4:30 am – wake up to drive from Lakeland to Tampa.
5:30 am – arrive at St. Pete’s Forum to park, on the way there, we were praising God for this opportunity to use our bodies to help those that do not even know where their next meal will be coming from or where they will be sleeping that night. We are truly blessed to be a part of Gawad Kalinga, being a witness of what it has done and will continue to do to help the poor.
6:00 am – Perfect 50 degree weather for running! American anthem was sung, energies where high as more than 16,000 runners from across the USA were gathered for their own separate agendas, but therein lies a very small group of about 6 Filipinos proudly wearing their red tshirts bearing the GK sign, seemingly insignificant but I believe were quite big in God’s eyes for their hearts were truly set in doing whatever they can to help raise funds to build at least one home for one needy family. And we’re off!
7:00 am – Sunrise! As I crossed the 6 mile mark, we were running up on a bridge overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa downtown skyline and I run with such a grateful heart at how beautiful and awesome God’s creation is! I just felt really blessed in such a concrete way to have the ability to do this for GK.
8:15 am – As I crossed the 10 mile mark, my right knee started to hurt and I prayed for the strength to continue on. I felt more like walking and not doing it anymore, but truly when I am weakest then, I am strong for I begin to realize that I can do all things through Christ alone who strengthens me.
8:44 am – After a seemingly endless 2 miles I finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! The FINISH LINE! Yey!!! What joy in my heart I felt, especially seeing my family at the end who had such a happy and proud look on their faces. =)
Thanks for your support everyone! Because of your prayers and financial assistance, we were able to raise 1,200 to go towards building a roof over a deserving family. Praise God! Special thanks goes to: Arlyn, Cathy J., Tina A., Juve ., Loudette and Marc, Belle D. from the CFC-SFC family, the Francisco family and all the other nameless donors. I cannot wait to see what God will do in your lives to bless you for what you have done. God is good!!! All the time!!!
He may not be your typical fashion designer, but Tim Chavez rocked the house at the 2nd Annual Fashion Bash on February 8, 2008. Our very own CFC-Youth and SFC models’ runway debut was a hit unveiling the Lovebox clothing line. When asked what lovebox is all about, Tim simply said, “It’s a box filled love that God put in.” Through the wonderful support of family and friends, the fashion show was a success!
Congratulations Tim, we’re proud of you!
February 10, 2008
Congratulations Margarette & Marcin on your First Anniversary! Cherish each moment as a special gift from God. May God bless your love and marriage. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” — 1 Corinthians 13:13
From your SFC Family
If there ever is a day of the year when you can spot Catholics at a glance, Ash Wednesday is it. It is the one time when Catholics literally wear their faith on their foreheads. In fact, Masses on Ash Wednesday are better attended than Masses on most holy days, except Christmas.Ash Wednesday—March 5 this year—marks the beginning of Lent for Catholics. The ashes we receive on our forehead in the shape of a cross serve as an outward sign of our sinfulness and need for penance. The ashes also symbolize our mortality, a reminder that one day we will die and our bodies will return to dust. Hence the traditional words, “Remember that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.”The tradition of receiving ashes has its origins in the Old Testament, where sinners performed acts of public penance. It was Pope Urban II who in the 11th century recommended that all Catholics take part in the practice of receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday. In the 12th century it became customary that the ashes used on Ash Wednesday were made by burning the previous year’s palm branches. >> Read Full Article
Greetings of love!!!
Last Sunday when Father Glen gave his homily, his words “create space for God” struck me like lightning. Ever since then I can’t get it out of my head to the point where I almost composed another song. Well, I did but about something else because it’s a little difficult to get the lyrics to rhyme on creating space. Anyway, four years ago I started keeping a journal… actually it’s more like a love letter to God. One of the things that I noticed in my entries is that I find myself battling more wars during this Lenten season. Thank God, because of His grace I have always come home as a victor, not without injuries but a victor nevertheless. Otherwise I won’t be talking about the power of God today. Most of us, in our own little ways, try to give something up during lent for various reasons. A lot of times many would falter halfway but would keep on through all 40 days. The rest will just try again next year just like they planned when New Year came. I thought that maybe we should all do this together this time with more conscious effort and accountability that way it won’t be that easy to get discouraged. It would even be better if we can share our struggles and victories with each other to give more honor and glory to God. After all we should really do this sacrifice for Him in the first place. Tomorrow, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this passage. I invite you to join me and many others in this journey of 40 days of prayer and fasting and together let us claim the miracles that will unfold right before our eyes… As we begin to create more space for God, may we all discover that self-sacrificing love that has been planted in the deepest recesses of our hearts.
Read this wonderful reflection from Bo Sanchez… I hope and pray that this will help us all jumpstart our willpower. May God bless us all.
With love and prayers,
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