On March 28, 2017, the Maranatha Bible School (MBS) held its 39th Commencement Exercises at the PMCC building in Marikina locale.
The program began in the afternoon with the processional march. 139 candidates for graduation marched with their proud parents and guardians. The male students (73) slightly outnumbered their female (66) counterparts. The speakers of this year’s graduating batch, Apostolic Global Missionaries in the End-Time, were given recognition and marched last among the batchmates. The students were followed by the distinguished members of the faculty and the dean of the MBS, Apostle Arsenio Ferriol.
Sis. Mischelle Palacay, a member of the graduating class, served as the worship leader in the praise and worship. Afterwards, Bishop Domingo Ferriol led the congregation during the opening prayer. Select members of the graduating class then performed a stirring rendition of “Shepherd of my Soul.”
Bro. Dathel Franada, another graduating student, had the privilege of delivering the offertory message. As missionaries, He explained that they have already given their lives. Having done so, it is no longer hard to offer material things to God.
Before the presentation of the MBS faculty, Pastor Leticia Ferriol first offered greetings to the guests from the evangelical community. Later, she introduced the MBS faculty one by one and the subjects that they are teaching. Pastor Let also gave an overview of the next part of the program. She gave a brief profile of the speakers lined up and their respective topics. She then offered a prayer before the speeches of the graduating speakers.
Sis. April Tan was the first speaker of the graduating class. A foreign missionary in Europe, she opened her preaching with greetings and praises in various foreign languages. She explained the message of salvation and the role of the sent ones of God in propagating it.
Bro. John Orbeth Ibarbia, the second speaker, discussed the works and duties of the Apostolic Global Missionaries in the End-Time. Preaching the gospel occupies a primary place among these.
An intermission number followed where the entire batch sang their hearts out in performing “The Mission.”
The third speaker, Bro. Moises Cruz, dissected the distinctive characteristics of the Apostolic Global Missionaries in the End-Time. As missionaries, they possess awareness of the need for workers, compassion for the souls, and faithfulness.
Sis. Sofia Kezia Cabaro followed with her preaching dwelling on the authority received by the Sent One of God. The fourth speaker explained that Apostle Arsenio Ferriol received the revelation of the mystery of the times and seasons. In addition to this are those to build churches and to administer the church.
Sis. Arlet Joy Ferriol-Guerrero had the honor of being the last speaker. She elaborated on the state of the End-Time. Amidst the grim conditions, the Church will remain preserved. Having a crucial role is the message of the Goodman of the House which will awaken those who will hear it. She also issued a challenge to the brethren to respond to God’s calling.
After the last speaker, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro gave a brief speech. Apostle Arsenio Ferriol then invited the congregation to join him as he prayed for Mayor Marcy.
Bishop Arturo Ferriol then proceeded to call the recipients of the speaker’s awards. Apostle Arsenio Ferriol handed out the medals to the outstanding seniors. After the awarding, Ptr. Policarpio Mendoza, OIC of the MBS, presented the 139 candidates for graduation to the dean.
The graduates were then called to receive their diploma. As they approached Apostle Arsenio Ferriol, he gave them their diploma and moved their cap’s tassel, a time-honored symbol of graduation. Ptr. Let Ferriol assisted in handing out the diploma while the church bishops and MBS faculty formed a receiving line to congratulate the graduates and offer their well wishes.
After the last graduate received her diploma, the graduating class took part in the dedication. As “Speak My Lord” was sung, they gathered at the center of the stage, knelt, and raised their hands. As they prayed, they were overcome with emotion. This was the culmination of years of sacrifice and hard work. This was also the beginning of another chapter as ministers of the gospel. Many can’t help but cry as they felt the moving of the Holy Spirit. Apostle Arsenio Ferriol then invited the audience to join the graduating class in prayer. He went on to pray for the graduates and bestow the benediction upon them.
As a fitting ending to the graduation ceremony, the Apostolic Global Missionaries in the End-Time performed “I Will Go.” The song captured the extent of their dedication to the ministry. After the graduates’ song number, Bishop Osinando Quillao prayed for their success and entrusted their future to God. (A. Zantua)