February 12, 2018
Philippines Grads Exhorted to Align to God’s Purpose
From the Superintendent's DESK
Bill and Lori McKibben continued in the Philippines this past week, and on Wednesday, Brother Bill had the opportunity to speak at the Central Luzon State University Baccalaureate service. With over six hundred graduates present in addition to parents, faculty, and staff, he exhorted the audience to align their personal visions with the vision and purposes of God who created them. The speech appeared to be well received, and we pray the message resonated with the hearts of those who were present.
The McKibbens attended Sunday services at the headquarters church in Bagong Sikat. Sunday school opened with an energetic youth choir and orchestra presenting a medley of songs including “You Are My All in All.” Brother Bill said it was very inspiring. They also took time to sing “Happy Birthday” to Sister Lori, and all were informed that a dinner featuring roasted pig would follow the morning service in celebration.
The church was full for the morning service, with about three hundred in attendance. For the prelude, Sister Lori played a flute solo of “Under His Wings.” The orchestra also provided a number, and then the choir sang a Southern Gospel song. For the last special before the message, the choir sang “God Is Working.” The sermon, taken from Mathew 8, focused on the authority of Christ. It was brought out that one must submit his or her will to receive deliverance, and then remain obedient. Brother Bill said the service concluded with a sweet time of prayer around the altars.
Children’s church was held in the afternoon, and the story of Queen Esther was the highlight. The children learned that she was made queen and brought into the palace in God’s perfect time, and that anyone, young or old, could be called by God “for such a time as this.”
The McKibbens anticipate meeting with several more pastors and saints, and then holding a Valentine’s Day Bible Study focusing on 1 Corinthians 13 before starting the trip home. They request continued prayer for the work in the Philippines.
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