CADET R.O.C.K.: Enlisted by God
Posted by Marlo Morales on 9/12/2011 5:13:06 AM

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by Eunice Claire Yape

            On July 31, 2011, the CFC Kids for Christ (KFC), held the second R.O.C.K. (Reach Out Christ to Kids) Conference at Miriam College Grade School Auditorium. Around 500 participants made up of members of CFC Youth for Christ, CFC Singles For Christ and Handmaids of the Lord from Metro Manila and nearby provinces, attended the conference that has as theme “ENLISTED” which stands for “ENduring LIfe of Service Together Every Day”.

            The Conference started with a mass presided by Father Nanja, a priest from Peru, who is now based at Ateneo De Manila University. Father Nanja stressed in his homily that “The youth are the hope of the future”. He also encouraged the participants to continue their service in molding young Christ-like leaders in KFC.

Nic Escalona Jr., the International KFC Coordinator, welcomed everyone as he formally announced the opening of the whole conference. The 29 AD Next Gen band helped hype up the participants by performing “Enlisted”, composed by Ian Talisic especially for the conference. Afterwards, YFC Metro Manila East B R.O.C.K. Leader, Cholo Gamogamo, led the crowd in the opening worship.

Blair Jereza, KFC Luzon fulltime pastoral worker gave the first session, titled “Zeal for the Mission.” Blair pointed out that this zeal focuses on three main points: first, God calls us to be like HIM; second, God wants us to be like Jesus; and third, He empowers us by sending the Holy Spirit”.

            In the afternoon, Lloyd Polinar, a Mission Volunteer for KFC Metro Manila, led everyone into an afternoon worship. Afterwards, there were various workshops both for the R.O.C.K. facilitators and R.O.C.K. Couple Coordinators. “Cadet R.O.C.K.” facilitated by KFC fulltime astoral worker, Kathryn Pacheco, discussed the basics of KFC, and enjoined those present to equip themselves with the basics: the mission, vision, goals, programs & advocacies of KFC.

Another workshop, titled “Charlie Tango” was facilitated by Dayloe Ranario from the CFC Events team. It focused on bringing out the creativity of every facilitator. They were taught about creative thinking and how to do the Kids Praise the right way.

Another workshop for the R.O.C.K. facilitators was the “Leaders Taking Flight” given by Nabie Legazpi, a KFC sector facilitator from Metro Manila North A who is also a BS Child Development student and a member of the UP Music Circle Emcee guild of the Philippines. Facilitators were taught on how to deal with the kids in a more appropriate manner and how to speak effectively in front of them.

Meanwhile, the R.O.C.K. Coordinators’  “Brave Heart” Summit was led by Raffy Mundo, member of the International Core Team of KFC. The summit emphasized “the life of love and service of the couple coordinators for the ministry of CFC Kids For Christ.” Couple coordinators came to appreciate more fully their service in KFC, and were again affirmed in their mission to “mold young Christ-like leaders.”

Ian Talisic, the newly assigned fulltime pastoral worker in-charge for Metro Manila gave the second talk entitled “A.R.M.E.D.”. He spoke about the realities R.O.C.K. facilitators face in their service and reminded everyone of their responsibilities while they serve God through the kids. They were also exhorted to be A.R.M.E.D. (Aware, Role Models, Excellent & Efficient, and Develop) as they serve the KFC, and to recall that being a ROCK is not just a service, but a lifestyle.

Nic Escalona Jr., empowered everyone by reminding them who our true leader is – Jesus - and by rallying & encouraging everyone to be ENLISTED: first, enlisted to invite others to be enlisted; second, enlisted to mold young Christ-like leaders; and third, enlisted to be always with Jesus.


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