by Rev. Rich Sagun
The Day Center for Older Persons or “Day-C,” a program of Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. (KKFI), is designed to gather a number of elderlies so they may share and meditate on the Word of God and pray for each other regularly.
Every Friday morning starting at 8:30, these “young-at-hearts,” come to KKFI Compound on P. Paredes Street, Sampaloc, Manila, from different points in Metro Manila and even as far as the suburban provinces of Bulacan and Cavite. Here, they share and enjoy the spirit of Christian fellowship in spite of the differences in denominations and religious beliefs.
Everyone in his or her 50s and older is welcome to join this group, which offers them an opportunity to express themselves by sharing their life stories, especially their experiences of the love and guidance of the Lord.
“Dito lang namin nagagawang maibahagi ang aming saloobin. Ito’y nakapagbibigay kagaanan sa amin,” a member once told me. (This is the only place where we can share our concerns. We find comfort here.)
I, as the chaplain, myself is greatly blessed to hear testimonies from them. I am in awe of the members’ commitment to the group. Despite the rains and bad weather, they still come.
Indeed, the “lolas” (grandmothers) and “lolos” (grandfathers) always look forward to Fridays. I can imagine them waking up every Friday morning and screaming as they rise from their bed, “Thank God, It’s Friday!” Not even the monstrous traffic of Metro Manila, the scourge of all, can deter them.
I am not mystified. I have heard them speak about their fellowship and almost all share the same sentiment. “Masarap sa pakiramdam ang balik-balikan ang pagsasama-sama ng Day-C,” they would say invariably. (There’s a feeling of satisfaction when we reminisce our fellowship at Day-C.)
Perhaps, there’s something about the experience of sharing your life experiences that make them come again and again. Sharing is one of the life flavors of all Christians.
We believe in the saying, “no man is an Island.” Therefore, fellowshipping is very important. The sharing of experiences inspires people and encourages them to continue serving the Lord and His people with compassion.
I am personally encouraged by these members. Their stories and care push me to carry on with my ministry at Kapatiran, where the hopeless receives hope and the sick receives not only physical healing but healing of the body, soul and spirit.
So, tell your lolas and lolos, your elderly neighbors and friends to come and join to this group composed of faithful and caring people and be blessed, too.
See you on Friday!