Every Christian and church need a check-up occasionally. There are times when we get off the course. Sometimes we can drift into lifelessness, lethargy, backsliding and indifference. During these down moments, we need the life giver himself– Jesus. One of the effective methods to edify the church is to conduct a Revival Meeting where we can seek the Lord afresh.
EFC pastors in JECPP SOCCSARGEN Section united to usher their church leaders to be back on being about the main things of God and to the assignment God has put them to do. On June 21, 2019 at Manny Pacquiao’s Beach Resort at Tinoto, Maasim, Sarangani Province, some 38 lovers of Jesus consisted of pastors and their families and church leaders gathered for spiritual refreshing and awakening. The place was turned into the like of an upper room experience in the book of Acts, where everyone was longing for the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Rev. Mivelyn Margate of EFC- Marahan, was the guest speaker on the eventful night. She edified the hearers with a very timely topic taken in Matthew 28:18-20 and entitled her message with “Vision for Mission”, she shared that the ultimate goal for Christians is to share the gospel and make disciples. She encouraged the parents to disciple their children at home first and foremost. She believed that our family members are our first ministry, she also pointed out that the Great Commission must be given to the right people. Leaders must be pure in heart in doing the ministry not for money or for any other motives. She concluded that the gospel must be preached with the right motive and heart before God.
The message rekindled the passion for souls and the commitment to be right in the sight of the Lord. In response, the group held hands together to pray for each family and for the ministries God entrusted them to do. They sought the presence of God through praise and worship and intercession for each other.
Afterwards, everyone had a wonderful time in hearing the powerful testimonies from the churches. It was encouraging to hear what the Lord has done in their ministries and how God faithfully transformed and used them in the furtherance of the gospel. One church leader testified that he was once a member of “sukarap”, a notorious gang in his hometown and was involved in different gang riots. By God’s grace he is now a changed man, saved and very much active in the church especially in the feeding ministry. Presently, he is reaching out to his gang comrades. God turned his life around.
The church leaders and pastors enjoyed the rest of the night fellowshipping with one another. Truly, God rewards His servants. It was a night of refreshing, strengthening and awakening. The following day, they went home with great joy and fire ready for the task at hand. Their hearts were filled with joy and gratefulness for the wonderful time they had and for JECPP Overseers for making it possible.