Despite the challenges we faced this year, it is still a blessing. Here are some sharing from our members from Fondacio Asia talking about their learnings from 2020:
A little bit of history :
Fondacio ’s journey in Asia
Fondacio’s journey began in Asia through the birth of the two communities in the Philippines and Malaysia in 1981. The growth during the first decade was through the presence of French members of Fondacio who came to Asia as fulltime lay missionaries. The main orientation during the first decade was the transmission of the Spirituality of Fondacio and the formation of local leaders. The 1990s were a period of integrating this spirituality in the Asia context and the process of inculturation continues into the third millennium. The first 25 years was a period of rooting the communities in the local Filipino and Malaysian church.
The 1st Asian Congress in 2006 marked the 25 years of Fondacio in Asia with a clear challenge- be at the service of the local churches in Asia. The launch of the Institute of Formation Fondacio, Asia (IFF Asia) in the same year was a step of faith to be at the service of the local churches in Asia- a response to the message of the Holy Father for the 3rd Millennium “ to go out into the deep.” The challenge of this message was a call towards mission: to move from Fondacio being active in local parish life to being sent in mission to other countries.
Since 2000, visits had been made to Myanmar and later to China. In 2003 the leaders of Fondacio Malaysia and Philippines took a step of faith to start a mission in Myanmar and to continue mission trips to China. To date, the Institute has welcomed young people from 16 Asian countries. IFF Asia is a sign: a covenant of our commitment to be at the service of the local church and society in Asia. Today, we are a Community in Mission engaged in community building, evangelization activities, youth education and social development projects in Malaysia, Philippines, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.
Learnings from 2020 !
Roslyn (an Intern of Young Lives Myitkyina) shares how she overcame her overthinking which made the year challenging for her.
Virgini (Young Lives Yangon Staff) expressed how this year’s challenges made their family stronger.
Jecy (Alumni IFFasia) shares that 2020 was the year she needed. It is the year that taught her to slow down, to never take life for granted, and to love deeper.
Imelda (Member of IFFasia’s Formation Team) shares how she learned to adapt to the situations and find hope wherever life brings her.
Joseph (Alumni of IFFasia) shares how he discovered and nurtured his relationship with God.
Melo (Fondacio Asia Staff) tells us she learned to Be contented, happy, grateful for all the blessings she has and to trust and believe in God’s protection
Jason (Country Coordinator of Fondacio Philippines) expressed that this year has taught him how to care of and love himself better.
Roger (Country Coordinator of Fondacio Myanmar) shared how he finds blessings in the difficult and painful situations too.
We thank some of our members who shared their stories and their learnings from this year. No, it was not a typical year and there are many moments that it had been challenging as well.
But if we take time to review how we have lived through this year, surely you’ll find many gems along the way.
20/20 usually means our eyes has clear vision. Maybe that is exactly what this year has done to our lives. To give clarity for us to see what truly matters most.
What about you? What has been your most important learning from this year? Maybe you just need to look again so you may see the blessings from this year.