Church members defy rain to give “Hope”
November 7, 2012 • in News & Events
The threat of the early-morning rain, on Sabbath, the day “Hope Beyond the Grave” leaflets were to be distributed in the municipality of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental, didn’t dampen the spirit of the church members to proceed with the plan to bring this message to the community.
“Rain or shine we will distribute these tracts! If we do not do it, who will?” challenged Brother Eddie Laurente, event coordinator of the seven churches that belonged to Zone 1 District Fellowship. And young and old alike decided to defy the rain but as soon as the worship service was over that morning, the rain stopped just in time for the motorcade and the distribution of the leaflets started. With joy, they courageously knocked at homes, stopped passenger vehicles, and approached commuters to share what they had—the Hope Beyond the Grave that the message of the beautiful leaflets had to offer.
Asked what he felt joining the church members on this special day, EJ Catolico beamed, “It brings fulfillment and satisfaction when we see people receive the leaflets with a smile!” He was with a group of young people assigned at the suburbs of Tibanban. “I was glad to have participated in the HopeImpact 3. It feels great!” he exclaimed.
fter an hour of distribution, everyone settled back to the church for the fellowship lunch while the rain poured again.
Pastor Lito Magsico, the newly-assigned district pastor in this field, who went to the neighboring Zone Fellowship during this event, thanked the church elders and members for their cooperation that made the HopeImpact 3 a real success.
The Hope Beyond the Grave was aimed at showing the biblical message on the state of the dead that runs counter to most of the people’s understanding and belief. “It was most appropriate to deliver this message to the people because it was distributed immediately after the day that was dedicated to the dead was celebrated, which, in the Philippines was termed “all souls’ day.”