On the weekend of 14-15 October, the National LIA Core Group (NLCG) got together in Melbourne to discuss their goals, targets and strategies for Love in Action for 2024. The priorities for 2024 are:
To further encourage the active participation of CFCA members to LIA projects
To update and improve the operations of the LIA
To be more innovative in utilising our DGR status when raising funds while ensuring alignment with CFCA core values
We learned and got inspired by stories from the LIA Coordinators from the different states as well as from the National Project this year, the Medical Mission in Bohol. We're encouraged to do even better next year.
Using collaborative workshops, the NLCG came up with strategies and action plans to address the three priorities mentioned above. The LIA Plan and LIA Budget for 2024 is now being written and finalised for submission to the CFCA National Director.
As we continue to serve the poor and the disadvantaged through LIA, let us reflect on the wisdom given to us by God in Sirach 4:1-10:
My child, do not cheat the poor of their living, and do not keep needy eyes waiting. Do not grieve the hungry or anger one in need. Do not add to the troubles of the angry or delay giving to the needy. Do not reject a suppliant in distress or turn your face away from the poor. Do not avert your eye from the needy, and give no one reason to curse you, for if in bitterness of soul some should curse you, their Creator will hear their prayer. Endear yourself to the congregation; bow your head low to the great. Give a hearing to the poor, and return their greeting kindly. Rescue the oppressed from the oppressor, and do not be hesitant in giving a verdict. Be a father to orphans, and be like a husband to their mother; you will then be like a son of the Most High, and he will love you more than does your mother.
The National LIA Core Group is made up of the following:
LIA National Director: Ric & Glorious Manalac
LIA National Coordinators: Joven & Jenny Mercado
LIA Area Coordinators (NSW): Armando & Ching Andaya
LIA Area Coordinators (QLD): RJ & Leah Cortez
LIA Area Coordinators (SA): Gil & Rose Ninonuevo
LIA Area Coordinators (VIC): Bong & Miles Locsin
LIA Area Coordinators (WA): Joseph & Evelyn Paz