more joyful experiences with them.
Been There, Done That... What More?
Last August 25, 2019, a recollection for working adults was held at the Verbum Dei Apostolate Center in Brgy. Palatiw, Pasig. The event was spearheaded by VD missionaries and attendees of the Ortigas School of the Word. The recollection aimed to awaken new perspectives as a working person. The 22 participants of the activity hailed from newly-hired graduates to veterans in their field of work.
The program commenced with a fun ice breaker by Sister Gabriela Rocha, followed by an invigorating introduction by Carmela Badajos. Next was an enjoyable dynamic by Katreen Eslava wherein the participants created a collage of clippings symbolizing their accomplishments in various aspects of life. Ed Jose then gave a talk on our continuous search for something more, something beyond the daily routine. After his talk and a sumptous lunch, Sister Gabby again led the group to an animation song to kickstart the afternoon session. Another dynamic by Katreen was done focusing on future plans. The last talk by Sister Pearl Rebusit deepened on Jesus being the ‘more’ that we are searching for, who has a great plan in store for each one of us. The program ended with a mass by Fr. Iwao Ikegami who reminded us that in order to achieve God’s plan we sometimes need to ‘enter the narrow gate’. Overall, the recollection stirred me to continually seek Him who yearns what is best for us. May we find Him in our daily work so that we will bear much fruit in accordance with His Master Plan.
Here are some photos of the event:
With thanks to Christel Mendoza and the WordNews team
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