It was really an honour for CFC Cairns to be chosen as host of this conference. We only have limited resources and manpower to handle a big event such as this but we believed that each one of us was blessed by God with faith and courage to serve Him without fear. At first there were doubts and hesitation if we could manage it. But we realised that nothing is impossible with God.
As head of the music ministry, I was assigned to form a band that will lead the praise and worship for the weekend of 8-9 November 2014. Fortunately, our Cairns community is gifted with talented YFCs and CFCs who can sing and play the music instruments to praise God. So I thought that preparing for the event would be easy. But as in many event preparations, things did not turn out well during rehearsals. Scheduling has been a challenge as we never had a 100% attendance during our practices. Unavailability of a suitable venue is another difficulty as we have to deal with a small place to have our practices. We even bought a mixer for better instrumentation and vocal balance but honestly, nobody among us knows how to operate it (the mixer). It was only a day before the event that we had a good practice. And everything has been settled. With the Lord's guidance... we finally made it!
God is really good. I thank the Lord for using our talent to serve Him.
Looking back, my wife (Dada) and I really enjoyed the service. I remember during the event when I saw my wife walking down the stairs and asked her "kumusta?" (How are you?). "Ewan ko ba papa kung bakit ang saya-saya ko?" (I don't know papa why I am so happy?). I know she is already tired but still you can see on her face the joy and excitement on what she is doing. By the way, she is part (head) of our food committee.
What really inspires and motivates us to do our service is the joy and the love we see from our sisters and brothers in CFC. The fellowship we experienced with them definitely cannot be measured. It is really something that we will treasure the rest of our life.
Thank you Lord for enabling us to host the 2014 Leaders and Elders Summit Conference.
Thank you Lord for Your guidance, for all the people you send to help us, for the messages we heard and for the warm fellowship shared.
Thank you Lord for everything. See you soon mga kapatid!
- Rodel Sta. Maria (CFC Cairns)