Fulfilling God’s Great Commission in the midst of the COVID 19
By: Rev. Domingo Galagata
On March 2020, the government implemented a nationwide lockdown to avoid the spread of the Corona virus. Indeed, this situation is not easy for everyone.
Maybe we have a lot of questions in need of answers; especially, having no control over something as inevitable as the Covid-19 outbreak.
In my personal point of view, I see that the possible results are really scary. Its effect seems to be like that of a domino; starting from a health crisis, then, subsequently an economic collapse causing domestic problems that leads to hopelessness for a frightening environment.
Despite the pandemic, I have proven that this is not a hindrance to fulfill the great commission. Since the lockdown was implemented until now, we continued activities in the church.
We hold discipleship training on Wednesdays, prayer meetings on Fridays, and worship services via zoom on Sundays that even reaches our brethren’s internationally.
On the good side, the pandemic brought many families to come to the Lord even ones who were not active; for it is through these trying times that brought spiritual awareness to them. On the other hand, it left us no tithes and offerings to collect as hindered by the prohibiting of mass gatherings; which worries me about our finances.
As we were tested, Jesus came to prove true His promises; for, some of my members pledge on helping the church financially.
On July 2020, our province was included under MGCQ. We had a face to face gathering, though only a limited number of people attended due to social distancing.
The eldest son of one of my members came to church asked me to pray for his father who was then on the mat of sickness. Not thinking of the possible effect on my health, I agreed to the request.
When I came to their house, I was surprised by what I saw. Lying sick and scrawny, almost unable to breathe, was the patient; His family and relative around him with hopelessness written on their faces.
I approached him cautiously, and it was then that I made him and his family accept Jesus as his Lord and savior. His family, as witnesses of God’s favor, would be shares of the Gospel.
While spending time with the family, one of the members of the church said that the they were once advised by the doctor to bring the patient for a swab test; which, came out positive. In contrary of the doctor’s opinion, the family took the patient home. When they returned home, the mayor’s representative arrived with the news that the whole family is to a self-quarantine. Since then, the Barangay officials had been guarding their compound.
When I heard the story, I was worried for my health–with all the possibilities.
Then, I was asked to administer the burial of the patient; cautiously following the Mayor’s guidelines.
After 3 days, I had fever and cough symptoms.
At nights I could hardly breathe fine, I would wake up my wife and ask her to massage my chest to ease me. We prayed for safety.
The next day, Ptr.Jetro called to check up on me and he advised me to go to the doctor for a checkup and a swab test. So, I went and got myself looked up and was declared negative. To be safer, I self-quarantined for 14 days.
Nowadays, by the grace of God, my strength had returned and my condition had improved.
And so, I want to thank everyone who prayed for me; particularly, to all spiritual leaders: our regional director, Ptr Jetro, who gave advices and cares.
And also, I would like to thank God for JECPP. Your generosity has helped me a lot. Mathew 28:20 God is with us always as long we fulfill the Great commission. To God be all the glory!!!