This is what usually what the Filipino OFWs would call their short-lived “love affairs” in this part of the world. I felt this is what i had here when God said i needed to serve and visit the community of Singles, Handmaids and Servants here for just 10 days.
What?! I’m already on my 4th day and today will be the one of the most exciting day for me here. It will be our baptism and our last day for our CLS here.
God never ceases to surprise us while we are on this mission. Most of our participants really came with so much excitement and joy knowing that it will be their last day in the CLS. And so we gave them all the remaining talks and sessions for the last module.
The Lord has brought us this far for He has sent His love and grace for us to finish strong. This is His work and nothing can hinder this from being triumphant for He is our only God who reigns.
“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.
No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
January 24, 2012
It is more exciting to wake up this day knowing that there will be around 40 and more participants who are coming (not to mention almost 20 members of the service team) for the 2nd Module of our CLS.
How amazing to see Filipinos in this part of the world really taking time to be in the CLS and be blessed with God’s words.
I am definitely inspired more than anything else of all the sharings of our OFWs here in Taiwan. Their love for their family made them sacrifice being with them so they can give them a better life.
Our last stop for this day was our visit to Fr. Joy with Ate Emma and Kuya Jun Caramat (Regional Servant) and Excel Regidor (Taiwan SFL Coordinator).
This work will not end here. Tomorrow we will be ready for our 3rd and last Module. We all know how God will triumph once again in this work here. It is His calling and our mission is to respond and go! It will not be easy and so we continue to pray and ask for Mother Mary’s intercession.
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thesalonians 5:17
January 23, 2011
It’s my 2nd day in Taiwan and i am soooo excited because this marks the first day of our 3-day strategic CLS. Thought it was just for Singles but i came to realized, Servants and Handmaids are also present as our participant and even in the service team.
When we had our service meeting and prayer, everybody was telling me that they’re were nervous that there will be only few who will respond to their invitations. They had one month invitation and they were all saying they felt it wasn’t the enough. That they could’ve given more time to invite and promote the CLS.
But this is not our work.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
47 participants came and it was a blast of joy for everyone! yay!
God was sooo awesome for all of us to really see why God brought us all here…to hear his voice and to know Him more. It was great to end the day seeing everyone excited to go back the next day for our 2nd module.
Finishing the night, SFLs brought me to LaiLaiLai (come, come, come) night market and they made me taste, see and experience real authentic Taiwan street foods here! Yay!
God never ceases to really surprise us, in service, in mission and in friendship. 2nd day in Taiwan and is still counting! 🙂
On my 2nd day in Taiwan and its still freezing cold here at 11 degrees C! yay!
I started the day with breakfast from McDonalds with my host! Now its not an ordinary “McDonalds meal”…they actually have here NAICHA ready to serve for their drinks. Its their milk tea and it was soooo good! The best milk tea in town!
Then went to mass at the St John Bosco Parish. It was an english mass presided by a Filipino Salesian priest.
We had lunch after the mass in this Japanese fancy restaurant . The chef cooked all our food right there in front of us all! Everything fresh, everything yummy.
I didn’t sleep the whole trip. I don’t wanna miss out my station. yay!
Everyone’s so excited for the CLS tomorrow…a lot of SFLs stayed still and waited for last minute instructions. They are all so inspiring. They were saying most of them are serving for the first time but i can see in their eyes the passion and the real wanting to just serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
Tomorrow will be the start of our CLS and i know God will reign once again! There is no other way but to live this life all for HIM!!!
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ”
1 Corinthians 10:31
I’m here in Taiwan now. Arrived here at 1255am. 5 minutes early from our actual time of arrival.
Thank you Lord for the safe flight! What a privilege to be here indeed. To see you here giving me this 14 degrees of coldness makes me see how awesome God you are. How in a matter of 2 hours you can change my whole world. From hotness to coldness. From Moreno looking fellowmen to chinky-eyed whitish / yellowish Taiwanese.
I’m just excited for this mission trip, Lord. I know you will allow me to see a different you here and I am sure you will use me fully here as your people needs it…and I am definitely humbled by this privilege Lord.
So its 330am now, give me a sound sleep and tomorrow we’ll start the day with your Holy Eucharistic celebration. Yay
Psalm 4:8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
My first restroom experience here. I’m so in Taiwan!!!!
Check out their airport.
Following the signs….
To the baggage claim…but before that we stopped at the immigration first.
My host, Kuya Excel. Yay! I just met his wife and cute baby Clarence. Yay!
My first cab ride. Yellow cab that is!
Wow! This is how God loves me….my bed all ready and looking warm. Yay!
After more than 10 years from graduation, i was able to see again my University friends! It was fun and very nurturing at the same time, to reconnect with people who has been a part of who i am right now. Our reminiscing of how we were, made us remember how we all started to dream simple and how to just enjoy life. It made us remember who we were and how we were at that time. Reminiscing of our funny stories together in our classrooms, our professors and our ” campus crushes” made us laughed so hard, wondered what ever happened to some people and be so thankful that our friendship is still here and so “alive!”
A part of me is so “kilig” seeing everyone again. Just realizing how we all matured and grew! Our “kakulitan” is still there and still unbeatable! But more that, i realized we all grew more loving, more responsible and knows how to have clean fun! 🙂 I am blessed to have this other set of friends who molded me somehow how to love our passion – to deal with different kinds of people. It was not just a part of the course we all finished at the University but as i see all of us, it has become our lifestyle and our mission.
I would love to see you all again and just chat and appreciate as to where God has brought us all! God is great indeed for protecting the kind of friendship He has given us, that no matter how many years had passed and whatever life situations we all had to experienced, we remain fun loving individuals! Yay!
Thank you Jesus for this gift of friendship!