by Glenda B. Gutierrez
It seemed curious, but I observed that the staff and volunteers who joined the retreat and team-building of Kapatiran-Kaunlaran Foundation Inc. (KKFI) in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro shared a common theme in their assessment of the recent activity—GRATITUDE.
Literally all of them were in the thanksgiving mode—expressing their gratitude to God, to KKFI and to their respective families.
In that respect along, the May 25-27 retreat was a success, although the event did not start with flying colors. The venue on the first day was a trial, to say the least. The original venue was not as beautiful as depicted in its website. And that is an understatement.
Despite the initial disappointment, we trudged on and conducted the planned activities. We are reminded that God is with us.
We started with the retreat by reading the Bible text:
22Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
The first activity was writing in “Post-it” papers and discussing in groups the things we were thankful for. We had a good discussion on how grateful we are to God and His daily provisions. We had long lists in our Praise List.
Then we placed our lists in a paper heart on the floor. As we sang songs of thanksgiving, we felt God’s faithfulness and that His love is not consumed, it new every morning, great is His faithfulness.