CONVENTIONS IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
Cagayan De Oro City
On the 17 December I flew to Manila, Philippines and made my flight connection on the 18 December, 2003 to Cagayan De Oro City, Mindanao. It was a wet wet day. The city had been pounded with rain for a few days. There were reports of floods and landslides in other places of the Philippines due to heavy rainfalls, which are common during the last quarter period of the year. The rainy weather did prevent some believers from other islands to come and attend the convention.
Throughout the three days my subject was the Mystery of God in His creation. There were three services a day except for the last day and each service lasted about two hours. Though I had a great discomfort in my throat and trachea, which I was afflicted with during my last trip to South India, I bore with it. Ministering long hours for days in the Philippines, India and the African nations can be very hazardous if there is firewood burning nearby, be it a fire under a cooking pot or a (rubbish) bonfire. When such acrid smoke gets into the nose, throat and lungs, it will burn the mucous membrane and causes great discomfort and pain. Nearly twenty years ago, in the City of Butuan, I was afflicted with bronchitis after ministering several days in smoky and dusty environment. I suffered for about six months.
Dasmarinas - Cavite
Together with two Chinese brothers from Zamboanga City and a minister, Orsel Dumanon, from Butuan City, we flew to Manila on the 22 December, 2003 and made our way south to Dasmarinas, Cavite for the 23-25 December convention.
On the 26 and 27 December, I was invited to minister and teach the Word to the believers at a small convention in Antipolo City. There were four services altogether.
In Manila, on the Sunday, 28 December, we had a ministerial gathering. It is a usual practice for such a gathering after every convention in Manila. Some three hours were spent on questions and answers, answering questions from the Scripture alone. I returned home on the 29 December.
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Throughout the ministration of the Word in these conventions, I stressed on the SUFFICIENCY OF THE SCRIPTURE. These words of the Apostle Paul cannot be taken lightly: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." (2Tim.3:16-17)
I brought out the mystery that is hidden in "The Deep Sleep of Adam" and on the great grace of God to Abraham when He said to Abraham, "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward." (Gen.15:1)
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