January 23, 2017
A New Headquarters Church Dedicated in the Philippines
From the Superintendent's DESK
The dedication of our Philippines headquarters church in Bagong Sikat was held on Sunday. First, though, we attended Sunday school at 9:00 a.m. in the original church, which is now the chapel. The adult classes were held outside as it was a beautiful sunny day with ninety-degree weather. The young people met inside and were taught by a relatively young staff with a determination to carry the Apostolic Faith work forward for as long as Jesus tarries.
Following Sunday school, we spent some time worshiping in the new prayer room before gathering outside the main entrance of the new building for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Debbie and I had the honor of cutting the ribbon, after which Bill and Lori McKibben carried a large Bible into the church and placed it on a stand located in the narthex.
The ministers then proceeded into the church and took their places on the platform followed by the choir and orchestra. As the congregation filed in, it became apparent that the sanctuary, designed to seat 500, and the overflow area, accommodating another 300, would not be sufficient, and 200 remained outside.
The service included several music specials including “People Need the Lord” performed by the orchestra, and “Lord God Almighty” sung by the choir. The congregation also had an opportunity to lift their voices in worship, and a sweet spirit settled on the sanctuary. After an opening prayer, the dedication message, and a Scripture reading, Zenaida Ruiz gave the dedication prayer. Then the service closed with a time of prayer at the altar.
Following the dedication, the choir and orchestra members served lunch to the entire congregation. The kitchen staff had worked for days to prepare the meal, and it was greatly appreciated by all. In the evening, an evangelistic service was held. The music, provided by the Bagong Sikat choir and orchestra, was wonderful, and the testimonies were inspiring. Afterward another meal was served for the congregation.
On Monday morning, a ministers’ meeting was held with about thirty in attendance, and in the evening, everyone gathered outside the newly dedicated headquarters church for a sing-a-long. Paper bags filled with candles had been scattered across the lawn, and the lights on the front of the church were on. It created an inviting atmosphere. Choruses were sung in both English and Tagalog, and musical numbers were presented by several branch churches as snacks were served to the listeners. It was great to spend time with the Saints here.
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