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A Community Unites in Mission
RC missionaries join business and community members for Cebu mission in the Philippines

Communion service during Mass at the Catholic parish in Carmen

What happens when business, religious and community members join together to do God’s work?  Experiences like the Cebu Mission that took place from June 12-14, 2013, in the Philippines.

“We had in total 30 plus missionaries participating,” said Regnum Christi consecrated woman Gudelia Guerra, including herself and Kathy Sherman, as well as five ECyD missionaries and 10 missionaries from Manila.  Also joining in were members of the Cebu community, employees from the Qualfon Foundation of Qualfon Corporation and young people from the local Catholic parish in the city of Carmen.

“This mission was made possible thanks to the generosity and leadership of the consecrated women of Regnum Christi in the community of Manila,” said Robert Sanchez Mejorada, Chief Mission Officer from Qualfon. “Members of Qualfon were privileged to participate.”

The missions began with a visit to the Qualfon call center located in Cebu city, where participants toured the facilities, met the
The crew in Cebu
people who work there and shared with them their apostolate and ministry experience.  After having dinner at the site, the group went to the chapel to pray for the people of the Philippines, the RC missionaries and all Qualfon employees and their families.  The following day the missionaries went to Carmen, a town two hours travel-time away.

“It was wonderful to see the employees of Qualfon joining the Manila Mission Youth Team, as well as with the locals of the town, to come together and form a team under the help of the consecrated women who helped organized the event,” said Ana Paula Sanchez-Mejorada, one of the ECyD missionaries. “Cebu was an amazing experience that showed me that being disciples is like being part of a family that cares for one another.  We learned from the people there what virtues like humility, simplicity, joy and charity look like. I hope missions to the island of Cebu can continue, and I am glad I was able to be part of this first group to go there.”

Sabina Gidaya, and ECyD missionary from Manila, said going to Cebu was a new experience for her. “I was a bit scared because I felt like I was entering a whole new world,” she said. “I had never done this before, outside of my own city.” 

She remembers visiting the community
Missionaries on the street in Cebu
members door to door and inviting them to come to catechism and Mass. “The turnout was amazing! We were able to give out holy cards, teaching the children about the pictures on them, singing songs, playing games, also doing a play for them to learn about creation.  It felt great to make these little kids happier and bring them the experience of God’s love.”

Other ECyD missionaries also shared their experiences.  Elizabeth Engbarth said it was inspiring to see that people who lacked so much material wealth had so much spiritual wealth.

“It was an amazing experience to see that the people of the village had such authentic joy at our missionary presence,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting that. To see the innocence in the children and God’s presence in them was a way God was also showing His presence to me. Visiting them helped me appreciate what I have that I so often can take for granted.”

“At first it was hard because of the language barrier,” said Maria Fernanda Palacios-Hernandez.
“But after a while I realized that the only language you really need to know is a language of love.  Just giving the kids a smile, I knew I was already making a change.”

“The children experience through our presence that the family of the Church is international,” said Mariana Jimenez. “We came from the other side of the world, but we are teaching the same values, same faith, the same Person- Jesus Christ.”

Regina Meade-Cubillas said her favorite part was being the first to participate in Mission Youth in Cebu. “We wore our Mission Youth T-shirts with pride,” she said.  “All the missionaries and the local youth bonded because of our common goal to spread the Kingdom of Christ.  I will continue to pray for the people I met and their intentions when I go back home (to Mexico) because they need my prayers, and because God wanted me to meet them. Everything happens for
Explaing a holy card to the children
Explaining a holy card to the children
a reason and I know that somehow I was the answer to someone’s prayers, and it’s my responsibility now to continue praying for all those I encountered there.” 



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