CEBU City, Jan. 23, 2016 – Apparently, age or a day job is not a hindrance to volunteering for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu City.
With a smile, Nimfa Tero is one of the senior citizens at the Catholic gathering who attaches plastic, waterproof bands around the wrists of accredited media practitioners.
“[We do this] because we want to serve, to help IEC,” she said.
At God’s service
At 73, the former physician has the choice of just staying at home and enjoying everything she had worked all her life for.
But this is not the case. Not even old age can stop the mother of five and grandmother of more from doing what she loves best: serving God.
Jesus in the marketplace
“I’m already retired, so I’m offering my services to the Lord,” she said.
Tero may have bid her medical career goodbye, but not her desire to be of assistance to others.
As a member of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) for 18 years now, her mission includes bringing Jesus and His Good News to people, especially those in the marketplace.
“Giving my life, my service to the Lord. I’m fulfilled. I’m happy with what I am now,” she added.
Joy of self-giving
Like Tero, Edward Ocampo finds joy in self-giving.
Despite his busy schedule as a real estate broker and a family man, he manages to set aside a portion of his time for his apostolate.
While volunteering is second nature to him, Ocampo considers it an honor to be part of the 51st IEC, specifically serving in media accreditation.
“Anyway, this is a once in lifetime event, and my hometown of Cebu gets to host it. This is an opportunity for me to deepen my faith,” he explained. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)