We believe in two things — the power of education and touching the lives of the next generation. This is why we invest heavily in honing next gen leaders in the church. Visit one of our churches and you’d see a lot of young people. And of course, we don’t stop there; the church also helps some deserving students in their education through its foundation arm–Real LIFE.
With Real Life Foundation’s tenth year this 2017, I may not have the numbers but I am pretty sure a lot of lives has been touched already through its scholarships. One way of raising more funds for it is through Run for Life. In 2015, Pastor Ferdie Cabiling ran across the Philippines, over 2,000KM of road from Mindanao to Luzon, to raise awareness and funds for the foundation. This year, Pastor Ferdie Cabiling ran across the whole island of Cebu for 10 days, 50K each day and with some company of pastors and volunteers, and I signed up as one of the runners for our local church, Victory Malate.
Honestly, when I first heard of the idea, I didn’t really give it some thought. I mean, sure I placed running another marathon this year in my planner but sadly, I really didn’t have focus on it. I just placed it under “Health Goals” with no solid plans of pushing it. It seems though, God has different plans, and when He helped me pen that goal, He had plans of exceeding it, as He always does.
It was a running buddy and current pastor in Malate, Ptr. Andrew Wee who invited me to go and run in Cebu for the students. I was initially afraid because I had no training but “You can do it. If the time is 9 hours, that would be like walking pace! You can finish it!” This guy. And so I said yes, I’ll GO.
“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
Honestly, I am reminded of this while reading a book lent to me by my friend, Prim. And another honest note, I said yes to the run not because of the scholars, but for an adventure and for me, adventures mean a sure way of encountering God but after pondering and asking myself all over why run, I came to these prayers: “That this may glorify only who God is, that the run I would be thinking of the scholars, and to Ptr Ferdie who is doing it for the scholars and to share the Gospel to each city or town he visits.”, a nod to one of my favorite Psalmist line:
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Psalm 115:1)
Indeed, the whole race was an adventure, with a lot of leadership lessons along the way. It was a 50K of stretch of Bogo City (San Remigio) to Tuburan, 10.5 hours in the road, with a team of three pastors and one super runner in Sam Maniaul, and I can sum it all up in these points: Continue reading “RUN FOR LIFE: Change a life, Change the Nation”