KOTA KINABALU – The Glory of God International Covenant Community (GOGICC) met for a 3-day conference at Gaya Centre Hotel from 27 – 29 July 2018. Ninety people from eight different countries came together for the celebration of God’s faithfulness of 30 years of GOGICC.
With a theme from Romans 9:25-26 “I will call them, My People”, we have taken the opportunity to hear once more God’s call to us to be His people, His beloved, His sons and daughters!
During these days we have had the privilege to have different beautiful moments: times to get to know our own stories and become aware that each of us is a brush stroke in the bigger picture of the GOGICC; times to share meals and company, deepening of friendships and fraternity; times of praying together and of bonding with each other in the Covenant that makes us one people. Our diverse backgrounds, from many different countries, manifested the boundless love of Christ.
As host to the event, LiFE-ICPE Mission Sabah extended our hospitality with the opportunity to meet Archbishop John Wong who celebrated the Holy Eucharist with all present.
On this occasion, we were able to share the internationality of who we are through various symbols.
Following Mass, as it is a tradition in the GOGICC, we enjoyed an Agape meal, together with the Archbishop and other guests. Also present were the leaders of the Light of Jesus Christ Covenant Community who are friends of the GOGICC, sharing the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities.
The 3-day conference was a close to the meetings of the ICPE Council, Directors, Coordinators and the GOGICC leaders’ meetings which were held since 16 July 2018. Each day of gathering has been embraced in prayer: praying the Liturgy of the Hours, times of intercessions, praying for each other and our communities, and praying over each other. All these culminated daily with the celebration of the Eucharist as a community of leaders, of all who we are and all that we will do as Missionary Disciples.
Days like these are times where we reflect on the past, not so much for the sake of reminiscing the past, but more so to realize God’s faithfulness and to dream new dreams for a new vision ahead. We have a God who journeys with us, accompanies us even when we are travelling in the wrong direction. This also gives us courage to take new steps forward knowing that the God who has been faithful in the past will continue to be faithful in the future. – Beatrice Chong