God’s calling is always a mystery, but once answered, one’s life obtains its greatest joy and fulfillment. Just like how Fr. Pol Villalva achieved his, by answering the call of the Lord to the priesthood.
When we choose a life in mission, it also means we surrender our lives to God in all circumstances. This is what Cezarina Lorel Curada, or Zar as many know her, has been holding onto ever since she became part of CFC ANCOP and the Couples for Christ community. Every day, she always felt grateful to the Lord that she always want to give back and do her best in this life she chose.
When it comes to her studies, Jonathea had to live up to her parents’ expectation of achieving the highest of honors, because her two older brothers were able to do so. She wants to show her family that she can do it as well, and she can bring her parents great pride and joy, too.
God works in the most unfathomable way we can imagine, just like how He worked on the life story of Julie Ann Burio, an ANCOP alumna from Caloocan City. Julie is now a fresh graduate of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Computer Application at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde (CSB). She is an ANCOP Global Walk Scholar during High School then later on sponsored by ANCOP Australia during college.
Last January 8-16 this year, CFC ANCOP Australia held an immersion program for their ANCOP Australia Ambassadors, which were composed of members of the Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries (Kids for Christ, Youth for Christ, Singles for Christ, Handmaids of the Lord, and Servants of the Lord). These ambassadors were chosen by each of their chapters and are assigned to do intensive awareness and initiate fundraising campaigns for ANCOP. They are to visit every household and present the good works of the organization within CFC and extend it outside the community.
As a child, Yna lived a comfortable life. Her parents had decent jobs that can provide more than enough in sustaining the needs and wants of their family. Her father is a policeman, and her mother works for the government, and active members of the Couples for Christ community. She is the youngest child with two older brothers, and they basically lived a life where she doesn’t consider them “poor,” never imagining that their life can change any moment.
After stopping in attending school for almost six years, Bryan Dalma would’ve not imagined himself being where he is right now: a college degree holder and now working as a Livelihood Coordinator for CFC ANCOP Global Foundation, Inc. (CAGFI). Bryan, who is from Los Baños, Laguna, was an ANCOP Scholar funded by LandBank of the Philippines who supported his college education from his 3rd year.
Witnessing the poor state of his family and seeing most of his relatives ending their education in High School, Lyruss thought he couldn’t pursue his studies up to college level. He thought that his parents couldn’t afford sending him to college as his father’s salary was already insufficient for their daily needs, with his mother as a housewife and his sister working as a helper on their neighbor to support her own studies.
A 4 to 5kilometer walk doesn’t stop Lance Andrei De Jesus of Occidental Mindoro in attending school and pursuing being an educator someday. He has a penchant for teaching young minds and he gains sense of fulfillment whenever someone would learn something from him. This is the reason why he chose to take Bachelor of Elementary Education as his degree.
Mangyan, the collective name for the eight indigenous groups in Mindoro, covers ten percent of the island's population. They are said to be living in peaceful societies compared to other tribes. In history, Mangyans were living in the coastal areas of Mindoro until colonizers arrived and settled on their lands. They gave up their land to avoid clashes with the migrants and move to the mountains. They only came down then for food and other necessities.