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The eruption of the Taal Volcano last January 12, 2020 was a very unexpected occurrence witnessed by the Verbum Dei Tagaytay Community. Volcanic ashes and tiny pebbles were spewed out from the volcano at the onset of the eruption. Thunder, lightning and a series of earthquakes enveloped the evening until dawn of the following day. Electricity and water supply was immediately cut-off in the affected areas which added to the distress of the people. Marked by a community discernment, the Tagaytay Community evacuated to the Pasig Community for the meantime.
Although the calamity caused so much tension and uncertainty particularly to our neighbors and apostolate areas, it was eased by an outpouring of generous donations received from the Verbum Dei Fraternity, disciples, and friends. Together with Fr. Filipe and the rest of the Verbum Dei Pansol community, an outreach was immediately organized on January 15, 2020 and provision of the basic needs of the people were mobilized. Water, rice, canned goods, toiletries and pre-owned clothes and blankets were shared to the neighbors and evacuation centers in Lucsuhin National High School and of the OFM Capuchin Brothers. Responding to more needs, on January 18, a second batch of relief goods were received by the people in Las Brisas, Mushroom Burger, Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol, OFM Capuchin and Batangas evacuees who took shelter in Alfonso, Cavite. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated the following day to nourish the people spiritually and remind them of the love and presence of the Lord in the midst of a disheartening situation.
The community of Tagaytay is very grateful for the concern and immediate help provided both by the Verbum Dei Fraternity and Family. Although uncertain of the future, the faithful love, presence, peace and generosity of God expressed through generous hearts provided the people a sense of inner security and comfort. It is a hope that through this experience, more people will be drawn closer to the merciful heart of God.
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With thanks from the WordNews team
Youth from different communities were gathered last January 5 for a new year bonding activity conducted by Verbum Dei Missionary Family at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City with the theme #Woke2020. The whole day was filled with events that made everyone connected to one another and God.
The day started with a game that allowed everybody to get to know other youth. After this, Christel Mendoza shared powerful guidelines about being alive with the guidance of God. She emphasized that each one of us should not only exist in this world, but also live, for ourselves and for other people. To inspire, the youth were formed into five groups for the sharing of reflection.
Following this, the amazing race started with the same group in the sharing. The race was conducted in the whole area of the park. The main instruction was to look for the station indicated in each clue and do the task given. The group with the highest accumulated points was declared as winner. Every station released the groups’ skills and camaraderie.
As the race concluded, various awards were given such as best in Bible verses, leadership, best in hakot, and the overall winner. Before the day ends, Fr. Bong led the celebration of Mass and emphasized that each one of us can be a guiding star to one another.
The bonding activity ended with the hope that each participant will be a star and help other people, guiding them towards God.
With thanks to Justine Clare and the WordNews team
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