MANDALUYONG City, Nov. 7, 2013—As the Year of Faith draws to a close, young people have been gathering to listen to personal testimonials of faith from their peers during a national tour event organized by a youth community.
“As the Year of Faith ends we want to re-affirm our members that their commitment to live out the faith doesn’t end with the Year of Faith,” international CFC Youth for Family and Life (CFC YFL) coordinator Dylan Reyes said in an interview, explaining the purpose for the group’s annual Youthfest.
Fear, rejection and insecurity to love
According to Reyes, the Youthfest, which had its first run for Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao and Southern Mindanao last October 26, features personal sharings from young people and how their experiences of rejection, fear, insecurity and being unloved eventually led them to a “limitless” experience of God’s love.
“We want to highlight stories of young people whose faith has made them limitless. We want to feature community members who meet the Lord and have committed to have a personal relationship with Him,” he added, explaining the rationale behind the Youthfest’s theme for this year, “LIMITLESS: Faith Never Ends”.
The Youthfest has several runs lined up before the year ends, with the Metro Manila Youthfest happening this November 10, 11a.m. to 7 p.m. at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
Thousands of young people from South Luzon are expected to gather the following weekend on November 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Batangas State University, Batangas City, Batangas.
Lastly, the North and Central Luzon Youthfest is set on December 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Don Bosco Technical Institute, Tarlac City.
Reyes added, it is also the community’s belief that young people ”should always find an avenue where they can discover the beauty of their faith”, especially during these times when many young people are falling away from the faith.
It is important, he explained to inspire young Catholics to live their faith, receiving encouragement from other young believers.
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