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Unemployed, Unchained

For the first time in my life (not even after graduation), I am officially unemployed :)

Sad to say the new job I just got into last September went with a bitter ending :( I learned a few lessons there, and one is to be ready when one has realized that things aren’t what she expected to be. Change is good, but what will you do if it turned out for the worst? The answer is to endure first, obey first. Then do all you can to get that graceful exit. Life is short, let’s not spend some more time on things that simply make us unhappy. But there is always a better way to get out of any situation. Good thing, DOLE is always pro-employee! Haha!

Anyway, so I decided to quit even when there is no sure employment to jump into yet. I’m choosing not to mind it for now. However, I cannot hide my excitement to make a comeback and handle new online projects with my old friends. I guess God is asking me to trust Him more – even if my usual comfort pillows of a stable career and financial capacity are lacking at the moment.

This unemployment thing is really doing more good than bad. I have learned to take hold of myself and control my spending. And shall I say, it has lead me to surrender my life plans to the Lord. That is already a blessing in disguise.

Unchained

Enough with the jobless talk, let’s go to the fun part :)

Needless to say, the best thing about not having work this time of the year is that fact that I can get some vacay time while everybody is harassed doing their holiday preparations. My mom is relieved to have me handy at home while she and dad are extremely busy with business. Also, my extended (and unexpected) holiday has allowed me to spend more time for things that matter – a.k.a. (1)bridal showers, (2)Christmas outreach and parties, and of course (3)romance!

<insert picture here; next time don’t forget your digicam!>

I wish I have not forgotten my digicam, but I did. Sorry. I feel blessed to have done our simple feather-and-marshmallow-themed bridal shower with my long-time girlfriends in SFC. One of my bff is already 3-years married, one is still waiting like me, and the soon to be bride is happily leaving singlehood in favor of being someone’s wife :) We recalled the fun and unforgettable old times, especially the out of town conferences we attended. I heard a lot of marital advice, as well. I’m genuinely happy for my friend who has finally overcome her waiting and is now more equipped to start married life.

GK Kids Christmas Party - SFC

GK Kids Christmas Party - SFC

Every year, lots of good-hearted people of our SFC community reach out to the kids of GK-Ancop. We call the pre-schoolers “Sibol”, the grade-schoolers as “Sagip”, and the youth/teens as “Siga”… On this 11th of December, the kids definitely had a blast with our games, prizes, and spaghetting pababa at pataas! :) Nothing compares to the joy of sharing to these young souls.

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of quality-Christmasy time with the sweetie. From group dinners to exclusive one-on-one conversations with this guy, it surely is making my holiday ever so warm. It’s our second Christmas together. You may now close your browser as what you’ll be reading next is a string of too much mush… hehe! It’s not everyday that you meet someone who connects with you on an emotional and spiritual level. Nowadays, it’s pretty difficult to catch someone who is loyal and supportive. I have found in him a man who is the most loving and understanding guy I have ever met. Christmas is indeed a celebration of love.

So as long as I can keep my finances on check, keep my faith grounded on Him, plus loads of lurrrrrrve to share to family and friends – there isn’t really anything wrong with being unemployed in December :)

I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly. – (John 10:10)

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Best Christmas Gift of the Year

As Christ is humanity’s best Christmas gift for all eternity, I wanted to mention a “second-best-almost-number-one” gift for this year’s Christmas season. It’s the gift of community.

I’ve been serving in the Singles For Christ community for the past 6 years already. I’m not the ideal Christian single to begin with, but this community has subjected me to be that “work in progress”. Learning to love one another despite of differences is already a manifestation of Christ’s transforming love. I wish I could say the same to my boss, hehe!

We won best chapter in South, Manila!

Anyway back to the gift, this year we won the Best Chapter Award in the South (of Manila). It may be nothing for some in terms of fame or prestige. But we truly value it because of all the hard work, sacrifices, and of course God’s faithfulness to His plan and mission for us.

The problems we had in the beginning are now non-existent as we close the year. The issues we had are now things of the past. We have more single men and women joining and serving the poor. Most especially, we are blessed to have better, and more loving relationships as brothers and sisters.

Personally, the recognition impacts me tremendously. Sure, it was a reward for all the effort but more than anything else, winning it for our group is like the brightest light in my Christmas tree. Despite my frustrations at work or in some other areas of my life, God has been so grand in delivering His promise of a fulfilled mission.

This is more than enough. God is truly more than enough for me :)

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Help a Child Finish School. Join the ANCOP Global Walk!

Our country needs an educated population. Our Filipino children need us.

Ancop Global Walk

If you are looking for ways to help young Pinoy kids to finish school (especially the marginalized sector), then this is a great opportunity for you! Join the ANCOP Global Walk on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Gun start is at 5:00 AM. Walk with a minimum donation of Php300.00. 

For a meager P300 cash, you can help sponsor a child from the poorest of the poor families in the Philippines to continue education. This is another check to your to-do-good-list this year :-)

Register conveniently online at: www.ancopglobalwalk.com

or download the registration form.

 

 

FAQs about the ANCOP Global Walk:

What is the ANCOP Global walk?
The ANCOP Global Walk is a fundraising event of the CFC ANCOP Tekton Foundation (ANCOP) to raise funds to help provide education to children from poor families through the ANCOP Child Sponsorship Program. The walk will be held simultaneously in various major cities across the globe, with Metro Manila, Philippines as its main walk venue.
When is the ANCOP Global Walk?
For the Philippines, it is on Sunday, August 21, 2011. Gun start is at 5:00 AM.For countries outside the Philippines, please check with your local CFC ANCOP teams.
Where will the ANCOP global walk be held?
  • For Metro Manila, Philippines, the walk will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City.
  • For  Provinces in the Philippines, lease see the ANCOP Walk Locations.
  • For other Countries, kindly refer to your local ANCOP team.
How can I help?
You can help by simply supporting  our cause.  Just register for the Walk with a minimum donation of Php300.00. Each participant is entitled to a Walker’s Kit which contains your bib and a walk map, among others.
Who can take part in the ANCOP Global Walk?
The walk is open to everyone. As long as you’re up for the challenge and willing to raise your sponsorship target, then this is for you! Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult.
If I am not a member of Couples For Christ or any of it’s Family ministries, can I still join?
Of course! Our work with the poor is not limited to CFC or its Ministries. Everyone is welcome to walk for a scholar!
Where will the donations go to?
One very special thing about ANCOP Global Walk is that the money you raise will support a particular ANCOP Community or project that provides shelter to the poorest of the poor as well as for the Child Sponsorship Program (through Educational Assistance). If you belong to a particular group or association, you can pool together all the donations collected and start to build a new ANCOP community that can be named after your association or sponsor a group of children.
Can I walk as part of a group or organization?
Yes, walking as a group or with your organization is encouraged. This will help you jump start your target. The entire group can also set targets to raise money and sponsor an entire community. The community can be named after your group or association’s name. Speak to any ANCOP representative or go to www.cfcancop.org for more details in sponsoring a community or a scholar. You can carry your own (association or group) banner during the walk to help identify and recognize your group.
How do I register for the walk?
  • In Person: 
Fill in a registration form together with your registration fee payment to the ANCOP head office:
CFC ANCOP-Tekton Foundation Inc.
29 Evergreen Drive, Capitol Green Village,
Bgy. Tandang Sora, Quezon City
  • Your local CFC and Family Ministries Chapters: Get registration form, fill out registration form, submit the form together with your registration donation of P300.00, get your provisional receipt.
  • Online:

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