photographs by Kathleen Gayle Ching

Last August 9 at the Penthouse Lobby, SLCM Agape Christian Movement held their annual Agaparty general assembly. The aim of the event was to welcome Lukans into a community geared towards encouraging and supporting each other throughout the year. The theme, “Stir Up” was taken from the book of Hebrews 10:24-25 where it says: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

The event open to all SLCM doctors and students served as an avenue to welcome the new batch of freshmen. Members of the Student Council also came to the event. Games were led by Sharmaine Bungabong and Charmaine Badon to foster camaraderie among the attendees. This was then followed by the Praise and Worship.

Cha Badon and Hope Bautista participating in a game

Holijah Uy, president of the organization, then introduced the meaning of “Agape”. He stated that Agape is not a community of perfect people but that of broken people being perfected by God’s love. He also emphasized a passage from the book of Mark, where Jesus said that it is not the healthy who needs a doctor, but the sick.

Junelle Dumangon, a clinical intern from SLMC, served as the guest speaker. He shared a testimony of his journey in becoming a medical student and later on overcoming the difficulties he faced with the grace of God.

The event was concluded with a dinner and a closing prayer led by Mavic Villanueva.