Last October 27-29, more than 200 Real LIFE Foundation scholars from 26 cities all over the Philippines gathered at Victory Pioneer for the annual National Scholars Conference. The three days were a time of equipping, encouraging, and fellowship for Real LIFE’s high school and university scholars from across the nation.
KC Bahaj, a Real LIFE scholar studying in the De La Salle College of St. Benilde, shares her testimony from the conference:
It was a great three-day National Conference—not just for me, but for every scholar who went to this event. I’m blessed to see a lot of students who were able to study because Real LIFE answered what God called them to do.
(I learned) that we are not after Uniformity, but we are (for) Unity.
Everything was just perfect! Thank You, God, for not just providing for us financially, but spiritually. It’s not just about the conference itself, but the encounter and experience of all the scholars!
Some of these scholars never had the opportunity to go to Manila, let alone fly on a plane.
In the three days of equipping and team building, the scholars also heard from keynote speakers from Every Nation Philippines.
“If we stay in integrity and stay in obedience,” Pastor Steve Murrell, Victory’s founding pastor, said, “God will provide.” Emphasizing financial integrity, Pastor Steve encouraged the students to start building boundaries of integrity, even at a young age.
“Leadership is designed to serve,” Rachel Ong of Every Nation Singapore, shared. Ms. Ong, a member of Every Nation’s executive board, gleaned from the life of Joseph and exhorted the scholars to cultivate servant hearts. “God’s design for leadership is serving one another.”
Other speakers included Pastor Ferdie Cabiling of Victory Metro Manila, who shared a timely message on the Father heart of God. Pastor Nixon Ng of Victory Malate, who encouraged the students to walk in excellence as an expression of worship to God. Pastor Joseph Bonifacio and his wife, Carla, facilitated breakout sessions for the men and women on living lives of purity and holiness.
One of the main highlights of the National Scholars Conference was the “REAL Amazing Race” held in the UP Diliman campus grounds. This activity allowed scholars from the different Real LIFE centers to get to know each other and work in teams.
All in all, the three days the scholars spent being encouraged and encouraging each other helped them grow in their relationship with God. It is our prayer that they experience success in greater measures as they finish school and help lift their families out of poverty, all for God’s glory and honor.
Thank you for faithfully giving to LIFE!
Real LIFE’s mission is to honor God by serving the poor and empowering their dreams through educational assistance, character development, and community service. Through their scholarship program, these young men and women are given opportunities to receive a good education, thus helping lift their families out of poverty. Their education is coupled with LIFE coaching, where mentors coach them in the areas of leadership, integrity, faith, and excellence.
For more information, please visit: www.igivetolife.com