An article written for the FILCOS group by bro Marcy Mission about CFC - Couples For Christ.
There are a plethora of ad campaigns nowadays that begin with the two words "I am". It signifies a belonging and in the marketing campaign a loyalty. Actually it is as old as the time when Moses asked for the name of the Lord. He got this reply "I am who am". You belong to me and I to you. The Lord was confirming the beautiful love story of man's relationship to God that started with Adam and Eve.
This is what CFC (an acronym that stands for Couples for Christ) is all about. It is about personal, family and community transformation to bring us in closer and deeper relationship with God. But this ideal does not exist in a vacuum or merely an abstraction. The relationshio with God has two crucial tasks embodied in the CFC mission of building the church of the home and building the church of the poor. The word "church" is important here and not merely a play of words. Church means a relationship of being the bride of Christ. The task of CFC is to bring our families and the marginalized members of our global society to a love relationship with Jesus.
The ultimate goal is expressed in the CFC vision of families in the Holy Spirit renewing the face of the earth. Once again, "earth" as our elders had penned this vision through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit was not an accidental thought. From the very beginning, CFC was not meant for Philippines or Australia alone. The task is global evangelization. Thus the Vatican recognition under the canon law of the Roman Carholic Church was given for this global task of building the church of the homes and the poor. CFC is in more than 120 countries across the globe and is still growing owing to the missionary zeal of its members.
CFC is one family across the globe and has its roots and refinement of its vision and mission from the Phillipines. Moreover CFC is not just a members club or a prayer group. It is as the title of this article expresses a belongingness through loyalty to a common set of mission and vision. It is in a word - a lifestyle. I am CFC not only when I am in prayer with a group (don't get me wrong i did not say that's not important) but in all my mind, heart, soul and strength. This is how we ought to love God and CFC is our lifestyle by which we love God.
Realizing these ideals CFC is a family ministry that involves kids, youth, singles, couples and widows and widowers (widowed men). It has its work with the poor through ANCOP an acronym for Answering the Cry of the Poor. It has its mission work of bringing and nurturing CFC in other areas through its International Mission Council from the Philippines. In Australia and New Zealand this means the missionary work in the Oceania regions. Currently this involves CFC in PNG, Solomon Is., Vanuatu, Fiji, Cook Is, and Western Samoa. CFC also has its work with the clergy. In November of this year CFC will hold the CFC Clergy Congress in Australia for the first time. As part of its vision of being one with the Catholic Church, CFC has formed the ministry of church relationship. The Clergy Congress is an annual event attended by all members of the clergy involved with CFC.
God has called CFC to become witness of His love. The harvest is plentiful. Many hunger for the Word of God. Even more need a relationship with God. I am CFC is an invitation for those who are reading this page. May God be praised!