Thank God, I enjoyed the last Sabbath of August (August 30, 2014). Well, the Sabbath Day is already special. God has set it aside, blessed it and sanctified it. But for this one, there were enough reasons why it became more special. Let me share with you, dear reader, these experiences.
It was Visitors’ Day and as expected, the church was packed. But it was a different kind of ‘packed’ because we had two extra special guests, sister Sandra Seifert (former Ms. Earth- Philippines 2009 and Ms. Earth-Air 2009) and brother Cesar Montano (a renowned actor). Their visit was made possible through the tireless efforts and honest compromises of many people. And by God’s grace, it really pushed through despite the short notice and the many challenges in the background.
Well, going back to that moment in time, it was an unusual sight to have lots of people for Sabbath School. Indirectly speaking, I was somehow glad that many came and responded to the invitation of going to BAC. The visitors were late but anyway, what mattered was they arrived. It was Ms. Seifert who spoke first and she shared her conversion story: being born in an Adventist hospital at Taiwan, receiving Bible studies from my uncle when she was past 10 years old, her baptism, her backslide to the world and her genuine conversion. It was truly inspiring to listen to someone share her life in such a candid way, nothing hidden to make herself look good. It was a complete picture of how she lived in the world and later realized that what it offered her was nothing compared to what she found in Jesus. Cesar was the next to speak and what he actually shared wasn’t a testimony. It was more on jokes (trust me, his humor is great) and some important tidbits of faith which I believe impacted his life. Too bad, I wasn’t able to finish his whole talk because we had a practice for our song. Anyway, I believe the congregation was blessed by what they shared and hopefully, these would serve as inspiration for every member to be truly converted.
In the afternoon, the church was as full as it was in the morning. Dr. Killman Boutert gave a beneficial lecture on many things pertaining to health. After him, Cesar sang two beautiful hymns, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus’ and ‘In the Garden.’ He really has a good voice, you know. The last speaker was Sister Sandra who gave a vivid lecture on SDA Christian modesty. It was the best topic for many female members of our church. And she was the right person to do the job because she used to wear worldly fashion but now she dresses according to the standards of the church. Praise God, this is the epitome of a genuine conversion! I hope and pray now that her talk still touches the hearts of the women in our church and enable them to dress properly and modestly as this will serve as a witness to people around them.
Well, August 30 was a Sabbath to remember. Not only for me but for every member or visitor who witnessed the amazing power of God in the lives of former celebrities. In addition, I was able to serve God as well throughout the day by using a talent the Lord gave me: playing the piano. But I think it was totally the essence of love and fellowship, the atmosphere of togetherness that marked this Sabbath and has made it more special. Here’s me looking forward to have more special Sabbaths like this and most of all, to spend them in Paradise with God!