"Have you experienced the uplifting joy of worshiping and
praising the Lord in unity with 4000 people? Have you
felt your anxieties fade away as they are overcome by the
smiles, happy greetings, and joyous friendship of the
people around you?
We have just come
Philippines. And dancing … let’s
not forget the dancing! And the
raffles! And the food!
Why do we celebrate
anniversaries with such joy?
For me, it is a time to renew
friendships, to tangibly feel the
Spirit moving among us, to put
my life back into properly
focusing on the Lord. I
remember that “community”
comes from the Greek word
koinonia that means unity of
heart and mind in the Lordship
of Jesus Christ. When likeminded
people band together
for a common purpose, there
results a sharing of values
such as the BCBP’s Core
Values: Love for God, Love for
Country, Love for Others, and
Commitment to the Lord’s
Work. We are able to draw on
the strengths of each member
and we learn to benefit from
one another’s unique gifts and
talents, even as we nourish
and are nourished by the care
and concern of brothers and
sisters in Christ.
This nourishment, this
caring, encouragement and
support among brothers and
sisters in community, the inspiration
we get from one another – this is
the essence of community! When I
share my story in BCBP breakfasts,
I always proclaim that it was only
when I joined the BCBP, became
integrated into community, that I
really felt at home in the Philippines.
Thank you, Lord, for community!