CFC Handmaids of the Lord aims to provide a Christian support environment for single mature women, widows, separated or divorced, single parents, wives of overseas workers, and those whose husbands are incapacitated or in prison.
Realizing the difficult life and role that these women play in family and society due to loneliness, rejection and fear, HOLD provides pastoral guidance and support to its members following CFC's network of households (a cell group of 10 to 12 members led by a household head). Correspondingly, unit heads lead household heads, chapter heads lead unit heads, and cluster heads lead chapter heads. Over-all direction is provided by a national council.
HOLD is established all over the Philippines and in many key cities and states of other countries around the world.
HOLD's formation program teaches that:
- the woman is a beautiful creation of God, chosen for greatness and designed for excellence;
- while loneliness, rejection and fear in their lives are real, they have God who loves them and cares for them through community;
- to fully experience a life of joy and fulfillment, they need to heal, forgive, and decide to be happy and productive; and,
- by serving other women whose circumstances are similar to theirs, they thank God and gain empowerment.
HOLD members are everywhere in the wide social spectrum from the squatter communities of Bagong Silang to the plush homes of Forbes Park; among the househelps in community, as well as the professionals in government and business.
In response to Couples for Christ's direction to "Build the Church of the Poor," HOLD members are getting involved serving the street children in depressed areas and the women prisoners in correctional institutions.