“To glorify God by being faithful stewards of all that is entrusted to us;To have a positive influence on all who come in contact with us”
It has been almost a year when I first stepped into the pedestal of that golden – yellow building called STARJED Micro-financing Corporation, bringing a big question mark in my mind what a seminarian do in a financing institution. Yet, as time quickly flies, God has blessed me more than the things I prayed for. It was so rich and memorable that I could not afford to keep it unshared.
On this month of July, the time of my entrance to Starjed, I would just like to thank all of you for accepting me as I am and for believing in my potentiality. In my short span of stay, I could describe Starjed in one simple word: “COMMUNITAS”, that is, community within a community. Starjed is operating not only as a lending firm but with great involvement in religious activities. “We”, (just allow myself to be included huh!) creates a miniature world within the greater and bigger community. Starjed builds its communitas in the context of table fellowship, kaon diri. . . kaon didto. . . murag usa lang ka tawo ang walay effect ang kaon para niya, si Mam Madel (peace!). We form new relationships with our new employees and staffs by dining together sipping “sabaw sa libuo” that dedicatedly prepared by Nang Norma and Sir Dodong. I have many things to share yet, just allow me to keep things in private, I suspect I could not describe it fully.
Indeed, relationship adds color in life and it’s quite amazing how the word “relationship” came to be. First, it is simply a mere desire to “relate” and later on creates “relation” that eventually builds up a certain circle of friends. Figuratively, our natural tendency to relate with others suggests that somehow it is a moment of making our “SHIPS”. That group of friends who accompany us in our struggles to life is part of the “SHIP” within us that affirms the passé that LIFE is a JOURNEY.
In closing, I am very much happy that I became part of Starjed’s blissful journey. My simple yet colorful vignette at starjed has been carved deep in my heart and it will perpetually be cherished.
Semper Deo Gratias et Mariae