Group grows ‘kids missionaries’

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ILOILO City, May 4, 2015 – What is the power of a child’s faith witness? This kids’ ministry is trying to find out.

CFC – Kids for Christ (KFC), Couples for Christ’s ministry for children aged 4 to 12 years old, wrapped up its 18th International Kids’ Village (IKV) on May 3 at the San Agustin University gym where 2,736 kids learned about about loving God back, reaching out to their families, friends and the KFC community, and being joyful in loving.

Some 2,736 CFC – Kids for Christ International Kids' Village (IKV) delegates attended the three-day event, which was held at the San Agustin University from May 1 to 3, 2015. (Photo: IKV 2015 Docu Team)

According to International KFC coordinator Nic Escalona, Jr., since 2011 with the “Lead” IKV, KFC took on the direction of actively forming young missionaries for the Church.

Young Christ followers

“Since [then], the tone was like that, we teach the kids to go on mission, reach out to others, to be leaders as young as they are, to set good examples to their friends,” he explained, adding that even the “Move” IKV of the following year talked about moving to serve others.

Through chants, dancing, short skits, creative competitions, workshops on various topics and even a firehose bath, kids were taught that “the word of God constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in Him ‘to go forth’, communion and mission are profoundly interconnected.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 20, 23)

Through a talk show type of creative segment, the last session called “Mission Accomplished”, young delegates were reminded to “always remember to pray to [God] in our bedrooms or when we pass by the chapel in our school or the church near our house”.

The pastoral brief of the session revealed that KFC is inspired by Pope Francis pastoral exhortation Evangelii Gaudium that says communion with God leads to mission.

Mark of a true friend

As Sarah Felix, a KFC facilitator from Metro Manila East – A, reminded the kids during the third session on May 2 that they can be good models to their friends, inviting them to KFC activities. “Finding ways to talk to them about Jesus” is a mark of a “true friend,” she added.

This is exactly what IKV delegate Czarlyn Ariza of Cebu has learned.

“I’ll try to pray [more] so that the Lord will know that we love Him,” the 11-year old said. She also shared that she’ll continue to tell her non-KFC friends about the IKV and the ministry’s kids’ camps.

This year, IKV, the biggest annual event of KFC gathered kids aged 4 to 12 years old from Qatar, New Zealand, Malaysia, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman and the Philippines.

The event, which ran from May 1 to 3, carried the theme “Love Project” with the anchor verse John 21: 15-17. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz/CBCPNews)

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