The Davao City Feast site at the GSP Camp Alano in Toril hosted 322 brethren, including two overseas guests from the U.S. and New Zealand. Senior pastor Earl Roemer was with us for the opening night service and the first Holy Day. Tom Harbottle was the other foreign guest this year. Of course, as usual, we also had visitors from various parts of the country.
Beginning with the opening night service, inspiring sermonettes, sermons and Bible studies edified the brethren with the vision of the soon-coming Kingdom of God, featured by the theme “Your Part in the Restoration of All Things.” God blessed us with excellent weather—sunny with light breezes throughout the Feast. Creative daily flower arrangements added a touch of natural beauty. It was also a joy to experience the warm fellowship with brethren in the serene atmosphere of the GSP camp.
Afternoon activities included tours, livelihood workshops, games for children, fun activities for youths and singles, a seniors’ social, and an enjoyable family and sports day with feasting on Davao City’s luscious tropical fruits.
Evening activities included a fellowship night, an entertaining variety show, and a church leaders appreciation dinner—which also served as a ladies night and graduation for the Spokesman Club. We also had practical Christianity sessions on four separate evenings, each devoted to issues relevant to teens, singles, married couples and parents.
As an added blessing, eight individuals were baptized on the seventh day of the Feast: Melvin Baldelovar (Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur), Leonora Bustamante (Davao), Loreto Macadangdang (Davao), German Horil, Jr. (Tagum), Renello Daclan (Davao), Ge-Ain Manlabian (Mati, Davao Oriental), Connie Rose Nagtalon (Davao), and Johny Natad (Alegria, Surigao del Norte). We also had two children blessed on the same day: Sofia Entrina Infantado and Rondel Dave Obsequio Ligo.
As usual, lunch was free for everyone, with roasted calf as part of some of the meals. A few members from abroad sent used clothing, Bibles, and other gift items. Balloons for the children were given as well.
We are very thankful to God for His many wonderful blessings of peace and very inspiring messages, as well as the help and prayers of the brethren in making this recent Feast another very memorable one.