From October 24 to 26, 2016, more than 260 Real LIFE Foundation scholars from Metro Manila and the provincial areas will gather for their annual National Scholar’s Conference. This event aims to equip the scholars for L.I.F.E. (leadership, integrity, faith, excellence) and to encourage them in their faith.
The conference is also a great opportunity for our Real LIFE scholars to be connected, build relationships with fellow scholars from other Philippine cities, and be inspired to make a difference in their own ways.
The scholars will hear from different Victory pastors, namely Pastor Joseph Bonifacio, who will talk about leadership; Pastor Gilbert Foliente, who will speak about integrity; Pastor Joey Bonifacio, who will expound on faith; and Bishop Ferdie Cabiling, who will tackle the topic of excellence.
There will also be workshops focused on different course tracks like engineering, accountancy, communications and information technology, and business management. These sessions will be done in a classroom set-up, with the goal of preparing our students for their respective fields after graduation. Every Nation campus missionaries will also speak to our high school scholars about identity, character and developing good habits.
We are in faith that when our Real LIFE scholars go back to their respective homes and campuses after the conference, 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 RealLIFE.ph
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.
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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.
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.