April 29, 2016
Philippines Summer Camp
The Apostolic Faith summer camp meeting in the Philippines was held March 23-27 at the Bagong Sikat headquarters church, with more than 400 attendees. Every camper was excited to see the new church building being constructed behind the existing headquarters church; the larger facility will be an inspiration to win more souls for the Lord.
The opening service was full of praises as the Bagong Sikat band accompanied the congregation singing in the Tagalog language. All the branch churches in the Philippines were represented, and it was exciting to welcome a number of new faces to this year’s camp meeting.
Quiet times were held each morning. On Thursday and Friday, Bible studies focused on the end times, including “Signs of the Times,” “The Rapture,” “The Marriage Supper of the Lamb,” “The Tribulation,” “The Battle of Armageddon,” “The Battle of Gog and Magog,” “The Millennial Reign,” and “The Great White Throne Judgment.”
On Good Friday evening, the “Seven Last Words” of Christ were interspersed with special music selections, including a solo rendition of “Via Dolorosa,” which touched everyone’s heart.
On Saturday morning, the campers participated in a “Fun Run” at Central Luzon State University. After that, a water baptismal service was held, with twenty-nine candidates. This was followed with a general assembly service. In the afternoon, there was a Bible quiz competition, with the Bagong Sikat, Simimbaan, and Cavite churches ranking in the top three.
The Sunrise Easter Service started at 5:00 Sunday morning, opening with the song, “Alive Forever, Amen.” The sermon by Zenaida Ruiz, District Superintendent of the Philippines Work, focused on how nothing can separate Christians from the love of God as long as they faithfully serve Him. Although there was a power failure during her message, the whole congregation remained focused on her exhortation from the Word of God, which was evidenced by the great prayer meeting that followed. Many were saved, sanctified, and baptized with the Holy Spirit. As the song “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” was being played on the piano, many were blessed as they renewed their commitments to God, resulting in praises of thanksgiving resounding throughout the church. It was a wonderful time of singing around the altars.
The closing session on Sunday afternoon was filled with mixed emotions. The saints were encouraged to stand firm as they went their separate ways, realizing that many of them would not meet again until the next camp meeting in December.