|Thank you, Jesus…. Cornerstone|
Posted by Arbie Padilla on 12/21/2011 8:43:22 PM
This year, Couples for Christ and its family ministries launched another milestone of working with the poor. In partnership with Ateneo, CFC put up a program for our less fortunate kids in public schools called the Cornerstone. In CFC Metro Manila South B, they are handling two public schools for their weekly tutorials every Saturday morning. Masville Elementary School and Sampaloc Elementary School which is headed by volunteers from SFC Central C in doing the tutorial programs.
This holiday season, Cornerstone has conduct a generic Christmas Party theme for all sites entitled “Thank you Jesus Christmas Party”, it is a way of teaching the children that Jesus is the mainly reason why we celebrate Christmas, and also allowing them to acknowledge that all the gifts and blessings comes from Jesus himself.
Last December 18, 2011, the students, parents, teachers and volunteers of two school sites gather in Goodwill Subdivision Gym, Sucat, Paranaque City to celebrate a day of thanksgiving for the Lord’s goodness through Cornerstone. The Masville students conduct a nativity play that illustrates the humble story of the birth of Jesus, and the Sampaloc students do the singing of Christmas carols and dance presentation. Parents and teachers also showcase their talents such as singing and dancing. With a lot of gifts and prizes a waits for them from generous sponsors, fun games that gives joy to the face of the kids and parents who have attended including their teachers. And plus, the presentation of the ever energetic and motivated volunteers from SFC, YFC, KFC and CFC.
Tito Mon de Leon, CFC South B Sector head gives the Christmas message together with his wife Tita Penny who just came out from the hospital on that day was also there in attendance. Tito Mon stated to the students and parents that CFC is doing this program for them to experience how the Lord loves them very much, and how the Lord manifesting its love to them through Cornerstone. The true blessing for CFC is allowing all of them to experience the blessings of the Lord and knew that CFC’s worth that we are for Christ. This Christmas, there are a lot of reasons to be thankful for, and the Lord never stops loving them and providing them blessings.
And finally, the most awaited part, the giving of gifts. Each student write-down their personal wishlist for this Christmas and with the joint efforts of our volunteers and sponsors, the student’s wishes this Christmas come true. Together with a pair of new slippers and school supplies, the kids of Cornerstone have a lot of reason to be thankful for Jesus. A Noche Buena package for their families is also provided from the generosity of the CFC community.
Indeed a memorable and fruitful experience not only for the students and their parents but also for the volunteers of allowing themselves to see Christ in them. The gift of Cornerstone for the community is a way to understand how the Lord loves his people. The greater things, is yet to come for Cornerstone.