Sabbath in Manila

Trip Start Jul 10, 2013
Trip End Jul 22, 2013

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Flag of Philippines  , Luzon,
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Today is another big day for us as we near the end of a most memorable journey to the Philippines. Today 93 people will meet for services on the Sabbath.  Most are from Metro Manila, however a few came from San Carlos and Baguio City in the north. One lady traveled 7 hours to be here by bus.  We had 146 for services last week in Davao.  It's been a great visit to see so many of our Filipino brethren. 

Rey Evasco picked us up at noon.  It took the good part of an hour to get to the Church location driving on the EDSA...the "speedy" way there that is choked with buses and other traffic.  In Manila you just have to get used to poking along with the slow flow.  

I'm really liking the wearing of the barong.  It's loose, comfortable, acceptable.  I wish we could wear this kind of clothing back home.  You can't wrong with a barong!  

For church I wore a more ornate barong that Earl Roemer provided for me.  It's a very loose fitting one with long sleeves.  

The time before church was filled with rehearsals for the special music.  After services there were more rehearsals for children, particularly those that played a mandolins. It was an ensemble of little young girls who played with skill and precision.  

Earl Roemer gave the first message and then I followed with an update about church news and a sermon about peace...the first wish of the apostle Paul in his letters whether to individuals or churches.  We cannot do a work unless we have peace and unity....and that will be what I'll be talking about a lot more in our administration. 

I talked to a lot of wonderful people afterwards, notably Bruce Porteus who lives here and Pedro Malendez and his wife Pacifica who had formerly been an employee of the Worldwide Church of God.  We were both wearing our 25 year watches from a time long ago. 

After service we went out Max's restaurant and had an appreciation dinner for many of the leaders and servants of the Church.

I want to post this ASAP, so I might add to this, but for now, here's the post for the day!

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Barbara Roberts on

Thanks for the Ride. It was very inspiring!!

Mary on

Thank you for sharing information about our brethren, family, in the Philippines. Our prayers are with you all.

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