On October 26-28, more than 240 Real LIFE Foundation scholars gathered for their annual National Scholar’s Conference. This annual event serves as a time for our Real LIFE scholars to be encouraged, build relationships with scholars from other Philippine cities, and be inspired to make a difference in their own ways.
The scholars, many of whom were students from the provinces visiting Manila for the first time, heard from different Victory pastors, leaders, and Real LIFE alumni, who spoke on leadership, integrity, faith, and excellence.
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Pastor Joey Bonifacio, Real LIFE’s Executive Director, gleaned from the life and leadership of King David, encouraging the scholars to know their calling, care for people, grow in their character, and be competent in their skills.
Pastor Carlos Antonio, Every Nation’s Global Communications Director, reminded the students of their identity in Christ and God’s love for them: “God loves you with a never-stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always-and-forever love.”
Victory Provincial Churches Executive Director Jon Naron shared his personal experiences on honoring God as a student through excellence. He encouraged the students to “excel in the things that matter”—namely, their relationships with God and their families, and in pursuing their life purpose.
Real LIFE alumnus Ian Olivares from Victory Malate also shared his testimony on excellence. When he was in high school, he did not care much about his academics. When he became a Real LIFE scholar in college, “I strived to be an excellent example to my classmates. I never cheated. I also became involved in my school organizations.” Because he lived a life of excellence in honoring God, Ian graduated as a magna cum laude from the University of Makati with a degree in Information Technology. He was also voted as the Most Promising App Developer in their batch.
We are in faith that as our Real LIFE scholars go back to their respective homes and campuses, they will be refreshed, energized, and encouraged to live lives of leadership, integrity, faith, and excellence, and inspire others to do the same!
If you would like to know more about Real LIFE Foundation and make a difference in the lives of these scholars, visit igivetolife.com.