by Alyssa Raval-Aguilar
I was invited by Tintin San Juan to join SYA in 2010, and I was glad that I did. In this community, we were given lots of opportunities to serve others, in the Prison Ministry, the Hospital Ministry and the JPIC Scholars Ministry. I got to experience serving in all three but I was led to focus on helping the inmates in Makati City Jail (MCJ) and Taguig City Jail (TCJ).
Together with the other volunteers, I devoted my Monday nights teaching catechism, Saturdays joining them for anticipated masses, and some days for sports, social and spiritual activities. We also spend December 24 with the inmates and give them Noche Buena and toiletry items.
Serving for 5 years in this ministry is not an easy task. It requires creativity in planning for activities, time in fitting their schedule with your work or business, raising funds and getting volunteers. It requires so much patience, understanding, prayers, courage, strength and love. In this ministry, God taught me how to serve… how to love… to serve with my all, to serve with my whole being, by giving my time, using my God-given talents, sharing my treasure, without expecting anything in return.
As they say, “IT IS IN GIVING THAT YOU RICHLY RECEIVE.”
Last January 10, 2017, GP and I, were joined in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in Santuario de San Antonio Parish. Our good Lord blessed me with a man that He chose for me in His perfect time. It is no longer “I” but “We”. My husband and I commit to serve and love those in need.
Our God is a generous Father, rich in mercy and compassion, who loves us unconditionally. We give back all glory and praise to our God who always provides, now and forever, Amen.
As published in the January 29 issue of the Parish Bulletin.